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January 26, 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


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GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

  • Mr. F. Rizzardo appeared before Council to appeal the penalties and interest issued to Merritt Plateau Holdings Inc. for an unpaid tax notice he did not receive for Roll #451 01778.001

  • Council passed the following resolution:

    WHEREAS the City of Merritt supports community and healthy living initiatives to increase awareness of chronic disease and promote healthy eating and smoking cessation; and WHEREAS Interior Health Authority has requested that the City of Merritt partner with Interior Health in the Healthy Communities Initiative; THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Merritt continue to work together with Interior Health to formalize a partnership to strengthen actions that will improve upon the health and wellness of the community and reduction of chronic disease risk factors, and that a list of community health priorities be developed and presented to Council at a future date


  • City of Merritt Animal Control Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2205, 2016 was adopted


  • Council accepted the 2015 Year End Report for the Visitors Information Booth at the Baillie House
  • Council directed staff to prepare an updated bylaw or bylaws continuing the Revitalization Tax Exemption Program with parameters formalized in this workshop;AND THAT Council approves the 2016 Grant applications as deliberated


    Council directed staff to resume accepting applications for the Revitalization Tax Exemption program with the caveat for new applications that the applications will be considered in light of the new bylaws that are currently being prepared

    Council participates in the Adopt-A-Road Program setting April 04, 2016, June 27, 2016 and September 19, 2016 as clean up dates 

    Council accepted the City of Merritt Wayfinding Signage Strategy report as prepared by Alta Planning + Design and directs staff to proceed with implementation as funds become available

    Council accepted the Age-Friendly Action Plan, and give consideration to the recommended actions as they arise through the budget process, and in conjunction with Council’s Strategic Goals



  • Councillor Goetz made the following Notice of Motion:

    THAT the City install 2 picnic tables at the parking lot area used by the Farmer’s Market, for all to enjoy and have both with dedication plaques for Milly Mitchell


  • Councillor Brown attended the meeting with the representative from Metro Vancouver Waste Management on January 26th 
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest “gas buddy” prices and commented on recent Committee of the Whole meeting held with the School District Trustees and the Committee of the Whole meeting for the start of budget 
  • Councillor Norgaard has completed her read of the Asset Management Plan, attended the Inaugural meeting of the Police Committee and acknowledged the historic ruling of the Human Rights Tribunal granting the same level of service for all children 
  • Councillor Christopherson viewed the quilt display at the Old Courthouse; reminded everyone of the fund raising concert on February 17th for the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society and attended   the meeting with the representative from Metro Vancouver Waste Management on January 26th   
  • Councillor Prowal reported on the first two action steps of the goal to increase the amount of tourism coming to Merritt by increasing the number of events that will lead to an increase in overnight stays has been completed and expressed her heart felt wishes to the resident of the community of La Loche, Saskatchewan   
  • Councillor Baker commented on the Committee of the Whole meeting held with the School District Trustees and well as the Police Committee meeting 
  • Mayor Menard also expressed his sentiments for the residents of La Loche, Saskatchewan; met with Sarah White from Shaw; attended meetings with Community Futures Nicola Valley and a group attempting to organize a Downtown Business Association; met with First Nations on developing a detox/rehab/mental health centre; met with Chelsea Morrey, ICS over concerns at CMS; participated in the Committee of the Whole meeting with the School Board of Trustees and the Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss grant applications.  Mayor Menard hosted Mayor drop-in sessions; attended the Police Committee meeting as well as Thompson Nicola Regional District board meetings, a meeting with Ministry of Highways representatives; bio solids meetings and a meeting for an amalgamated transit system.   

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