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REPORTING · 23rd November 2013
Walter McFarlane
On Monday, November 18th, the Farrow Street residents received mail. That night, at Kitimat City Council reviewed a letter from Canada Post concerning the resumption of service on Farrow Street. Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to receive the report for information. However, he had some concerns.

He cleared up a concern with the report before moving on to his point. “Although we as a Council voted that, if it should be required, put a mail box in on Farrow Street area, that we offered to do that on a temporary basis. Basically, as I understand it, Canada Post says: ‘thanks but no thanks. If we end up putting one in, we do it on our dime and it’s staying forever,’” said Feldhoff.

Councillor Rob Goffinet agreed with Feldhoff’s comment. Council attempted to keep mail delivery to Farrow Street through a temporary community mailbox. He stated the compromise was reported to residences on Farrow Street. Goffinet wanted to know if the compromise was presented to the Post Office.

“Did they reject that compromise and still make a decision to basically stop mail delivery to an entire street predicated on the bad behavior of one dog?” asked Goffinet. “Was that conveyed to the Post Office? If so, and they rejected that, I would call into question their reasoning and I would ask Canada Post to Justify a decision such as this, that holds hostage of an entire street in perpetuity to the behavior, temporarily of a dog that may live on the street.”

CAO Ron Poole stated Canada Post did and this is what happened. However, if something does happen, Canada Post will revisit this.

“That is very disappointing,” said Goffinet.

The motion was called and carried.
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Comment by Concerned Kitmat resident on 23rd November 2013
I have read all the Farrow Street highlights on the Kitimat Daily from start to present. I think this whole thing has gone on way to long. I am sure glad I don't live on that street and feel bad for the folks that do. How can council consider spending our tax dollars on a temp mailbox? Guess we the taxpayers will pay for it one way or another anyway but the dog owner should be flipping the bill for this. I personally think the owner of this problem dog should be extremely embarrassed for causing all this trouble in the first place! Our council surely has better things to work on to better our community than this dog problem. Let's get this problem fixed once and for all!