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March 28 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PUBLIC INPUT

Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Mr. T. Bennett presented to Council the Work BC Job Creation Partnership Program.  The Merritt Mountain Bike Association is working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations on an application through Work BC.

The project proposal is to provide work experience and skill development for up to twelve (12) impacted resource workers in the Merritt area with focus on:
• Trails construction, maintenance and deactivation
• Bike Skills Park management and maintenance
• Recreation Facilities construction

Work BC Job Creation Partnership Asked:  Council to consider funding the Work BC Job Creation Partnership in the amount of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars from Gas Tax funding or in-kind works

Ms. H. Tilstra presented to Council the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides project.  Ms. Tilstra’s presentation was to raise awareness of the project to members of the community.

The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides event is on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Voght Park in Merritt.

Mr. J. Laidlaw presented to Council the “Take a Hike” Foundation program for helping at risk youth achieve success.  This is a full-time alternative education program for at risk youth, where just getting to school is a challenge, in grades ten (10) through twelve (12) operating from September to June.

The “Take a Hike” program has four (4) components:
• Academics
• Adventure-based learning
• Therapy
• Community involvement

This is a three-way partnership with:
• “Take a Hike” Foundation
• Community
• Education system

Mr. Laidlaw’s presentation was to raise awareness and determine if there was an interest for such a program in Merritt, only requesting feedback at this time and if he should continue to pursue the program for Merritt.
 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

THAT Council resolves to accept the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 2017-2021 Mosquito Control Program from Duka Environmental Services Ltd. in the amount of twenty five thousand seventy-three ($25,073) dollars plus applicable taxes, per year, for the next five (5) years; AND THAT Council resolves that the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to execute the Agreement Form   Voting Opposed:  Councillor Prowal

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

THAT Council direct staff to fund the donation to the Rocky Mountain Rangers worth four thousand ($4,000) dollars from the City Grant in Aid Budget

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council direct staff to prepare an Employee Wellness Policy to be brought to the Policy Review Committee for consideration

THAT Council approve of the City Social Planning Committee developing a plan to gather community input as to perceived social needs and community priorities   Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown

THAT resolution for Council consideration to  approve the in kind Extraordinary Grant in Aid of one thousand one hundred twenty ($1,120) dollars for the British Columbia High School Rodeo Association (BCHSRA) for the use of the Civic Centre on June 09 and 10, 2017 to be funded through the Community Initiative fund;  AND THAT Council direct staff to include a request for the BCHSRA to apply during the fall Grant in Aid intake for future requests of this nature, be deferred to the next Council meeting to allow Mayor Menard to have discussions with the BCHSRA and the Fall Fair Association for use of the Fall Fair building as the Civic Centre is not available to the BCHSRA on the requested dates

THAT Council accept the proposal from Frank Cowan and Company Limited for Property Insurance Coverage for 2017-2018 in the amount of sixty-seven thousand two hundred eighty-two ($67,282) dollars with the option to renew for the next two (2) years

BYLAWS

Nil

NOTICES OF MOTION

THAT the City of Merritt provide a letter of support for the “Take a Hike” program in the Nicola Valley;  AND THAT Council provide a liaison to the project when a steering committee is organized

THAT the Work BC Job Creation Partnership project be brought forward to the next Regular Council meeting

Whereas, there is a shortage of rental units in the City of Merritt, and
Whereas, one of our major rental apartment buildings holding thirty-five (35) units has burned, and
Whereas, there is expected to be a huge increased need for rental housing in September with the Trans Mountain Pipeline;
THAT the City of Merritt review ways to create opportunities for more rental suites to be made available, and
THAT the City of Merritt revisit the secondary suites section of the Zoning Bylaw and review ways to register all secondary illegal suites, and
THAT incentives be reviewed with the possibility of providing ownership buy-in to register secondary suites

THAT the City of Merritt consider implementing a Caretaker for the Merritt Airport

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Baker commented on the Kengard Manor disaster, and the street sweeping currently being done; attended the meeting with Minister Thompson and the budget meeting.
  • Councillor Norgaard complimented the Fire Department, Emergency Social Services and the community in response to the Kengard Manor disaster; attended the health planning meeting, Social Planning Committee meeting, meeting with Minister Thompson, and the Drought and Irrigation workshop.
  • Councillor Prowal commented on the Kengard Manor disaster; attended the Drought and Irrigation workshop, will attend the Gold Country Annual General Meeting in May and reminded Council of the Adopt-a-Road clean-up scheduled for March 30, 2017.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; attended the Social Planning Committee meeting, the Museum Board of Directors meeting and the Environment Committee meeting.
  • Councillor Brown attended the health planning meeting, meeting with Minister Thompson, funding announcement from MLA Jackie Tegart, the Drought and Irrigation workshop and commented on the Kengard Manor disaster.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended a Canada 150 meeting and announced the next meeting is March 29, 2017, attended the health planning meeting, funding announcement from MLA Jackie Tegart, Environment Committee meeting, and volunteered at Gillis House. 
  • Mayor Menard attended the health planning meeting, expressed his thank you to the Fire Department, RCMP, Emergency Social Services and City staff during the Kengard Manor disaster; attended the meeting with Minister Thompson, funding announcement from MLA Jackie Tegart, Thompson-Nicola Hospital District and Thompson-Nicola Regional District meetings; and all the Merritt Centennials hockey games.


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