Mayor Assaly confirmed later that the policy will remain as is. Several vacancies The town has at least four vacancies on its municipal employees right now. Three layoffs were confirmed during the June 16 committee of the whole council session though no names were mentioned during the public portion of the session. The names of two of the people laid off were later confirmed. One is Kim Maurice, aquatics supervisor at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex, while another is Martin Desrosiers, a member of the municipal infrastructure department. The name of the third person has not been made public. The directive dealing with those layoffs has become a point of controversy as it involved public discussion and approval of layoff notices before the people affected even received written notice. The municipality is getting a legal opinion on its action. Two weeks after the June 16 committee of the whole session, Christine Groulx tendered her resignation as town clerk. Dominique Dussault, acting chief administrator for the town, confirmed the resignation during a phone interview. No reason has been given for Groulx’s resignation. Sonia Girard was confirmed during the July 9 committee of the whole session as acting clerk for the town. Dussault was also confirmed as acting-CAO while Daniel Gatien, the current CAO, is on medical leave until mid-August.

The hiring policy for the Town of Hawkesbury will remain unchanged for now. “We are leaving the policy as it is for now,” said Mayor Paula Assaly during a July 17 phone interview. The municipal hiring policy was discussed during Hawkesbury council’s July 9 special teleconference session. Mayor Assaly had asked council members via email about whe- ther the mayor could sit in when a designated selection committee sat to hold applicant interviews. Councillor Robert Lefebvre asked Human Resources Director Dominique Dus- sault what the municipal hiring policy is. Dussault told council that the hiring policy process depends on whether the head of a department’s position is involved or a middle management or other position. For a department head, the selection review committee includes the chief administrative officer (CA0), designated council members, and a Human Resources (HR) official. For a middle management or other position, the review committee includes the CAO, the department director, and an HR official. If the mayor wanted to sit in on the selec- tion review process, Dussault said, council would need to approve a change in the hiring process policy.

The Town of Hawkesbury has four open positions among its municipal employees list, including the position of town clerk and aquatics supervisor at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex. During its July 9 committee of the whole session council considered a suggestion from Mayor Paula Assaly for revisions to the hiring policy process that would allow the mayor to sit, if needed, on the selection review committees that deal with applicants for senior municipal positions. Council could not agree on a decision and the policy will remain as is. —archives

Mayor Assaly asked what happens if the CAO and/or a department head is not available for any reason to sit on a selection review committee. She indicated that a policy is needed to deal with that kind of situation. During a later phone interview, the mayor noted that she already sits as an ad hoc

member on all of the council’s advisory com- mittees. If either the CAO or the department head is unavailable, she noted, then the mayor should be able to sit as an ad hoc member of the selection review committee when it concerns hiring someone for a senior municipal position. Council continued discussion of the hiring policy during the closed session of its July 9 meeting without coming to any decision.



The paved roads and sidewalks around East Hawkesbury Township may get the infrastructure version of a CAT scan to check their condition and with future municipal improvement planning. —photo Gregg Chamberlain


The scanning project is part of the muni- cipal infrastructure assessment. The electro- nic scan pictures of the various paved roads and sidewalks will indicate their condition and help township staff plan and budget for future improvement work. The township has a conditional agreement with StreetScan Inc., a company that specia- lizes in electronic scanning and analysis of roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure. Cost of the contract is about $30,000. If the township can get the FCM grant then the municipality will just have to pay between $6000 and $7000 as its share of the contract.

East Hawkesbury staff want to know what the underside looks like for the paved roads and sidewalks around the municipality. Township council approved a recommen- dation from administration to apply to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for a grant from the agency’s municipal asset management program to help with the cost for an electronic scanning examination of East Hawkesbury’s paved roads and sidewalks.

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