Kings County wants more seats on Kings Partnership

Jennifer Hoegg
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Wolfville suggests steps towards a regional government study

The county wants to double its current seats at the Kings Partnership Steering Committee table.

During discussion at the Jan. 9 meeting of the partnership -  including the Municipality of the County of Kings and the towns of Berwick, Kentville, Wolfville and Hantsport  - Warden Diana Brothers gave notice of a motion to boost the county’s number of seats.

The request is to add three village commissioners to the county’s representatives: the warden, chief administrative officers and two councillors. The county’s decision came out of a request at the Oct. 17 meeting from four of the region’s villages for seats on the partnership committee. Berwick, Kentville and Wolfville’s mayors voiced opposition to the addition of village seats on the partnership earlier in the meeting.   

A second notice of motion introduced by the Town of Wolfville could also bring change to the partnership. The proposal calls for four steps leading to a “regional service delivery and governance study”: developing a shared vision, mission and goals; identifying current and potential shared services; recommending implementation of those services and then undertaking a study in partnership with the province, subject to funding.      

Both motions are expected to come forward at the next Kings Partnership meeting. Four of the five partners agreed to increase the frequency of those meetings, another request that came out of the October session, so the committee will now meet six times a year instead of four. Only Kentville thought the quarterly sessions were enough. However, the next meeting date has not been set.

During the session, which was the first of 2014, Kentville Coun. Bill Boyd was re-acclaimed as chairman of the group and Brothers was again chosen to serve as vice-chairwoman.

More to come

Organizations: Kings Partnership, Kings Partnership Steering Committee, Warden Diana Brothers

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Hantsport

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