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REPORTING · 22nd November 2014
Walter McFarlane
MAYOR RECEIVES STANDING OVATION, BANGS GAVEL ONE LAST TIME

Kitimat City Council included Mayor Joanne Monaghan’s good news report on Monday, November 17th. She expressed it has been a busy two weeks for Mayor and Council.

“Several Councillors and I went to a meeting with the residents of the trailer park and met with [unknown word] about the rules and regulations of trailer parks and it was very interesting,” said Monaghan.

The District of Kitimat held its annual appointee dinner to thank the volunteers who work on the District of Kitimat Committees.

The project being built near the Chamber of Commerce held an open house. Monaghan said it was exciting.

The Candidates for Mayor and Council were invited to Nechako School for a mock all candidates meeting in front of grades 4, 5 and 6.

“I think our Mayor to be actually made a statement that he was going to give free ice cream one day a week,” smiled Monaghan. “Now you know why he got elected.”

Germuth clarified it was free Ice Cream for a day for the 255 kids who were there. He added it is coming.

Goffinet expressed during his report that he used to be the teacher that ran those and now he had an opportunity to sit through it. “The kids really zipped some good questions at you,” he said.

Murphy expressed Nechako made her sweat as the questions were intense. “They sure want a lot of recreation facilities in town, they think we have a lot of money,” said Murphy. She suggested putting their requests in a letter to Martin Gould, head of the Leisure Services Department.

Kitimat met bringing further information on the 24/7 clinic which is getting closer to becoming a reality. There was a silent auction for the Humane Society which raised $10 short of $15,000.

“That’s a great success and I thank the organizers for that event,” said Monaghan.

She had lunch with Madyson Murdock from Nechako School who was Fire Chief for the day. Monaghan read the scripture and laid a wreath at the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

UBC held their Northwest Regional advisory meeting on courses which will be beneficial for this area.

“And the best news was the announcement that RTA was giving us the Minette Bay Lot 471 with the development for you to have water access. We have been working on this for almost two years,” said Monaghan.

Goffinet thanked Mayor Monaghan for teaching him everything he knows about municipal politics over the past 6 years. “I don’t think people really understand what a day Election Day really is,” said Goffinet. “It is so stressful that even when you’ve gone through it a lot of years, it really is a day of stress.”

Murphy expressed she was going to miss Mayor Monaghan’s presence at the table and wished her a lot of luck. Feldhoff thanked everyone who was involved in the election and everyone who voted.

“I wish to thank you very much Joanne for your many many many many years of service to this community and all the good things you have brought to this community in those years, your involvement in the Regional District, as chair of the Union of BC Municipalities, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. What you have done put Kitimat on the map and moved various files forward. It’s second to none,” said Feldhoff.

Germuth thanked Joanne for over 30 years of service to Kitimat and was looking forward to seeing her in the future.

“This is my last Council Meeting after almost 35 years of Monday Night Meetings,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan. “I was in God’s hands though and he will have something else for me to do, I’m sure. I’ve enjoyed working with the Council and wish the new Mayor and the Council all the best.”

She hoped they would continue working on the projects she helped start.

Monaghan thanked everyone who makes Kitimat a better place to live. She also thanked everyone for all the support over the years. She gave a huge thank you to the Administration and staff.

“And that’s my last good news. Good night.”

Monaghan was given a standing ovation for everything she has done for the community. She was encouraged to bang the gavel one last time.

There is no Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 24th.
Good Luck Joanne!
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 26th November 2014
Congratulations Joanne on a long and distinguished political career. Best Wishes to you in the future.