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REPORTING · 5th May 2011
Walter McFarlane
While there may have been an election on Monday May 2nd, this did not prevent a regular meeting of City Council. While the meeting was in progress, the Councillors received several updates on the tallies during the election.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked everyone who tuned into the meeting and delivered a quick update on the goings on in Kitimat at the start of the meeting.

”Mayor and Council had a productive meeting with [Rio Tinto Alcan] last week and we were given a very interesting update on their activities. 440 men will be engaged in work by summer so I would suggest you take a drive down to RTA and see the Atco Village that’s taking shape. It’s quite impressive. They will be up to 1700 workers by next year,” said Monaghan.

She explained Kitimat LNG was doing work at Dee’s Cove falling trees and running tests. The Housing Task finished finding funding for the feasibility housing and they will determine if Kitimat need housing for assisted living, housing for people with disbilties, both or something else.

“This weekend, Council and Mayor will be interviewing for the managers position. We had fourty applicants and we shortlisted last week to five,” said Monaghan.

The ferry task force has it’s funding complete for their feasibility study for looking at the size of the ferry they will need for passengers and cars. They are looking at a ferry from Norway, the one they were looking at before was lost in the Tsunami.

The task force for unsightly premises will be meeting will be meeting with District of Kitimat staff on Friday to determine how to clean up the community.

Mayor Monaghan encourages anyone who wishes to join any of these task forces or have suggestions to contact her.