REPORTING · 13th April 2011
Kitimat City Council met on Monday, April 4th. Margaret Sanou delivered the first presentation, an update from the Retire in Kitimat Task Force.
“We found that going to Edmonton was a very good place to go to promote Kitimat as both a place to retire and a place to fish,” said Sanou. “People were really, really interested, especially in the salt water fishing and the salmon fishing. More then 30 people told us they were very interested in considering Kitimat as a place to retire.”
She explained the affordable housing, the low property taxes, low municipal utilities, shorter winters, milder climates, the new hospital, out door activities, recreational facilities and the beauty of the town were what attracted people to the community.
She thanked the Council for the funding for 2011. She expressed Rio Tinto Alcan covered all of their costs save for travel and accommodation. They worked to keep costs down to $1500 for 8 days which came from their $30,000 from Council.
Councillor Randy Halyk inquired if anyone in Edmonton wanted to know anything on the pipelines coming to Kitimat. He expressed Edmonton is in the heart of Oil Country. Sanou replied they were asked by people about Enbridge and they replied it was a controversial topic and there were people with opinions on both sides.
She added North of 49 would be back in Kitimat. In summer of 2010, they came up and filmed footage of Kitimat for their program which focuses on people over 49. The week of the 4th, the film crews were back in Kitimat focusing on a new person of the week as well as Kitimat’s recreation facilities and staying fit.
During the statement of accounts much later in the meeting Halyk stated the District of Kitimat paid $5000 too North of 49 season 2. He wanted to know where this is coming from. Councillor Corrine Scott explained it was in the budget because it was a part of the $30,000 allocated to the Retire in Kitimat Taskforce. This money paid for their transportation and accommodations and retire in Kitimat decided they wished to look after it out of their budget.
Finally, Sanou and Doug Thompson presented Council with a 32 page booklet which will be their main tool to give to people to advertise Kitimat as a place to live and retire. Thompson did the layout and design of the booklet.
“This looks so good that I think I’ll retire here,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan as she glanced through the brochure.
Councillor Rob Goffinet wanted to know how many copies of the brocure they were printing. Sanou said they were printing 8000 copies. “I think most people in Kitimat would love this booklet. It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Goffinet. Monaghan wanted to know if he was going to retire in Kitimat as well. Goffinet replied yes.
Scott expressed the work was all done by volunteers.
An age friendly community workshop will be put up in conjunction with the Community Centre. The workshop will be concerning the changing needs in peoples lives as they get older. The workshop is on Wednesday, 27th of April at the Kitimat Senior Centre. To register, call 250-632-3405.