Mr. Russell Wardell spoke against the re-zoning of 1330 Pine Street (Item 7.1), asserting that the proposed re-zoning is contrary to the OCP.
Ms. Michelle Sproson spoke against the re-zoning of 1330 Pine Street (Item 7.1).
Ms. Chris Narjes, a member of the Nicola Valley Agriculture Society, spoke to item 6.4 and gave a description of what the ALR is and permitted uses within the ALR.
Mr. Doug Clark, a member of the Nicola Valley Agriculture Society, spoke to item 6.4 and expressed his opinion regarding how the Agri-park development would benefit the City.
Mr. Mike Carroll, the treasurer of the Nicola Valley Equine society spoke to item 6.4, expressing his opinion that the proposed location would be ideal for the Agri-park development.
Mr. Darrel Brooks spoke regarding item 6.4, providing information about a petition that was circulated regarding the Agri-park development and requesting the City provide a letter of support for the project.
Ms. Shantyl Brooks spoke to item 6.4, expressing that she would like to learn and volunteer at the Agri-park and encouraged the City to support the project.
Mr. Joseph Theriault spoke to item 6.4, requesting that the City provide a letter of support.
Malcolm Lynn spoke regarding item 6.4, in favour of the Agri-park development.
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
S/Sgt White presented the 4th Quarter Merritt Detachment Policing Activity Report providing an overview of:
• General Duty
• General Investigation Section
• Domestic Violence/Victim Services
• Drug Trends
• Human Resources
• Funded Levels
Mr. Thom discussed the purposes and goals of SILGA, provided details regarding the 2018 SILGA Convention, and invited Council to attend the Convention.
Ms. Fielding presented regarding Smart Community Challenge and the Lower Nicola Indian Band’s entry to that challenge.
THAT the City of Merritt acknowledge the unceded territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx peoples at City hosted special events and occasions
Voting Opposed: Councillors Baker and Christopherson
THAT staff look into a cost recovery program for repeated first responder calls, similar to the program found in the City of Kamloops Good Neighbour Bylaw
THAT Council defer the decision to provide a new letter of support to the Nicola Valley Agriculture Society until the original letter of support and resolution are reviewed by Council
THAT Council directs staff to issue Development Variance Permit Application DVP 2017-03 for 2772 Clapperton Avenue
THAT Council direct staff to invite the five (5) local Band Chiefs and Councils to a round table discussion and feast with the City of Merritt Mayor and Council;
AND THAT Council authorize staff to apply for available grant funding and make the necessary arrangements for the round table discussion and feast, with expenses to be paid from the Council Protocol and if necessary, Council Contingency accounts
THAT Council awards the 2018-2022 Painted Pavement Markings tender to Aardvark Pavement Marking Services in the amount of forty three thousand five hundred one dollar fifty-five cents ($43,501.55) for 2018, forty four thousand five hundred twenty-three dollars twenty-three cents ($44,523.23) for 2019, forty five thousand five hundred forty-seven dollars and twenty cents ($45,547.20) for 2020, forty six thousand five hundred ninety-two dollars sixty-six cents ($46,592.66) for 2021, and forty seven thousand six hundred forty-one dollars forty-three cents (47,641.43) for 2022;
AND THAT the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to execute the required documents
THAT Council authorize staff to enter into Wildfire Interface Covenants in the form attached, with any owners of property in Phases 2 and 3 of the Merritt Plateau Development who apply to the City for a building permit
Councillor Christopherson made the following Notice of Motion:
NOTICES OF MOTION
Councillor Christopherson made the following Notice of Motion:
THAT Council increase the amount of City sponsorship for the Community Futures Conference 2018 from $500 to $3600 so that combined support, including both in-kind and sponsorship grants, move us into the Platinum Sponsorship category of $10,000
Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:
WHEREAS a recent presentation to Council indicated that one key to downtown revitalization is to create a pedestrian destination in the downtown functioning after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends, and
WHEREAS such a destination may require amendments to our current by-laws
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff be directed to prepare a report for Council regarding any amendments to our by-laws that may be required to close one downtown block to traffic, one day per week, from April until the end of October; and any amendments required to allow for buskers, artists, artisans, venders, street cafes and so on; and any associated costs to the City such as setting up barricades, towing, traffic control, clean-up and any other cost that staff anticipates, not mentioned herein
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Norgaard attended a Fraser Basin Council Flood Mitigation meeting, a Social Planning Committee working group meeting, the Merritt Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, a meeting with Chief Sumexheltza about a detox treatment facility, the Budget Open House, a meeting with librarian Meg Gregory regarding the establishment of a seed bank, the Budget Deliberations Committee of the Whole meeting, a meeting with George Abbott and Chief Chapman regarding wildfire and flooding mitigation and the Resurgence of Downtown video Committee of the Whole meeting. Councillor Norgaard also gave a water buddies report on water usage in the City of Merritt.
Councillor Goetz reported on the latest Gas Buddy prices.
Councillor Brown attended the Merritt Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, the Budget Open House, Finance and Audit Committee meeting, the Budget Deliberations Committee of the Whole meeting, a flood and wildfire mitigation meeting with George Abbott and the Resurgence of Downtown video Committee of the Whole meeting.
Councillor Christopherson attended the Fraser Basin Council Flood Mitigation meeting, the Merritt Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, attended the Gillis House, the Budget Open House, an Environment Committee meeting, a Tourism and Economic Development Committee meeting, the Heritage Society Open House, the Budget Deliberations Committee of the Whole meeting, the Flood and Wildfire review Open House and the Resurgence of Downtown video Committee of the Whole meeting.
Councillor Prowal attended a Logger Sports show meeting, a Nicola Naturalist Society meeting, the Merritt Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, the Budget Open House, Tourism and Economic Development Committee meeting, the Budget Deliberations Committee of the Whole meeting and a Wildfire and Flood mitigation meeting.
Mayor Menard attended the Fraser Basin Council Flood Mitigation meeting, the BC Consultations Rural Development meeting, the Merritt Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, a telephone meeting with Minister Donaldson re: timber issues, the Annual General meeting for Nicola Valley Search and Rescue, the Budget Open House, Mayor drop-in meetings, a Finance and Audit Committee meeting, the Nicola Valley Heritage Society Open House, the Merritt Centennials Mental Health awareness night, the Budget Deliberations Committee of the Whole meeting, the Police Hockey Tournament, the Merritt Centennials awards night, the Flood and Wildfire Mitigation meeting with George Abbott and a Meeting with Trans Mountain.