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REPORTING · 22nd August 2014
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council on August 18th began with Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news. She introduced a friend from Denver Colorado.

“It’s been quite busy again. I thought over the summer, it might slow down a little bit. Some of the Kitimat Council and myself were briefed by RTA on their terminal extension project and water access paying into the conversation and we were assured that access to the ocean would be available to the citizens of Kitimat. We’re going to hold their feet to the fire on that one,” said Monaghan.

She met with Justin Truedau, the Federal Liberal Leader made a stop. He was briefed on all of the projects and wanted updates on them.

She met with a representative from Vertex. He was given a briefing a briefing on Kitimat and a tour of the town. The next day, they met with industries on a topic of a ferry which would go to Klemtu, Bella Bella, Heartly Bay and Kitimat Village.

“This would produce a way for these villages to have education, jobs and medical. This has been in the back of our minds for a few years and we do have a feasibility study. We’re working now on another feasibility study and contact all of the nations involved,” said Monaghan.

Councillor Murphy and Monaghan were given an update on what the police force do when a shooting takes place. Murphy attended the transmission line luncheon in Terrace as Acting Mayor. Monaghan met with the housing committee and the study will be ready in the middle of September.

Council met with the Critic for Municipal Affairs and MLA Robin Austin to bring them up to date on the happenings in Kitimat. They also met with Nathan Cullen and Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for an overview of the developments in Kitimat.

“I attended Wendy Kraft’s 35th year open house with envision and congratulations Wendy,” said Monaghan.

She concluded, the 24/7 clinic will be moving ahead. There will be further information on it in the next good news.

The good news was not necessarily over. During the City Councillor Reports, Councillor Mario Feldhoff wished Mayor Joanne Monaghan a happy birthday, as she had celebrated her birthday during the weeks between the regular meeting between August 4th and 18th.