REPORTING · 19th August 2010
The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine was in Kitimat on August 13th. They held their meetings at Riverlodge and got to see Kitimat. Last year, for the same meeting, they went to Hazelton.
The Regional District toured Rio Tinto Alcan in the morning with a bus tour given by Tino Pereira who updated the Regional District on what they were doing. In addition, Rio Tinto Alcan presented a $10,000 check to UNBC Medical Doctor Program on behalf of the Regional District.
“We also spent some time with the Kitimat Council discussing issues relevant to the Kitimat area rather then to the Regional District,” said Director Allan Lanctot who chaired the meeting.
Kitimat Council, along with Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union 298 president Mary Murphy presented on Eurocan and then Council inquired about Moon Bay and MK Bay Marinas and presented on Industrial Taxation.
“We toured the swimming pool, we toured Tamitik, we toured the City Hall down town. The Council Chambers, we went up to the Golf Club and Curling Rink and Riverlodge,” said *.
“On the whole, they were wowed. At one point, two of the Mayors, one from Dease Lake and one from Stewart said they were going shopping,” said Councillor Bob Corless at City Council, Monday August 16th. “’Oh, you have a wonderful pharmacy.’ Small things that we take so much for granted in our town that other people see as a real bonus. […] They even liked how big our Council Chambers were in our offices. We hardly use them there because they are not big enough but compared to what their using for Council Chambers, they’re huge.”
After their tour of Kitimat, the RDSK went out to MK Bay Marina because they vote on things relating to this marina but they never see it. They had supper at Seamasters where they talked with Alex Ross about MKB before going for their regular meeting at Riverlodge which lasted until 10.
“It was a full day but I think everybody really appreciated it, they really appreciated their tour, the wonderful facilities we have. Some of them said they bringing their granddaughters and such back to our swimming pool and spend a little more time in Kitimat,” said Corless.
“The most common thing for me was how much we have and yet we think we need more or we don’t have enough but compared to places like Dease Lake and Stewart and the Hazeltons, we have a bundle. That really became evident in the small day,” concluded Corless.