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REPORTING · 7th May 2014
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Council began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news on Monday, May 5th. Monaghan stated there was a lot of good news.

“Janet Munro is doing a stellar job on her petition for the recognition for Meningitis. I was pleased to be able to do a photo op with her. The bus service in our community had its 40th anniversary and I stopped by to congratulate them and what a great service for our community,” said Monaghan.

She and the Deputy CAO met with BC Ambulance Service and talked about Air Ambulance coming to Kitimat to meet the needs of the many workers who were coming to town should an accident occur. They had an informative lunch with Shell and received an update on their progress.

RTA gave Council a tour of their vessel. Monaghan attended the Chamber of Commerce AGM where the guest speaker was Ellis Ross. She spoke at the memorial for workers injured or killed at the job site. “Were you aware that 20 Canadian workers, on the average, die, on the job or from job related diseases every week?” asked Monaghan.

There was a Chili Cook-off at the Seniors Centre, the RCMP won. There was a ground breaking on Baxter and for PTI.

“A community supper club has started up in the Baptist Church,” said Monaghan. “I stopped by to congratulate the volunteers who are putting it together.”

Age Friendly met, Saturday was a prayer breakfast and Supervalu has been given more time, until the end of September. The owner wants a 10 year lease.

“I want to thank Sue Jay for her petition and back up as I had placed numerous phone calls to the various partners to try and sort things out. Sue joined me in a three way conversation on some of those calls, all making the urgency of Supervalu remaining open front and centre,” said Monaghan.

She also wanted to recognise Jack Oviatt for the work he was doing on the Active Living Complex in Strawberry Meadows.

Council had dinner with David Black before the meeting.

Finally, Monaghan had some really good news to pass on. Paul and John Regoni are developing affordable housing. They have purchased land and want to build it as quickly as possible. However, if their zoning application is not successful, they will not be able to do it.

During the Council reports, Councillor Rob Goffinet elaborated on the Community Supper Club. He explained it was put together by a group of four women with a group of 15 volunteers.

“They started preparing food at 9:00 this morning, Monday, and they served anyone who came in between 5:00 and 7:00 tonight. I’d recommend anyone, just go and fellowship and share a beautiful meal. These women are giving it free will, and they want anyone in the community, whether you feel you need some extra food or not, go and sit and enjoy a beautiful meal,” said Goffinet.