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REPORTING · 8th February 2011
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan had an announcement which she wished to conclude the Council Meeting on Monday, February 7th with. She saved it for the very end of Council, right after the calling for new business items.

“I would like to inform everyone that our long term Municipal Manager, Mr. Trafford Hall will be leaving his position as Manager of the District of Kitimat. Mr. Hall will stay at his post through the important budget deliberations scheduled through February and will finish work on March 31st of this year,” said Monaghan.

She said the decision was considered by both Council and Hall and it was a mutual decision in the best interests of the District of Kitimat and Hall. She thanked him for serving the District of Kitimat for 17 years and wished him the best.

Councillor Gerd Gottschling, who has missed several meetings, had not been informed about when the decision had been finalized. The response was the in camera meeting on Monday February 24th.

While Gottschling was interested as to the reason why Hall was leaving, Councillor Mario Feldhoff said the information was in the minutes of the meeting where it was debated and there was discussion leading up to this.

“Somewhere along the line, the public needs to know what is going on,” said Gottschling.

“The Mayor’s communicated very clearly,” said Feldhoff.

There was no further discussion as the Mayor banged her gavel adjourning the meeting.