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May 08, 2018 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Mr. Michael Sasges spoke to Council opposing the proposed rezoning of 1330 Pine Street, citing potential issues with dike and trail maintenance and non-conformance with the Official Community Plan.
Ms. Christine Perry, a partner in the development of 1330 Pine Street, spoke in favour of the development, explaining that all she and her partners are asking for is the opportunity to speak and listen at a public hearing.  She requested that Council not use the material provided by the delegations on the agenda to make a final decision regarding the rezoning at this meeting.
Mr. John Forrester spoke regarding his hen permit appeal (Item 8.2), requesting that Council consider an amendment to the City’s Animal Control Bylaw to allow for hens to be kept on irregularly shaped lots that have large back yards, but do not meet the existing minimum lot size.
Dr. Liz Ladyman spoke in favour of the Nicola Valley Rodeo Association Extraordinary Grant in Aid application (Item 8.7), city the many benefits to the City as a result of hosting large.

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Representatives from Bass Coast presented an update on the thriving state of the Bass Coast Festival.  They informed Council of their plans for operating the 2018 Festival, including efforts to assist with river protection.  The representatives informed Council that even though the festival is sold out, discounted tickets for Merritt residents were still available at 378 Skate Shop and that the site walkthrough would be on Thursday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m.  Bass Coast requested that Council provide a letter in support of the Bass Coast festival.
S/Sgt Wood provided Council with the Merritt Detachment 1st Quarter Report, including an update on the following categories:
• General Duty
• General Investigation Section
• Domestic Violence/ Victim Services
• Drug Trends
• Human Resources
• Funded Levels
Trisha Inglis and Louise Grenier invited the Mayor and Council and those at the meeting to participate in the RBC Race for Kids to be held on June 3rd at Voght Park.  Merritt is the first community outside the lower mainland to hold a satellite run and attending will be Mercedes Nicoll, a four time Canadian snowboarding Olympian.
Georgia Clement spoke in favour of the rezoning of 1330 Pine Street.  Ms. Clement reminded Council of their statutory duties and requested that Councillors Prowal and Norgaard recuse themselves for reasons of alleged bias.  Ms. Clement argued that   concerns about the dike and citizens bearing the cost of the development were unfounded and that the taxpayers are entitled to a public hearing.
Russ Wardell spoke against the rezoning of 1330 Pine Street, stating that with the updated signatures on the petition, 90% of the people that live in the immediate area aren’t in support of the rezoning.  Mr. Wardell stated his reasons for why he feels the development does not comply with the OCP.




THAT Council dispose of land totaling approximately point nine two (0.92) hectares to BC Hydro in the form of two (2) Statutory Right of Way’s in return for compensation from BC Hydro in the amount of one hundred seventy thousand ($170,000) dollars for the land and an additional sixteen thousand ($16,000) dollars to cover legal costs and costs associated with the use of temporary work areas during construction
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report detailing possible amendments to the Animal Control Bylaw that would change the requirements for hen permitting in the City
THAT Council directs staff to issue Development Variance Permit DVP 2017-04 (3451 Voght Street)
THAT Council accept for information the 2018 First Quarter Report for the Merritt Visitors Centre at the Baillie House
THAT Council receives Summary of 2018 Grant in Aid Approvals to April 27, 2018 report for information only
THAT Council approves a 2018 Extraordinary Grant in Aid request for three thousand four hundred ($3,400) dollars requested by the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce (MDCC) for financial assistance to the Downtown Revitalization Group for the creation of new events in the downtown core to be funded through the Community Initiative Grant in Aid fund;

AND THAT Council direct staff to include a request for the MDCC to apply during the fall Grant in Aid intake for future requests of this nature

THAT Council provide funding to the Nicola Valley Rodeo Association in the amount of five thousand ($5,000) dollars from the Council Contingency Fund to fund the project described in the NVRA’s 2018 request for an Extraordinary Grant 

That Council awards the Cranna Crescent Reconstruction tender to LNB Construction Inc. in the amount of one million nine hundred thirty-two thousand nine hundred eighteen dollars and fifty cents ($1,932,918.50) excluding GST; AND THAT the Mayor and Corporate Officer be authorized to execute the required documents


THAT third reading of the City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be rescinded
AND THAT the City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be amended by deleting council and adding committee to section (e) iii)
THAT City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2229, 2018 be read a third time as amended
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2230, 2018 be read a third time 
THAT City of Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2232, 2018 be adopted
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
THAT City of Merritt 2018 Annual Property Taxes Bylaw No. 2233, 2018 be adopted
Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2234, 2018 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2234, 2018 be read a second time



  • Councillor Brown attended a TNRD firefighter appreciation event, a Hospital Foundation business after hours event, the SILGA conference, a health care committee meeting and McHappy Day.  Councillor Brown invited all to attend a pancake breakfast at Rotary Park from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Councillor Baker attended the SILGA conference and thanked volunteers for their efforts in protecting the community from flooding.
  • Councillor Goetz provided a gas buddies update and thanked Judith Guichon for her years of service as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and for representing our region well.
  • Councillor Prowal attended a Nicola Watershed Round Table, a Loggers Sports Show meeting, a Naturalist Society meeting, the SILGA conference, and a Gold Country meeting in Spences Bridge.
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the SILGA conference.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the SILGA conference and commended Revelstoke’s downtown revitalization efforts, attended a hospital endowment meeting, a health care advocacy meeting.  Councillor Christopherson commended the City for its flood mitigation efforts.
  • Mayor Menard attended a firefighter appreciation event, a TNRD Board meeting, a forestry sector meeting, a meeting at Patricia Rebekah Lodge #33 Senior Centre, a Nicola Valley Fish and Game fundraiser, the SILGA conference, held Mayor drop in visits, participated in McHappy Day, the Contract Management Committee meeting, had a meeting with Ministry of Highways officials, and had a meeting regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

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