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July 25 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017



GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions



THAT the City issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construct the columbariums at the cemetery within the current budget year 

THAT Council receive this report regarding implementation of a caretaker at the Merritt Airport for information only

THAT Council direct staff to have the advertisement for membership to the Heritage Commission reposted in late fall of 2017 or early 2018;
AND THAT depending on expressed interest, staff prepare an amendment to City of Merritt Community Heritage Commission Establishment Bylaw No. 1816, 2002 eliminating mandated organization membership


THAT the City of Merritt has no objections to the application from the Merritt Curling Club located at 2038 Merritt Avenue to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a permanent change in hours of operation for Fridays and Saturdays to be 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Sundays to be 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight); providing the Merritt Curling Club completes the required consultation process including posting a sign advising of the change and advertising in the local paper
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown, Norgaard and Prowal

THAT Council authorize staff to negotiate a Fire Services Agreement between the City of Merritt and the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band for IR #21 (Antko)

THAT Council approve the Extraordinary Grant Application in the amount of three thousand ($3,000) dollars for the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) to assist with busing expenses for the 2017 Rockin River Music Festival (RRMF) August 03-06, 2017, to be funded through the Community Initiative Fund  

THAT the City Social Planning Committee Introduction and Survey Questions, as presented be approved by Council; AND THAT the survey be conducted by the end of September, 2017
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown






  •  Councillor Christopherson thanked all the volunteers working during the fires; volunteered at Gillis House; commented on the amount of cigarette butts and lack of regard for the fire ratings, and is pleased that the Fire Chief closed off forest access within the City as a fire precaution
  • Council Prowal attended the Chamber of Commerce Logging Show meeting, the Cruiser’s Vintage Car Show; and commented on the lack of communication from the province to agencies in the field regarding the fires and on the amount of cigarette butts and lack of regard for the fire ratings.
  • Councillor Baker thanked Emergency Social Services and the Merritt Fire Rescue Department for their efforts during the fire crisis, and commented on the amount of cigarette butts and lack of regard for the fire ratings.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; welcomed Mary at the concession stand in Central Park noting more picnic tables required at the concession stand; attended the Cruiser’s Vintage Car Show and welcomed Pilipino Market and Games & Toys to Merritt.
  • Councillor Norgaard spent the weekend as a patron of the Claybanks RV Park for the experience and to be able recommend the park to others, and commented on the lack of WIFI.
  • Councillor Brown represented the Mayor at the Cruiser’s Vintage Car Show; commented on the condition of the road in Central Park left by Hydro and on the amount of cigarette butts and lack of regard for the fire ratings.
  • Mayor Menard met with Destination BC, the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce and Salvation Army; attended the Merritt Centennials golf tournament; Thompson Nicola Regional District meetings and the 2017 British Columbia Ambassador program. 

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