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February 24, 2015 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Nil  

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

  • Nil

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • THAT a representative from Council be appointed to the Gold Country Communities Services Board of Directors
  • THAT Council promote the following resolution drafted jointly by the City of Merritt and Thompson Nicola Regional District be forwarded to SILGA and UBCM:

    WHEREAS the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health are responsible for reviewing and approving bio solid composting facility permits and land application notifications under the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation; and the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for administration of the Agricultural Land Commission Act;
    AND WHEREAS, due to these activities being carried out within the Agricultural Land Reserve, the interjurisdictional importation of bio solid waste materials is being authorized and land application and composting facilities are being permitted without a public consultation process in locations where residents and the environment may be adversely affected by the potential health risks, noise and odour nuisances, property value reductions and community well-being:

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province form a committee including local government representatives to examine and make recommendations for changes to the Provincial bio solid review process and changes to the content in the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation and Agricultural Land Commission Act that govern the bio solid regulatory process in the Province of British Columbia

BYLAWS

  • THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw No. 2187 be read a third time
  • THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw No. 2187 be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation for ministerial approval

NEW BUSINESS

  • THAT the City denies the request from Nicola Valley Health Care Auxiliary to grant a rental rate reduction for the use of the Merritt Civic Centre for the 2015 Okanagan-Mainline Conference
  • THAT the City enters into contracts for the provision of janitorial services for the specified City facilities for the period of March 01, 2015 to February 28, 2017;

    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for the Merritt Civic Centre be awarded to LJDM Maintenance Services in the amount of thirty five thousand eight  hundred and sixty eight dollars ($35,868.00) per year;
    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre be awarded to Bee Clean Maintenance Services in the amount of twenty eight thousand two hundred dollars ($28,200.00) per year;
    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for City Hall be awarded to LJDM Maintenance Services in the amount of seventeen thousand eight hundred and sixty eight ($17,868.00) per year;
    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for the City Parks Washrooms be awarded to Shermar Maintenance Services in the amount of twelve thousand six hundred dollars ($12,600) per year;
    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for the Airport Terminal Building be awarded to  Bee Cleaning Maintenance Services in the amount of thirty dollars ($30.00) per day;
    AND FURTHER THAT the janitorial contract for the  Coldwater Building be awarded to Bee Clean Maintenance Services in the amount of thirty dollars ($30.00) per day
    AND FURTHER THAT the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to execute the contacts on behalf of the City

  • THAT the request for donation to the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society be tabled to the March 17, 2015 Council workshop

  • THAT the request from Nicola Watershed Community Round Table that the City should embark upon an advertising campaign with a simple explanation of how the City deals with our own bio solids be denied with an explanation of the City’s sewerage treatment process

  • THAT staff be directed to prepare information of how the City treats and disposes of bio solids be published in the Merritt Herald and the posted on the City web page

  • THAT the City denies the request from Nicola Watershed Community Round Table to grant a refund of the rental fee for the use of the Merritt Civic Centre for the January 26, 2015 public information meeting regarding bio solids

NOTICES OF MOTION

  • Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:

    Whereas the Ministry of Environment is apparently the branch of the provincial government responsible for the approval of bio solid land application disposal sites;
    Council directs City staff to seek a list of bio solid land application disposal sites in the Nicola watershed, including bio solid source and tonnage for the last five (5) years from Ministry of Environment and failing receiving such report, written reasons as to why it is unavailable

  • Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:
    THAT staff provide a report outlining City policies and practices that demonstrate environmental responsibility 

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Goetz attended the Nicola Valley Farmers Market AGM on February 18th announcing that the Farmers Market will operate April 16, 2015 to October 10, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and congratulated Dakota O’Donovan on his winning of a bronze medal in air pistol at the Canada Winter Games being held in Prince George  
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Nicola Naturalist Society meeting, the joint meeting with City and TNRD on February 19th, and the 100th Anniversary of the Merritt Drill Hall.  Councillor Prowal also visited the new bottle depot and the Dollarama as well as providing Council with the schedule for the Adopt-A-Road Program 
  • Councillor Norgaard clarified some comments regarding the Merritt Cinema Society raised at the February 11th meeting, visited the BC Travel Info Centre at exit 286 and attended the Extreme Weather Shelter open house on February 21st
  • Councillor Baker thanked MP Dan Albas for speaking to Council on February 10th and extended kudos to the school board in their promotion of wearing pink on February 25th in support of anti-bullying
  • Councillor Christopherson attended a pancake breakfast fundraiser for Heart & Stroke Foundation  on February 13th, a fundraiser for the family of Monica Jack on February 14th, the Farmers Market AGM on February 18th, the joint City and TNRD meeting on February 19th and the 100th Anniversary of the Armory on February 21st.  Councillor Christopherson also completed his portion of the Merritt Business Walk
  • Councillor Brown has been conducting research on bio solids
  • Mayor Menard presented banners to 2 Merritt hockey teams on February 21st as well as the 100th Anniversary at the Elks Hall, the joint City and TNRD meeting on February 19th and reported he had 11 appointments on February 18th at the last Mayor’s Drop-In


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