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REPORTING · 8th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan brought forward her good news at the Regular Meeting of Council on February 6th.

“I want thank your Council tonight for the 1 and ˝ days that they spent doing the strategic plan. Now we have a strategic plan, we also have a vision statement. We also have a mission statement, wants and let’s do this for the community,” said Monaghan.

There are nine things on Council’s wish list which they are looking at. She is positive these will happen. Having a strategic plan was a motion brought forward by Former Councillor, Gerd Gottschling in 2010.

Monaghan expressed she had heard back from Apache who told them site preparation is generating jobs locally and provincially as they are moving to the construction phase. They are giving local workers and businesses the opportunity to get involved in the project. The work is progressing at Bisch Cove and they are clearing the land and building, access road and installing a dock. A work camp will go into the former Eurocan site shortly.

She reflected on a press release from the Premier about 800 long term LNG jobs in Kitimat and 9000 jobs in construction. Monaghan promised jobs in Kitimat. She expressed she was in talks concerning BCLNG. They were elated to have a 12 year window and they will go ahead.

Finally, NDI Trust has given the Community Foundation a $50,000 grant matching what was raised in the Aluminium City Telethon.

“I think it is a positive step for the re-inventing of the community of Kitimat,” said Monaghan.