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REPORTING · 5th December 2012
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council voted for its representatives for the Regional District on Monday, December 3rd. Acting Chief Administrative Officer: Warren Waycheshen, took over the meeting to run the meeting for this point in time.

Councillor Phil Germuth nominated Councillor Corinne Scott for position of Director. Councillor Mario Feldhoff nominated Councillor Mary Murphy. Both accepted their positions and gave short speeches.

“I hesitated about accepting this nomination because I have been the representative to the Regional District for this past year. It has been an extremely busy portfolio,” said Scott.

She was not aware that being on the Regional District also meant being appointed to the Northwest Regional Hospital District. She expressed the board has been working on the function committee for the MK Bay marina. They have also accomplished many administrative things in the Regional District and she would enjoy the opportunity to finish the issues they are dealing with at the present time.

“I’m interested in the Regional District Position. It’s beneficial to have different points of view, different eyes, different agendas and different commitments,” said Murphy.

She expressed any of the Councillors would be an asset as they all have the best interests of the community at heart. She put her name forward to volunteer earlier in the year when attendance was an issue and was told the appointments had already had been made. She is interested in land use, water systems, solid waste management, the Northwest Regional Hospital economic development and moving forward the waste management pilot projects and carbon foot print reduction.

Murphy also expressed marinas are important to her and she was concerned with the Northwest Regional Hospital. She wanted to ensure sharing resources would not create further loss in Kitimat. She also wanted to see time restraints put on confidential matters so they can be quickly brought back to Council.

Council voted and Councillor Scott remained in the position of Director.

The next step was alternate to the Regional District. Councillor Feldhoff nominated Councillor Murphy. After a few seconds to think about it, she agreed. Councillor Scott nominated Councillor Germuth. Murphy also nominated Mayor Joanne Monaghan but Monaghan declined as there were already two good Councillors nominated.

Murphy had nothing further to add to what she said before.

“Throughout the past year, I was the alternate to the alternate. I had the opportunity to attend two meetings and I have fully enjoyed the experience to learn more about the Regional District,” said Germuth.

He stated the Regional District encompassed many issues. However, the MK Bay Marina concerns were the important ones to Kitimat at this time. He hoped Council would keep the momentum going to keep the issue at the forefront.

Council voted a second time and Councillor Murphy took home the position of alternate.