MAYORS REVEAL THEIR NEW YEAR’S WISH LIST PRIORITIES
New Year’s resolutions for both the new and re-elected mayors in PrescottRussell focus on dealing with local highpriority items for their communities and developing closer ties with constituents.
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Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin of Alfred-Plantagenet Township and Mayor Daniel Lafleur of the Village of Casselman both are familiarizing themselves with their new positions as head of their communities.
“I want to stay available to our citizens, and to the community,” said Mayor Sarrazin, adding he expects to make more use of social media to both inform ratepayers about local issues and get their views. “I want to get the citizens more involved in the decisions of council.”
Mayor Lafleur noted that one of his priorities early in the new year is to fill the one empty seat remaining on village council after newly-elected councillor Johanne Sirois announced, two days after the October 22 municipal election, that she would have to step down for professional reasons.
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He listed discussions with Hawkesbury & District General Hospital about getting a satellite emergency room setup for the village as one priority for 2019. Other goals include bringing the new wastewater service project, designed with the help of the University of Ottawa, online and working by December this year.
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Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin: AlfredPlantagenet Township
Mayor Normand Riopel: Champlain Township
Mayor François St-Amour : The Nation Municipality
Mayor Paula Assaly: Hawkesbury
Mayor Daniel Lafleur: Casselman
Mayor Robert Kirby: East Hawkesbury