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REPORTING · 7th December 2011
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan provided a Mayoral Address to the Community of Kitimat at the Statutory Meeting of City Council On Monday, December 5th. It has been reproduced for you to read below:

ďAt this point in time, I have an opportunity to have a Mayorís address. CAO Ron Poole, Staff, Councillors, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good Evening.

Thank you for attending this evening to help us celebrate our victories. We have three new Councillors, Councillor Edwin Empinado, Councillor Phil Germuth and Councillor Mary Murphy. Welcome to the Political World.

To my Three Councillors who are continuing their political journey, Councillor Feldhoff, Councillor Goffinet and Councillor Scott.

You will note, in each instance, I went alphabetically and not gender so please forgive me if you were last on the list. So welcome back to the three that I just mentioned.

I look forward to working with both the old and the new, to create a positive working atmosphere for the community in Kitimat.

When I became Mayor three years ago, things were bleak. Methanex closed and then the big blow, Eurocan closed. And Iíve said this before and I will say it again. I felt like the Mayor of Doom. However, at the moment, many new industries are on stream and I feel like the Mayor of Boom.

Of course, the RTA Announcement of 3.3 billion investment in Kitimat last week was very welcomed and the LNG projects, Apache, BCLNG and the big Shell Canada saying in their building stage, they will be employing 5-7000 workers up to 8 years or more.

Council must visit the numbers of workers and extrapolate that into housing need and although we have camps, schools, hospital needs, policing, emergency services and so forth will have to be looked at.

Tomorrow night, we have an impact dialogue group which will start looking at these aspects.

We have a mall that is scheduled to be upgraded and a motel being built in itís complex and yes, we have Tim Hortonís opening in 2012 and it was confirmed that it was going to happen by Mr. Jenson, the senior Vice President last week.

We have several housing developments also which are inquiring and we will also be looking at those. A task force on housing was developed last year and the feasibility should be done soon. A task force on unsightly premises was initiated and we are not targeting those individuals who are not able to upgrade, however, we are strengthening our bylaws.

We also have a ferry task force. A ferry from Bella Bella, Klemtu and Hartley Bay. And it will bring students to our educational facilities to prepare for our work force. We were told in some communities, 80% are now unemployed.

We would bring them in also for medical reasons and also to bring up products from their crustacean farms, plus tourism, going back into those communities for a cultural experience.

Council is also looking at wharf facilities to accommodate the industries that would come here if we had wharf access. We have three potential developers for a wharf now and also for a rolling mill who would create pipe and manufacture it for the pipelines and Council will be working with them in the coming weeks and months.

This is exciting and I will be looking forward to working with this new Council to make Kitimat a better and more vibrant place to live, to work and to raise a family.

I would like to thank at this time, all the individuals who believed in me to work for them for another three years. I would also like to thank the ministerial association who met with whatever Council members would attend almost monthly for a few years, to look for guidance in the community and also the prayer Canada group that met weekly to ask for guidance for Mayor and Council. Thanks for your dedication.

As you know we have a new CAO, Ron Poole and I know we all look forward to working with him, and will look too him for guidance. I look forward to working with this Council. We will be respectful and willing to work together with the community and industries for the betterment of Kitimat. We will have some interesting decisions to make.

I would like to tell my Council now, that I have an open door policy, as I did previously. If you have any questions or problems, I am there 24/7 and I look forward to working with each one of you. The open door policy also goes for the community. I have been and will always be there for you, just a phone call away.

Thank you Kitimat, and God Bless You All. Thank you.Ē
Manufacturer of pipes for pipelines??
Comment by Bill Vollrath on 14th December 2011
Wow, that's the first I've heard of a pipe-rolling plant. Not only is Enbridge going to stuff their pipeline right up our butts but they're going to have us make the damned stuff first!