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REPORTING · 11th August 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat City Council Meeting for Tuesday, August 5th began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news briefing.

“[There] was a photo op at the senior’s centre as the Age Friendly Group chaired by Councillor Murphy and championed by Martin Gould was successful at receiving a $1000 grant for projects which entitles them to apply for many other grants. It also included a sign for our community, which reads, age friendly community. Thank you to Councillor Murphy and Martin Gould for this edition to our community,” said Monaghan.

She spoke about the RDSK gathering of directors, Mayors and staff in Terrace to sign a document which says that revenue sharing should be a part of the upswing in the north. Now, they have to lobby the government to buy in. Monaghan stated she was a part of getting revenue sharing for the North East when she was the president of UBCM.

“We had a density bonus workshop with Ms. Oaks and it was a very good informational meeting,” said Monaghan. “I was privileged to speak at the Microtel Hotel ground breaking. Another asset for our community. It’s located right across from Rosarios where the Clover Patch used to be.”

She added there will be another ground breaking in the coming weeks as the new motel and restaurant for the one at the mall.

“Nathan Cullen and Robin Austin had a BBQ which I had the privilege of serving at, along with RCMP and Fire Fighters, and the proceeds went to the Youth Centre and the Animal Shelter,” said Monaghan.

“Of Course, you have all heard of Apache pulling out of Kitimat. We are reassured that Chevron and intended partners will be continuing on. Unfortunately, Social Media always paints a bleak picture but we are confident that this will be a win/win situation,” said Monaghan.

She stated she spoke at the unveiling of a memorial bench for a long time Regional District Director, Les Watmough. Councillor Rob Goffinet also attended.

“I served 18 years on the Regional District with him and he had many accomplishments,” said Monaghan.

His accomplishments include getting the 911 for the area. Monaghan stated people do not take the time to recognize the hard workers behind things like these.