Briefly from June 24 Hawkesbury council meeting

Negotiations between the Town of Hawkesbury and its unionized workers in CUPE Local 1026 are moving slowly.

According to a report delivered at the June 24 council meeting from town Human Resources Director Dominique Dussault, a negotiation meeting was held with aquatics employees in the Recreation Department on June 6.  However, Dussault reported that CUPE 1026 has not requested any new negotiation days since they rejected the town’s last contract offer on April 29.

That offer included a 1.5 per cent salary increase.

Councillor Antonios Tsourounakis said it appears there is a public relations issue with the process.  “I don’t negotiate in the media, never did, never will,” said Chief Administrative Officer Daniel  Gatien.

“We’re not there yet,” he added in reference to if the town should begin a public relations campaign regarding the negotiations.

Gatien said there has been no indication from Local 1026 about when they wish to meet again.

“We’re still waiting for them,” he said.

Downtown hoedown

Councillor Yves Paquette announced that the FestiRive Western is taking place on July 27 at Place des Pionniers in downtown Hawkesbury.

This year’s event will go from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature seven country music acts.

If it rains, the event will be relocated to the Robert Hartley Recreation Complex.

Contractor for Cameron, Masonry for La Maison

Project Manager Guillaume Boudrias reported that a letter of intent has been signed with Hawkesbury Transport and Excavation for more than $1.8 million for the Cameron Street reconstruction project.  Work to completely reconstruct a section of the street will take place this summer.

Council approved hiring John G. Cooke and Associates and Keystone Traditional Masonry for the $165,000 cost of masonry rehabilitation work on the south wall of Maison de l’ île, home of Le Chenail Cultural Centre.

The town chose to select the firms outside of its normal tendering process as both had done the same type of work in 2018 on the north wall of the building.

County roads cash

Council approved the by-law accepting the amount of money the town will receive for municipal road improvements this year from the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

Hawkesbury`s 2019 allocation from the County Municipal Roads Transfer Fund is $136,389.23.

Golf tournament proceeds

The 2019 Councillor`s Golf Tournament was held on June 8 a La Cité Golf Club in Hawkesbury and it raised $5,803.20 for local youth-related organizations and initiatives.

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