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REPORTING · 5th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
Carl Whicher was the third candidate to introduce themselves. He went straight for the point.

“One reason I am here tonight is a desire to keep Kitimat residential taxes low, one of our very real advantages for the almost forty years I’ve lived here. As a councillor, I’m going to be suggesting we focus on a municipal budget, more reflective of our smaller population. Although there is a bit of a boom feel in town today, our reality is, three approved demolition projects at Eurocan, Methanex and RTA. Some considerable expenditures by RTA an unapproved smelter modernization, which will significantly reduce our draw base, and work on apache facility outside municipal boundaries,” said Whicher.

Whicher suggested a review of all municipal services and compare our cost to other municipalities, all while making the District of Kitimat customer friendly. He suggested reducing their debt from the pool quickly.

He wanted Council to focus on the big picture items and let administration handle the rest.

“We are a community on the ocean, not on the water and we need to fix that,” said Whicher.

He suggested meeting with anyone who could assist the community with job creation and infrastructure. He wanted to put a provincial highway to the Apache site to gain access to the ocean and put Kitimat by the sea. It would open up development opportunities.