Alec Dove is re-offering as councillor for Trenton. He brings 12 years (three terms) of experience to council.
Dove moved to Trenton in 1992 and has raised his family in this community. He retired in 2019 from the Trenton Generating Station, where he worked as a leading power plant technician (chemical) and is actively involved in the community. He has been a member of the local Kinsmen Club for 28 years, volunteering thousands of hours and helping to raise millions of dollars which help groups like Summer Street Industries, United Way, food banks, etc. He also sits on the board of the Pictou County Sport Heritage Hall of Fame. Over the years he has coached baseball, soccer, hockey, worked on the Trenton Funfest and sat on the School Closure Committee that successfully lobbied to keep the town’s schools.
“Over the years, councils that I have sat on have sold the airport — we could not afford to keep it — and have since collected about $60,000 a year in taxes, from that sale. In 2011, Council successfully negotiated the movement of the Policing Services Contract, saving the Town of Trenton over half a million dollars per year. In total, over $5 million saved, that councils have used to pave streets, buy equipment (salt trucks, fire trucks), repair the ice surface at the rink, buy a Zamboni, etc. and repair the aging infrastructure in our town,” he says.
“Personally, I have always admired our town’s rich history, while looking to our future. But our declining population — down about 15 per cent from 1996, our small commercial sector and our heavy reliance on the grant in lieu from Nova Scotia Power (currently at about $1 million) are issues that we need to address. When the Hemlock Group presented to the Town Council a redevelopment plan for our park, first thoughts were this will certainly increase the numbers of people visiting our town (and maybe to our local businesses) and may encourage some young families to build or buy homes. Talk of this redevelopment costing residents in our town 50 cents on their taxes (or $450,000 per year to maintain) is simply not true.”
Dove adds, “I have always believed in the democratic process and have faith that the residents in my town will elect the people, they believe, have worked or will work in the best interests of our town. I believe that I am that person.”