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August 23, 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Ms. Gillespie presented a Power Point presentation outlining the year-end overview of the Tourism Ambassadors Program including.  The Tourism Ambassadors each gave a brief presentation on their successes in the program. Ms. Gillespie submitted the following  statistics:

• Hall of Fame 2015 (May - September): Days open 69, with 1,107 visitors
• Hall of Fame 2016 (June - August): Days open 45, with 1,272 visitors
• Kiosk 2016 (July – August): Days open 41, with 386 visitors
• Downtown - busses/businesses (July – August): Days active 30, with 388 interactions 


THAT Council appoint Patrick Farmer, Sunshine O’Donovan, and Ida Hedrick to the Environment Select Committee as voting members
THAT Council appoint Lydia Fawcett, Neelam Sahota, Sue Sterling-Bur, and Stacy Wormell-Street to the City Social Planning Select Committee as voting members
THAT Council does not activate a Junior Council; AND THAT the Nicola-Similkameen School District No. 58 Junior Council be invited to observe at Regular Council Meetings  Voting Opposed: Councillors Brown and Norgaard



THAT Council resolves to award the Tender for the Water Treatment Upgrades to BC Integrated Solutions (BCIS), in the amount of one million seven hundred sixty-two thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven dollars ($1,762,887.00) excluding applicable taxes; AND THAT the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to execute the contract documents on behalf of the City

THAT Council approve the budget reallocation of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) from the Community Initiative Fund to Economic Development to be used for the development of promotional media in conjunction with the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA)  Voting Opposed: Councillor Goetz

THAT Council provide a letter of support to Falun Gong practitioners seeking to stop China’s organ harvesting crimes

THAT Council expand the 2016 Watering restrictions by removing watering on Wednesdays and Thursdays until September 30, 2016;  AND THAT Council direct staff to have the Outdoor Watering Conservation Policy brought forward to the Policy Review Committee to consider amending the policy authorizing staff to adjust watering restrictions in accordance with the Provincial BC Drought Response Plan


THAT City of Merritt Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2212, 2016 be adopted
THAT City of Merritt Municipal Ticket Information Amendment Bylaw No. 2213, 2016 be adopted  Voting Opposed:  Councillor Baker


Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:
“Youth Participation”
WHEREAS School District No. 58 has a Youth Council
AND WHEREAS the City of Merritt wishes to encourage youth participation in local government
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Merritt invite the School District No. 58 Youth Council to meet with the Committee of the Whole at least twice per year and extend the invitation to all youth aged 15 to 25 


  • Councillor Baker attended the TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Music in the Park 
  • Councillor Prowal attended Fall Fair sale, TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner,  Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Baillie House     
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner; Volunteered at Gillis House
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; Attended Art Walk, pickle-ball, and farmers market
  • Councillor Brown attended a Chinese “organ harvesting” presentation, Ask Wellness Open House, and the TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Mayor Menard attended the Chinese “organ harvesting” presentation, Art walk, bus tour with the City’s Manager of Economic Development, Ambassadors Program event, Centennial Board Meeting, May Days Society event at NVIT, TNRD Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and the TNRD Out of Town Board Meeting including a tour of Douglas Ranch, Diacarbon Energy, Baillie House, NVIT, Aquatic Centre, and Arena              

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