Citizen concerns persist in new Kings municipal complex:

Kirk Starratt article in the “Valley Register” addresses major shortcomings and lack of communication in design changes:

  • Explanation for flip flop on whether the project can meet energy efficiency of 25% below the 2011 National Energy Code is lacking a real explanation
  • How can the Consultants be comfortable finalizing tender ready drawings given the concerns expressed by the public at this August 10 meeting?
  • Public was not brought in early enough and the consultation process is a charade
  • Notwithstanding Warden Brothers expresses no concern despite what is said by public and apparently prepared to proceed with the tender process (“damn the torpedoes”)

Other issues the article could have addressed:

  • Project manager is not named; when pressed further, Scott Quinn was named as project manager and ultimately it is the responsibility of the CAO and well documented that both these individuals’ heavy work loads does not provide time for needed attention to this large construction.  Tax payers deserve to know who is managing the project and their money.
  • Design layout of 65% of the man building is not displayed or the design f the Public Works Building.
  • Public parking of only 12 spaces is absolutely inadequate. Should mention street parking is not a possibility.
  • Councillors are kept in dark and had no knowledge of the foregoing. Commentary at the public meeting it was obvious they were blindsided. Apparently the Engineer and CAO in their wisdom felt no need to inform the Warden for the public’s representatives, the Councillors.
  • Interesting that the Councillors who voted against delaying the project until a new council was in place were not in attendance at these public meetings: MacQuarrie, Lloyd and Best

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A candidate expresses concern the public are not encouraged or informed about the opportunity to become involved in the municipal politics.

Town of Kentville

A candidate expresses concern the public are not encouraged or informed about the opportunity to become involved in the municipal politics. Some will say that the incumbents are simply keeping quiet about need for new faces at the council table.

The Mayor on council for 25 years? All the other Councillors are running for their third or fourth terms, surely new faces, ideas are needed the following piece by Candidate Snow clearly expresses the need for change.

This letter was published in the Advertiser on August 10, 2016

Where is Voter Engagement in Kentville?

Municipal elections occur every four years in Nova Scotia on the third Saturday in October. Provincial voter turnout for both 2008 and 2012 was just over 42%. The Department of Municipal Affairs and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities have made a commitment to inform voters and encourage candidates. The Springtide Collective was engaged to encourage candidates to run for municipal office and Nova Scotians to vote this fall through the Local Decisions project. They also offered the Candidates Guide to Municipal and School Board Elections as a resource for those considering running.

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Kings council lowers energy efficiency target for new municipal complex

KENTVILLE – There’s more controversy brewing with the proposed new County of Kings municipal complex, this time surrounding energy efficiency goals.

With consultant Stantec flagging it as an issue, Kings County council has agreed to lower the energy efficiency target for the new complex in order to keep the project on budget.

Engineering and public works, lands and parks manager Scott Quinn reported to council at the Aug. 2 session that Stantec has advised that they’re optimizing the design to achieve the energy efficiency target but it might not be possible within the approved budget.

“We are exploring ways to reduce the scope in other areas,” Quinn said. “We’re exploring all our options.”

Council approved a new strategy for the project in December. This included capping the budget at $7.5 million, aside from expenditures already incurred. The current energy efficiency standard adopted by the province is the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings. 25 per cent below this standard is equivalent to the energy efficiency requirement in the municipal complex strategy.

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UARB says electoral boundaries created by the Kings County Council cannot stand

Shenanigans of CAO and Deputy Warden exposed in CBC radio interview and internet article: if you missed the interview Monday morning have a listen. Interesting twist the CAO and Deputy Warden are now applying to their involvement.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/programs/informationmorningns/uarb-says-electoral-boundaries-created-by-the-kings-county-council-cannot-stand-1.3711595

UARB rejects Kings County’s plan to realign seats for fall election

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has overruled a decision by Kings County council to change electoral boundaries and seat distribution in time for the municipal election this fall.

The board took issue with the way the boundaries were redrawn by the municipality’s CAO, and one councillor says the plan protected the seats of two councillors.

The UARB ruled that the council ignored recommendations from Stantec Consultants — the company hired by council to look at the issue — instead going with a plan crafted by CAO Tom MacEwan, dubbed the Alternate 8 proposal.

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