GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Ms. Rose Grant, President, Nicola Valley Minor Lacrosse Association thanked Council, on behalf of the Nicola Valley Minor Lacrosse teams that travelled to Fort St. John and Nanaimo for the funding provided by the City to help offset travel costs. The Peewee team took first place in the Provincial tournament. Members of the Peewee team presented each member of Council with thank you cards from the Peewee team and the Bantam team.
Mr. Patrick Farmer, Senior Authorizations Specialist – Water Stewardship, Cascades Natural Resource District, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations provided Council with the following information regarding drought conditions:
• Very dry conditions for the past ninety (90) days and extremely dry conditions for the past sixty (60) days
• Flow on the Coldwater River is currently below ten (10%) percent of the mean annual discharge and falling
• Drought level for the Coldwater is currently at level 2 expected to be elevated to drought level 3 within the coming days
• Fire hazard rating is at extreme
• Water temperatures within the Nicola Valley are high and with the weather forecast expected to remain that way for some time
ASK: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations requested a voluntary thirty (30%) percent reduction in water use
THAT outdoor watering be reduced to two (2) days per week effective immediately;
AND THAT the restrictions include the City Parks and cemetery;
AND FURTHER THAT the outdoor watering restrictions be reviewed at the September 19, 2017 Regular Council meeting
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a Bylaw authorizing borrowing of up to two million two hundred nine thousand ($2,209,000) dollars over a period not exceeding twenty-five (25) years for the Fire Hall expansion with the intent to go to an Alternative Approval Process for elector approval
Voting Opposed: Councillors Baker and Goetz
THAT Council advances application DVP 2017-02 and directs staff to send out the required statutory notice as per Section 499 of the Local Government Act. The application will go before Council at the August 22, 2017 Regular Meeting of Council for decision
THAT Council receive the June 30, 2017 Budget Position Report and the 2017 Capital Project Status Report as submitted
NOTICES OF MOTION
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Baker thanked Emergency Services across the province.
Councillor Prowal questioned the lack of signage for the Claybanks RV Park; commented on the number of cigarette butts everywhere, advised residents to be aware of bears and clean up fruit and only put garbage at the curb on day of pick up.
Councillor Norgaard gave a shout out to the Merritt Fire Rescue Department for signage and closing the road into the forested area on the bench and thanked all firefighters for their efforts across the province.
Councillor Christopherson expressed his appreciation for the efforts of all firefighters, explored the new businesses downtown and advised the concession stand in Central Park is looking for picnic tables.
Councillor Brown attended the Finance & Audit Committee meeting.
Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices and walked through the street mall during Rockin’ River.
Mayor Menard attended the Finance & Audit Committee meeting, transported Ska-lu-la clients home from camp, attended a ceremony in which Beth Nadeau was named to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, attended a Rodeo Association meeting and hosted Mayor Drop-In session.