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REPORTING · 21st November 2012
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan was unable to attend the City Council Meeting on Monday, November 19th. Read more about why and her statement by clicking here. Acting Mayor, Corinne Scott gave a report.

“Our CAO, Ron Poole sent a letter to the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, on behalf of the Mayor and Council asking for consideration for free boat launching at MK Bay Marina for Canoes, Kayaks and inflatable boats that don’t require a trailer. A reply was received from the Manager of the Regional District, Bob Marcellin, advising that there is no charge for launching these types of boats, but there is a $5 parking fee for vehicles,” said Scott.

The letter also stated that if anyone has been charged a launching fee for un-tailored boats, the Regional District is extending an apology. Scott thanked Poole for the work he has done to bring this message to Kitimat.

“Council also directed that a letter be sent to Greyhound opposing the reduction of service in Northern BC. The BC Transportation Board received 160 submissions regarding the reduced services. A decision will be made between December the 10th and January 10th,” said Scott.

She stated Greyhound is arguing they need to cut back on service having lost $14,000,000 for the fiscal year ending March 2012. Reducing the service on the routes would save $6.75 million dollars.

Scott also reported she had attended a retirement show in Calgary on November 3rd and 4th. They had a good turnout. They had 25 people who were certain they would visit Kitimat to take a look in 2013. They were impressed with the affordable housing, low taxes, recreation facilities and the state of the art hospital.

Scott also attended an age friendly community meeting on behalf of Councillor Mary Murphy and there were two grants applied for. One was for benches on the walkways and the other was for a community garden based on the Food Share Program.