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REPORTING · 5th December 2012
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan was back in Council on Monday, December 3rd, so once again, the meeting began with her traditional good news. She also wanted to announce what was accomplished in 2013 and what Council did in 2012.

“I want to thank all of the Councillors, especially Councillor Scott and Councillor Goffinet who stood in for me in the last month as acting Mayors. I still have several weeks to go but things are progressing,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan congratulated Candice Peachy who was Fire Chief for the Day. She attended the unveiling of the workers memorial and the Remembrance Day Ceremony. Monaghan attended several meetings via speaker phone, meetings with Bob Rae, Jim Sinclair, NHA, PNG and the Mayor of Spruce Grove Alberta.

Council has met with Kyle Drummed, the new Regional Manager of Highways who was appointed recently. They have also met with a new industry which is coming in. Finally, they met with the MLA for Prince George Mackenzie, Pat Bell prior to the Council Meeting.

She went over a list of highlights which Council has done over the past year. The list included the Smith Street playground, the retrofit of the handicapped fishing area, the Centennial Park wall and fountain, the Kitimat Bear Aware program, the workers memorial rock, Clague Mountain Cabin, Municipal Gardening Program, the reconstruction of several streets and walkways.

The list went on to include repairs and maintenance around the community of Kitimat. Council gave away $275,000 to community organizations in the form of grants.

Monaghan stated there were 62 new businesses or ownership changes in 2012. “That means that every week, we had more than one new business or changes in start-up and we hope to add Tim Horton’s to that list just before Christmas,” said Monaghan.

She moved on to what is going to happen in Kitimat in 2013.

“Council and I are hoping to acquire three lots at Minette Bay for Water Access and we want to work with the Haisla in developing the old Hospital lands. To make Headway on the Westside Road which we talked to the Minister about today, also to make headway on our coastal Ferry and we’re also going to continue to work on the unsightly premises task force,” said Monaghan.

She said there were several instances of demolition this year. She thanked everyone in town and all of Council.

“I wish all people in Kitimat a very blessed Christmas. Thank you,” said Monaghan.