© Jason Malloy
Municipality of Kings County building, Cornwallis Street, Kentville.
It was a scene of chaos at Kings County council as dozens of members of the public stormed out.
The gallery was filled with members and supporters of the Kings Citizen Coalition on Oct. 1, there to hear discussion of two motions regarding municipal governance.
Council approved the first motion discussed: to add to the Kings Partnership Steering Committee agenda discussion of an independent review of governance in Kings County, including discussion of terms of reference.
However, council defeated the second motion: to support an independent review of governance in Kings County, contingent on developing terms of reference agreeable to a majority of municipal units in Kings County, funded by the province and the municipalities involved.
Many members of the public got up and left. Some could be heard to remark "this is disgusting", "this is a joke" and "unbelievable."
Council then approved a motion to direct the chief administrative officer to meet with council to discuss the request from the Kings Citizen Coalition on an independent review of governance for Kings County and prepare a report with options and recommendations that is to come to the committee of the whole no later than January 2014.
CAO Tom MacEwan said it would be inappropriate for anyone to conclude that the county has said "no" to an independent study of municipal governance. He said it's quite to the contrary and the county has put the matter on the Kings Partnership Steering Committee agenda twice.
Coun. Patricia Bishop said that the tone that has come forward from county council is a lack if trust.
"The damage of demonstrating where our willingness is has been made," Bishop said.
More to come...