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REPORTING · 8th July 2011
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan had some good news for the community at the beginning of the meetings of June 20th and July 4th.

“We’ve had many inquiries from industries and some have visited us and we will continue to have talks with them in the future. Of course, RTA has much of activity happening, as does apache, down the channel,” said Monaghan on June 20th. “There are very few apartments available, houses have had good sales, they have doubled from last year at this time and I am told there are only 140 listings which is very good.”

Youth are joining commissions and Cory Belmont is now on the Museum board and Madison Amado is now on the Advisory Recreation Commission. The library is still looking for a young person to join the board.

The District of Kitimat gave out 4 $1500 scholarships in June, they went to Micheal Brousseau, Connor Buick, Madelaine Kuppers and Brayden Marleau.

Monaghan added it was refreshing to see all the new faces in town. She has even seen moving vans coming into the community. “It’s a very good feeling to have activity again in our community,” said Monaghan.

On July 4th, Monaghan thanked the people who put on the Canada Celebrations and talked about their meeting with Blair Lexstorm.

The funding for the feasibility study has been secured and the next step is to sign Memorandum of Understandings between the First Nations involved.

One Demolition Permit has been taken out as a result of the Unsightly premises task force, Monaghan invited anyone interested to a meeting on July 12 at noon at the Chalet.

The Housing Task Force has completed the grant application. When the feasibility study is done, the people of Kitimat will know what type of housing is needed.

Monaghan encouraged people to go take a look at Echo Village for the Modernization which is shaping up. Apache is working at Bisch Creek.

“One can feel the excitement with so much activity in the air with these industries and soon, more to come. People are commenting to me about all the new faces they are seeing in town and the Council and the Mayor welcome all of you,” said Monaghan.