Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9 a.m.
François St-Amour sworn in as new warden
Economic development will be priority number one for François St-Amour as he takes on the mantle of warden of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell for 2018.
The mayor of The Nation Municipality was acclaimed as the warden for Prescott-Russell (see photo) for next year during the Wednesday inaugural session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) council. He takes over the post from Mayor Gary Barton of Champlain Township, who served as warden for 2017.
During his inaugural speech, St-Amour emphasized economic development as his chief priority for the counties during his term next year as warden. He promised support for a new directive for the UCPR economic development and tourism department to deal with electricity and natural gas supply needs for local business and industry in the region, and assist with the efforts of the eight member municipalities to develop their commercial and industrial sectors.
“I also plan to ensure a continuity of certain regional projects and advocacy from 2017,” said St-Amour, “such as the construction of the new Prescott and Russell Residence, the widening of County Road 17, our ambulances being dispatched in the City of Ottawa, fire dispatch communications within our eight municipalities, and the management of social housing and domiciliary hostels in Prescott and Russell.”
This will be St-Amour’s second term as UCPR warden. He held the post in 2012.