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REPORTING · 2nd May 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council meets on Monday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at the Public Safety Building. There are four public hearings and three presentations scheduled.

The public hearings begin with the Court of Revision for the 2010 Flat Tax rate, each Councillor has to swear an oath and authorize the flat tax rate. The second public hearing is due to Astral Media wishing to renew their lease for a tower they own which is on District Property.

The third public hearing is over Burrard Clean who wishes to licences access across the municipal water reserve. Finally, the Ministry of Forests wishes to a renew lease on a weather station at the Kitimat Airpark.

Scheduled to present to council are the Associations of Francophones and Francophiles du Nord Oust who wish to talk about the Winter Festival and Bob Corless who is requesting sponsorship for this year’s Memorial Hill Climb. The final presenter is Paul Henning, Vice President of BC Operations and Strategic Projects, Western Canada at Rio Tinto Alcan who was requested by Council to present on current activities on March 22nd.

After approving minutes from Council Meetings passed, Council moves on to motions. Councillor Rob Goffinet has a notice of motion: “That the District of Kitimat call on Rio Tinto Alcan to brief the District of Kitimat on it’s plans for the Moon Bay lands as soon as possible and to look at steps if any, the District of Kitimat could take along with the other interested stakeholders to maintain the moon bay as a marina facility for area boaters into the future.”

There is a second notice of motion from Councillor Mario Feldhoff: “That Mr Mel Kotyk, Area Director, Department of Fisheries and Oceans be requested to meet with Council to discuss issues related to the Kitimat Fish Hatchery and Fisheries Management.”

Under Bylaws, Council is scheduled to give final adoption to the 2010 – 2014 Financial Plan, Introduce the Tax Rate Bylaw for 2010 and give 3rd reading to the Refuse Control bylaw.

There are 5 reports. The first two reports regard the grant requests from AFFNO for the 2011 Winter Festival and the hill climb. The final three reports relate to the public hearings regarding Astral Media, Burrard Clean and the Ministry of Forests.

Finally, there is a single communications from Allan Young of Al’s Esso who is not supporting the Jose Salema's mobile hotdog stand. All this and New Business at Kitimat City Council Monday Night
AL Young still whining I see!
Comment by Jessy Damaso on 3rd May 2010
What's next Al? Are you going to complain to the DOK and Council that you should be the only one allowed to sell gas too! Give me a break and quit you're whining. I doubt the hot dogs/burgers you sell at your Esso station even have any impact on your bottom line. Gas, smokes and lottery tickets are what drive your business. Just another Kitimat business operator that thinks they have the right to monopolize what they sell and the DOK/Council should stop any business from opening up that will compete directly with some facet of their business. This guy has been whining since the Giant Foods days. Sheesh! It 2010 get you head out of your rear! It's called "COMPETITION" and it's legal. Oh but, he doesn't pay rent so that's not fair right Al? He doesn't have overhead costs like you do so that's not fair right Al? Jose, you should park your mobile stand in the lower Mall parking lot right across from the Esso everyday at lunch.
No need to monopolize Al
Comment by Daniel Carter on 2nd May 2010
I believe that new business in Kitimat whether big or small should be welcome in this community. We have weathered some big storms in the past with the bad economy and the closure of Eurocan and Methanex production. It is nice news to see that people such as Jose Salema wish to tackle any business opportunities. In my eyes, New business in the past was usually cut short due to established business owners shutting down any progressive ideas for new entrepreneurs. It is time now that the council and local business owners such as Al's Esso tear down the brick walls and start allowing some healthy competition.
Al, I am certain that you will not lose much, if any money on Jose's tiny venture. Stop being greedy. Furthermore, not everyone likes eating hot dogs at Esso.