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REPORTING · 6th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
Itís budget time at Council tonight, Monday February 6th. The regular meeting of Council starts at 7:30 and itís guaranteed to run long.

Budget Presentations start off the meeting and scheduled until ten minutes past nine. The following groups are presenting their budget tonight: Kitimat Victim Services, Kitimat Seniors Association, Kitimat Museum and Archives, Kitimat Arts for Youth, Mount Elizabeth Theatre, Kitimat Understanding the Environment, Kitimat Public Library, Kitimat Flying Club, Kitimat Golf and Winter Club and the Kitimat Emergency Plan.

There are two other presentations following it. Elizabeth MacDonald is scheduled to present on the Shelley Jackson Memorial Project and Christine Slanz is scheduled to present on the Northwest Science and Innovation Societies Childrenís Science Fair.

There are two motions during the meeting, both are from Councillor Edwin Empinado. The first is for Administration to prepare a report on Recycling and the desirability of prohibiting these items from our dump.

Empinadoís second motion is to write the Product Care Association and request them to do a consumer education program in Kitimat.

Reports is busy as well. Rio Tinto Alcan is looking for a Temporary Building Permit for the next phase of their camp. Shell on the other hand is looking for a Licence of Occupation for Harbour Road on Haisla Boulevard. The Snowflake Community Fairground is looking at a partnership agreement with the District of Kitimat.

The District of Kitimat is also going to look at its summer top up program for summer students. There is a recommendation to support the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards for 2012. Finally, there is a request for Council to approve a 2.5% wage increase for the District of Kitimat employees, as they were granted one during the contract negotiations.

There is a single communication to Council. A letter from Eva Krekic concerning Icy Sidewalks.