REPORTING · 4th June 2014
Kitimat City Council on Monday, June 2nd began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news report. She expressed there was a lot of good news.
First of all, she attended David Blacks Kitimat Clean Presentation. It was well attended. She watched Nathan Wilson carving the pole which will be raised at Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School later this fall.
“He’s doing a great job and he even allowed me to try my hand at carving a little bit. He probably had to redo it after we finished. A part of the pole was funded by the District of Kitimat,” said Monaghan.
She explained the Chamber of Commerce had the swearing in of their executive. Monaghan gave them the oath and Paul Stinson is the Chair.
Council had lunch with the students from Italy. CAO Ron Poole spoke at the Seniors Centre. Monaghan spoke at the opening of the new emergency centre at the old Council Chambers. It is a permanent site for the mustering of disaster services.
“The housing task force met, which I attended and I was introduced to Paul Lagace, a new affordable housing coordinator,” said Monaghan.
She attended the Safer Day put on by BC Housing for signing up seniors for services which they may not be aware of. Councillor Mary Murphy, Ron Poole and Monaghan met Coralee Oakes Oaks, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development who brought a million dollars in grants to the Northwest. Kitimat will be going after their share of those grants.
“I was privilege to be at the shell for the signing of their contract for engineering design and project execution services. Another milestone for shell, congratulations,” said Monaghan. “I joined Liz MacDonald at the Graduation of her environmental technology class and that was a real up beat event.”
She spoke at the retirement party for District of Kitimat employee, Bruce Hubberd. Monaghan was interviewed by Radio France about the industries looking at Kitimat and the signs which were put up around the North to prevent hitch-hiking.
Earlier that day, she took part in the UNBC Convocation. 33 students graduated, 16 from the Nurses program. “I told them we wanted some of them in Kitimat. I hoped they listened to me,” said Monaghan.
On Saturday, she opened the Relay for Life. There were 25 teams, 200 registered participants and $115,000 raised so far.
She hoped to give the people good news on June 16th concerning Nechako Centre.