Kentville mayor concerned about West Hants' REN decision

Jennifer Hoegg
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At least one Kings County politician is concerned about a Hants County move. 

Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum said at the Kings Partnership Steering Committee meeting Jan. 9 he is concerned West Hants isn’t buying in to the new regional enterprise network – REN 3. The network is successor to the former regional development authorities.

“I hope that they will consider coming on board,” Corkum said. “They’re a big player as far as financial resources.

“It will be very disappointing if they don’t,” he added.

Kentville’s chief administrative officer Mark Phillips, who has been part of the REN formation process, confirmed, as of Jan. 9, the municipality was not going to formalize its earlier motion of co-operation.

“West Hants is out,” Phillips said.  “I would say the other units are in.”

However, Kings County, Wolfville and Kentville still have to make formal motions fo council. Kentville made an initial motion at its Jan. 13 council advisory committee. Berwick committed to the enterprise Jan. 14.

Windsor, Hantsport, Middleton and Bridgetown, as well as the Glooscap First Nation, have confirmed participation. Annapolis Royal and the Annapolis County did not sign the earlier statement of co-operation.

“West Hants is the only one who said ‘no,’” of the original partners, Phillips said.

At press time, the Municipality of West Hants had not made a formal decision on the matter and its council was planning special meeting on the topic of the REN. The date of the meeting has not been set. 

Read more about West Hants' position here.

Organizations: Kings Partnership Steering Committee, Glooscap First Nation, Municipality of West Hants

Geographic location: Kentville, Hants County, Kings Wolfville Hantsport Bridgetown Annapolis Royal Annapolis County

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