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REPORTING · 20th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council Meets tonight, Monday February 20th at 7:30 Pm in the regular Council Chambers.

There are six presentations scheduled for the Council meeting. The first is from Staff Sergeant Steve Corp with his Monthly Policing Report for January 2012. This is followed by an update from the Invasive Plant Council. Dr. Greg Halseth from UNBC steps up next with a presentation on the Social and Economic Transformation Process.

The Kitimat Heritage Group has something to say to Council about Kitimat’s Sidewalk maintenance program for 2012. This is followed by Kevin Barry of Coastal Taxi who is addressing the Taxi Licensing Restrictions. Finally, Dieter Wagner of Douglas Channel Watch talks to Council about Sitting on the Fence.

After approving the minutes from past meetings, Councillor Mary Murphy has three motions to put towards Council. The first two concern the Animal Shelter, investigating the costs of building a crematorium there and adopting a mandatory spay / neuter bylaw.

Murphy’s final motion is for Kitimat Council grant her approval to attend the Building Sustainable Communities Conference in Kelowna between February 27th and March 1st.

There is one bylaw on the agenda and this is the Flat Tax Amendment Bylaw for 2012.

11 reports have been scheduled for the Council meeting. They include the request from the Heritage Group, a travel grant request and the statement of accounts. The Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club is looking for a capital grant to purchase a new grooming machine for their ski trails within the next three years.

There is a report concerning bidding to host the BC winter or summer games in 2016 or 2018. Council has also received a report concerning moving the Council Meetings to Riverlodge. There is a report concerning the use of public land for Jobfest in May. This is followed by a report on the housing needs assessment committee.

There are three verbal reports. The first is from Councillor Edwin Empinado on the Immigration meeting. This is followed by a report from Murphy on the Advisory Recreation Committee Meeting. The final report is the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation from Councillor Corrine Scott.