THREE-RIVERS — The new city council of Trois-Rivières, at least some of his advisors, do they micromanage? This is what believes the mayor of Trois-Rivières, Yves Lévesque, who now believes that there is a burden to the City because of this micromanagement, and that the role of city council should be more that of giving the broad guidelines.
The mayor made this statement during an interview given to the issue Trip to Trois-Rivières broadcast on the web and animated by Alain Gaudet. He answered at the same time, a question from a member of the public, who asked if a councillor would be required to work full-time.
The mayor considers that the role of a councillor is not a full-time, but currently, it is “because people are doing a lot of micro-management”. “When you do it, it is either that you don’t know what is your role, or you have hired the wrong employees,” says Yves Lévesque, who believes that this is not the role of an adviser to do so.
Comments that have greatly react around the table of the council, especially among the new councillors who do not hide work to establish new ways of doing things in the municipal council.
“It is quite the opposite in my opinion. We are trying currently to keep us away of the clerical tasks that we choke and don’t leave us the time to work to develop a comprehensive vision of what we would like the City to become,” says Mariannick Mercure, an adviser to the district of Forges, who is said to find particular to hear this from the mouth of Yves Lévesque, the former clerk Gilles Poulin had qualified for the champion of micro-management.
“If what we want is the status quo, then yes it will be part-time. But if you want a culture change, which is my case, and go towards a new vision, then it is necessary to put in the time,” she says.
Claude Ferron, for its part, has left its employment when he was elected to dedicate himself full-time to the City. “Yes, I ask a lot of questions, it is my role. If micro-managing means ensuring that the interest of the citizens is preserved and that the policies developed comply with the desires of the citizens, then I plead guilty”, lance-t-il. This is a view shared by his colleague Pierre-Luc Fortin, who believes that the remarks made by Yves Lévesque were gearboxes, demagogues, and that it was misinformation.
“You get involved, we ask questions, we go to the end of things. It’s my job to ask questions. If the answer satisfies me, then I let go of the officials. But as elected officials, we are responsible and accountable,” says Mr. Fortin. “What seems to be disturbing, is that it is no longer business as usual. Yes, the officials have may be more work because by our methods, we put the pressure on the machinery of municipal government. But in no time, none of us has questioned the competence of civil servants,” says Denis Roy. “If it means that one becomes more involved, so much the better! Because this is the mandate that was given to us by our citizens,” adds François Bélisle.
For her part, Sabrina Roy believes that, with two councillors in the least since November, as well as the addition of numerous committees at the expense of the advisors in addition to the attendance at the city council, she works full-time as a municipal advisor. “It always depends on the number of committees on which you seat, and the schedules are different from week to week. But no, I do not consider that micro-management”, she says.
Maryse Bellemare is dedicated to full-time to his duties. “It is normal that the new pose a lot more questions at the beginning. Some people want to get answers more quickly than the other. But we added a lot of sub-committees, which are created by processes that were already started before us,” recalls she.
“I think that we want to be ambassadors of our City, then we must have confidence in the device. The trust is built up and it needs to be earned. Not to ask these questions, it is not fully play its role”, writes Dany Carpentier.
Some advisors believe that the mayor was telling the truth, and that there really is a burden at this time. “It is heavy. When one seeks always to know the why of the why, but it adds to the task, especially on some of the committees. It is okay that they ask questions, but I don’t accept that you doubt the word of public officials or other elected officials” suggests Michel Cormier.
“I feel that it is heavy, and in my opinion this is not necessary. Me, I’m not an urban planner, I’m not police… I ask questions but I also have to trust the people in place. The folders, there is no progress if it is questioned for five hours, and that at every step you make, you scratch and you scratch,” adds Valérie Renaud-Martin, who decided also to devote themselves full-time to this work, “because when I was elected, I didn’t want to do the work in half”, she adds.
Daniel Cournoyer also feels this burden. “Me too, when I started my first term, I fouillais many records because I was learning. But currently, it is not funny. Sometimes we have meetings that can last for 5 or 6 hours. It is heavy. A given time, it is necessary to also trust the employees. We have excellent employees, excellent managers, too. I have not a blind confidence, but a very great confidence anyway,” notes the municipal councillor of Sainte-Marthe.