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April 26, 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PUBLIC INPUT

  •  Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Director of Finance & IT presented the City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan including:
• An overview of the Process (Budget)
• Public Input
• Results (Bylaws prepared)
• Tax Rate 1.75 % for 2016
• Sources of funding
• Grants
• Sale of service (User fees)
• “Taxation on average house”
• What taxes are used for
• Ongoing review of Fees and Charges Bylaw from staff

Ms. L. Verity, Heart & Stroke Foundation presented the “Big Bike” ride including:
• “Big Bike” – scheduled Monday, May 30, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in Merritt
• Big Bike is the largest fundraiser for their organization
• Merritt participant attendance has been dropping
• 1994 to present - $154,437.68 raised in Merritt
• Merritt goal is to have two (2) teams, two (2) rides, two (2) full bikes and raise $6,000
• Time commitment is one (1) hour (the ride is half (½) hour)

Heart & Stroke Foundation Asked:  “Join the Mayor’s team”

 

Mr. Martindale and Mr. Miller presented the “Merritt City Limits” project including:
• Project intent and benefits
• Project summary
• Marketing approach
• Participation and investment (estimated project cost ten thousand ($10,000) dollars
• “Party Bus” (shuttle service) 

“Merritt City Limits” Asked:  THAT Council take this initiative forward and twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollars from the City to a maximum of five thousand ($5,000) dollars on a “match” basis (they will match what Council puts in to a maximum of five thousand ($5,000) dollars
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • THAT Council adopt the Terms of Reference for an Environment Select Committee
    Councillor Prowal would like to sit on this committee
  • THAT Council direct staff to create Terms of Reference for a Policy Review Standing Committee
    Councillor Baker would like to sit on this committee
  • THAT Council direct staff to create Terms of Reference for a Social Planning Select Committee
  • THAT Council direct staff to revitalize the Board of Variance
  • THAT Council direct staff to bring back options for the creation of a Junior Council
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Community Futures Nicola Valley
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Prowal
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce; AND THAT Councillor Prowal be appointed liaison
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Nicola Valley Museum; AND THAT Councillor Goetz be appointed liaison

 

  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Tourism Nicola Valley
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Merritt Farmer’s Market; AND THAT Councillor Goetz be appointed liaison
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Merritt Integration Project
  • THAT Council consider appointing a Council member to liaise with Emergency Social Services; AND THAT Councillor Goetz be appointed liaison 
  • THAT Council direct staff to prepare a Smoke Free Bylaw

 

NEW BUSINESS

  • THAT the City authorize staff to prepare a Request for Proposals for the operation of the Central Park Concession Building to one (1) operator for a one (1) year term 
  • THAT Purpose 1. of the Terms of Reference be amended by adding Tourism 
  • THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Corporate Officer to sign the 2016-2017 Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit
  • THAT Council authorize the expenditure of up to ten thousand ($10,000) dollars from the Reserve for Future Expenditures, Police Services capital portion to renovate the Spirit Square building for the Community Policing Office

BYLAWS

  • THAT City of Merritt Fees & Charges Amending Bylaw No. 2208, 2016 be adopted
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Goetz
  • That City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2209, 2016 be read a second time
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
  • That City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2209, 2016 be read a third time
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
  • THAT City of Merritt 2016 Annual Property Taxes Bylaw No. 2210, 2016 be read a first time
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
  • THAT City of Merritt 2016 Annual Property Taxes Bylaw No. 2210, 2016 be read a second time
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
  • THAT City of Merritt 2016 Annual Property Taxes Bylaw No. 2210, 2016 be read a third time
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown

NOTICES OF MOTION

Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices   
  • Councillor Prowal attended the SILGA Conference and advised that permission was denied by the Federal Government to bring a Syrian family to Merritt as no one in Merritt speaks Arabic 
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the Violence Against Women in Relationships event
  • Councillor Brown attended the Violence Against Women in Relationships event, the SILGA Conference, Buy Local webinar and the budget meetings
  • Councillor Baker attended  the Police Committee meeting and the budget meetings
  • Councillor Norgaard volunteered at the Soup Bowl and attended the SILGA Conference, Violence Against Women in Relationships event and the Police Committee meeting  
  • Mayor Menard attended the Violence Against Women in Relationships event, budget meetings, memorial for Don Moses, United Steel Workers meeting, SILGA Conference and the Police Committee meeting 


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