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REPORTING · 21st September 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council met for their regular meeting of Council on Monday September 20th. Not present was Councillor Gerd Gottschling. Mayor Joanne Monaghan called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.

Staff Sergeant Steve Corp took the stand to update Council on the Policing Report for August. The RCMP provided security coverage to the NEB hearings at Riverlodge, Dave Fahlman trained on the new roadside prohibition legislation and three members received radar training. In addition, three officers participated in the MS jail and bail at A&W.

The next speaker was Dieter Wagner on the NEB hearing Rally. He thanked the Council for the help from the staff, administration and the RCMP. He said it made a positive impact on the visitors to the community. He let Council know support in opposition of Enbridge is growing out of the province and out of the country. Monaghan thanked him for saying thank you.

Ellenor Kendall addressed Council thanking them for the support Peace Day which is today at 6. She thanked Martin Gould and John Klie for their support as well. She added that Council is supporting them financially with a program going into the schools for peace schools.

Barry Pankhurst took the stand last on the topic of bussing. He thanked Council for putting him on the agenda. With the cutbacks and changes to bussing, students are getting to school late. There are only two busses going to the school and if they take the later one, it sits at city centre until 8:30 and the youth arrive late and risk expulsion. After school, there is only one bus and it can only take 60 kids. Monaghan asked how many kids were being affected. Pankhurst replied it affects 150 to 200 kids.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff pointed out they had an open budget session. He asked if he had talked to Walter McLellen. Pankhurst said he had not but parents had. Halyk wanted to know if there had been two in the afternoon. Pankhurst said there were two in the afternoon. McLellen explained the bus routes and they discussed possibilities. Pankhurst suggested not having the bus stop at the mall.

He also told the council they did not have to take the money out of reserves. Feldhoff had suggested taking the money out of the savings for closing a school. Pankhurst expressed the school board had taken money out of reserves to face a deficit. Municipal Manager Trafford Hall said this is a change and suggested giving the youth who were coming late some attitude.

After approving minutes, Council moved on to reports. An ‘unsightly’ house on Lilloet was asked to clean up their yard before the district did it for them. Halyk suggested asking business owners to fix up some of their properties. Feldhoff stated the issue was uncut grass going into the fall/winter. Municipal Manager Hall pointed out this only comes after dozens of letters as for commercial buildings, they meet the community standards. It was carried.

The TINUP and the TECUP were approved as was the Kitimat Annual Transit Operating agreements. Under communications, Monaghan asked to table a letter from Debby Rejala as she was unable to speak to it that night. It was tabled. A letter from Prince Rupert had some false information.

In new business, Councillor Mario Feldhoff moved to refer the bussing issues raised by Pankhurst to administration for a report. It was carried.