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March 26, 2013 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Mayor Roline introduced Craig Lindsay, Editor, Merritt Herald and Bernadine (Bernie) Easson, Community Integration Health Services Administrator, Barrier/Blue River/Clearwater/Merritt
 General Matters:
 Ms.Turco, Community Health Facilitator, Promotion and Prevention, Community Integrated Health Services-Interior Health's presentation to Council included:
  • Recognition of health promotion
  • Why the renewed focus on partnership and healthy community action
  • Introduction of the provincial Healthy Families BC-Communities Initiative
  • Proposed next steps – That the City of Merritt and Interior Health continue to work together to promote healthy communities by formalizing a partnership to strengthen actions that will further improve the health of the community and reduce chronic disease risk factors. Introduction of the provincial Healthy Families BC-Communities Initiative
 New Business:
  1. Council approved an exemption from Bylaw No. 2087, 2009, Section K, Item 8 that “grave space shall be sold in sequential order” to allow Section I Row 3 Plot 33 to be sold out of order 
  2. The City extended the current membership agreement with Gold Country Communities Society for one (1) year at a cost of eight thousand ($8,000) dollars
  3. The City provide a letter of support to Gold Country Communities Society for the GeoToursim program 
  4. The City of Merritt join with the electoral areas to ensure a full partnership and equal; representation in this critical management plan by committing thirty five thousand ($35,000) dollars of Federal Gas Tax funding for the Nicola Lake Watershed Sustainability Management Plan Partnership; subject to confirmed investment of the same amount by each of electoral areas “I”, “M” and “N” 
  5. The City enter into a three (3) year agreement with ASK Wellness for the lease of the Spirit Square Building for the three (3) year period of April 01, 2013 to March 31, 2016 at the rate of nine hundred ($900.00) dollars per month for the first year, nine hundred and twenty-five ($925.00) dollars per month for the second year and nine hundred and fifty ($950.00) per month for the third year; AND THAT the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer be authorized to sign on behalf of the City
Notices of Motion:
  1. Councillor Murdoch brought forth a Notice of Motion expressing concern of the letter dated March 19, 2013 addressed to Mr. Sekhon, Nicola Valley Tourism Society which differs from Council direction at the January 08, 2013 meeting
  1. Councillor Goetz attended the Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, Business after Business and the election of their new Board members; Museum Annual General Meeting and the presentation to past Councillor Ron Sherwood
  2. Councillor Kroeker posed the question – What is the problem with no liaisons to different organizations requesting Council liaisons and why being ignored by the Mayor.  Council had a discussion regarding conflict of interest
  3. Councillor Baker congratulated the Merritt Centennials on their 2012-1013 season and extended congratulations to Luke Pierce winning Coach of the Year award
  4. Councillor Murdoch congratulated Angele Grenier on being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal

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