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October 24 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PUBLIC INPUT

Ms. N. Crepet and Ms. S. Reed spoke to Council regarding Item 6.6 under Unfinished Business providing information for the Collettville Elementary School trip to Quebec

Mr. B. Baird spoke to Council regarding Item 6.1 under Unfinished Business requesting clarification of the number of electors required for the Alternative Approval Process for the Fire Hall Expansion

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

 Mr. D. Parno provided Council with a final report as the local Fire Smart representative highlighting the following:

• Non-profit National program
• Poster and ad campaign
• Information sessions
• Recruitment presentations (30+ in attendance)
• Information booths (200+ visits)
o Farmer’s Market
o Canada Day
o Garlic Festival
o Baillie House
• Fire Smart tip of the week
• Community champion workshops (20 in attendance)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

WHEREAS the City of Merritt has given three (3) readings to “Bylaw No. 2223, 2017 a bylaw to authorize the borrowing of the estimated cost of the Fire Hall Expansion” which proposes that the Fire Hall Expansion be completed and a debenture not exceeding two million two hundred nine thousand ($2,209,000) dollars be obtained to finance the Fire Hall Expansion which will be repaid over a period not to exceed twenty-five (25) years;
AND WHEREAS the City of Merritt cannot adopt Bylaw No. 2223, 2017 until the approval of the electors has been obtained;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Corporate Officer undertake an alternative approval process to determine the opinion of the electors with regards to the matter by the end of 2017; AND THAT IT FURTHER BE RESOVLED that thirty-two (32) days for submitting/receiving elector response forms be established
Voting Opposed:  Councillors Baker and Goetz

THAT Council approve the alternative approval process determining the number of electors as presented
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Baker

THAT Council approve the lease agreement with TRK Helicopters (BC) Ltd. and authorize the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer to execute the lease

THAT the City label all storm drains so that they can easily be located after a snowfall
Voting Opposed:  Acting Mayor Christopherson

THAT the City approve the extension of funds to Gold Country for the annual geocaching event

THAT the Collettville Elementary School be advised that a Grant in Aid application be completed and the request for funding for the trip to Quebec be forwarded to the normal Grant in Aid Process

NEW BUSINESS

Nil

BYLAWS

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2224, 2017 be adopted

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2225, 2017 be adopted

THAT City of Merritt 2018-2020 Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 2226, 2017 be adopted

NOTICES OF MOTION

Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL

  • Councillor Baker attended the Closed Police Committee meeting and gave a shout out to Public Works – the City is clean and the streets look great.
  • Councillor Prowal attended the luncheon for MP Dan Albas, movie night at NVIT, the Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting and a Naturalist meeting.
  • Councillor Norgaard attended the Closed Police Committee meeting; witnessed Chief Aaron Sam’s renaming ceremony and a food security meeting.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices, complimented City staff for the Halloween display and sent condolences to the residents of Fernie with their recent loss.
  • Councillor Brown attended the NVIT movie night, a Rotary meeting, and the food security meeting; and announced the Syrian refugee family arrives in Merritt on October 25th.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended Chief Aaron Sam’s renaming ceremony, Small Business Week, CFNV bar-b-q, the Tourism & Economic Development Committee meeting, a Country Christmas meeting, CFNV Business after Business, Arts Council Grand Affair and volunteered at Gillis House.  Councillor Christopherson also advised he would be attending the Health Care Community meeting, a City Finance & Audit Committee meeting and a Flood Mitigation meeting later this week. 


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