REPORTING · 6th November 2011
Incumbent Joanne Monaghan was the second mayoral candidate to speak. She began listing personal accomplishments back until 1973.
“In 1980, I ran for Alderman, now called Councillor because I felt that you, as citizens of Kitimat needed a voice on Council with a positive approach to government. Someone who was accessible and who would respond quickly to every problem in a positive way,” said Monaghan.
She stated as mayor, she has focused on rebuilding relations with the first Nations, Rio Tinto Alcan, the BC and Federal Governments. From her work has sprung the KLNG, BCLNG and Shell Canada. She promised the people of Kitimat jobs and stated the BCLNG and Shell will mean more taxes into Kitimat. She added the Rio Tinto Alcan Modernization Project has created jobs.
There is a grant to bring Pytrade to Kitimat. She wants to create a break bulk port in Kitimat. She is working with the mall owner concerning revitalization. Tim Horton’s has a plan to open a donut chain in 2012 after being invited by Council.
Monaghan has formed and chaired three task forces. Unsightly Premises, Intercostal Ferries and Housing for Seniors. She also reinstated the Commission for Person’s with Disabilities. Finally, she welcomed the new Municipal Manager, Ron Poole to the community.