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REPORTING · 26th May 2010
Walter McFarlane

At the Regular Meeting of City Council on Monday, May 17th, Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion: “That the District of Kitimat support the formation of a Community Foundation so the [Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT)] $50,000 funding can be accessed.”

Councillor Richard McLaren seconded the motion.

“The NDIT has a program where by they will provide at least $50,000 financial basis for the formation of a society, community foundation. We have some groups in the community that might be well positioned to allow us to achieve that for a communal effort. I think that we should follow through in much the same fashion other communities in the North have already done,” said Feldhoff.

McLaren said it was good Kitimat had people volunteering to get the program off the ground. Municipal Manager Trafford Hall wanted to know if the intention was to have the district or the volunteers do the legwork. Feldhoff replied the question was currently unfair. He said they should watch how the community groups have a go at this and how the committee evolves. If additional resources were required, they could back it up.

Councillor Randy Halyk commented he had studied this and it was an opportunity for funding they wouldn’t have the time or resources to get. “There is some good opportunity here and if we did have a lady, Warcup who suggested her group could spearhead this and if that’s the case, it wouldn’t take a lot of funding on our part. It would be advantageous to the community,” said Halyk.

Feldhoff clarified to get the funding, the District of Kitimat must provide a letter of support. He felt they were not looking for staff resources. The motion was called and carried unanimously.