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March 27, 2018 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PUBLIC INPUT

Mr. Brad Fandrich, General Manager of Valley Helicopters spoke to agenda item 7.2, giving reasons for why he is requesting a rezoning of 4074 Airport Road from Service Commercial – C3 to Airport Commercial – C5

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Ms. Clement requested that Council reverse its decision made at the February 27, 2018 meeting, not to consider the re-zoning application for 1330 Pine Street.  Ms. Clement offered the following as reasons in support of her position:

• In 2004, the City recommended the property be rezoned from AR1 to Low Density Residential – R2.
• The development was originally planned to have 22 lots, but the developer scaled back to 20 to provide more green space and parking.
• This development would increase tax revenues and home values in the area.
• There is no chance that this development will be designed in such a way that presents a flood risk to neighboring homes.
• In her opinion, and consistent with the recommendation from the City Planner, the development complies with the OCP.
• A petition was presented to Council, signed by forty-one business owners and residents within the City.
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

THAT the main motion be amended by adding the words, “if necessary” before “the City provide a foundation and security fence for the carving”
Voting Opposed: Councillors Baker and Brown
 
THAT the City work with the Ty Pozzobon memorial committee to determine an appropriate location in Central Park for a full-size Ty Pozzobon and bull carving;
AND THAT if necessary, the City provide a foundation and security fence for the carving
Voting Opposed: Councillors Baker and Prowal
 

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council direct staff to provide the Tourism & Economic Development Committee with an Ortho Map and an inventory of City owned properties and vacant lands
THAT Council direct staff to provide the Tourism & Economic Development Committee with a listing of City owned properties in the downtown core  
THAT Council direct staff to provide the Tourism & Economic Development Committee the Traffic Flow Study for downtown including the one way street and angle parking
THAT Council support funding for the City Social Planning initiatives with a letter of intent to the United Way
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
THAT Council direct staff to prepare the Transit Fund portion of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, with funding of seventy thousand ($70,000) dollars from prior years surplus to fund the installation of two (2) bus shelters and reduce the amount of tax increase required to fund the service expansions in 2018 and ongoing;
AND THAT it is to be included in the proposed Financial Plan Bylaw to be presented on April 17, 2018 for the first three (3) readings
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare the Water Fund portion of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, including the requested capital projects as presented on March 06, 2018 with no changes to user fees or parcel taxes and utilizing the Reserve for Future Expenditures to provide funding for capital projects; AND THAT it is to be included in the proposed Financial Plan Bylaw to be presented on April 17, 2018 for the first three (3) readings; AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forth a report, after the 2018 budget process that discusses potential changes to the parcel tax charges for 2019 and ongoing that will ensure the needs of the Water Fund as addressed in the Asset Management Investment plan will be met for the next ten (10) years for Council’s consideration
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare the Sewer Fund portion of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, including the requested capital projects as presented on March 06, 2018 with no changes to user fees or parcel taxes and utilizing the Reserve for Future Expenditures to provide funding for capital projects; AND THAT it is to be included in the proposed Financial Plan Bylaw to be presented on April 17, 2018 for the first three (3) readings; AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forth a report, after the 2018 budget process that discusses potential changes to the parcel tax charges for 2019 and ongoing that will ensure the needs of the Sewer Fund as addressed in the Asset Management Investment plan will be met for the next ten (10) years for Council’s consideration
 
THAT Council receive the 2018 Budget Deliberations Additional Requested Information report for information
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare the General Fund portion of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, including the approved operating and capital projects requests as identified by Council; AND THAT staff prepare a report for the March 27, 2018 regular Council meeting that will show the taxation requirements and provide options for Council’s consideration and final direction to staff for preparation of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw and Tax Rate Bylaw
 
THAT Council direct staff to apply to the 2019 Community Regreening Program through BC Hydro
 
THAT Council approve a 0% tax rate increase for 2018
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT Council direct staff to prepare the General Fund portion of the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, incorporating the tax rate as directed by Council and the operating changes and capital projects as approved at the March 20, 2018 budget deliberations; AND THAT Prior Year’s Surplus be utilized to balance the financial plan, after utilizing other funding sources as presented in the draft financial plan; AND FURTHER THAT it is to be included in the proposed Financial Plan Bylaw to be presented on April 17, 2018 for the first three readings
 
THAT Council appoint Sean Smith as Chief Election Officer for the 2018 General Local Election, with a stipend of two thousand ($2,000) dollars; AND THAT Council appoint Carole Fraser as Deputy Chief Election Officer for the 2018 General Local Election with a stipend of one thousand ($1,000) dollars; AND FURTHER THAT election officers appointed by the Chief Election Officer be paid fifteen ($15.00) per hour
 
THAT Council awards the 2018-2021 Sanitary Sewer CCTV Video Inspection tender to C3 Mainline Inspections Inc. in the amount of forty one thousand seven hundred forty-six dollars sixty-seven ($41,746.67) cents for 2018, fifty eight thousand seven hundred ten dollars fifteen ($58,710.15) cents for 2019, twenty eight thousand one hundred eighty-one dollars and ninety-eight ($28,181.98) cents for 2020, and forty two thousand four hundred sixty-nine dollars sixty-four ($42,469.64) cents for 2021
 
 

BYLAWS

THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be read a second time
THAT Section 2(e)(i)(1) of City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be amended by replacing the words “forty-eight (48)” with the words “twenty-four (24)”
THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018, as amended, be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018, as amended, be read a second time
THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018, as amended, be read a third time
 
THAT Council advances application RZ 2017-02 to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 2187, 2015 and directs staff to:
1. Present a draft amending bylaw for consideration of readings at a subsequent Council meeting
2. Give the required notice as specified in Section 466 of the Local Government Act and Development Procedures Bylaw No. 2076, 2009
3. Schedule a Public Hearing, and
4. Retain a consultant to provide an analysis with recommendations to address the future airport classification of the Merritt aerodrome
 
THAT Council direct staff to bring forward an amendment to Zoning Bylaw No. 2187, 2015 to specifically exclude cannabis sales from all zones that allow “retail” as a permitted use;

AND THAT Council authorize staff to schedule a public hearing to be held after first reading of the Zoning Bylaw amendment and before third reading

THAT a Cannabis workshop be organized as soon as possible, to allow Council to discuss options for where in the City cannabis dispensaries should be located 

NOTICES OF MOTION

Councillor Brown made the following Notice of Motion : THAT the proposal to rezone 1330 Pine Street be brought back to Council for discussion at the next Regular Meeting of Council

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Goetz provided a Gas Buddies update.
  • Councillor Norgaard attended two Social Planning Committee meetings, met regarding the establishment of a detox Centre, and provided a Water Buddies update. Councillor Norgaard informed everyone that the seed bank project at the library is underway.
  • Councillor Baker watched parts three and four of the downtown revitalization video series, attended the Budget Committee of the Whole meeting, thanking citizens in the City of Merritt for their input.  Councillor Baker welcomed Sky McKeown to his new role as Manager of Recreation and Facilities with the City.
  • Councillor Prowal attended a logger sports show meeting, a Naturalist Society meeting, a Gold Country meeting, a St. Patrick’s day celebration at the Legion and the Budget Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • Councillor Christopherson announced a $500,000 grant from the Rural Development Fund, attended a Health Advocacy Group meeting, the Gillis House, a Budget Committee of the Whole meeting, an Environment Committee Meeting and the downtown revitalization video Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • Councillor Brown attended the Budget Committee of the Whole meeting, a Health Advocacy Group meeting, a presentation from Merritt’s nurse practitioner, a Heritage Commission meeting, the downtown revitalization video Committee of the Whole meeting. 
  • Mayor Menard welcomed Sky McKeown as the Manager of Recreation and Facilities, attended a regional solid waste management meeting, a TNRD Board meeting, the Budget Committee of the Whole meeting, conducted mayor drop-in sessions and watched the Junior Native Hockey Tournament.  Mayor Menard commended Bill Bose for the wonderful job he does in organizing that tournament.


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