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REPORTING · 21st November 2011
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council meets tonight, Monday November 21st at the Council Chambers in the Public Safety Building at 7:30 PM. If this year is anything like 2009, then this will the last regular meeting to feature Councillor Bob Corless, Councillors Gerd Gottschling and Councillors Randy Halyk so come out and wish them well.

The meeting begins with a public hearing concerning Service Centre Zoning.

Then Council goes in presentations, the Monthly Policing Report from Staff Sergeant Steve Corp and a report on Radley Park by Tom Berratt, a landscape architect.

There are three motions going out tonight. The first is by Halyk. The motion is to tie snow removal to the weather forecast and proceed when the depth of the snow is measured at three inches. This motion would undo a decision made during the 2010 budgeting process.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff is bringing forth the second motion. This motion is for the staff to bring back the previous report on alternate Council Meeting locations. This report looked at other district owned facilities in the community in an attempt to find one which is better accessible to people with disability needs. A decision was made in 2009 to keep regular meetings at the Public Safety Building.

The third motion is a recommendation by Municipal Manager Ron Poole. Two candidates have applied to join commissions in the community. The motion recommends Daniel Carter and Wendy Kraft are appointed to the Advisory Planning Commission.

Under Bylaws, the Final adoption of Council’s remuneration is set for approval. Council Remuneration is tied to BC Price Consumer index. This year, Council is set to receive a 2.1% increase in payment. This is followed by the third reading of a bylaw rezoning parcels of land in Service Centre. This is being done in an attempt to increase the size of the area.

There are four reports to Council to consider including an application for Temporary Commercial Use Permit from J Oviatt Contracting, a Development Variance Permit for Rio Tinto Alcan stores building and the Statement of Accounts from October.

A notable report comes from Barry Pankhurst, Chair of the Coast Mountain School District. He asks Council to consider improving the lighting condition in the Kingfisher Pedestrian Underpass leading to the Nechako School. The recommendation is to advise Pankhurst the lighting in the Underpass is adequate, having last been updated in 1983.

There is a single letter to Council under communications. This is a letter from Ted Bergen asking Council to entertain a police report in local news sources, similar to what the Terrace RCMP contribute to news sources in Terrace. The latest article from the Terrace RCMP can be found here.