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July 24, 2018 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

PUBLIC INPUT

Nil
 
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
 

Mr. G. Field presented to Council the Merritt Shuttle Bus Services and provided the following information:
• Merritt Shuttle Bus Services is a recently incorporated company
• They intend to provide shuttle service from Merritt to Kamloops, Merritt to Highland Valley Copper and from Kamloops to Highland Valley Copper
• Trying to provide services vacated by Greyhound
• Launch date is set for September 01, 2018
• Ministry of Transportation has announced the processes will be fast tracked and the requirements will be simpler
• Will purchase electric buses to reduce the carbon footprint
• Buses will be wheelchair accessible
• Twenty businesses within Merritt have offered to sell bus tickets and pick up spots
• Can provide shuttle service for festivals as well as for crews working on the pipeline
• Hours of operation being 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
• Five drop off points in Kamloops
• Biggest dilemma is where to park the buses (6) in Merritt

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report reviewing previous scope of the Civic Centre/Conference Centre, potential costs, and potential options for parking 
 
THAT Council review the results of the 2018 Business Walk at the next Council meeting 
 
BYLAWS
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2240, 2018 be read a third time
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2240, 2018 be adopted
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
THAT Council directs staff to issue development permit DP2018-04 (4074 Airport Road) subsequent to the receipt of payment for the landscape security
 
THAT Council direct staff to issue DP2017-05 and DVP2017-05 (1914 Quilchena Avenue)
Voting Opposed:  Councillors Brown and Prowal
 
THAT Council provides a resolution in support of the City’s 2018 BC Rural Dividend Fund Grant Program Application to advance the Economic Development Capacity Building Projects
 
THAT Council accept the City of Merritt 2017 Annual Report as presented
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a letter of support for Gold Country Communities Society grant application to BC Rural Dividend to hire an Indigenous Liaison
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a letter of support to Merritt Shuttle Bus Services Ltd.  
 
NOTICES OF MOTION
 
Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices; congratulated Darch Oborne on completing the B.C. Epic 1000km bike race from Merritt to Fernie and the Nicola Valley Thunder Peewee Lacrosse team for their silver medal at the Provincials; attended the Cruiser’s Show & Shine Car Show and announced that would not be seeking re-election and would not be attending the 2018 UBCM Conference.
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, the Committee of the Whole meeting and commented on how busy Central Park was this past weekend.
  • Councillor Norgaard hosted a Fire Smart open house at her residence.
  • Councillor Brown attended the Friday Market, the Committee of the Whole meeting, the TNRD bio-solids meeting; questions who had approved the original Claybanks subdivision and encouraged everyone to get their tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride.
  • Councillor Christopherson commented on the flood mitigation and thanked Councillor Goetz for his years of service. 
  • Councillor Baker attended the Committee of the Whole meeting via telephone and the Police Committee meeting.
  • Mayor Menard congratulated Darch Oborne on completing the B.C. Epic 1000km bike race from Merritt to Fernie and the Nicola Valley Thunder Peewee Lacrosse team for their silver medal at the Provincials; attended a 75th birthday party for Rusty Brewer from Ska-lu-la; the Committee of the Whole meeting; the TNRD meeting regarding the Kettle Valley Trail; hosted Drop-In sessions; attended a Hospital Foundation meeting, TNRD Board meetings and Committee of the Whole meeting, the TNRD bio-solids meeting, the Cruiser’s Show & Shine Car Show awarding Brian & Bea Cave the Mayor’s Choice award for their 1933 Ford pickup and Boler trailer, a meeting at the Shackan Band Hall; transported the Ska-lu-la clients to Birch Bay for their camp and attended the Ty Pozzobon Committee meeting; welcomed the new BCHL Commissioner to Merritt and announced that he will be seeking re-election for Mayor in the upcoming Local General Election.                                                                                                                                                   


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