Engagement is a lot of work! That is something I have learned since becoming elected. It's work that needs consistency and that doesn't end with the click of a share button. It's also work that is difficult to stay on top of when juggling so many other important things. I have been inspired by Councillors and Mayors across the province at their ability to stay on top of active social media accounts- Ty Walsh, Waye Mason, Pam Mood, Heather Kelly, etc. Without a strong traditional media presence covering our Council meetings, it has to be incumbent upon Councillors to spread their message to their constituents in whatever way they can. I am working on it! To this end I have moved to a more official Instagram presence, as it's a medium I know is used by young people and one I particularly enjoy using. It's quick & easy (attributes that come with their own pitfalls), but a platform I'm hoping I can use to harness public opinion and proactively share Council business on. Please follow me at @emilykingscounty to see all the posts!
Our Council and staff have moved into our new building at 181 Coldbrook Village Park Drive by Exit 14 on the 101. Councillor Spicer is back in action after suffering some health challenges earlier in the year. We are not holding Council or (most) Committee meetings in August, but will wrap up any pressing business on July 31st for a Public Hearing and Special Council at 6:00. We have a strong staff complement of talented individuals, and are currently hiring for a Climate Change Coordinator, the job posting you can find here:
There is a Pride Proclamation and Flag Raising tomorrow morning at 10:00 at our new building, all are welcome to come celebrate!
July 23rd is the final opportunity for public feedback on our new Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law, in Council Chambers from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
If you are dealing with pothole problems, the best thing to do is call the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operations Control Centre at : 1-(866)-696-7737. If you ask for a ticket number you can call in to check on the progress of the work and where it falls in the priority list of the department.
In terms of my calendar, the rest of July holds a Fire Services meeting, the annual general meeting for Landscape of Grand Pre Inc., Equal Voice Campaign School, and an informal group meeting on doctor recruitment in the valley. August will be a good break to help me reset and reorganize priorities as we head into the last year of this Council's mandate.
As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas about our community feel free to give me an email or a call. I would love to hear from you.