As I prepare to finish out my term as your Mayor, I find myself reflecting on the past eleven years with both fondness for our community and its people, and pride for the things we have been able to achieve together. I wish to share with you that serving you has been both my privilege and pleasure. I also want to assure you that as I say farewell Kentville is well positioned. The potential for this town to continue to succeed is indeed, great.
Kentville is financially sound, with resources in the bank that put the Town squarely in the position to be able to weather any potential storm that may come. It’s a great position to be in, and a credit to the stewards of Kentville who have been working for you up to this point to keep us financially secure while the tax rates remain low.
Over the years I have enjoyed very much working with Councils and Kentville staff to complete projects and achieve things for the betterment of Kentville and enjoyment of our residents and visitors. It was rewarding to be part of the team working alongside Ducks Unlimited Canada and other supporting partners to create the beautiful oasis that is now Miner’s Marsh. I was honored and humbled to have received the Fairn-Hickman Award on behalf of the team for my work on that project and will cherish that throughout my life.
Some really exciting things have happened for Kentville over the last decade. Some projects I am particularly proud of and am compelled to mention include the development of the new KCA School, a new and improved Kentville Library, and the reincarnation of KDCL. It has been exciting to witness a newly invigorated business climate in Kentville that has translated into wonderful accomplishments including the façade improvement program which is now rolling out, and the 7th place ranking Kentville received last week from the CFIB naming it one of the best places in all of Canada to start-up and do business.
Although I would have loved to see the bridge project through to completion, I am extremely proud of the work that was done with 5 different ministers over the last 10 years to make this project happen for you. I am happy we were able to achieve the dream of a new bridge, and even more so that we were able to negotiate the best deal possible on your behalf.
In closing, allow me to re-state that I am extremely proud of the work that has been done over the past eleven years which has put Kentville into the stable, financially sound position it is now in. We have a community that is ripe with potential. Development of the former Dominion Atlantic Railway Lands has continued, the industrial park is growing, and our dedicated police force keeps our town safe.
These things don’t happen without co-operation between the Mayor, Council members, staff and community groups. Through my work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, I have seen first-hand the difference a high quality, dedicated, municipal staff can make to a town or city. I would like you to know that ours here in Kentville is second to none. The future is indeed bright for the Town of Kentville, and I wish the new Mayor and Council all the best in their future deliberations.
For me, Kentville will always be the #1 Town.
Warmly, Mayor Dave