The Village of Grenville has a new mayor, but residents will still be voting in a special election.

Former councillor Pierre Thauvette, who has served as acting mayor since former mayor Luc Grondin died in November, 2018, was acclaimed to the role when nominations closed at 4:30 pm on Friday, March 8.

Thauvette resigned his council seat when the special election was announced on February 21.

The new mayor has been in municipal politics for 25 years, but said he is also learning more about some of the issues and files affecting the village.

Thauvette said the village council is hoping to secure up to $5 million from the Québec and federal governments for the restoration of the historic Grenville Canal.

He said there are also discussions underway with developers who are interested in vacant property on Rue Maple (Route 344).

Three candidates have registered to fill Thauvette’s former council seat. They are Gaëtan Pirate Carrière, Jocelyne Louis-Seize, and Ginette Therien-Delatour.

The advance poll for the special election will take place on March 31 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Village of Grenville Community Centre, located at 21 Rue Tri-Jean.

Election day itself is on April 7 and voting hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the community centre.

The special election in Grenville is not the only effort underway to fill vacant council seats in Argenteuil.  In Brownsburg-Chatham, council officially declared the seat formerly occupied by Kathleen Wilson vacant at the March 5 meeting.  Wilson died on February 7.  No announcement has yet been made on when the process of filling the vacant seat will begin.

Grenville Mayor Pierre Thauvette, left, at the March 13 MRC d’Argenteuil council meeting. Photo: James Morgan