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REPORTING · 26th February 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council was handing out travel grants to local clubs on Monday, February 18th when Councillor Corinne Scott had a question as to the manner in which Council hands out Travel Grants, noting some groups were getting more than others.

Scott was told travelers by Martin Gould, head of Leisure Services would receive $250 for the first three people and $50 per person beyond that. They may also pay the way for a chaperone in the case one is needed.

Councillor Mary Murphy told Scott it was presented them during the budget deliberations, but also pointed out they receive a lot of information in a short period of time. Mayor Joanne Monaghan asked for a copy of the policy and Councillor Mario Feldhoff agreed Council should recirculate it and see if it needed to be changed.

Another item which came up was sponsorship for awards. The first was for the Kitimat Marlin Swim Club. Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to receive and file the request.

The request was simple. The Kitimat Marlin Swim Club wants to have a Pool Record Plaque. “The plaque will recognise the Kitimat Marlin swimmers whom surpasses the previous Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre fastest pool records,” wrote John Pacheco in a letter to Council.

The plaque would hang in a place where it can be viewed by the public. It would have an initial cost of $160-$170, as well as the cost of engraving the 7 names of the yearly record holders.

“We need to build pride back in the community, having this plaque would show the hard work and dedication the youth swimmers puts in the pool, once they achieve a goal of beating a pool record,” wrote Pecheco.

Council would refer to it as a trophy.

“It is an area in terms where we want to be cautious moving towards so we will respectfully declaim the particular request for $170 and the annual commitment,” said Feldhoff. He hoped the staff would come back in the future.

Scott stated she would vote against the motion on the grounds it would instill community pride and encouragement. She stated the swim club has done well and the commitment was low.

“The ongoing commitment would be $50-$60 a year, again, it’s almost chump change. I feel that the up to $170 and again, it says up to $170 is not asking a lot and it is a method of instilling pride in our community and I feel that’s lacking some times,” said Scott.

Murphy wanted to know if this would start a new grant policy regarding trophy grants. “This request has never been received by the District of Kitimat before, it’s not a lot of money, but it would be creating a new criteria that is nothing used by Minor Hockey, Figure Skating, Karate Club, Kitimat Rod and Gun Club, whatever club beyond that which would ask Council for a trophy of some form or fashion,” said Gould.

Feldhoff concluded that even though the request was small, they could receive a lot of requests. He said they appreciate the effort but do not want to open the flood gate of request.

The motion to receive and file was called and carried.

Under communications, there was a letter concerning the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards. Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to continue the Community Booster Award Sponsorship at the Silver Level as in past years. The motion was called and carried.