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REPORTING · 18th January 2012
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan opened up the meeting on Monday, January 16th with good news for the community of Kitimat.

“Council has been in many meetings these past two weeks getting ready for budget,” said Monaghan. “Each one was given an evening to update and to discuss the issues.”

Monaghan announced there was a meeting with Kitimat Health Advocacy Group this weekend where they talked about the expansion of services concerning the influx of population and the increase in workers.

She met with a potential motel developer. She expressed the community needs more motel and hotel rooms.

After a discussion with the people who were under the impression that the Town Houses on Kuldo were owned belonged to Jimmy Patterson, Monaghan talked with Glen Clark and found out they do not.

She talked with Blair Lekstrom on the West Side Road issue, the wharf and related items. He agreed to meet with Council soon.

Monaghan expressed the Enbridge Hearings were held in Kitamaat Village last week. She found them interesting and informative, although she was not able to attend all of them. It was all broadcast so they could tune in. She expressed Councillors Rob Goffinet and Mary Murphy were in attendance, as were Municipal Manager Ron Poole and Rose Klucas from Economic Development.

“There will be a public hearing at Mount Elizabeth at 7:00 this Wednesday Night. It is regarding the possibility of a closing of another school in Kitimat. This despairs Council and myself very much as we foresee expansion needed in schools because of the economic development initiatives in this area. Not closing them. So put that on your calendar, this Wednesday at 7:00, Mount Elizabeth,” said Monaghan.

She expressed the Task Forces will be meeting again now that the holidays are over and they will keep the community informed as they have those meetings.