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The inau­gu­ra­tion of the new coun­ties coun­cil takes place in mid-De­cem­ber but there may be a lit­tle pro­blem fin­ding so­meone to take the po­si­tion of warden of the coun­ties for next year.

The tra­di­tion is that the po­si­tion of warden for the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell (UCPR) al­ter­nates each year bet­ween the mayors of the eas­tern part of the coun­ties and those of the west. The re­sults of the recent mu­ni­ci­pal elec­tion have left Ro­bert Kir­by, the in­cumbent mayor of East Haw­kes­bu­ry Town­ship, as the sole ex­pe­rien­ced can­di­date from the eas­tern part of the coun­ties. He hai ser­ved as warden in past years, du­ring thel time he has re­pre­sen­ted East Haw­kes­bu­ry at UCPR coun­cil. "I hadn't plan­ned on run­ning," Kir­by sai du­ring an in­ter­view fol­lo­wing the Oc­to­ber 2 coun­ties coun­cil ses­sion. "I've got quite lot on my plate right now. I won't be put­tin my name in for warden." The pro­blem is that the other three east ern mayors are all new to their po­si­tions a mayors, though at least one, Nor­mand Rio­pel of Cham­plain Town­ship, has ex­ten­sive pas ex­pe­rience as a coun­cil­lor for Cham­plai Town­ship to help him with be­co­ming ac­cus to­med to his new du­ties. In the past, UCP coun­cil has avoi­ded gi­ving the warden's post tion to a new mayor be­cause that per­son i bu­sy be­co­ming fa­mi­liar with the po­si­tion.


Mayor Fran­çois St-Amour is the cur­rent UCPR warden and, ac­cor­ding to tra­di­tion, will step down from the po­si­tion in De­cem­ber as part of the usual inau­gu­ral ce­re­mo­ny for the new coun­ties coun­cil.

There has been dis­cus­sion in the past about ma­king the warden's po­si­tion a twoyear term, to help pro­vide conti­nui­ty for the UCPR with some of its dea­lings on is­sues with the pro­vin­cial and fe­de­ral go­vern­ments.

As­king St-Amour, who is one of UCPR's wes­tern mayors, to conti­nue on as warden for ano­ther year could be one way to re­solve the si­tua­tion.

“I would ra­ther step down,” said St-Amour du­ring an Oc­to­ber 29 phone in­ter­view, “and see what the new mem­bers (of coun­ties coun­cil) have to say.”

Ano­ther so­lu­tion might be to al­low an ex­cep­tion to tra­di­tion and al­low the cur­rent ex­pe­rien­ced mayors from the wes­tern part of the coun­ties to stand for the warden po­si­tion.

“The tra­di­tion does call for it to be an eas­tern mayor though,” said Sté­phane Pa­ri­sien, UCPR chief ad­mi­nis­tra­tor. “But I’m going to do some ‘fi­shing’ to see.”


Le maire Ro­bert Kir­by du Can­ton de Haw­kes­bu­ry Est n’a pas en­vie de de­ve­nir di­rec­teur l’an pro­chain pour les Com­tés unis de Pres­cott et Rus­sell (CUPR) car il est trop oc­cu­pé avec les af­faires de sa propre mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té et ses pré­oc­cu­pa­tions fa­mi­liales. La tra­di­tion veut que le poste de di­rec­teur al­terne chaque an­née entre les maires de l’est des CUPR et ceux de l’ouest, mais les ré­sul­tats des élec­tions mu­ni­ci­pales de cette an­née ont fait de M. Kir­by le seul can­di­dat ex­pé­ri­men­té dis­po­nible dans l’est.

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