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REPORTING · 25th October 2013
Walter McFarlane
There were two public hearings at Kitimat City Council on Monday, October 21st. The first dealt with the Personal Service Shops in Commercial zones bylaw. The bylaw would amend the Kitimat Municipal Code in respect to Personal Service Shops and land uses permitted in C2 Centre Zones.

Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen introduced the bylaw and read several written submissions. All of the written submissions spoke in favour of DivineInk, a Tattoo and Piercing shop which plans to open in Nechako Centre next to ‘What’s In Store’ and Pizzarama.

Bill Volrath stated in a letter he was in favour of the changes to the bylaw and DivineInk setting up in Nechako Centre so long as there was language prohibiting sexually explicit images and people getting tattoos would not be visible to children. He admitted the people who would be running DivineInk would not be doing either of these but he wanted the language in the bylaw.

The other letters were completely in favour of the shop, some of the statements included customers who spoke highly of the business owners of DivineInk.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to give third reading and adopt the bylaw. He said the input from the APC and the public was enough to convince him not to drag it out any longer.

Councillor Rob Goffinet reflected on Volrath’s comments. He stated there was concurrence on them from the proponent, Claire Rattee. No explicit images would be displayed and the parlour would be discreet.

Councillor Edwin Empinado told Council they would be moving from a house which was safe to a bigger studio which is safe as well. The bylaw was called and carried.