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REPORTING · 6th September 2013
Walter McFarlane
UPDATED

Watch the Regular Meeting of Council on our video page here

Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s Mayoral report included the announcement that Doctor Howard Mills will be carrying out the ground breaking of his new medical clinic soon.

Rick Flego gave Council a short presentation on Clio Bay and asked them for their support to prevent the dumping of clay in the bay. After, Councillor Phil Germuth gave a presentation on some research he has done into the Bay. Council made a motion to invite First Nations and the Ministry of Environment to meet with them about the bay, they made a similar motion to meet with Chevron, Apache and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on August 19th. The motion was called and carried.

Councillor Edwin Empinado made a motion to develop a Social Development Strategy Policy. The policy would identify social development priorities for the District, clarify the roles of the District and provide “foundation for a more integrated, coordinated and sustainable approach for social development in the District.” Empinado pointed out they are leaving a lot of the social development of Kitimat in the Non-profit organizations who come calling on Council for additional funds. The motion was called and carried.

The parking of Recreational Vehicles on Residential Property got its 2nd reading after several changes were made to the proposed bylaw. This bylaw change sets rules for parking larger recreational vehicles (Campers, motorhomes, etc.) on a property during the winter months as well as addressing boats and other ‘non powered’ modes of transport as well.

Council will provide $4000 to the Lets Talk Energy Dialogue which was presented to them by KEDA at the last meeting. They will have a booth at the open house preceding the presentation.

Council granted a variance permit to allow a 5 metre access point to a building on 7th street.

Council adopted a report with an outline of what they are asking various ministers in discussions at meetings in Kitimat and abroad.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan made a motion to ask Brian Langston from CFTK to meet with Kitimat City Council following a letter from Anne Bunn asking why there was little to no coverage on Kitimat events in their newscast. This motion was called and carried.

Councillor Corinne Scott gave a short report giving Council an update from the Regional District including the Northwest Hospital Board, MK Bay Marina and an upcoming conference.

COUNCIL HUMOUR

After two councillors declare conflict of interest on the MK Bay Marina, Mayor Joanne Monaghan says: “Does anyone else want to leave. We may not have a quorum if we do.”