The Canada Cup Mountain Bike Race series is returning to Kentville in 2019!
Click the image below to watch a recap video of last year's event, and mark August 17-18 2019 on your calendar now!
Happy New Year!
What's happening, Kentville?
Parks and Recreation
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
If you have questions about your property, permits, zoning, or starting a business in Kentville come see us! We would love to help!
Kirsten Harrison: Planning Technician & Assistant Development Officer
Development Permits, Sign Permits, Civic Addressing, Mapping
Lindsay Young: Community & Economic Development Coordinator
Business Support, Marketing & Promotions, Communications, Tourism, Special Event & Community Project Support
Beverly Gentleman: Director of Planning and Development
Land Use Planning, Municipal Planning Strategy, Zoning, General Planning
What you need to know about Civic Addressing
Did you know that civic addresses are assigned to properties by the Town? We work internally and with agencies like Canada Post and Emergency Health Services to ensure that your civic address is correct, valid, and registered. Property owners should display their civic number clearly so service providers can find you when necessary!
Your civic number is the main piece of information used by emergency responders when locating the source of a 911 call (and also what your delivery driver uses to ensure you get your pizza while it’s still hot!)
Civic addressing begins with you as a property owner by posting your civic address with a well-contrasted sign so it is clearly visible, which is especially important at night! Don’t have a civic address sign? You can purchase the classic blue and white reflective signs from the local Lions Clubs listed below, which are available for order.
Is there a conflict with your address or do you need one assigned? Contact the Civic Addressing Coordinator at the Town, Kirsten Harrison for all your questions and concerns.
More information on the Town of Kentville’s Civic Numbering Bylaw can be found on our website, under Chapter 89
Order CIVIC numbers through one of the following local Lions Clubs!
Canning District Lions Club 1000 Seminary Ave, Canning 902-582-7286 Coldbrook & District Lions Club 1416 South Bishop Rd, Coldbrook 902-679-2834 Port Williams & District Lions Club 1045 Main St, Port Williams 902-542-3933 Wolfville & District Lions Club 36 Elm Ave, Wolfville 902-542-3476
KENTVILLE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
~ KBC Is Here For You ~ The Kentville Business Community (KBC) is here to represent the collective interests of the downtown businesses that call Kentville their home.
KBC has recently released the Annual Report for 2018. You can read it online, or download it for printing here. KBC will be presenting this report to Town Council on Monday January 14th at 6:00 pm.
Notes from Town Council
The next meeting of Council Advisory Committee is January 14th, at 6:00 pm at Town Hall.
The next meeting of Town Council is January 28th, at 7:00 pm at Town Hall.
All meetings of Council are open to the public. Meeting minutes and agendas can be found on the Kentville website. Visit the minutes and agendas page here. Meetings are also live streamed on the Town of Kentville's Facebook page, and those videos are also available on the website the day after the meeting.
The Politics of Civic Engagement – Part 2
by Doug Griffiths in Communication, Community Development, Magazine
This article is being presented over three newsletters. Part 1 appeared in the December edition.
Civic engagement is a subject that is garnering more ink and prose than most other issues in municipal discourse these days. The term has different connotations depending on the context in which you search. For the purpose of this article, I am going to define civic engagement as the process of involving the general public in the planning and decision-making processes of council and the administration. That means this article is about the interaction of civic engagement and leadership. It will help to keep this in mind as you progress through the article, because I am going to assert some potentially controversial points about the use of civic engagement that only apply in this context.
Levels of Leadership
I have seen three types of leaders in my own political experience. Level 1 leaders tend to govern by polls. They acquire a sample of what the public sentiment is; if the majority is large enough, they implement policies that support those sentiments. They don’t take on controversial issues and most always opt to do what the public wants at that particular moment in time.
Level 2 leaders are renowned for getting out in front of the parade. They assess where people are now and in which direction their sentiments are heading; then, they jump out in front, knowing the public is going in the direction they are leading. They are usually people around whom a growing public sentiment can rally. And, as the parade marshal, they are out in front, serving as the figurehead of the growing movement.
Level 3 leaders are the game changers. They are the ones who step out on the edge to lead. They often see something that others can’t quite see, and they have a vision of how to get there. Successful level 3 leaders show people the way to go. They often need to do a lot of educating and inspiring to get others to follow, and they must always be vigilant that the crowd is following. They risk failing if they get too far ahead of the crowd, or stop motivating them to move in a particular direction.
Too often, leaders try to be exclusively one type or another. In reality, these three levels should not be seen as three types of leaders, but rather three types of leadership. Each level of leadership has value in different circumstances. There are times when polls must be taken on an issue, when leading a parade of momentum is valuable, and when standing on the edge and inspiring change is critical. Each type of leadership will also use civic engagement in different ways, utilizing different methods and serving different purposes.