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REPORTING · 25th January 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council meets tonight and this is not a meeting to miss although it could be a long one. There are SEVEN presentations scheduled, SIX motions and FOUR reports and communications.

First off, Collin MacLeod, representing the Skeena Ministry of Environment is scheduled to talk about the Woodstove exchange program. Bill McIntyre VP of Marketing of sales steps up next to talk about Bio Coal and Bio Char. Tony Brady is up next to speak about safety cameras and finally Louise Avery steps up to talk about the museum kitchen renovations, two projects that got left in the dust.

Following those four presentations, the discussions about Council’s 2010 Budget continues with presentations from Municpal Manager, Trafford Hall, Gwen Sewell, Director of Planning and Steve Corp, Staff Sergeant of the Kitimat RCMP.

After approving minutes, the council moves into Motions. Councillor Mario Feldhoff has a motion to put aside money to conduct a 3rd party viability study of resuming methanal and ammonia production at Methanex. This will be followed by the two motions Councillor Gerd Gottschling spoke to at the last regular City Council Meeting in his new year's resolution as well as a motion to request that the province funds $200,000 of the feasibility study concerning Eurocan.

Councillor Richard McLaren has a motion to carry out the 5 year financial plan ahead of the budget and Mayor Joanne Monaghan has a motion to write letters to Imperial Metals and Nova Gold in support of their mining operations and Kitimat’s intent to lobby government to update the copper smelter study or start a new study.

Under reports, Council will look at a building permit extension for 120 Smith Street and topping up the summer student fund. Finally, before new business there is a communication from C. Urbanowski asking council to cancel their support of the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue at the MET as a part of the Winter Festival. The Final communication is from the Kitimat Museum and Archives concerning their Kitchen renovations.

It looks like it’s going to be one of “Those” meetings. See you there.