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REPORTING · 11th December 2009
Walter McFarlane
For a cold winter night, there was certainly a lot of talk about the outdoors at the Kitimat City Council on November 23rd. One topic dealt with a partnership between the Alcan Anderson Creek Shooting Society and the District of Kitimat over the Fire Mountain Shooting Range.

In a memo, Trafford Hall, Municipal Manager explains that the AACSS has been located on Rio Tinto Alcan property and has been given notice that it must relocate as RTA requires the property. Afterwards, they approached the District of Kitimat to form a partnership with the Fire Mountain Shooting Range which would combine the two.

Rio Tinto Alcan has agreed to fund a part of the relocation costs and AACSS is eligible for grants from the Federal Government. The partnership would cost the District of Kitimat no further money other than what they put into the range already.

The AACSS plan to construct a restricted and prohibited firearms range, trap range and an open access small and big bore rifle range at the existing range. It has been suggested that there will be a cost to use some of the newer ranges. In addition, the range will be closed once a week to the public for club shooting, three weekends a year for club events and the club will have access to the range for competitions. Administration advised City Council to enter into the Partnership.

At the City Council meeting, Municipal Manager Hall was asked to explain the partnership. Councillor Gottschling moved to enter into a partnership agreement. Councillor Feldhoff and Councilor Halyk were concerned about restricting members of the public from using the facility. Hall explained that the two groups have compromised. When the shooting range is closed to the public, the gate at the entrance will be closed.

Councillor Halyk however pointed out that at the moment, the site was nothing more than a lean-to on a mud hill and that this partnership would improve the shooting range. “I think it will turn into a nice site and I think it’s a matter of you have to give a little to get a lot,” said Halyk.

Councillor Bob Corless stated that the road has not been well maintained and thanked one of the Cablecar residents who has been maintaining that piece of road. The motion was called and carried.