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REPORTING · 6th March 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan started the regular meeting of Council for Monday, March 4th with her customary good news.

“Chevron and Appache hosted the Council to a breakfast and to tell them about what they are doing and how they have amalgamated and also, the next day, we had an open house for their new offices. We are very glad to see them progressing in their venture. BC LNG hosted one of their clients and showed them Kitimat and their site,” said Monaghan.

She told people how the mall is filling up. Warehouse one is opening later this month. WD Fashions the next month, and Enigma Apparel soon after. She said there is more to come. The Hotel which will be built at the mall site has almost completed a geotechnical study. They will know by the end of the week if it will go ahead.

“Tyler Noble, who you all know, has been hired as our Business and Communications Officer. He will be working in the Economic Development Office and we welcome him to the District of Kitimat,” said Monaghan.

She told how Kitimat was represented at the International LNG Conference last week in Vancouver. The Economic Development Officer Rose Klucas participated in a panel discussion on business development while CAO Ron Poole presented on community perspectives on the development of LNG.

“The conference was attended by a number of international companies interested in developing LNG facilities in the region,” said Monaghan.

She told how PTI is continuing its public consultation regarding the lodge. She was pleased with the number of people who attended their open house to ask questions and provide comments.

“I would like to note that a number of households in Kitimat received a flyer concerning the PTI Lodge. I want to emphasise that although the Mayor and individual Council Members names and Phone Numbers were included, this was not, and I repeat not, a district document. We did not have anything to do with its contents or distribution. And, it saddened me greatly that those responsible for this mail out would not sign their names. I would suggest that in the future, if you want to send out information, please be brave enough to sign your name,” said Monaghan.

She thanked everyone and got the meeting underway.