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REPORTING · 12th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
Learn more about the organizations presenting to Council. Watch them on Kitimat Daily Videos

Council is well into their budget process for 2012 by now. Monday, February 6th was a night for the community organizations to come out and make their budget requests to Council.

The first presenter was Tasha Harris from Kitimat Victim Services. Victim Services provides support and information for people who are affected by crime or trauma. The goal of Victim services is to lessen the trauma and try to prevent re-victimization. They requested $36,593 from Council.

Bill Witty from Kitimat Seniors Association presented to Council after. He told Council the Senior Programmer has been successful and positive addition for both the seniors in Kitimat and in the Kitamaat Village. He asked Council to consider a long term agreement with the programmer. He requested $23,500 to maintain the position.

Rachel Fournier, chair of the Kitimat Museum Board and Louise Avery came next. They have had a good year of collections, exhibits and programming. They have worked hard preserving the history of the community and putting on activities for youth in the community.

This year, they want to put on new educational programming, redesign a Kemano Display in the City Centre Mall and a redesign of the Haisla First Nation heritage artefact exhibit as the current presentation of the artefacts is inadequate. The Kitimat Museum is also one of nine museums in the province to host the aliens among us exhibit of invasive species. She asked for operating grant of $225,000 for 2012. She also asked for a capital grant of $20,000.

Avery switched hats to Kitimat Arts For Youth (KAFY. KAFY was formed to help re-establish the band program but supports all visual and performing arts for youth. They have since been relieved of funding the band program but keep supporting the arts. They asked for $3,500 for this year’s programs. They will be giving $14,000 to the Mount Elizabeth Band Program.

Mount Elizabeth Theatre asked for more money for this year. Brenda Feldhoff stepped up to the podium. She explained her facility is 30 years old. They retrofitted their lighting and need to look at their sound system. She requested increasing the capital to $20,000 for the purposes of the renovation. In addition, they are asking for $52,000 operating budget. Their priorities are the sound system, a system to allow the people backstage to see the performance, the lighting and projector.

Kitimat Understanding the Environment was next. Barb Hall stated they could operate at the same level as last year. They are no longer a pick up service and they are recycling new materials. They decided a grant of $52,819.20 would see them through the year. Ken Maitland expressed Large Appliances, such as dishwashers, should have a program to be recycled by July 2012. The BC Government is looking into this program.

Linda Campbell and Virginia Charron stepped up representing the Kitimat Public Library Board. Charron expressed there were more then 30,000,000 visits to libraries across the province. There were 65,550 visits to the library in 2011. She listed off the statistics of the library to Council. The library asked for a $403,000 operating Grant.

The Kitimat Flying club was the next presentation. They asked for $18,000 for the 2012 year. This is to compensate for a major piece of equipment that went down and to repair the deterioration of their well house.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan stated the airpark was working with Apache. Apache wants to replace the equipment but the airpark was looking at several options. Councillor Phil Germuth wanted to know if the industries were being charged for the use of the airpark. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to charge them in a municipal airpark. They can ask for donations but there is nothing to base it on.

The next presentation for budget was by the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club. They asked for the same grant as they have asked for the last couple of years, a $10,000 grant for to subsidize the facilities. They provide golfing, curling, tobogganing and open fairways to for snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.

The final presentation was for the Kitimat Emergency plan. The Emergency plan asked for $12,240 and $2000, for enhancements to the program. They need to gather information on the LNG projects and analyze the emergency plan. They are going to have a pair of exercises for volunteers.

An hour and forty minutes was Allocated for these presentations. The presentations only took an hour.