Kitimat Council talks MK Bay Marina

Kitimat hopes to meet with the regional district board soon to discuss MK Bay Marina.

Corinne Scott, Kitimat Council’s representative on the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine board, has asked that a council-to-council meeting be arranged between Kitimat and the regional district to discuss MK Bay Marina.

Scott said that with so much recent controversy regarding the marina a face-to-face meeting would be worthwhile for Kitimat to formally emphasize the marina’s importance to the community.

The regional district board has been hearing a lot regarding MK Bay Marina over the past several months. Numerous delegations to their meetings from concerned citizens and members of the MK Bay Marina User Group have brought up many concerns, from things such as wash-down policy to the marina’s reaction to a WorkSafeBC ruling which has penalized the marina close to $40,000 due to safety concerns for employees.

Reporting back to Kitimat Council from an Oct. 19 RDKS meeting, Scott said that she has requested a service review be done regarding the marina.

Meanwhile, Councillor Phil Germuth took advantage of the discussion regarding the marina to move that council write a letter to the RDKS, requesting that the Marina Function Committee be reinstated.

The Committee had, at one time, be in charge of the operation of the marina, to take the responsibility away from other communities in the RDKS which had no direct benefit from the marina.

Germuth said it only makes sense for the marina to be managed by the people who have the most to gain or lose from it.

He had unanimous backing for his motion.