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In the News

Kentville’s own Zack Doyle to wrestle third-generation star Teddy Hart at Centennial Arena

Click photo for full story from the Advertiser Register's Kirk Starratt
 
 
Parks and Recreation
Watch this cool video about the newest "Kentville Plays" initiative and learn all about the play boxes found around town!   
Planning and Development

Building Permits issued April 2018
 

The Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Planning Strategy documents have undergone a review by committee.  Learn more in this video!  (click image for link to YouTube)
LAND FOR SALE

The Town of Kentville is seeking proposals from businesses, groups, organizations or individuals, for the redevelopment of 374/376 Main Street.  View the full RFP on the Kentville website by clicking the image above.  
Notes from Town Council 
The next meeting of Town Council is May 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm. 
The next meeting of Council Advisory Committee is June 11, 2018 at 6:00 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.

Your Town Council wants to hear from you!  Email councilandmayor@kentville.ca  or view more Council info on the Kentville website here
The Town of Kentville has a policy that council will assist some students with costs associated with their post-secondary school education.  Students from Kentville who meet the  criteria are encouraged to apply for one of the bursaries (up to $1500).  Click image for more info.
Missed the May CAC meeting?  Not to worry, watch a re-cap on our YouTube channel!  (Click image for link).

Governance Minute – Must Know List for Members of Council
These are the things that a councillor must know to do their job with integrity to ensure the municipality is accountable to the taxpayer.  As a member of council, we are elected to look after the interests of the entire municipality.  Council's effectiveness depends on providing input as a representative of the people who elected you.
Understand the financial implications of your decisions
Almost everything the municipality is engaged in will have a cost associated with it.  Members of council will spend a lot of time assessing the financial implications of council policy decisions.  Members of council will need to balance the desire for municipal services with the amount of property taxes and user fees that the local residents are willing to pay for those services.
Let employees do their jobs
The CAO is our only employee.  All other municipal employees report to the CAO.  Staying out of the day-to-day operation of the municipality allows members of council to concentrate on policy-making and program monitoring.  Members of council should work with the CAO to keep informed on what the municipality is doing and will depend on the administrator to provide information to make sound decisions.  Effective councils set policy; they do not micro-manage or perform any administrative duties.
Understand and avoid pecuniary interest and conflict of interest
Members of council are responsible for upholding the public interest ahead of any private interests.  These rules are designed to protect the public interest while ensuring that our ability to work is not adversely affected by our election to council.  In order that the public interest is served and seen to be served, it is important that members of council be open and honest about dealing with the municipality.  Be fair to ourselves, the electors, and the municipality by keeping our private interests in harmony with the public interest.
Pecuniary interest is a matter which could monetarily affect the councillor or an employer of the councillor, or the councillor’s family.  Conflict of interest is a situation in which the concerns or aims of two different parties are incompatible or a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.
Team Approach
Working as a team with the rest of council and administration will contribute to making our time on council a success.  It isn't always going to be easy.  Our influence as a council member rests on our ability to persuade other members of council to consider our point of view.  When an issue is being studied, we must express our views as part of the debate.
Disagreements among council members on specific issues are common.  The respectful exchange of ideas and opinions leads to good decisions.  While working through these debates, keep in mind that we all share the same desire for our municipality to be strong, safe, and viable.  We may have different views about how to get there, but we do share broader common goals.
Most votes on a council resolution do not require a consensus of all councillors.  As a result, there will be many occasions where a decision is made that a member did not support with their vote.  However, once the resolution has been passed, it becomes the official direction of the municipality.  The health and ongoing success of a municipality is largely dependent upon the ability of councillors to respect and support the decisions of council in principle, despite their personal views during the debate.




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