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REPORTING · 9th May 2010
Walter McFarlane

Councillor Bob Corless took a step out of the Councillor's Chair at the City Council Meeting of Monday, May 4th to speak about the upcoming Memorial Hill Climb. He joked about the turnabout and began his presentation.

“Last year, we had a wonderful Hill Climb. The weather was great, thanks to Councillor Halyk, and I’m making him responsible for this year as well,” he joked. “We had about 3000 spectators over the day which was more then we planned on with 82 competitors trying to vie for King of the Hill.”

He explained this year's Hill Climb would be a Memorial Hill Climb for more than just Dave Saunders, who promoted Kitimat wherever he went. “This year, in 2009, we had a passing of a colleague of ours, Joe Iannarelli: very active in community activities and one of the people who kept pushing us along and always finding ways of making it work. I think we all learned a lot from it. It will be a memorial for Joe this year as well,” said Corless.

He thanked the businesses for their support last year and added many of them were hands on with them on the hill as well as the Terrace Drag Race Association and the Bulkley Valley Drag Race Association. Harley Bell, Co-Chair stepped forward. Corless stated any problems from last year's climb were internal.

Corless also introduced their new organization. Kitimat Racing Association and Northern Cruisers or KRANC. Bell thanked Council for their assistance last year. Corless thanked the District workers from the yard.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff thanked Corless for putting on the event and Mayor Joanne Monaghan echoed the thanks. Corless returned to his seat.

The Memorial Hill Climb is scheduled over the July 2nd-4th weekend over two nights, with the course being prepared and the training of the drivers and crews the first night.

The request was for Haisla Hill to be swept on July Second, Closed on July 3rd (or 4th depending on the weather), barricades, power, a community event grant of $1,500, radios and a water truck.

Feldhoff moved the recommendation. It was called and carried.