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REPORTING · 10th March 2014
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan started off the Regular Meeting of Kitimat City Council with her regular good news.

“Council had a three hour workshop on housing. What kind of land is available, what developers were available and so forth. We will also be having a meeting with the Province and Industry tomorrow to hopefully find some answers to our eminent affordable housing crisis,” said Monaghan.

She spoke to AFFNO, she said hello from all of Council and partook of Maple Sugar Delicacies. She attended an RTA lecture on the Modernization at a Chamber Luncheon.

She and staff and industry representatives met with representatives from the Coast Guard on the topic of Navigational Aids. They talked about the amount of traffic the Douglas Channel would have and Council told them how they want a coast guard presence in Kitimat. Helijet is also interested in the navigational aids.

CAO Ron Poole and the Fire Department met with CN Rail over what would be the communities role if a spill of hazardous goods occurred. Monaghan said it was not very likely at the speed they move through the community.

She hoped to be able to tell Kitimat more about an affordable housing project next time.

The Unsightly Premises Committee has created a surprise in the Service Centre and has an interest in the Nechako Centre. She said there were still some eyesore in the community which the committee is still working on.

She encouraged people to call her with inquires at 632-7512.

Under Mayor and Council reports, Scott reported on the Regional District. She expressed the function committee for MK Bay Marina has a temporary interim manager who has agreed to stay on for another two months. “Everything else is going quite well with the marina,” said Scott.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff said it was clearer that Council needs to step up on the housing front and staff has provided them with policy options. He said this will be a further topic for staff.

Councillor Mary Murphy stated herself, Monaghan and Goffinet attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kitimat where CAO Ron Poole presented on the various projects. She chaired the Age Friendly Meeting. They discussed slippery conditions around town and Better at Homes, low cost housing and suggestions which were taken to Council. Better at Home is looking for volunteers. She said she met with the grant writer and looked at grants which could be applied to better at home.

She attended an affordable housing meeting and there was a lot of talk about renovictions in low cost housing. The government attended via conference call. Mayor and Council had an affordable housing workshop and staff will be coming back with recommendations.

She attended the Seniors Centre Luncheon with a presentation by Maryellen Proctor on LNG and Monaghan presented on the Subsidy which is available to seniors for housing. Murphy talked to Anne Moyls on the renovictions and the soup kitchen. She also followed up on the Food Share program which is being well utilized. She commended volunteers from the Harvest Church for delivering food to people in need.

She talked to the person who is going to run the Kitimat Supper Program who is also looking for volunteers. Murphy stated she cannot share any information on this program.

Murphy attended the Douglas Channel Watch education forum on the upcoming Plebiscite and Dave Shannon shared the failures of the installed navigation systems in the Douglas Channel and Louise Avery informed the attendees of the Kitimat Questionnaire on Energy for an exhibit in August.

She told Council she attended the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club AGM where they installed a new executive. They will be establishing a long term business plan and long term financial stability.

Murphy explained Council there was a Mason’s Dinner which she did not attend, but the proceeds will be going to the Hospital Foundation. She instead attended a dinner with 12 close friends at the Grand Opening of the Luso which had been closed since Christmas.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan has been working with Anne Moyls on renovictions. People call the Mayor instead of Moyls and Monaghan does what she can to try and take pressure off of Moyls. She attended several meetings on housing.

She had three radio and tv interviews and four newspaper interviews on the taxation to the LNG and the resolution which is coming out on the four year term of Mayor and Council. “You may have to put up with Mayor and Council for four years instead of three, so be careful who you vote for,” said Monaghan.