Kitimat Council is supportive of a possible return of the Sea Cadets program in Kitimat but they want to make sure all the town’s policies are followed before they allow some requests from Cadets proponents.
Capt. Rob Buller of the Canadian Cadets program approached council to ask them to allow a potential Sea Cadets program to use the former Sea Cadet hall on Konigus at a cost of $1 a year, and for the District to provide snow removal at the hall and as well to consider letting the cadets use the Riverlodge at reduced rates as scheduling allows.
Councillors all seemed in favour of a return of the cadets but they didn’t immediately say yes to the terms. Mario Feldhoff, who noted that he’s a former Sea Cadet from Kitimat’s branch, moved to defer the request to staff to make sure the requests are in line with the town’s policies, to prevent possible conflicts.
That motion was passed unanimously.
Buller gave a presentation to council that same meeting, talking about the progress he’s made in bringing the cadets back to town.
He said he has about 15 youth showing interest in joining the program. And while he allowed people to voice their opinion on which cadet program to start (Sea, Air or Army) he said the response has shown people either want the Sea Cadets or they don’t care which one is established.
He said he has a lot of community support, from parents to the local legion, all who’d be happy to see the program return.
“I think it’s very much time we saw something like this again,” said Buller.