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REPORTING · 14th July 2014
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council included Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news on Monday, July 7th.

“The Transfer of the Hospital lands was administered with Chief Ellis Ross and the Premier Clark in attendance and we feel a renewed relationship with the Haisla,” said Monaghan. “I had the privilege to have lunch with Minister Shirley Bond, she is the Minister of Jobs, tourism and skill Training, and we spoke about Many Kitimat issues with jobs and skill training and we also talked about things like the bridge, roads and many other things,” said Monaghan.

They met with an individual from UNBC who is doing a study on how Kitimat is dealing with extra populations, camps and the like. Council met with Shell, during the unveiling of a 3d model of their project. She encouraged the people of Kitimat to go down to their building and check it out.

The District received an update from PTI, and several meetings on housing. There will be a study completed in September.

The Child Development Centre had their 40th anniversary and Mayor Joanne Monaghan, MLA Robin Austin and Founder Kojo Asante spoke at it.

She went to the Business after Business at Minette Bay Lodge and complimented them on their setting.

On June 29th, the Alliance Church thanked the RCMP in town. Monaghan thanked the RCMP for putting their lives on the line to keep Kitimat safe. The Multicultural Society raised the flags at the Chamber of Commerce and she said it was interesting to see the cultures raise flags at the same time.

Council walked the sidewalks in town with the Heritage Committee. There was a report on the sidewalks and the conditions.

“July 1st, I enjoyed riding in the parade and seeing all of the viewers along the parade route. Also giving the awards out to deserving citizens is also a reward for being Mayor. And to the fire department, what an awesome, awesome fireworks display, thank you very much for that,” said Monaghan.

The CAO, Monaghan and representatives from the Haisla First Nations met with the Transportation Deputy to raise the issue of the bridge and the roads through town, which they feel should be maintained by the Province. They spoke about bus service to the Village and to the Airport.

Both the CAO and Monaghan were invited to a Shell Luncheon where they spoke before 50 of the shareholders. They were asked to speak about how they feel about Shell’s Presence in Kitimat.

Council met with the new CAO of Reo Tinto Alcan.

Monaghan expressed she was pleased to be able to attend the retirement of Laurel Westcott, thank her for her services and wish her the best in her retirement.

Finally, there was a prayer breakfast with the clergy and the Council.

“Many of the projects that you see around town are moving ahead and we hope in the next month or so, we can unveil some of these plans to you,” said Monaghan.

She added she received a note from Colleen Nyce at RTA which said Hospital Beach is not at treat of closure due to industrial projects expansion until at least 2015. However, it may be closed from time to time to ensure construction safety.

Monaghan said Rio Tinto Alcan and the District are working towards a long term solution. More information will be available in the future.