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REPORTING · 10th March 2015
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Phil Germuth returned to Nechako Elementary School on Monday, March 2nd to be thanked for the ice-cream party back in December by Christine Goncalves Grade 6 class. They gave him a thank you card and the children asked plenty of questions about what it is like to be Mayor.

“It’s been good. Mayor and Council has been very busy. We’ve had up to four meetings in a week. Things are slowing down a bit, but last month, I had to go to Prince George to go to the Premiers National Resources Forum,” said Germuth.

He stated he would also be going to Edmonton this week to promote Kitimat.

Germuth explained to the class the Council was learning how to work together as a team. He expressed they were currently working on a budget and explained how tax money is used to keep the community going, and how sometimes, you have to allocate funds away from one project to go to another.

They asked him what a typical day would be like and what the best part of the day was. He said he would go to meetings throughout the day. His favourite part of the day is reflecting at home at the end of the day on all the things which went well and all the things which did not.

Germuth did touch on the strike, when asked what the biggest challenges were. He expressed it was a balancing act, in this case, balancing the needs of the workers with the needs of the community. The other challenge is time management.

He did explain to the children there are some things which are beyond the scope of the Mayor. For example, an entrepreneur will not open a business in town unless they think there is a good case to have this business here.

“There is a lot of potential here for Kitimat, we’re just starting to bloom,” said Germuth.

They asked him if he would return for another ice cream day. He said they could do it. Goncalves and the class told Germuth one of the lessons he taught the school was about keeping their promises, having integrity.