More on March council meeting

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Mo Laidlaw

More information is now publicly available on a few items of the Pontiac municipal council meeting held March 8, 2022.

Employees assistance program

Some employees may be suffering from stress due to the pandemic and staff changes at the municipality. As the municipality doesn’t have a human resources department, it will pay for an employee assistance program from LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) for $3.34 per employee per month in 2022-23.

Administrative restructuring

Readers will have noticed that some new municipal hires failed to take up their posts in the current job market, with fewer qualified people than jobs. The firm Médiation et Coaching Outaouais Inc made recommendations alongside the Administration, Finances and Human Resources committee with regard to
management positions, salaries, and redistribution of roles and responsibilities. The Recreation, Community Life and Communications coordinator position will be in a new compensation classification, “A”, while two other new positions are classified as “manager 2”: Director of administration and Project manager.

Conversion of streetlights to LED

Énergère was awarded a contract in September 2021 to convert all streetlights to LED. It is a joint project with the Féderation québécois des Municipalités and will cost $57,444 + tax. However, 70% of Pontiac’s streetlights don’t have a fuse holder, which will need to be installed before Énergère can do the conversion to LED. A resolution was passed to ask Hydro-Québec to replace defective fuse holders and install missing ones, for $360 per streetlight.

Sewage treatment

Mayor Roger Larose gave notice of a new bylaw concerning “tertiary treatment systems with ultraviolet disinfection” for wastewater (typically applied to remove low concentrations of contaminants such as heavy metals and toxic chemicals from water that are difficult to remove by other means). This might mean an upgrade to the Quyon sewage treatment plant.

Building rental policy

Council mandated the recreation committee to review the rental policy for community centres and other municipal buildings, and to submit recommendations.