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REPORTING · 23rd May 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan started off Council on Tuesday the 21st of May with her traditional good news.

“We had lunch with Dale Richardson from Prince Rupert. He is now the Director of Refill Economic Development Operations and the new assistant from Terrace who is Tavis MacDonald. This is another added link for us in Economic Development management,” said Monaghan.

The Kitimat Health Advocacy Group met and the topics were acute care beds, sourcing an ultrasound tech and two physiotherapists. They want the upgrade to the emergency room to proceed quickly.

Monaghan and Rose Klukas met with a group of twelve students and their professors from Victoria who arrived on a schooner named Passing Cloud from Outer Sources Expeditions. She expressed they were very interested in Kitimat and asked environmental questions. One of the kids was a grandson to a former Kitimat family.

Council also met for lunch with four investors who were interested in the possibilities Kitimat had for development. Monaghan told them there were many.

Monaghan did a half hour talk show with a Victoria station on Kitimat and what they offer the rest of the province and country.

There are two new faces in the planning department. There is also a Notary Republic coming to town.

“Many of you received an open letter regarding PTI, Bill Kearley’s name was on the letter, but no signature. However, all of the Councillor’s names, and my own were listed with our phone numbers. I want to say that Council and Mayor had absolutely nothing to do with that letter,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan concluded by saying there will be one more Regular Meeting of Council in the current Council Chambers before they move down to their new room at the College. The first meeting in the College will be on June 17th.