Colleen Waddell and Daphanie Randall presented a slideshow on behalf of residents of the Eldorado Home Park regarding their experiences during the 2018 flood. They discussed efforts during the flooding, the importance of floodplains, and changes that have been made to the floodplain since the 2018 Nicola River flood.
They requested leadership from the City to work with citizens through involvement of professionals, round table discussions, and the preparation of short and long term goals for emergency preparedness and riparian restoration and financial support by way of accessing grants. The delegation also requested that the Eldorado Mobile Home Park be included in the KWL report as an addendum.
Krista Minar and Steve Doubinin presented on the City’s FireSmart efforts during 2018, which included multiple workshops, a door to door campaign and the preparation of original FireSmart materials. Krista discussed the goals of further educating students, residents and the business community and the prospect of having one (1) FireSmart Community Recognized Neighborhood by 2019. Steve Doubinin discussed the importance of continued grant applications and funding that is necessary continue the excellent work that the City has been doing in fuel management.
Nell Veale, Craig Gray, and Norma Boone shared their experiences regarding snow removal in 2018 and presented a petition requesting that Council re-assess snow removal priorities and review practices, equipment and staffing. The petition had 443 signatures from City of Merritt residents and nearly 500 when considering non-residents. Chris Kirk also spoke regarding the difficulties he had navigating around town in a wheelchair in the winter and his desire to see the Old Age Plan implemented.
THAT Council discuss the 2018 Nicola River Flood Assessment produced by Kerr Wood Leidal
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2242, 2018 (2900 Pooley Avenue) be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2242, 2018 (2900 Pooley Avenue) be read a second time
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2247, 2018 (2190 Voght Street) be read a third time
THAT Council directs staff to schedule a public hearing (2900 Pooley Avenue)
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2247, 2018 (2190 Voght Street) be adopted
THAT City of Merritt Business Licence Amendment Bylaw No. 2248, 2018 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Business Licence Amendment Bylaw No. 2248, 2018 be read a second time
THAT City of Merritt Business Licence Amendment Bylaw No. 2248, 2018 be read a third time
THAT Council directs staff to submit grant funding applications to the Community Resiliency Investment (CRIP) Program; AND THAT Council directs administration to provide overall grant management
THAT Council accept for information the 2018 Third Quarter Report for the Merritt Visitor’s Centre at the Baillie House
THAT Council directs staff to issue DVP 2018-01 (2051 Clapperton Avenue)
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a request for proposals for a consulting company to conduct a core services review of City of Merritt operations; AND THAT the review be funded from existing surpluses and a budget amendment be brought forward at a future meeting
Voting Opposed: Councillors Bhangu and Etchart
THAT Council directs staff to gather residents’ views regarding the proposed Cannabis Retail Licence at 1937 Quilchena Avenue by requesting written submissions in response to posting public notice at 1937 Quilchena Avenue, issuing notices to residents within one hundred (100) feet of the property, and by publishing notices in two (2) consecutive editions of the Merritt Herald
THAT Council send Mayor Brown and Councillor Bhangu to attend the Affordable Housing Conference in Vancouver
NOTICES OF MOTION
THAT Council discuss the snow removal petition presented by Nell Veale, Craig Gray, and Norma Boone