Alcan Power Sales no longer lingers on council assignment list

Councillors closed a piece of Kitimat history this week when they voted to remove Alcan Power Sales from their list of motions.

Councillors closed a piece of Kitimat history this week when they voted to remove Alcan Power Sales from their list of motions.

Councillors periodically review their list of motions at a Committee of the Whole meeting. That document records all of the directions council has made to staff, and councillors usually vote to remove actions that are completed.

Ongoing since 2003 has been Alcan Power Sales, a motion which is so old that most councillors didn’t know what actual motion it referred to, and even Mayor Joanne Monaghan couldn’t say with certainty what the motion specifically was.

The Sentinel inquired to the District what the motion was and was provided the minutes of the Feb. 10, 2003 council meeting. In those minutes was a motion — put forward by then-councillor Monaghan — regarding a community petition to oppose Alcan power sales.

The motion by council was that the District provide a one-time exception and allow the petition to be placed in municipal facilities.

Municipal Clerk Walter McLellan explained to the Sentinel that while that was the motion which got the issue on the list to begin with, Alcan Power Sales as it existed on the assignment list actually encompassed years worth of power sales motions. As time passed, the accumulation of motions evolved to having the issue listed as Alcan Power Sales, set to priority A, the highest.