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REPORTING · 12th August 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan stepped down from the chair at the regular meeting of Council on Tuesday, August 6th to make a motion to direct staff to create draft terms for affordable housing and housing for persons with disabilities. Councillor Phil Germuth took the chair becoming acting Mayor.

“We do have a housing committee and they’re very active and their doing well but what we need is to zero in on affordable housing right now and housing for persons with disabilities. We do have the ability now where our CAO going down to Victoria to actually meet with some of the people who are involved in that and we hope that we can make strides if we concentrate on that one topic of affording housing and housing for persons with disabilities. There is funding available but it all takes time to get, but we have to keep focusing on it,” said Monaghan.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff stated he thinks the District of Kitimat should be playing a bigger role in facilitating the organizations which are moving forward. “Given the circumstances in Kitimat, it’s very possible that we have to roll up our sleeves as a, invention to the area that has historically not been. I look forward to the draft terms of reference and seeing how we move forward. I think there is a role for staff to do more than we’ve done in the past and it may strain us but I think it’s necessary to move some of our housing issues forward,” said Feldhoff.

The motion was called and carried.