THREE-RIVERS — If the municipal councillors of the Three-Rivers would like to continue to do the “micromanagement”, they have the right, but will also have to acknowledge that it will result in additional costs to taxpayers. It is in this way that the mayor of Trois-Rivières, Yves Lévesque, returned Tuesday evening on his remarks on his annoyance surrounding what he considers to be the “micromanagement” on the part of some councillors.
“It is a political choice, but there are consequences of money. We did a reengineering in the last few years, not for fun but to be effective. If we are going in this direction, we will re-engage the world and there will be a cost to it. These are communicating vessels. It adds to the work of our public servants and the re-engineering of the garbage,” says Yves Lévesque, who says that Three-Rivers, thanks to this re-engineering has reached a level of excellence in relation to the costs of municipal services rendered to its citizens.
The mayor reveals that in a recent working committee on human resources, it has been noted that the officials who are now working more than 50 and even 60 hours per week, are no exception. “Their workload has been increased due to many requests,” he says.
Comments that suggest that some advisers perplexed, calling the mayor’s vision of an alarmist. “When we decided to make changes are all minor in the budget, we displayed the spectrum of “”it’s going to cost millions”. And here today, because it would raise too many questions and that we require that notes are taken, suddenly it will be necessary to reinvest in human resources ? We no longer believe it. One begins to understand the way to Yves Lévesque. And we understand also that what it says is that it is uncomfortable because there’s a change to the City,” says councillor Mariannick Mercure.
His colleague Claude Ferron hard to understand how one can justify such a pitch because of the demands made by the advisors. “It’s been six months that I am in position, I begin to ask questions. I don’t think with the questions that I ask, I am currently bogged down the civil service. Maybe that one has so stretched the elastic with the re-engineering that it is returned at the end and it will have a return of the pendulum to somewhere”, he adds.
François Bélisle, for its part, believes that the new board works differently, and that even the officials seem to rejoice in it. “Before, there were of “presenteeism”, the phenomenon of the green plant. Now, you are involved. I’m glad to see that the 14 elected officials are there for their citizens and are working, each in their own way. I can’t believe that a public servant is unfortunate that an elected official is interested in the job that he done,” he comments.
All three agree, moreover, to say that they have a totally different reading of the reaction of officials in the face of this change in culture, and they have even been thanked by some of them to get involved in this way in the affairs of the Town.
“The officials are working more, but the elected also. It can only be for the better. Even we are exhausted. It is a readjustment and we will find a point of balance,” says François Bélisle.