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REPORTING · 12th October 2010
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council met for their regular meeting of Council on Monday, October Fourth. Not present were Councillorís Gerd Gottshcling and Councillor Randy Halyk. Mayor Joanne Monaghan called the meeting to order at 7:30 Pm.

First off, Monaghan congratulated Anthony from the Northern Sentinel who was away getting married. Congratulations.

The first presentation was by Peter Weeber on the 2010 BC Winter Games. He presented an overview of the aftermath of the games. He recognized Kitimat for the assistance, a critical role in making this happen through their volunteers. He thanked the recreation department for the role they played and Dr. Lombard at the hospital as they had a serious injury and might have lost an athlete. He also thanked West Frasier as one of the last rolls of paper was used during the event and Rio Tinto who donated the aluminium for the torch and gifts for guests and officials. Monaghan commented it was good to see the two communities working together.

Debby Rajala took the stand next to speak about Kitimatís Garbage. She had been appalled with items students left behind at the end of the school year, the trash on the side of the road and at our dump. She recommended a trash to treasure day where people can put their unwanted items out on their lawn. It would cut down on the garbage going into the dump. Councillor Feldhoff said it was amazing the garbage at the dump. He said people had to make the effort. Rajala said if it was advertised enough, people would make the effort. It was a huge success in Castlegar. Councillor Rob Goffinet said his Children also spoke highly of this.

Allen Smith stepped up to represent 20 families from Edmonton who have been coming out to Hirsch Creek to camp for the last 20 years and were asked to move by RCMP in July. He reminded Council the vacationers stopped coming to Kitimat, Kitimat would lose money. Feldhoff thanked Smith for raising this issue. Smith presented Council with a letter.

Madeleine Robinson took the stand next. She explained she is involved with the MESS Parent Advisory Council. She explained the courts are in need of repair and they were forwarded to the Aviva Community fund, a competition. She requested to get people involved in the competition by registering with the Aviva Website and voting daily.

After approving minutes, a notice to title was placed on 1457 Cormorant Avenue which was carried with out discussion, West Coast Amusements LTD were granted approval to occupy public land on May 2nd and 3rd of 2011 and capital funds were transferred from the capital fund for landscaping around the pool would go to replace the floor of the community room in Riverlodge.

Council referred the concerns of Rajala to KUTE and the Engineering Department. Feldhoff also asked for a notice of motion on wood burning at the dump. A motion was made to support the Telethonís move to a community foundation. It was carried. Finally, a motion was made to have staff explore the tennis court project and support the Aviva community fund.

Into new business, Councillor Feldhoff brought forward a round of funding from Towns for Tomorrow and Council has project they could put forward. He moved to receive a report from staff on this at their next meeting.

Feldhoff also made a motion for staff to report back on the suggestions made by Smith. He wanted to keep the park available for campers. He said although Council wanted to make the park a wilderness park. Corless said he was interested in why the RCMP were there as other people had stayed their without having the RCMP go out.

Goffinet wished to report to Council to give a quick report about UBCM. The report can be found here. With no further business, Council moved in camera and the meeting came to a close.