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REPORTING · 31st August 2013
Walter McFarlane
Chad Fournier from the Kitimat Snowmobile and Hikers Club came before Council on Monday, August 19th to make a request for them to write a letter of support for a Gaming Grant. There were two grants being applied for, one for improvements to Robinson Ridge and the other to install an outhouse on the trail.

“We’re currently working on a project that we call the Robinson Ridge Recreational Area Improvement Project with the support of Recreation Trails BC and the District of Kitimat Leisure Services Department. As part of that, we’re looking at the application of a community gaming grant under the subsection of public safety for improving accessibility and safety related aspects of access to Robinson Ridge,” said Fournier.

He explained this includes trail improvements, widening, alignment and making the trail more accessible for the purposes of maintenance and construction. The ultimate goal is to replace the cabin which is up there which is classified as an emergency shelter and warming hut.

Fournier explained they are looking for a letter of support for the grant which will be used for the accessibility improvement, a trail maintenance plan and a BC parks backwoods approved toilet facility. He added they are also seeking letters of support from other groups in the community including Kitimat Search and Rescue, MJ’s Ladies Gym and the Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan wanted to know how much the Gaming Grants which Fournier was asking for was. He told her it was for $50,000 for the full project. They are asking for a Gaming Grant to cover 70% of the total.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know more about the toilet. Fournier told him that they have funded one to be installed on Clague Mountain. He expressed they are trying to replicate the improvements which they did to Clague Mountain on Robinson Ridge. They have noticed there are more people going up Clague Mountain.

In addition, there have been improvements to the access to Robinson Ridge so people can get to the trail more easily.

Monaghan said Robinson Ridge is Beautiful and she loves it there.

Later in the meeting, Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to have Council write a letter of support for the Gaming Grants to further the Robinson Ridge Improvement project. The motion was called and carried.