In his own words: Duncan mayoral candidate Phil Kent
Phil Kent says he is looking forward to earning the nod of Duncan citizens to serve for a third term as Duncan’s Mayor.
“ I am excited about the potential for the City of Duncan as we enter our 100th Anniversary year in 2012. Over the past several years I have been privileged to work with a Council, staff, community groups, and neighbouring jurisdictions that have worked so positively toward reaching some of our goals as a community.” A number of significant projects both public and private have taken shape in the last three years of the current Mayor’s term.
Mayor Kent stated “ We laid some important ground work and partnerships in my first term as Mayor, and in this last term we’ve seen those efforts bear fruit.” Projects like Cowichan Place, which has seen the new University Campus for VIU, Evans Park, and the new Cowichan Exhibition Park. Community based projects like the redevelopment of Centennial Park, the Craig Street beautification, trails development and successful graffiti and panhandling programs are just a few of the examples of the community’s work.
Ongoing initiatives for the coming term are key for Mayor Kent, as he seeks a new mandate. “ I believe that we’ve been pretty successful in many ways, things like our work to address flood issues, or creating great community policing networks are because we have sought cooperation and partnership with the community. I have promoted this as mayor by keeping the community’s vision and goals front and centre. We’ve used strategic direction as an important tool to get the most from the limited resources we have.”
The Mayor is keen to see work begin on a joint public planning process for the “University Village” area in North Cowichan and Duncan, and to implement the initiatives from the Urban Forest Plan and Active Transportation Plan. These are the kinds of projects that improve the citizens quality of life, but also strengthen and diversify our local economy. We have to be very positive about our progress here, the private sector has shown increasing interest in new development and redevelopment in our City and the surrounding areas” the Mayor said.
Mayor Kent is also very aware of some significant challenges ahead, and has been actively involved in working toward solutions that meet the City’s and the Region’s interests. “Although the City led the initiative to look at the Trans Canada Highway’s future in 2005, more work is needed to engage the region in moving the community forward on traffic and congestion issues. The issue needs to get real attention in the coming term. We also have a lot of work to do on our sewage treatment facilities. The location, technologies and impact on our environment have to be solved so that we can have future sustainable growth.” The Mayor points out the the drive toward upgrading all of these City infrastructures are fundamental to creating a resilient community that can weather most any conditions and grow new opportunities.
Mayor Kent is convinced that team work and collaboration are key ingredients to getting these things accomplished, a team that trains hard and is competitive in practice, challenging each member to think and do better, but with a clear vision of the goals and outcomes for success.
Public consultation and consensus continue to be the City’s hallmark for the progress of ideas and initiatives, whether it’s seniors safety issues, food security, our economic resilience, or the protection of our health and the environment. “ We depend on working together with diligence, patience and engagement. Its what has always created the best solutions.”
During the Mayor’s last term he has served on many committees serving the City, the Cowichan Region and Vancouver Island. He is currently the CVRD Vice Chair, CVRD Region Services Chair and a member of the CVRD Environment and Economic Development Commissions as well as several other committee assignments.
Mayor Kent also serves as Vice Chair of the Island Coastal Economic Trust and is Chair of the Cowichan Success by Six, Council of Partners.
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