GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Ms. Thomson introduced fellow Bass Coast Festival Coordinator, Anna Hilliar, and passed along Andrea Graham’s regrets, as she was unable to attend the meeting.
Ms. Thomson and Ms. Hilliar presented the following to Council:
• Unique four (4) day Music and Art Festival founded and produced by BC artists
• 2017 will be fifth year in Merritt
• Tickets sold-out on December 24, 2016
• Festival Activities - Daytime dance parties, evening performances, workshops, yoga classes, boutique markets, food vendors, art exhibits, etc.
• Positive impact of the event on the community and community involvement
• Currently looking for a community farming partner that will accept well managed compost from the food vendors in order to further reduce waste
• Looking to improve internet connection onsite, and open to local intranet providers to provide quotes
• Seeking a telescope to host evening star gazing sessions
• Art & Music - Strong emphasis on innovative arts
• Safety – Transparent communication with local authorities, onsite first-aid and harm reduction teams, and well developed fire safety plan
• Environment – River protection, recycling/composting, art and stages use salvaged upcycled materials, and renewable power is used for some installations
• Sound – New sound technology ensures reduced sound impact on the community, speakers face away from town, volume levels are monitored hourly and adjusted when needed
TTHAT the City of Merritt extend its’ membership in Gold Country to 2020 Voting opposed: Councillors Brown and Goetz
THAT the recommendations from the February 25, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting be approved as deliberated
TTHAT the recommendations from the March 07, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting be approved as deliberated
THAT Council authorize staff to proceed with a new logo for the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre to be used on signage, staff uniforms and various letterhead
THAT Council directs staff to rectify the deficiencies identified at the aviation hangar located at 4494 Airport Road; AND THAT Council directs staff to continue to seek a suitable tenant
NOTICES OF MOTION
THAT Council direct staff to bring back a report outlining which of the City’s buildings would be eligible to receive Heritage Status, and the process for obtaining Heritage Status; AND THAT the Heritage Committee be re-established
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Brown attended Premier Clark’s Rural Economic Development Strategy announcement at NVIT, Health Fair at the Civic Centre, Skating Carnival, and a “soft opening” event at the new Comfort Inn.
Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices, attended a budget meeting, Community Garage Sale at the Civic Centre, and a movie night at NVIT.
Councillor Norgaard attended a Nicola Watershed Committee Open House at NVIT, budget meeting, and Police Committee meeting.
Councillor Prowal attended Premier Clark’s Rural Economic Development Strategy announcement at NVIT, Nicola Watershed Committee Open House at NVIT, budget meeting, Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, and movie night at NVIT.da 150 Committee meeting, budget meetings, Kinder Morgan open house, Business after Business at the Museum, Skating Carnival and participated in a teleconference call with Interior Health regarding doctors for Merritt.
Councillor Christopherson attended Premier Clark’s Rural Economic Development Strategy announcement at NVIT, Nicola Watershed Committee Open House at NVIT, and will be attending a Healthcare meeting on March 16, 2017 at the Civic Centre.
Councillor Baker attended a Police Committee meeting and a budget meeting.
Mayor Menard attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Hope BC, Premier Clark’s Rural Economic Development Strategy announcement at NVIT, Nicola Watershed Committee Open House at NVIT, Police Committee meeting, Creative BC round-table event at the Country Music Hall of Fame, meeting with Royal LePage and the City’s CAO and Planning & Development Services Manager, budget meeting, Info Centre meeting, Rocky Mountain Rangers fundraising event for their upcoming trip to Vimy Ridge, “soft opening” event at the new Comfort Inn, and was presented with a Métis sash from the elders of the Métis Society.