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REPORTING · 6th January 2014
Walter McFarlane
It’s the First Council Meeting of the New Year. Kitimat Council meets tonight, Monday, January 6th at 7:30 Pm at the Council Chambers at the Northwest Community College.

The meeting begins with a public hearing related to a zoning amendment for the two hotels which are planned for Dadook Avenue.

There are two presentations. The first comes from Cheryl Brown from Douglas Channel Watch. She will be talking about the social aspects of development. It is followed by Trish Parsons and Margaret Warcup from the Housing Committee to talk about the cold weather response plan.

Under Motions, Councillor Phil Germuth is making a motion to require Enbridge to install leak detection equipment capable of detecting small leaks in all sections of pipeline which could affect the Kitimat Watershed.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan is inviting Nechako Northcoast Construction to a future Council Meeting to discuss winter road maintenance on highway 37 between Kitimat and Terrace. Monaghan is also making a motion to add Kitimat General Hospital Emergency Procedures to the agenda for meetings between the District of Kitimat and Northern Health.

Under reports / Communications, there are six items for discussion. The first is the Cold Weather Response Plan mentioned earlier. Following it is a report recommending the District of Kitimat Survey the people of Kitimat via telephone over three other options.

There is a report to reassign the Cadet Hall to the Cadets, a report on the hotels and a report on Council Procedure. The final item is a letter from the North Central Local Government Association on the resolution submission deadline.

Finally, there is something new at the end of the Council Meetings. Each of the City Councillors has an opportunity to provide a five minute verbal or written report on their activities in the community.