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REPORTING · 5th February 2014
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council on February 3rd contained two series of reports, Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news report and the City Council Reports.

“I have had several developers in my office speaking about affordable housing and as most of you know, that is a huge issue for not only myself but for Council. We are trying to push all of the buttons to make something happen on this issue soon,” said Monaghan.

They met with the transportation ministry on the West Side Road. The CAO met in Victoria on the same subject and also talked about industry.

Monaghan also met with PTI on their status and when they would have their final investment decision. Prayer breakfast met on Saturday with Council.

“Mr. Black called me giving me a very positive update on his refinery project and the financing for it,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan’s Unsightly Premises Task Force reported Nechako Centre has been cleaned out with the help of the E.V.O. and they are looking forward to the destiny and recreation of the building.

She congratulated Rio Tinto Alcan on the vessel they are bringing in and added Shell will be taking over the dock. She had 9 interviews with media on this topic. Once sleepy little Kitimat is now on the map,” Said Monaghan.

She explained the out in the cold shelter is open and has been used in the cold weather. They had to close it because they did not have volunteers. Volunteers are asked to call Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen at the District of Kitimat.

“On a very sad note, I was informed this morning that our former C.A.O., Dave Morris Passed away last night,” said Monaghan.

Scott, Murphy and Goffinet attended the Airport Master Plan at the end of January.

Murphy went to the Kitimat age friendly meeting where they adopted the Better at Homes Terms of Reference. They need funding in place for a Volunteer Handyman program. She stated that seniors need places to park adjacent to stores, blaming the stores employees for taking the spots. She stated she talked to the businesses and was told their employees were only parked there for a short time.

“It leaves a good taste in everyone’s mouth when businesses park further away and allow traffic that comes in and out to use their services. It’s a good idea to do that.”

Murphy also reported there was a presentation from who qualifies for the Better at Homes. They are needed for snow keeping, lighthouse keeping, light maintenance work and dog walking. There are signup sheets at the Seniors Centre. She thanked Goffinet for supporting her on the age friendly.

Goffinet said there is something coming up at the Riverlodge Community Room. This Thursday, between 5:30 and 7:30, Shell Canada is having a community meeting to discuss the way they want to interact, educate and communicate with the community on topics of mutual interest. He said it was open to anyone who would attend.

Empinado said the Library held their AGM. He stated they have a new board.

Monaghan has had conversations with Work Wear World. She does not know if it would go but they are interested. She attended interagency meeting and a soup and sandwich event. Monaghan met with the Kinsmen and signed their proclamation for Kin Week.

“I worked with several renovicted individuals and found homes for them along with Anne Moyles… And for some of their animals that they have to give up which is really sad. I’ve also worked with a gentleman who is interested in low cost affordable housing,” said Monaghan.

She stated she is trying every avenue for affordable housing.