Com­mu­nity sup­port mi­nor fac­tor

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff North Glen­garry will be stay­ing with the Royal Bank of Canada for the next three years af­ter RBC ranked high among in­si­tu­tu­tions sub­mit­ting bids to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Only Coun. Michel Depratto op­posed the de­ci­sion in favour of the sta­tus quo.

Town­ship staff had rec­om­mended coun­cil con­tinue to use RBC since it had the best score of 93 per cent in the town­ship’s rat­ing sys­tem. Sco­tia­bank got a score of 76 per cent, BMO Bank of Mon­tréal 74 per cent, and La Caisse pop­u­laire de la Val­lée Inc. 63 per cent.

The cri­te­ria in­cluded in­ter­est earned, 20 points, pro­posed fees and charges, 15 points, de­tailed tran­si­tion plan, 20, on­line bank­ing, 20, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions, 10, com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, 5, and ref­er­ences, 10 points.

Some coun­cil mem­bers had pre­vi­ously noted that Sco­tia­bank and La Caisse pop­u­laire have made sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions for com­mu­nity projects over the years and had wanted to ad­just the rat­ings by putting more em­pha­sis on “com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

CAO Daniel Gagnon said the town­ship mod­elled the ten­der rat­ing sys­tem on Stor­mont, Dun­das, and Glen­garry United Coun­ties‘ method. It added a com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion cat­e­gory only be­cause coun­cil had asked for it. This item isn’t part of the Coun­ties’ cri­te­ria.

He added mak­ing a de­ci­sion about what is best for the town­ship’s fi­nan­cial ser­vices “isn’t about what they are putting into the com­mu­nity.”

On the is­sue of com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDon­ald, who chaired the meet­ing in Mayor Chris McDonell’s ab­sence, said “the United Coun­ties don’t fund com­mu­nity groups and they are pro­vid­ing lots of money into the com­mu­nity.”

When the mat­ter first came to coun­cil in the Fall of 2015, trea­surer Jo­hanna (An­nie) Le­vac had in­di­cated the RBC pro­vided a good in­ter­est rate.

The town­ship re­port stated: “The Royal Bank in­cluded com­pli­ance to all of the town­ship’s re­quest for pro­posal re­quire­ments for the sup­ply of bank­ing ser­vices, as well as the high­est

rat­ing over­all.”

Rat­ing de­tails

The CAO, trea­surer and deputy trea­surer to­gether had pre­vi­ously eval­u­ated all the pro­pos­als as a com­mit­tee be­fore mak­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion to coun­cil.

Some coun­cil mem­bers had pre­vi­ously asked for a thor­ough break­down of the rat­ing sys­tem to com­pare how each fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion rated, but the town­ship had to con­sider con­fi­den­tial­ity obli­ga­tions and wasn’t able to pro­vide a full break­down.

Mr. Depratto still wanted to see a break­down in the rat­ing sys­tem.

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