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REPORTING · 7th August 2010
Walter McFarlane
Dark Clouds on a Bright Summer’s Day: Part 3

Gottschling had finished reading his prepared statement, it was Tuesday August 3rd and the City Council Meeting was in full swing.

“Councillor Gottschling has put into the package a full length report by Mr. Cuff and the recommendation we have from staff is that this is to be received for background information as a motion. This is not the first time that Councillor Gottschling has surprised myself,” said Councillor Mario Feldhoff. “I look forward to the discussion with Mr. Cuff but I disagree with many of the statements made by Councillor Gottschling. I remind him, the next election for Mayor and Council is next November.”

Feldhoff quoted Cuff as Gottschling had in his speech: “On the other hand, the fact that the Mayor has been elected as the chief elected official would lead one to believe that the others on Council would be sure to accord the Mayor the respect the office entails and to attempt to work with the Mayor in the pursuit of common goals.”

“I see things quite a bit differently then you do and I too would like to move together cohesively. If you want to bring forward a motion on Alcan or Eurocan or whatever, bring them forward. We’ll just fold them in with everything else. I think it’s incorrect,” said Feldhoff. He apologized for speaking to Gottschling when he should be speaking through the chair.

Monaghan had her own retort: “I would like to thank you very much for that, when you called me incompetent, I thought that was quite interesting. You said many things in the letter that you have that were not true. I’m not going to even bother to say which ones they are because I want to… the issues that are facing our community right now, I want to work together. I think we have to get this community together, we have to help this community instead of going on and on and on about this issue. We’ve been going on now for a year and a half, it’s time that we helped this community and work together. Let’s get going on it. I just… why do you want to bring this up constantly, put my name in the mud, well that’s great if you want to do it,” said Monaghan.

Gottschling wanted to know what was untrue in his statement. Monaghan said she would like a copy of his statement and go through it and tell him after. She refused to argue in public and stated there was a rule which prevented Councillors from defaming each other in public and it should have gone in camera.

Gottschling asked her if she understood the issues that he was talking about and said it was important that she share which things were untrue. Council began to argue over what was wrong. Feldhoff wanted this speech in writing so they could go through it. Monaghan wanted to know where she was incompetent. Gottschling referenced when she spoke to the Kitimat Terrace Industrial Development Society’s slide show, #21, Kemano Modernization.

He pointed out this was not one of Council’s decisions but was KTIDS telling her what to say. “That was not Council’s Decision, that was KTIDS telling you what to say,” said Gottschling.

Monaghan disagreed. “I did not say to have Kemano Completion finished, what I said was that the pump house at Kemano had to be refurbished and to get completed. This is not a place to go into a bunch of rhetoric…” said Monaghan before Gottschling tried to cut her off. She wanted to go forward.

Corless repeated the motion and asked Council to stick to it. Monaghan called the question and it was carried. Notably opposed was Gottschling.
like reading a tabloid rag mag
Comment by Dar on 8th August 2010
Kitimat Daily is looking like a tabloid rag mag when it comes to you writing about our council..shame on you..What is with the part 1, part 2, part 3 saga. This is not
journalism...its exactly as daytime soap operas write their story lines. As soon as I see part 1 on your stories...I don't bother reading them anymore...sorry not interested in your take on it, because I know the direction of your mud throwing.

Did nothing else happen at the council meeting? How about reporting that.. and not about the 'b__ slapping going on? You are behaving just as badly as the rest for always focusing on it. Lets focus on moving forward, and not giving ALL the attention on mud slinging our council.
I was so enjoying reading the 'news' of the north..not so much these days.
Sorry Walter, I am someone who applauded your style of journalism. Not so much when it comes to the council.

just my opinion...