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GREGG CHAMBERLAIN GLITCH GOOFS UP HAWKESBURY COUNCIL MEETING An unexpected technical problem prevented Hawkesbury council from holding its regular September 28 teleconference meeting. The schedule for the meeting was published on the municipal website early Monday morning as usual, along with the complete agenda package with all the reports. But the meeting, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. that evening, had to be cancelled because none of the support apps for the teleconference seemed to be working. 5IF5SJCVOF&YQSFTTTFOUBRVFSZBCPVU the situation through the messenger system of the Hawkesbury municipal Facebook page. Municipal staff replied that the meeting was cancelled because of technical problems and a new date and time would be confirmed later. One of the items on council’s agenda for the September 28 session was appro- val of a recommendation to purchase webcam additions for all the computers of council members and administrative staff to assist with virtual meetings in future and to also allow the possibility of a return to in-person sessions of council.


The value of tourism as part of the local economy is gaining support at the Hawkesbury council table. The September 28 regular teleconfe- rence session of Hawkesbury council was cancelled because of technical problems that prevented members of council and the general public from taking part. A new date and time for the meeting will be announced once municipal staff resolve the technical issue. Cancellation of the meeting has also delayed approval of one resolution on the council agenda to start the process for creating a tourism advisory committee for council. Councillor Antonios Tsourounakis presented council with a motion during its September 14 session for creation of the new advisory committee. The councillor noted the growing value of tourism for the local economy. The resolution in the September 28 agenda package also highlighted the role that tourism plays now in the local economy and its future importance to Hawkesbury in countering the current closures of some businesses, like Goulet Motosports, in the town’s downtown core area. The proposal calls for a nine-member committee to provide council with advice and recommendations on tourism development for the municipality.

Hawkesbury council is looking into creation of a new advisory committee that focuses on the role of tourism in the local economy. —photo

The nine members would include one representative for council, a member of admi- OJTUSBUJPO UIFFYFDVUJWFEJSFDUPSGPS5PVSJTNF Prescott-Russell Tourism, an official for Le centre culturel Le Chenail cultural centre, the United Counties of Prescott-Russell’s economic development and tourism director,

and three individuals from the community XJUICBDLHSPVOEFYQFSJFODFJOUPVSJTNSFMB - ted businesses, recreation, culture or other venues. The tourism advisory committee issue will return to the council table when the replacement date is confirmed for the cancelled September 28 session.


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