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November 10 2015 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Nil 

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

  • Pastor K. Samek presented to Council the history and concerns of the sidewalk adjacent to the Merritt 7th Day Adventist Church in regards to sidewalk safety matters and was hoping and expecting the City and the Merritt 7th Day Adventist Church to work together on this matter  Council resolved the matter of the sidewalk on Charters Street adjacent to the Merritt 7th Day Adventist Church be addressed during the budget process with proper maps and cost estimates 
  • Sgt N. Fleming presented the RCMP Merritt Detachment July – September, 2015 quarterly report

  • Ms. D. Quinn, Secretary of the Merritt & District Tennis Club presented to Council requesting:
    • Help from the City to build a water line from the golf course to the tennis court grounds
    • Assistance in getting court lights that allow nighttime tennis games
    • Help in obtaining grants necessary for the Merritt & District Tennis Club to resurface the courts
    • Help from the City in improving the short road leading to the courts from the gold course entrance

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • THAT no dog shall be tethered without the ability to move around and access shelter and water with direction to staff to amend the Animal Control Bylaw
  • City enter into a Facility Licensing Agreement with Shaw Communications for the purpose of allowing Shaw Go WIFI to install their equipment on City property to provide free WIFI services to their customers in exchange for paying the City location rental and power usage fees, commencing November 15, 2015 for a five (5) year term; AND THAT the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer be authorized to sign
  • THAT Council allocate the funds received from the Merritt 100th Anniversary Committee as follows:
    1. Two thousand ($2,000) dollar grant to Nicola Valley Fall Fair Association for the installation of permanent washrooms
    2. One thousand eight hundred thirty-two dollars and nine ($1,832.09) cents to be held for signage around the Baillie House

 

BYLAWS

  • City of Merritt Animal Control Bylaw No. 2197, 2015 was adopted
  • City of Merritt Wood Burning Appliances and Air Quality Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2200, 2015 was adopted
  • City if Merritt Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2201, 2015 was adopted

NEW BUSINESS

  • THAT Council approves Development Permit application DP2015G (2222 Burgess Avenue);AND THAT Council approves Development Permit DP2015-G (2222 Burgess Avenue) and authorizes issuance of that permit
  • THAT Council Approves Façade Development Permit application DP2015-H (1937 Quilchena Avenue); AND THAT Council approves Façade Development Permit DP2015-H (1937 Quilchena Avenue) and authorizes issuance of the permit

  • THAT Council approves Sign Development Permit application DP2015-J (2052 Nicola Avenue);AND THAT Council approves Sign Development Permit DP2015-J (2052 Nicola Avenue) and authorizes issuance of the permit

 

  • THAT Council approves Façade Development Permit application DP 2015-I (1976 Voght Street);AND THAT Council approves Façade Development Permit DP2015-I (1975 Voght Street) and authorizes issuance of the permit
  • THAT Council defer the request to  provide direction as to the wording to be engraved on the “Note” being awarded to Ms. Andrea Rogers until such time as all of Council is present to discuss the policy and procedure
  • THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report on the legality and implications of providing support in the form of accepting donations designated for the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society and the issuance of tax credits

  • THAT Council appoint KPMG as the City of Merritt’s Auditors for the 2015 year end

  • THAT Council resolve to support the Gold Country Community Society Symposium Event held on November 14, 2015; AND THAT Council approve a three thousand ($3,000) dollar sponsorship to come from the City’s Initiatives budget

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    THAT Council authorizes the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer, on behalf of the City of Merritt to sign the Performance Agreement for the Subdivision and Development of Land in the City of Merritt for the following property: PID: 026289709 Lot 2 Sec 23 TP 91 Plan KAP78127,KDYD,subject to receiving the requisite security, and effective for a period of twelve (12) months from the day the security is received

NOTICES OF MOTION

  • Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Christopherson attended the many Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan sessions on October 28th; participated in the Council Adopt-A-Road clean-up on November 01st; toured the new BC Hydro facility on November 10th; attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th and reminded everyone that Country Christmas is on its way and that “Light up” is November 23rd 
  • Councillor Prowal advised there were hundreds of swans on Nicola Lake; attended the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan session on October 28th; had a meeting with Tourism Merritt on October 20th; participated in the Council Adopt-A-Road clean-up on November 01st;handed out Canadian flags to the tourists off the tour buses on November 06th.  Councillor Prowal advised that the Directors for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association were announced and that Steve Rice from Gold Country was elected to the board; congratulated Murphy Shewchuk on the completion of the erection of the Wild Wind Onion; commented on the latest power outage; advised the Back Country Horseman Club was not coming to Merritt in 2016 but rather going to Princeton; and asked what the City was doing for the Country Christmas parade
  • Councillor Brown attended the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan session as well as the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society open house on October 28th; participated in the Council Adopt-A-Road clean-up on November 01st; commented on the Wild Wind Onion; advised that flu shots are available next Wednesday; attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th; and gave a shout out to those that fought for our freedom
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; attended the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan session on October 28th; commented on the good job to BC Hydro for providing more power and advised the dedication to the Wild Wind Onion was November 13th and proud to be honouring a local resident
  • Councillor Norgaard expressed her condolences to the Stewart family on their loss of three family members and reminded everyone it is “Movemeber” and encouraged all males to get checked    
  • Councillor Norgaard provided a report on behalf of Mayor Menard that he attended the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan session as well as the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society open house on October 28th; attended a meeting with Merritt Tourism October 30th; the rededication of the Masonic Lodge on October 31st; welcomed the SILGA executive to Merritt, had a meeting with Telus Fibre Optics and Mayor drop-in session on November 04th; attended the Thompson Nicola Regional District Emergency Management meeting and the Thompson Nicola Regional District board meeting on November 05th; attended the Back Country Horseman and a fund raiser for the Merritt Tennis Club on November 07th


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