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June 28, 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PUBLIC INPUT

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Ms. Gillespie welcomed the Tourism Ambassadors 
• There will be an ambassador at each of the following locations:
o  a kiosk on DeWolf Way beginning June 30th at 10:00 am
o the Hall of Fame beginning June 30th at 11:00 am
o on a downtown detail - riding a bike downtown and helping tourists (guiding etc.) into downtown areas and amenities
• Each ambassadors will be working a thirty-five (35) hour week with flexible hours and will be meeting/reporting daily with feedback to Ms. Gillespie

 Mr. Farmer covered topics including:
• Drought history (2015)
• Current conditions and drought outlook for 2016
o Above average snowpack, however, melting started four to six (4-6) weeks early
o No snow left in the hills as of June 28, 2016 (way ahead of normal)
o Drought level 2 for Nicola Watershed
• Water Sustainability Act allows the Minister to restrict water use by all users including groundwater users
• Government has made the offer to work together with major water users (irrigators and water purveyors) to find ways to voluntarily reduce water use impacts on the  Coldwater River
• Municipal strict watering restrictions to conserve water
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Asked:  That the City of Merritt consider implementing a water restriction structure similar to other jurisdictions within the BC Interior
 

Mr. George presented the 2016 Merritt Business Walk Report
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The discussion regarding the request from the Downtown Voice Delegation for a proposed one-way street downtown was deferred to a Committee of the Whole meeting
THAT WHEREAS drought conditions are predicted to continue into 2017 and; WHEREAS the City of Merritt has some of the highest residential water consumption in the Southern Interior and; WHEREAS residential rain barrels capture a valuable resource; THEREFORE be it resolved that Council directs staff to research and prepare a report for Council regarding a City sponsored residential rain barrel program for implementation in the spring of 2017
THAT the Terms of Reference for a Policy Review Standing Committee and a Social Planning Select Committee be dealt with separately
THAT Council adopt the Terms of Reference for a Policy Review Standing Committee 
THAT Council adopt the Terms of Reference for a Social Planning Select Committee Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
 

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council accept the 2015 Parking Reserve Report as submitted
THAT Council accept the 2015 Development Cost Charges Report as submitted 
THAT Council increase the budget for the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre (NVAC) Roof Replacement project by eighty thousand ($80,000) dollars to a total of three hundred thousand ($300,000) dollars assisted by transferring funds from other Recreation and Facilities capital projects to ensure  this project with one hundred and ten thousand ($110,000) dollars in Federal grant funding can be completed within the term of the grant agreement
THAT Mayor and Council authorize staff to negotiate the terms of an addendum to the Fire Services Agreement with the Thompson Nicola Regional District to include Harmon Estates properties on Nicola Lake
 

BYLAWS

THAT City of Merritt Parks Regulation Amending Bylaw No. 2211, 2016 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Parks Regulation Amending Bylaw No. 2211, 2016 be read a second time Voting Opposed:  Councillor Baker
THAT City of Merritt Parks Regulation Amending Bylaw No. 2211, 2016 be read a third time Voting Opposed:  Councillor Baker
THAT implementation costs be funded under Parks and Playgrounds Voting Opposed:  Councillor Baker
 

NOTICES OF MOTION

THAT Council decrease outdoor watering to twice weekly commencing July 04, 2016; AND THAT staff be directed to submit a monthly report on water consumption

THAT WHEREAS drought is a predicted event for the Nicola Valley and the City of Merritt; and WHEREAS the Fraser Basin Council and the Nicola Watershed Steering Committee have a tool developed to manage Fish Water which also has a direct impact on groundwater in the City of Merritt; and WHEREAS the Fraser Basin Council and the Nicola Watershed Steering Committee asked the City of Merritt to contribute twenty five thousand ($25,000) dollars toward the implementation of the Nicola Fish Water Management Tool during their presentation to Council; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Merritt provide the requested funds toward the implementation of the Nicola Fish Water Management Tool

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Norgaard attended a meeting with MLA Jackie Tegart regarding better medical services in Merritt 
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the Audit & Finance Committee meeting, Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, National Aboriginal Day celebrations and participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up    
  • Councillor Baker attended the Police Committee meeting; participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up and reminded everyone the Art Walk starts July 01st  
  • Councillor Brown attended the Audit & Finance Committee meeting, Music in the Park and a First Nations Cultural course in Kamloops
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, Nicola Thompson Legion meeting, Nicola Valley Kennel Club annual event and participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up 
  • Councillor Goetz provided the gas buddy prices, attended the Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, the Museum and Archives meeting, participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up and advised the Greater Vancouver Soaring Club is at the Merritt Airport
  • Mayor Menard provided a tour for the Diamondvale Grade 3 class, attended the Police Committee meeting, Thompson Nicola Regional District meeting, a meeting at Aspen Planners, the Ride to Survive, the Audit & Finance Committee meeting, Aboriginal Day in the Park, Music in the Park, Grad Parade and Bar-b-q and the dog show; participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up and noted the Greater Vancouver Soaring Club is at the Merritt Airport     


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