Darrel Brooks gave an update on the activities of the Agri Park Society.
Ray Robinson spoke regarding item 7.1, expressing his opinion that the Alternative Approval Process is a questionable way to determine elector support, no matter how worthy the project.
Pat Weston spoke on behalf of the Nicola Valley Heritage Society in relation to item 11.2, giving an update on the activities of the Society and its plans for 2018.
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
The Rangers presented about the importance of maintaining the bee population and their plans to purchase wildflowers to plant within the City to support the local bee population. Council suggested that the Rangers connect with City staff for specific guidance, consider the use of bee houses as part of the project, and consider making this a legacy project.
Kate Kirstein presented on the state of clay bank erosion on Fir Road and requested that a Council member be assigned to monitor this situation and that a plan be put in place to address the situation by Summer 2018.
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a draft amendment to the Council Procedure Bylaw to include phone participation in meetings;
AND THAT Council authorize staff to publish the required statutory notice for the proposed amendment, in accordance with Section 94 of the Community Charter
THAT Council advances application DVP 2017-03, as amended to increase the number of disabled parking spaces from two (2) to five (5), with a corresponding decrease to the number of regular parking spaces;
AND THAT Council directs staff to send out the required statutory notice that a decision on the application will be made at the February 27, 2018 regular meeting of Council
THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the Licence of Occupation attached to this report, between Her Majesty the Queen in right of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Merritt
TTHAT Council amend the Regular Council meeting dates in April by deleting the Tuesday, April 10, 2018 and Tuesday, April 24, 2018 scheduled meetings and add Tuesday, April 17, 2018 as the only Regular Council meeting in April to allow Council members to attend pre-conference events at the SILGA 2018 Convention on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
THAT Council direct staff to obtain water consumption rates to see if there is correlation of water consumption during the period of reduction in permitted watering days
THAT Council direct staff to provide an update on aquifer levels within the City limits
THAT Council accept Neelam Sahota’s resignation from the City Social Planning Committee
THAT the mandate and strategic priorities document for the Community Policing Office be approved
THAT Council direct staff to work with Constable Tracy Dunsmore to bring back a report on implementing video surveillance cameras and signage for the back alley of the Railyard Mall
THAT the letters to hotel and motel owners and owners of taxi companies addressing a reduction of drug activity in our City be approved
THAT Council appoint Ronald Fischer, Arnold Meyer and Councillor Brown to the Community Heritage Commission
THAT Council approve Mayor Menard’s attendance at the 2018 COFI Convention in Prince George, B.C. on April 04th – April 06, 2018
THAT Council adopt Fire Hall Expansion Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2223, 2017
Voting Opposed: Councillor Goetz
NOTICES OF MOTION
Councillor Prowal made the following Notice of Motion:
THAT Council reconsiders the motion to add Human Resources to the Finance and Audit Committee
Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:
WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made 94 calls to action for all levels of Government, Federal, Provincial and Local, and
WHEREAS the Union of B.C. Municipalities has signed a memorandum of understanding with Reconciliation Canada regarding Indigenous relations, and
WHEREAS it is Indigenous practice to acknowledge the traditional lands on which we stand
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw be amended to include an acknowledgement of the unceeded territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx peoples
Councillor Baker made the following Notice of Motion:
THAT staff look into a cost recovery program for repeated first responder calls, similar to program found in the City of Kamloops Good Neighbour Bylaw
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Baker attended the Local Government Leadership Forum, and though he wasn’t able to participate in person, watched the Budget Overview Committee of the Whole meeting.
Councillor Prowal attended an Environment Committee meeting, a Tourism and Economic Development Committee meeting (no quorum), two Committee of the Whole meetings and the Fraser Basin Council Symposium.
Councillor Christopherson attended the year’s first Country Christmas meeting, theatre committee meetings, an Environment Committee Meeting, a Tourism and Economic Development Committee meeting (no quorum), and two Committee of the Whole meetings.
Councillor Norgaard attended a Social Planning Committee working group and a Social Planning Committee meeting, two Committee of the Whole meetings, the Fraser Basin Council Symposium, spoke to the NVIT Natural Resources class concerning local government, and communicated with Chief Sumexheltza regarding a potential detox centre in the valley. Councillor Norgaard also made a report on water usage and aquifer levels in the City of Merritt.
Councillor Goetz reported on the latest Gas Buddy prices, and extended condolences to the Town of Cranbrook for the loss of one of their Fire Captains, Clayton Murrell and his wife, Joan MacKinnon, who were in a fatal car accident last week.
Mayor Menard attended a teleconference with the Local Government Contract Committee, two Committee of the Whole meetings, the Local Government Leadership Forum, met with Gerome Garcia from the Coldwater Band, met with Chief Sumexheltza from the Lower Nicola Indian Band, held Mayor Drop-in meetings, attended TNRD meetings in Kamloops and attended the Moccasin Hockey Tournament.