Two Verdun Borough Meetings This Week

April 15, 2014

Verdun Mayor Announces Nun’s Island Information Meeting on April 16 and Estate General Consultation April 17, Hires Five New People and Loses Vote

ParenteauDuring Verdun’s borough meeting on Tuesday, April 1, Mayor Jean-François Parenteau invited citizens to participate in a major estates general discussion about the future of the borough. The process will begin with a 5 a 7 on Thursday, April 17 in Borough Hall. A two-day consultation will follow on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31. More information will appear on the borough website after the launch Thursday.

Parenteau also announced a public information meeting about the new school on Nun’s Island in the current school gymnasium on April 16 at 7 p.m.

Verdun also plans to hire five new employees.

“These new resources will solidify our borough structures as we go into phase two of our reform,” said Parenteau.

These new hires are the second phase of the borough’s administrative reorganization. They include: a human resources coordinator, a secretary researcher, a financial resources management adviser, a planning architect and a communications officer.

They will cost $405,000 a year, with the first year coming out of the borough surplus. Their salaries will be included in the regular operating budget after that.

The first phase of the administration restructuring was a review that ended with the departure of two borough employees. Borough manager Pierre Boutin was released from the borough without cause. The review found some fault with urban planning manager Benoit Malette, who lost the promotion he got in 2011 after Dany Tremblay quit. Both employees have time remaining in their contracts with the City of Montreal and can be picked up by other boroughs who need them.

Near the end of the meeting, the mayor suffered a minor loss of face when Marie-Eve Brunet voted with three Projet Montreal councillors to defeat a motion about signage in exterior parks.

The borough provides a summary of the meeting in French on its website.

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