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April 11 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PUBLIC INPUT

Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Mr. M. Piroddi presented to Council the highlights of the 2016 Draft Audited Financial Statements for the City of Merritt including:
• Statement of financial position
o Financial assets
o Liabilities
o MFA debt
o Net financial position
o Tangible capital assets
• Revenues (comparison of budget to actuals)
• Revenues (breakdown by source)
• Expenses (comparison of budget to actuals)
• Changes in net financial position
• Reserves
o Statutory
o Non-statutory
o Investment in tangible capital assets
o Unrestricted surplus

Moved, Seconded and CARRIED
THAT the Draft 2016 Audited Financial Statements for the City of Merritt be received for information
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

THAT Council approves the in kind Extraordinary Grant in Aid of fifteen hundred ($1,500) dollars for the British Columbia High School Rodeo Association (BCHSRA) for the use of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on June 09 and 10, 2017 to be funded through the Community Initiative fund;
AND THAT Council direct staff to include a request for the BCHSRA to apply during the fall Grant in Aid intake for future requests of this nature

THAT the City of Merritt provide a letter of support for the “Take a Hike” program in the Nicola Valley;  AND THAT Council provide a liaison to the project when a steering committee is organized if requested

THAT the Work BC Job Creation Partnership project be brought forward to the next Regular Council meeting  Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown

THAT Whereas, there is a shortage of rental units in the City of Merritt, AND Whereas, one (1) of our major rental apartment buildings holding thirty-five (35) units has burned, AND Whereas, there is expected to be a huge increased need for rental housing in September with the Trans Mountain Pipeline;
THAT the City of Merritt review ways to create opportunities for more rental suites to be made available;AND THAT the City of Merritt revisit the secondary suites section of the Zoning Bylaw and review ways to register all secondary illegal suites; AND FURTHER THAT incentives be reviewed with the possibility of providing ownership buy-in to register secondary suites

THAT the City of Merritt consider implementing a Caretaker for the Merritt Airport  Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown

THAT the recommendations from the March 29, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting be approved as deliberated

THAT the City of Merritt Cemetery Master Plan be adopted as presented at the Special Committee of the Whole April 04, 2017 Meeting

THAT the City of Merritt Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan be adopted as presented at the Special Committee of the Whole April 04, 2017 Meeting
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Goetz

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council accept the Draft 2016 Audited Financial Statements for City of Merritt; AND THAT the Mayor and Director of Financial Services & IT be authorized to sign on behalf of the City

THAT the City renew the agreement with BC Provincial Court Services for the period of January 14, 2016 to January 13, 2019 at the rate of forty four thousand five hundred ($44,500) dollars per year; AND THAT the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to sign the agreement on behalf of the City
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Goetz

THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Corporate Officer to sign the 2017-2018 Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit; AND THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Corporate Officer to sign the Transit Service Agreement with BC Transit

BYLAWS

Nil

NOTICES OF MOTION

Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the Committee of the Whole meetings, Steering Committee meeting on affordable housing, meeting with Dan Albas and a food sustainability round table meeting for the community; participated in the Adopt a Road clean-up and volunteered at the donation centre for Kengard Manor. 
  • Councillor Brown attended the Committee of the Whole meetings and the meeting with Dan Albas.
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Committee of the Whole meetings, the meeting with Dan Albas, the Back Country Horseman Rendezvous meeting (the event is May 26-28, 2017), the Logging Show meeting (the event is September 15-17, 2017), the Vimy Ridge Remembrance event and participated in the Adopt a Road clean-up. 
  • Councillor Christopherson attended a Canada 150 meeting, Committee of the Whole meeting, Country Christmas meeting, the meeting with Dan Albas; participated in the Adopt a Road clean-up; volunteered at Gillis House and provided an update on the Health Care committee. 
  • Councillor Goetz attended all the events that have already been mentioned and provided the latest Gas Buddy prices.
  • Mayor Menard attended the Committee of the Whole meetings, Gratitude Day event, the COFI Conference, United Steelworkers meeting, Rodeo Association meeting, the meeting with Dan Albas, the open reception ceremony for Private George McLean and the Vimy Ridge Remembrance event; met with Chief McLeod and the Back Country Horseman Rendezvous and visited the Senior’s Centre.


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