GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Mr. Brooks thanked Council for their recent decision to amend section 8.5.1 of the City’s Zoning Bylaw by decreasing the Pay-In-Lieu of Parking fee from $3500.00 to $1.00. Mr. Brooks suggested that he would like to see a committee formed to include a member of the Downtown Voice, a member of the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce, a member of Council, a member of City staff, and a member of the public to discuss potential impacts to the community when considering future proposed Zoning Bylaw amendments.Mr. Brooks requested that the City provide a letter of support to the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to gain ministry approval for better signage around the City of Merritt to help draw people in to town.
S/Sgt S. White had three (3) RCMP members introduce themselves to Council and presented an update on the events that have taken place during the July – September 2016 quarter, including:
• 1749 calls for service
• 209 prisoners
• 86 calls to 911 (79 false alarm)
• 44 impaired driving incidents
• Investigations (ongoing)
• Closure of the “Compassion Society” and seizure of narcotics
• Domestic Violence (6 major cases open)
• High volume of drug related incidents (including repeat offenders)
• High volume of gun related incidents (95% of firearms are being modified)
• Child pornography investigation
• RCMP member relocations (to and from Merritt) including a First Nations RCMP member to join the Merritt detachment
There was discussion around run-down hotels and the implementation of Bylaws that could be created to help protect the City from seeing these repeat gun and drug incidents.
Ms. Chore presented the following to Council in relation to the Southern Interior Development Trust (SIDIT):
• History of the corporation
• Board of Directors
• Service area and incorporated communities
• Mandated investment sectors
• Core strategy
• Strategic goals
• Current program offerings
• Funding by region
• Students receiving education support
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Number 2187, 2015 Section 8.5.1 Pay-In-Lieu of Parking fee be reduced from thirty-five hundred dollars ($3,500) to one dollar ($1.00);
AND THAT the Pay-In-Lieu of Parking fee be reviewed annually
Council adopt the proposed “Fire & Rescue: Service Level Establishment and Limitations Policy”; AND THAT Council confirms the Merritt Fire Rescue Department as a “Full Service Operations Level Fire Department” as defined in the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards: Structure Firefighters – Competency and Training Playbook (Second Edition, Amended May 2015) and as outlined in the attached proposed Policy: Fire & Rescue: Service Level Establishment and Limitations (2016)
THAT Council approves up to one thousand one hundred sixty-seven dollars and twenty-seven cents ($1,167.27) sponsorship in support of the annual Winter Celebrations Pow Wow; AND THAT the In-Kind sponsorship will cover the Civic Centre room rental fees and will be funded by the City Initiative budget
THAT Council appoint BDO as the City’s Auditors for the years 2016 – 2020; AND THAT Council direct staff to send a letter to KPMG, thanking them for their services and support over the past twenty (20) years
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2214, 2016 be read a third time
NOTICES OF MOTION
Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion: Whereas the City owned property at 2544 Lauder Street, Lot 13, plan number KAP 565: dl 123 ld25 is in a state of disrepair; Therefore be it resolved that the Mayor and Council direct City staff to prepare a report concerning scope and cost of rehabilitation and/or demolition of said property for 2017 budget deliberations
Councillor Norgaard made the following Notice of Motion:Whereas the Federal Government has promised to legalize marijuana sales; and Whereas it behooves us to be prepared for this eventuality; Therefore be it resolved that a workshop be convened in the early new year, with relevant advisors, to address issues of zoning and retail marijuana sales
Councillor Goetz made the following Notice of Motion: That the City look into adding two to three entry welcome to Merritt signs, home of professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon
Councillor Prowal made the following Notice of Motion: That Council refers possible airport improvements to the budget 2017
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Norgaard gave an update on the Fish Management Tool, attended a Social Planning Committee Meeting, SILGA workshops in Kamloops, Interior Health announcement “Breaking Ground” for new Emergency Room in Merritt.
Councillor Christopherson attended a Committee of the Whole Meeting relating to Pay-In Lieu of Parking, Adopt-a-Road, Tourism and Economic Development Committee Meeting, Provincial Fire Building event, announced that Country Christmas will be held on November 21-26, 2016, and will be attending a TNRD Meeting.
Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices, attended a Tourism and Economic Development Committee Meeting, and will be attending a “Gangs and Illegal Guns” presentation in Kelowna.
Councillor Prowal attended the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce gala event, cleaning of the cenotaph, Adopt-a-Road, Tourism and Economic Development Committee Meeting, and Provincial Fire Building event.
Councillor Baker congratulated the Fire Department on the Halloween fireworks display.
Mayor Menard attended the Interior Health announcement event “Breaking Ground” for new Emergency Room in Merritt, SILGA workshops in Kamloops, TNRD Board Meeting, Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce gala event, Committee of the Whole Meeting relating to Pay-In Lieu of Parking, Adopt-a-Road, Mayor’s drop-in, Finance and Audit Committee Meeting, and Provincial Fire Building event.