REPORTING · 22nd November 2013
Councillor Mary Murphy made a motion on Monday, November 18th to have the District of Kitimat Staff Report back on the cost of installing an elevator at the Kitimat Museum and Archives.
“Everywhere in town, people have access. To the mall, to the library, everywhere except for the museum. We discussed this during our financial review and we need to sort of, allow people to enjoy the same opportunities that others do in town, so they can attend the different showings that they have at the museum,” said Murphy.
She told Council she had a letter from an artist whose mother was not able to attend an opening at the museum because it was not accessible.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff, Council’s representative to the Museum Board made a motion to refer the motion to the Museum Board. He expressed the Museum had just held a strategic planning session facilitated by Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen. This session ended with several key objectives, such as whether or not to expand the facility, or replace it. Among the items which were discussed was the potential for an elevator.
“This plan, in the terms of the facility and using the space, making it more accessible, it is very much front and centre, in front of the Museum Board. I think it would be inappropriate for us as a Council to start passing things without letting the Museum Board themselves prioritize. They understand this is very much important, the same way that Council Meetings Accessibility was an issue, but the Museum Board, they need to chew on this and to prioritize it and it will come back in the budget quickly,” said Feldhoff.
Councillor Phil Germuth suggested the council ask the Building Committee for an update on the two buildings which they want to replace, the Public Safety Building and the Museum.
“You wouldn’t want to put an elevator in something and find out, we’re hoping to replace it in three years,” said Germuth.
Councillor Corinne Scott expressed surprise for this coming up at the Council Meeting when there was a Museum Board which could create a strategic plan about what they want and refer bring it to Council for budget every year. She stated Council should wait for the organization to tell Council what they want rather than Council telling them.
Murphy apologised stating she has not received minutes from the museum board. She stated it came forward from the Age Friendly Committee which she sits on. She had told them she would take them to Council. She pointed out the Museum Curator, Louise Avery, was sitting in the audience to support the motion. Avery did not say one thing or another.
The motion was called and carried.
Comment by Rory Brown on 23rd November 2013
Wow. Was Monaghan not at this meeting? At no time was bringing in an Atco trailer for a Museum suggested. Why are we looking at replacing buildings like this one, and not the Fire Hall and the building of City Hall.