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December 20 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

PUBLIC INPUT

Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Teammates Haley Zabek and Jamie Neill gave a PowerPoint presentation to Council on behalf of the Merritt Secondary School (MSS) Girls’ Rugby Team regarding  their upcoming trip to New Zealand for a “Rugby Tourist and Playing Tour” in March 2017.  The following details were presented to Council:

• Estimated Price
• Proposed Agenda
• “Why New Zealand?” (4.5 Million people, rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, only team with a winning history against every opposition, New Zealand supports growing girls’ game, beautiful/natural landscape, rich culture)

Ms. Zabek and Ms. Neill explained that the MSS Girls’ Rugby Team is interested in learning of any upcoming fundraising ideas.
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Nil

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council consider and support Development Permit Application DP 2016-K and Development Variance Permit Application DVP 2016-01, and authorize staff to proceed with public notification that Council will consider the applications for approval at the January 10, 2017 Regular Council Meeting;

AND THAT Council review the proposed Development Variance Permit Application DVP 2016-01, which varies the following items:
• Reduce the requirement for parking stalls from forty-three (43) to eighteen (18);
• Reduce the requirement for loading spaces from three (3) to one (1);
• Reduce the required Motorcycle Parking Stalls from four (4) to one (1);
• Reduce the requirement for Bicycle Long Term Interior Parks Stalls from sixteen (16) to fifteen (15);
• Allow Bicycle Short Term Exterior Parking Stalls to be provided in an area to the side or rear of the building, not necessarily directly visible from the abutting street;
• Vehicle access may be provided by an easement, as set out in Easement Plan KAP 67476, granted to Lot 1 District Lot 123, Kamloops Division, Yale District, Plan KAP57211, Except Plan KAP67209;

AND FURTHER THAT Council review Development Permit Application DP2016-K and Development Variance Permit Application DVP2016-01 subject to the following conditions:
• Clarification that the primary entry for fire protection purposes is on Quilchena Avenue and that all fire protection access issues have been resolved prior to the issuance of building permit;
• Resolution of provision of postal service;
• Provision of Preliminary Field Reconnaissance to identify any potential cultural features that may be impacted by the proposed activities as requested by the Nicola Tribal Association, and the applicant undertakes the steps recommended in the Preliminary Field Reconnaissance;
• Provision of a Servicing Agreement for infrastructure services as set out in the proposed engineering plans to meet the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw with approval by the Director of Engineering & Development;
• Development Cost Charges in the amount of one hundred and forty-two thousand four hundred and eleven dollars and twenty cents ($142,411.20) payable to the City at the time of issuance of building permit;

• A landscaping security in the amount of one hundred and thirty-one thousand five hundred and eighty-eight dollars and forty cents ($131,588.40) is provided as a condition of issuing the Development Permit

THAT Council run a City sponsored pre-order rain barrel program in the spring of 2017 Voting opposed: Councillor Brown

THAT Council amend the Terms of Reference for the City Social Planning Select Committee to read “Two (2) members of Council” Voting opposed: Councillors Baker, Christopherson and Prowal

THAT Council amend Section 5.0 of the City of Merritt Council Committee Policy to read “Unless otherwise provided in a Committee’s enabling statute or establishment bylaw, the quorum for a committee is a majority of all its members”

That Councillor Goetz be appointed to the City Social Planning Select Committee Voting opposed: Councillors Baker and Goetz

THAT the meeting frequency set out in the Terms of Reference for the Policy Review Committee be amended to read “Quarterly, or at the call of the Chair” 

THAT Council amend the policies as listed in Schedule “A” attached to this report

THAT Council approve “Fare Option 2”, as presented in the City of Merritt Transit Service Review Report dated November 2016 and direct staff to work with BC Transit to implement the new fares effective April 01, 2017

BYLAWS

THAT City of Merritt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2217 be amended to read “8.5.1 In lieu of providing the required number of off-street vehicular parking spaces on the property in zones C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C9, M1, and M2, an owner may provide to the City a sum of money equal to the number of parking spaces not provided multiplied by $3,500.00 for deposit to a parking and alternative transportation infrastructure reserve fund.  In lieu of providing the required number of off-street vehicular parking spaces on the property in zone C2, an owner may provide to the City a sum of money equal to the number of parking spaces not provided multiplied by $1.00 for deposit to a parking and alternative transportation infrastructure reserve fund.”

THAT City of Merritt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2217, 2016 be read a third time as amended Voting opposed: Mayor Menard and Councillor Goetz

THAT City of Merritt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2217, 2016 be adopted Voting opposed: Councillor Brown

THAT City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan 2016-2020   Amendment Bylaw No. 2218, 2016 be adopted

NOTICES OF MOTION
 

Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Norgaard attended a dinner at the Senior’s Centre, and reported that she has been busy during the months of November and December, attending many events in the place of the Mayor. 
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices, and attended the City of Merritt Christmas dinner.
  • Councillor Brown attended a dinner at the Senior’s Centre, and volunteered with the Hands of Hope food hampers.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the NVIT expansion announcement, Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce/Community Futures/City of Merritt Mingle & Jingle, and a Winter Celebrations Powwow.
  • Councillor Prowal attended Community Policing Office tea and tour, farewell gathering for Deborah Merrick at the Merritt Public Library, City of Merritt Christmas dinner, Naturalist Society bird identification event at NVIT, dinner at the Senior’s Centre, and announced that the Back Country Horsemen will be returning to Merritt for “Rendezvous 2017” on May 26-28, 2017.
  • Councillor Baker attended the City of Merritt long service awards event.
  • Mayor Menard thanked Councillor Norgaard for attending events in his absence, attended a farewell gathering for Deborah Merrick at the Merritt Public Library, NVIT expansion announcement, Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce/Community Futures/City of Merritt Mingle & Jingle, Winter Celebrations Powwow, and thanked Council and staff for all of their work over the past year.


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