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February 14 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017



GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

MS/Sgt. White presented the following to Council in relation to the 4th Quarter (October - December, 2016) Merritt Detachment Policing Activity Report:

• Calls for Service (1510)
• Prisoners Processed (165)
• 911 Calls (85)
• Impaired Driving Offences (9)
• Officer Training Courses Obtained
• Investigation Statistics (drug trafficking, fire, break-ins, thefts, stolen vehicles, sex offenders, etc.)
• High-Risk Domestic Violence Cases Currently Open (4)
• New Clients Accepted at Merritt Police Based Victim Services (46)
• Drug Trends
• Staffing Levels (transfers, extended leave of absence, new hire, etc.)
• Crime Statistics (assault, domestic dispute, break-ins, theft, public intoxication, etc.)

Ms. Phippen addressed Council regarding concerns in relation to the City’s recent Mosquito Control Request for Proposal process, and requested clarification on the following:
• Previous years’ tender amount v. payment
• Whether she is able to obtain the scoring sheets for the RFP and final price of the successful proponent
• Whether the contract needs to be authorized by Council
• Why references were not contacted


THAT Xing-Han (Alston) Li be appointed to the Environment Select Committee

THAT Council directs staff to work with Nicola Valley Search & Rescue on drafting an agreement that would formalize the use of the airport terminal building basement and lands that the fenced compound are constructed on

THAT the agreement reflect that the City shall provide the supply of hydro to the fenced compound

THAT Councillor Christopherson be appointed as liaison to the Downtown Voice

THAT the 2017 Grant Applications be approved as deliberated 

THAT staff prepare a report outlining options for an Arena Reserve Fund Bylaw to be brought forward to Council 


THAT the motion to accept the Request for Proposal for the 2017-2021 Mosquito Control Program from Duka Environmental Services Ltd. be deferred until the next regular meeting once staff have had the opportunity answer the questions brought forward by BWP Consulting


THAT City of Merritt Fire Rescue Department Establishment Bylaw No. 2219, 2017 be adopted


THAT Council approve the Kraft-Hockeyville request for a donation of three hundred and Seventy-Five ($375) dollars plus tax to cover the cost of advertising for the Kraft-Hockeyville 2017 Nominations
THAT Council approve support of some kind for the Rocky Mountain Rangers 95th Anniversary as per their letter dated January 7, 2017
THAT Councillor Prowal be permitted to attend the Nicola Watershed Community Roundtable meetings at the expense of the City


  • Councillor Prowal attended a Legion event, announced that the 2017 Adopt-a-Road dates are scheduled for March 30th, June 29th, and October 5th from 6-8 pm, expressed interest in attending Nicola Valley Watershed Community Roundtable meetings, and passed on a list of concerns to the Chief Administrative Officer regarding the City’s response to the recent highway closure. 
  • Councillor Brown attended a Community Futures Board meeting, and Special Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the 2017 Grant-in-Aid applications.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended a Canada 150th Celebrations Committee meeting, TOTA workshop, Shulus Hall dinner event, volunteered at Gillis House, and acknowledged the recent passing of Bob Cokayne, and that Mr. Cokayne donated ten thousand ($10,000) dollars to the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices, and attended the Family Day activities at the Civic Centre.
  • Councillor Norgaard attended a TOTA workshop, Shulus Hall dinner event, and Readers Theatre event.
  • Mayor Menard attended budget meetings, met with MLA Jackie Tegart, met with Kinder Morgan along with the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, attended LGLA Leadership Forum in Richmond BC, hosted Mayor’s drop-in, and gave a tour of City Hall to the grade five class of Diamond Vale Elementary School.

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