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Mayor Monaghan and Councillor Gottschling engaged in cross table debate
REPORTING · 22nd December 2010
Walter McFarlane
At the City Council Meeting on December 20th, Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped down from the chair position to make a motion. The motion was for Council to write letters to the Library Board and the Museum Board to suggest they entertain a student or young adult sit on their board for input.

Stepping into the Chair was Kitimat’s newly sworn in Councillor Corinne Scott.

“During the couple of meetings that we had, I keep hearing all the time: ‘You don’t have enough youth input.’ So I approached the library board and the museum board and asked if they would be willing to entertain having another person on their board and they said ‘not on the board but to sit in and have some feedback’ on what they want,” said Monaghan.

She said the Library Board has looked into this already and they have said they want a letter. Councillor Gerd Gottschling wanted to know what right the Council had to request these boards add a youth as Council already provided members to these boards. He wondered if they were crossing their jurisdiction.

Monaghan said she talked to both groups and they thought it was a good idea. They want a letter to take to their boards. Gottschling asked why they could not institute this on their own. Monaghan replied the groups asked the Council to write a letter. Gottschling asked if it was the board’s decision and Monaghan agreed. Both were engaged in a cross table debate which had the new acting Mayor step in.

Scott asked for order and expressed her understanding was simply a request for Council to write a letter asking to entertain having a youth sit on the board who was not a board member. She called for a vote on the motion and it was carried.
Mayor Monaghan and Councillor Gottschling turn and face Scott as she calls for order
Mayor Monaghan and Councillor Gottschling turn and face Scott as she calls for order
Acting Mayor Corrine Scott explains question and calls for vote
Acting Mayor Corrine Scott explains question and calls for vote