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REPORTING · 20th October 2012
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan kicked off the City Council Meeting on Monday, October 15th with her traditional good news. She said her news would include areas which Council has been working on which she has not reported on in the past.

“Council met with the Northern Health Authority including Jonathon Cooper to discuss our needs with the Hospital and at a community level. As you know things are changing because the population has grown,” said Monaghan.

The Council participated in a conference call with a minster concerning the Ferry Task Force. The next steps are a feasibility study and a business plan.

Monaghan also was visited by a Japanese reporter who spent an hour with Council and provided his take on what was happening in Kitimat.

“The housing task force met and grants are being applied for. One of the big issues, of course, is low cost housing,” said Monaghan.

She reported the interagency committee met and she learned how the various groups are making Kitimat a better place to live during this time of transition.

Council also had lunch with a delegation from Japan who was interested in the business propositions taking place in Kitimat and how they might fit in with their plans.

“The British High Commissioner, Connie Robertson and Ingrid Potter, the Councillor General of England were with us for dinner and they were very interested in the products which we were going to have in Kitimat and if we could supply any of them to their country,” said Monaghan.

The Council officially formed an age friendly community group and they attended the Hospice 20th anniversary.

She listed 5 new store outlets in service centre: Autosense, KNH Auto and Industrial Supplies, Westco, EB Horseman and Steeplejack. Finally, Rio Tinto Alcan is creating a Laydown area behind the recycling depot.

“So Kitimat is growing,” said Monaghan.

Her final piece of good news was the opening of Alcan Beach to the public. She read from the announcement.

“I would like to thank RTA for listening to Council as we explained the disappointment of the citizens of Kitimat not being able to access the ocean. So again, thank you RTA and thank you Council for all you working together to make this happen. And Rio Tinto Alcan and the District of Kitimat, have committed to work together for finding long term solutions to ocean access,” said Monaghan.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan invited members of the community to join these groups as they always need volunteers.