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November 24 2015 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Nil 

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

  • Pastor S. Peterson expressed to Council her gratitude to be able to attend the Fire Fighter Chaplains’ Conference and the benefits she has been able to bring back to the Merritt Fire Rescue Department.  Pastor Peterson provided highlights of the conference including:
    • Debunking the stigma of PTSD among firefighters
    • First hand testimonials of the devastating effects of physiological injury
    • Protection and healing for physiological injury through peer support networks, counselling and recovery programs and family support and counselling
    • Implementing the information with resource and educate for overall wellness for our firefighter family, support and encourage, networking and continuing to learn
  • Mr. M. Lynn presented to Council an update on the Sagebrush Agri Park Society including a new site proposal

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  •  THAT Council give direction to staff to craft a more comprehensive Policy and Procedure specifically to recognize outstanding citizens of Merritt
  • THAT Council approve the Sewer Servicing Agreement for the City of Merritt to provide sanitary sewer service to Sterling Hunt (GP) Ltd; AND THAT Council authorize the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to execute the agreement

     

BYLAWS

  • City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan (2015-2019) Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2203, 2015 was read a first, second and third time
  • City of Merritt Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2204, 2015 was read a first, second and third timeCity if Merritt Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2201, 2015 was adopted

NEW BUSINESS

  • THAT Council directs the Chief Administrative Officer to execute a three-year tourism marketing and development membership agreement with Gold Country Communities Society in the amount of eighty four hundred ($8,400) dollars annually
  • THAT Council approves the application made by Rattan Hospitality Inc. (d.b.a. Best Western Plus) for a revitalization tax exemption for 3639 Crawford Avenue; and issue a Revitalization Tax Exemption Certificate to Rattan Hospitality Inc. subject to issuance of an Occupancy Permit

  • THAT Council approves the application made by Tegh Holdings Ltd. for a revitalization tax exemption for 3713 DeWolf Way; and issue a Revitalization Tax Exemption Certificate to Tech Holdings Ltd. subject to issuance of an Occupancy Permit 

  • Council direct staff to amend City of Merritt Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2128, 2012 to clarify the process ambiguity that exists in Schedule 1 of that bylaw
  • THAT Council approves the application for a downtown revitalization tax exemption for the façade at 1937 Quilchena Avenue; and awards a Downtown Revitalization Tax Exemption Certificate for those façade improvements pursuant to the conditions specified in City of Merritt Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1925, 2005 as amended
  • THAT Council approves the application for a downtown revitalization tax exemption for the façade at 1976 Voght Street; and awards a Downtown Revitalization Tax Exemption Certificate for those façade improvements pursuant to the conditions specified in City of Merritt Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1925, 2005 as amended

  • THAT the December meeting dates on the proposed calendar be changed to December 06 and December 20

  • THAT Council adopt the draft Council meeting calendar for 2016, attached to this report as Schedule “A” as amended; AND THAT Council adopt the schedule of Acting Mayors for 2016, attached to this report as Schedule “B”; AND FURTHER THAT Council Appoint Mayor Menard as the City of Merritt municipal director to the board of the Thompson Nicola Regional District for the year 2016; AND FURTHER THAT Council appoint Councillor Christopherson as the alternate municipal director to the board of the Thompson Nicola Regional District for the year 2016

    THAT Council resolve to support the Ballet Kelowna Society Event to be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2016; and approve a fourteen hundred ($1,400) dollar extra ordinary grant to come from the City’s Initiatives budget

NOTICES OF MOTION

  • Councillor Brown advised that she will have a list of Committees and Liaisons for the December 15, 2015 Council meeting 

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Prowal attended the Remembrance Day celebrations and a community working group meeting on November 11th; Gold Country Symposium on November 14th; Nicola Valley Film Society presentation of “A Brilliant Young Mind” on November 16th; Raptors Conservancy of Canada; the Naturalist Society meeting presentation of “Removing Invasive Species from the Gulf Islands”. Councillor Prowal also presented the draft of the Tourism goal in the Strategic Plan
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest gas buddy prices; attended the Remembrance Day celebrations on November 11th; Nicola Valley Film Society presentation of “A Brilliant Young Mind” on November 16th; and the light up of the Christmas tree on November 23rd; and reminded all that this is “Country Christmas Week
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the Remembrance Day celebrations on November 11th; the dedication of the Wild Wind Onion on November 13th; Gold Country Symposium on November 14th; Metis pot luck on November 15th; and the raising the Metis flag with the Chief on November 16th 
  • Councillor Brown attended the Remembrance Day celebrations on November 11th; the dedication of the Wild Wind Onion on November 13th; Gold Country Symposium on November 14th and the RBC Wills & Estates presentation provided by the Chamber of Commerce.  Councillor Brown posed the question of the community sponsoring a Syrian refugee family 
  • Councillor Baker reminded everyone of the “Hands of Hope” food drive on November 29th
  • Mayor Menard thanked Council for their efforts while he was away and Councillor Norgaard for acting as Mayor.  Mayor Menard hosted a drop-in session on November 18th; attended the Thompson Nicola Regional District Board meeting and Hospital Board meeting on November 19th; the bio solids presentation and a tour of the BC Hydro substation on November 20th; toured Douglas Lake with the Merritt Centennials on November 22nd; flipped the switch for the Christmas tree light up on November 23rd; and reminded everyone of the “Hands of Hope food drive


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