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REPORTING · 12th March 2012
Walter McFarlane

Mayor Joanne Monaghan started Council with her traditional good news on Monday, March 5th. She started with the Draft Budget from last week and expressed the Council would only be increasing taxes by 2.5%.

“Let me say that this is a draft budget and the adjustment to rates and the five year plan are still outstanding. If anyone would like a copy of the draft budget, you may pick one up at the District Office,” said Monaghan.

She explained Tim Horton’s have been approved by the Drawing / Design Committee. It is ready to proceed.

Monaghan moved on to the Grant Writer. NDI Trust approved the Grant Writer Position for 2012 and a Grant Writer has been hired for the year. Any organization who thinks there is a grant for them out there can contact the Grant Writer.

Doctor Fondell from UNBC will be traveling to Germany to talk with them about the Pytrade Project and a biomass research centre in Kitimat.

Monaghan stated she talked to Minister of Transportation, Blair Lekstrom. They discussed the Ferry, the West Side Corridor Road and the Wharf. She stated she hoped he would visit Kitimat as soon as the Legislation was out.

She also announced DL Baker would have 60 workers on site for the anole bake furnace building. The KMP site anticipates hiring 900 more workers by fall. Kentron will work the concrete and Kitimat Iron has achieved a stake in a Bus Bar Fabrication Contract.

“That’s really helping our local businesses and that is our good news for tonight,” said Monaghan.