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REPORTING · 21st October 2011
Walter McFarlane
A motion was scheduled to hit the table at the City Council Meeting on Monday, October 17th. However, it was quickly withdrawn. The motion was for Kitimat to attempt to host the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

“If I may move that Council consider submitting a bit to host…, I have to back off of this motion right now because of the report I received stating that our community just cannot hold this. We just don’t have enough rooms, we don’t have enough anything to make this work. Something that we have to look at in the future,” said Councillor Randy Halyk.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan was not so sure. “I talked earlier this afternoon with FCM and they’re going to send us all of the costs, the rooms we would need for holding the meetings,” said Monaghan.

Council told her they had sent this information. Monaghan replied there was different document which she would bring back to Council if it were, indeed, different.

According to the FCM Guidelines which were included in the Council Package, to host the FCM requires 150 three star hotel rooms within .5 km of the meeting site, One large meeting room and five medium sized meeting rooms, all at the same site.

Councillor Corinne Scott expressed this was a good idea because hosting this event would be a ‘Feather in our cap.’ She moved the motion for received for information.

”We’re constantly told to think out of the box. It might be a new experience for them if we got Rio Tinto to put them up in the camp,” suggested Councillor Bob Corless.

The motion was called and carried.
No Room?
Comment by Heather Kelsey on 24th October 2011
Perhaps the meeting space could be found in one of the schools that recently closed. And does it have to be 3 star hotels for the attendees? Mountainview Apartments did at one time, offer their suites for rent on a daily, weekly, and monthly rate.