Municipality of Pontiac calls special meetings - New assistant DG hired, interim DG departs

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Carl Hager

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Council held a special meeting at Town Hall, April 25, where they extended the state of emergency in light of the weekend’s forecasts; other business included hiring a new assistant director general. About six members
of the public attended and two officers from the MRC-des-Collines police force  were present in the hall.
In light of the short public notice about the meeting, Labadie noted it was approved by Municipal Affairs and a copy of the communication between the two parties was distributed. 
The meeting, held with full quorum, began with the hiring of a new assistant director general, Geneviève Latulippe, a former employee of Deputy Marc Carriere (Chapleau) with a background in communications. Councillor Nancy Maxsom noted that council was voting on a resolution to hire a new administrative employee without seeing her resumé. Labadie assured council that Charlotte Laforest, the municipality’s interim director general, and Ginette Chevrier, Director of Finance interviewedLatulippe, and decided she had good credentials.
The meeting also marked Laforest’s last day as interim director general. The position has been posted, but a replacement has not yet been found.
Emergency preparedness was the main topic of discussion. Labadie said employees working overtime for flooding work are entitled to time and a half pay, which at their request can be taken as paid time off.
Ray Leon asked if residents could return to evacuated houses during the day to maintain pumps. Labadie said they could but that the municipality would be providing waivers disclaiming responsibility in case of accidents.
Councillor Leslie-Ann Barber said residents were concerned about the Quyon Community Centre and she suggested means to protect it. At the end of the meeting, councillor Susan McKay said residents are continuing to ask about the status of the Centre’s construction and opening. Labadie said the building is still in the contractor’s hands. “We have to do something about it soon, because we are starting to look like idiots,” remarked McKay.
Council met in camera to discuss disciplinary measures for two employees, which were approved by resolution. No further details were given. 
At another special meeting April 30, the municipality again extended its state of emergency declaration and gave Latulippe signing power for municipal matters.
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