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June 26, 2012 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Public Input:
  1. Mr. A. Abraria outlined the benefits of the Entertainment in Merritt proposal "Clash of the Talents"
General Matters:
  1. Mr. D. Brooks, Executive Director, Merritt & Disitrict Chamber of Commerce presented the solid waste and recycling survey and requested the City consider making changes to the billing rates, develop a solid waste and recycling program, restructure the solid waste bylaw and allow a one-time grant or rebate of $800 for businesses
  2. Ms. M. Pierce presented to Council the theme for this years' Communities in Bloom as "what is old is new again", advised that the judges will be in Merritt July 17-18 and thanked Council and the various committees for their continued support.
  3. Ms. L. Snook and Ms. C. Cox Neil presented to Council the consequences Nicola Family Therapy is experiencing since the School Board has withdrawn the contract valued at $35,000.  Nicola Family Therapy is requesting Council consider providing assistance for rent for a period of time and the rental fee of the Civic Centre for the December 01 fundraiser
New Business:
  1. Council accepted the quarterly report for Visitor Information at the Baillie House for March, April and May 2012
  2. Council referred the recommendation and issue of the recycling depot automatic gates to a Committee of the Whole meeting with possibly deferring the decision to the 2013 budget dicsussions
  3. Council accepted the proposal from Burst-Into-Site to hold the "Clash of the Talents" talent contest from July 28-September 01, 2012
  4. Council approved the Merritt & Disitrct Chamber of Commerce temporary road closure for the street mall July 19-21, 2012 as well as the in-kind donation of use of barricades and garbage containers
  5. Council granted permission for Vancouver Soaring Association to use the Merritt Airport and Facilities July 19-29, 2012
  6. Council appointed Carole Fraser Chief Election Officer at a stipend of $2,000 and Shawn Boven, Deputy Chief Elections Officer at a stipend of $1,000 for the September 15, 2012 By-Election
  7. Council rescinded the City Hosted Conference & Convention Policy
  8. Council rescinded the Computer Reserve Fund Policy
Reports from Council:
  1. Councillor Baker attended the Protective Services Recognition dinner on June 22, 2012
  2. Mayor Roline reported Council and staff held a Strategic Planning Session June 13-14; attended the Rotary Clubs 2012-2013 installation of officers on June 15; attended the Economic Development Summit at the TNRD on June 20; Attended Aboriginal Day on June 21; the Protective Services Recognition dinner on June 22; met with the Ride2Survive bikers on June 23 and attended the Sailing Club event on June 24

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