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May 10, 2016 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


  •  Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

Mr. B. Dafoe presented for the Merritt Pickleball including:
• Fifty (50) members
• Use CMS gym over winter months and need to leave by the end of May
• Need an outdoor area with washrooms for the spring and summer months

Merritt Pickleball Asked:  Council grant permission allowing Pickleball use of the “sport box” for three (3) mornings per week increasing to five (5) mornings per week and two (2) evenings per week and that court lines be painted and four (4) additional nets purchased


  • Nil


  • THAT Council direct staff to work with BC Transit to develop some other expansion opportunities that fit within guidelines provided by Council
    Voting Opposed:  Councillors Baker and Goetz
  • WHEREAS on Sunday, May 01, a forest fire of about 1,250 hectares menaced the southwest entrance to Fort McMurray. Located about 435 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, putting pockets of the city on evacuation alert.  By Tuesday, May 3, the entire population of Fort McMurray was ordered to evacuate as the wildfire threatened the whole community, creating the largest fire evacuation in Alberta history; AND WHEREAS many families across the Province of British Columbia have relocated to Fort McMurray over the years to pursue employment opportunities and are now seeking refuge in their home communities and elsewhere until the crisis is over;AND WHEREAS the devastation caused by the wildfire in Fort McMurray has a far-reaching effect on many Merritt citizens and people throughout the Province of British Columbia, who have loved ones in Fort McMurray;THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council approve a donation from Council Contingency to the City of Fort McMurray in the amount of one thousand (1,000) dollars to be used at the City’s discretion to benefit its residents in the aftermath of this disaster; and further that staff be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to all BC Local Governments through UBCM and encourage province-wide support for Fort McMurray residents


  • THAT Council support ASK Wellness in their request for a letter of support for six (6) supportive recovery beds


  • That City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2209, 2016 be adopted
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
  • THAT City of Merritt 2016 Annual Property Taxes Bylaw No. 2210, 2016 be adopted
    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown




  • Councillor Brown assisted at McHappy Day   
  • Councillor Prowal toured the Merritt Green Energy plant; participated in the Business Walk   
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices
  • Councillor Christopherson participated in the Business Walk 
  • Councillor Baker Norgaard toured the Merritt Green Energy plant; participated in the Business Walk; attended a Nicola Watershed Committee meeting and met with ASK Wellness
  • Councillor Baker had nothing to report
  • Mayor Menard toured the Merritt Green Energy plant; attended TNRD meeting, Mayors Caucus in Fort St. John, crew meetings at Tolko, recruiting meeting for Nicola Valley Search and Rescue and the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue open house

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