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REPORTING · 24th April 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan began the Regular Meeting of Kitimat City Council for Monday, April 15 with her traditional good news. She welcomed a Coralee Annibal, who was taking photos as an intern working with Robin Rowland.

Monaghan expressed Council has been very busy. They met with both candidates in the upcoming election, Robin Austin for the NDP and Carol LeClerc for the Liberals. They talked about their wish list of what the Council would like for Kitimat.

“In our unsightly premise meeting, we are going to sue the owners of the buildings which have been brought to our attention as Unsightly and yes, the District will be repainting the old animal shelter so we don’t have send them a note,” said Monaghan.

She expressed they have met with Rio Tinto Alcan and Shell to ensure the community of Kitimat has water access over the summer. The Council attended the monthly prayer breakfast.

Monaghan had the honour of handing out the awards to the Women’s Basketball teams at the Cultural Warming Basketball Tournament the weekend before. She said the final was impressive and the Haisla team won.

Council met with UNBC for lunch. Monaghan met with several students concerning a program which they are putting together for Global TV on the dying out of the Native Languages. They tried to teach her Haisla phrases, but Monaghan admitted she did not do very well.

Council met with Interagency Committee and the Age Friendly Community Organization.

Monaghan handed out the District of Kitimat Community Booster Award at The Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards last Saturday. Among those was the Community Booster which went to Oviatt Contracting.

Monaghan and Councillor Rob Goffinet had a two hour conference call that morning with Coastal Pipelines concerning their proposal.

Council met with Jonathon Cooper to discuss the future of the Emergency Room and the expansion there.

Finally, she went through the review of the Kitimat Clean Refinery Project which was released by Avagon. She read from the review that, based on the information available, the project has economic merit and should be considered by the Provincial Government, as it would provide long term benefits to the region. It advised Kitimat look into the manufacturing of fuel projects for countries around the Pacific Rim. It is the opinion of Avagon that the project is technically sound.

“As you can see, Council and I have been very busy, working to make Kitimat, a great place to live,” said Monaghan.