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August 28, 2018 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

PUBLIC INPUT

With the upcoming election, there was no public input period pursuant to Section 21 (f) of the City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw No. 2055, 2008.
 
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
 
Mae Ketter introduced the two 2018 Tourism Ambassadors, who shared about their experiences and successes interacting with residents and tourists throughout the summer.  The students operated primarily from the City’s new mobile kiosk, which was open for 47 days.  The Ambassadors interacted with a total of 3,033 people and shared their success story.
 
Mr. Randhawa petitioned Council to release funds held as landscaping security.  Mr. Randhawa described some of the successes his hotel has had, including two significant awards.  Mr. Randhawa explained that he never could have been so successful unless the hotel looked good.  Mr. Randhawa acknowledged that in some areas, there were deviations from the original plan for the hotel, but that on the whole, more money, not less was spent on beautifying the hotel grounds.
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
THAT the Chief Administrative Officer be directed to continue to work with the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society (NVCTS) on the feasibility and associated costs of constructing a Performing Arts Theatre attached to the Merritt Civic Centre (MCC), or on the land adjacent to it; and to further explore the possibility of public private partnership and the availability of municipal grant opportunities regarding Performing Arts building construction 
 
BYLAWS
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2243, 2018 (1990 Chapman Avenue) be read a third time
 
THAT City of Merritt Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 2238, 2018 be read a first time 
 
THAT City of Merritt Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 2238, 2018 be read a second time
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 2238, 2018 be read a third time
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Animal Control Bylaw No. 2241, 2018 be read a first time
 
THAT City of Animal Control Bylaw No. 2241, 2018 be read a second time
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Animal Control Bylaw No. 2241, 2018 be read a third time
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
THAT Council receive this staff report for information (3713 DeWolf Way, Comfort Inn)
 
THAT Council refund the remaining landscaping security (3713 DeWolf Way, Comfort Inn)
Voting Opposed: Councillors Baker and Prowal
 
 
NOTICES OF MOTION
 
Councillor Prowal made the following notice of motion:
THAT Council review the City of Merritt Controlled Substance Bylaw for the purpose of including cannabis
 
Mayor Menard made the following notice of motion:
THAT the City of Merritt host the 2019 SILGA Conference

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Baker provided a Gas Buddies update, thanked citizens for their treatment of firefighters staying in the City, and wished Council the best in their 8 upcoming Minister meetings.
  • Councillor Brown has attended Friday Night markets, Rotary meetings, the Juniper House open house and reminded everyone of the upcoming rodeo weekend.
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Airstream Caravan gathering at Claybanks RV park, expressed concern over blocking the Coldwater river to make swimming holes and the number of human caused fires in the province.
  • Councillor Norgaard attended a Food Sovereignty meeting and a Thompson Watershed Disaster Mitigation Flood and Debris Flow meeting.  Councillor Norgaard also expressed that she wouldn’t be running for office in the upcoming election.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended a Health committee meeting and Friday Night markets.
  • Mayor Menard read a thank-you letter from a participant in the high school rodeo, attended a TNRD Clearwater meeting, met with a veterans motorcycle group riding across Canada from Newfoundland to BC, held drop in meetings, attended the Juniper House open house, had discussions with a Motion Notion representative regarding noise, and welcomed May Ing, who was born in Merritt in 1918, as she returned to the City of Merritt for a visit in her 100th year.                                                                                                                                       


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