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REPORTING · 8th August 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council on Monday, August 6th began, as always, with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news.

“It’s been an extremely busy summer and we met with Denise Lodge on her motorcycle campaign which the Council will be taking to UBCM along with Denise and the issue will be the Graduated Licensing program for motorcycles,” said Monaghan.

The Council was involved in a conference call with the Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone and many issues were brought to him including access to Water, the Haisla Bridge and the West Side Road.

Council met with Northern Health about staffing, space and emergency among others.

Council met with Work BC over a luncheon so they could hear what they are doing, what the problems are and what are the successes.

Council met with Joe Oliver and Council asked him about the difference between a private and public port. He promised a Consultation team will meet with Council.

Council met with the local Liaison of Transportation over lunch. “Entrance to Cablecar, Speed Notification at the entrance to Kitimat, Vehicle Counters to document traffic in and out of Kitimat, the West Side Road, Access to Water, Haisla Bridge were on the agenda,” said Monaghan. “The CAO and I met previously with her to give her time to bring answers to some of these questions.”

“We have two Helicopter companies interested in us. One has a medevac capability and one has air ambulance. Both will be an aid to the private clinic that we’re hoping to one day have and we hope that we will have it very soon,” said Monaghan.

The Council met with the Coastal Pilot’s Association over lunch and asked questions about tanker traffic in the channel.

Monaghan explained Bandstra picked up 120 boxes of books for the Bella Bella Library and delivered them to the ferry terminal in Prince Rupert. They were delivered to Bella Bella free of charge by BC Ferries. The books arrived on Sunday.

“A big thank you to Bandstra, BC Ferries and thank you to the Librarian, Mrs. Charron for sorting and boxing all of those books,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan announced she did another interview regarding Kitimat’s boom.

The Council had a housing meeting and discussed strata options for the housing situation in Kitimat.

Monaghan stated she cut the ribbon opening a coffee kiosk in the Mall. “It’s great to see new businesses stirring in our community,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan, the Deputy CAO and the Economic Development Officer met with Joeson about First Nations, Community Training and Employment Strategy for the area.

Council met with Minister Bennet and discussed cutting through government red tape, funding the Haisla Bridge and asking him what he was doing with the Core Review.

“Summer is almost over and we’ve been very, very busy and I hope you had a good one,” concluded Monaghan.