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October 10 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PUBLIC INPUT

Nil

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

 Ms. T. Thomas made a presentation to Council regarding the Nicola Basin Collaborative highlighting:

• Mandate of the Fraser Basin Council
• Background of the Fraser Basin Council
• Funding for the Fraser Basin Council
• The Nicola Basin Collaborative
o Communication and Outreach
o Operations
o Research

Mr. M. Heron made a presentation to Council regarding the Technology and Business Park highlighting:
• Technology and Business Park Illustration
o Phase 1 – Warehousing
o Phase 2 – Truck Stop
o Phase 3 – Sprung Green House System
o Phase 4 – Technology and Innovation
• Strategic location

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

THAT Council approves the request by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC for a Statutory Right of Way across the airport runway;
AND THAT Council authorizes the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer to execute the required documents subsequent to the statutory requirement for publishing notice being met    Voting Opposed:  Councillor Goetz

THAT the discussion regarding the implementation plan of the Visitor Services Network Program through Destination British Columbia and designates the Baillie House as our primary location for visitor services be deferred to a Committee of the Whole with staff from the Ministry present 

THAT a plaque in recognition of Brian Barrett’s contributions to hockey be commissioned by the City, presented to Mr. Barrett and housed in the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena

THAT Whereas degrading streambanks result in fine silt;
AND Whereas fine silt is detriment to fishes migrating to spawning beds
AND Whereas fine silt is a contributing factor to rising water temperatures
AND Whereas the banks of ‘claybanks’ will continue to deteriorate unless remedial action is undertaken;
THEREFORE be it resolved that the City of Merritt continues talks with the Provincial and Federal Department of Fisheries to permit remediation

NEW BUSINESS

THAT Council defer the Voght Street Turn Lanes project until the spring of 2018 as per WSP’s September 29, 2017 letter

BYLAWS

THAT the report regarding 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption be received for information

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2224, 2017 be read a first, second and third time

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2225, 2017 be read a first, second and third time

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2226, 2017 be read a first, second and third time

NOTICES OF MOTION

Councillor Baker made the following Notice of Motion:  THAT the City label all storm drains by means of a symbol in the middle of the sidewalk so that they can easily be located after a snowfall

Councillor Baker made the following Notice of Motion:  THAT Mayor and Council discuss Zoning issues before marijuana dispensaries start applying for business permits

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Baker welcomed new employees Charlie Henderson, Public Works Superintendent and Sean Smith, Director of Corporate Services and reported on the 2017 UBCM Conference.
  • Councillor Brown reported on the 2017 UBCM Conference and the Syrian refugee family that has relocated to Merritt, attended the Merritt Fire Rescue Department Recognition dinner, the Health Care Community meeting and the Canada 150 Fred Penner concert.
  • Councillor Prowal reported on the 2017 UBCM Conference, attended the Merritt Fire Rescue Department Recognition dinner, participated in the Adopt-a-Road clean-up and commented that the City of Coquitlam has a five hundred ($500.00) dollar fine for unlocked residential garbage bins.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices, commented that this was Judith Guichon’s last year as Lieutenant Governor and that she is the recipient of an award of merit, and thanked staff for their assistance in preparing the UBCM Minister meeting presentations.   
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the Merritt Fire Rescue Department Recognition dinner, represented the City at the Arts Council workshop, attended the Health Care Community meeting, the Canada 150 Fred Penner concert and attended the Coldwater Band School where the Honourable Judith Guichon was visiting.  The Lieutenant Governor’s commitment for Canada 150 was to visit one hundred fifty (150) British Columbia schools this year. 
  • Councillor Norgaard witnessed the “Bringing their Spirit Home” event, reported on the 2017 UBCM Conference, attended the opening ceremonies for the “Indigenous Peoples Court” and the Health Care Community meeting.
  • Mayor Menard attended three (3) Thompson Nicola Regional District meetings, BC Hockey League meetings, the Thompson Nicola Regional District 50th anniversary, reported on the 2017 UBCM Conference, attended the Merritt Fire Rescue Department Recognition dinner, witnessed the “Bringing their Spirit Home” event, attended the opening ceremonies for the “Indigenous Peoples Court”, hosted Mayor Drop-In sessions and advised the City won a thousand ($1,000) dollar grant for Risk Management.


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