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September 18, 2018 Regular Council Meeting

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Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PUBLIC INPUT

With the upcoming election, there was no public input period pursuant to Section 21 (f) of the City of Merritt Council Procedures Bylaw No. 2055, 2008.
 
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
 
Mr. Kim discussed his experiences moving to Merritt as a Korean missionary and spoke about the importance of fostering compassion, acceptance, unity and understanding within our community.  Mr. Kim invited Mayor and Council to participate in Korean Culture Day, held on September 22, 2018 at the Crossroads Community Church.
 
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
THAT the City of Merritt host the 2020 SILGA Conference  Voting Opposed:  Councillor Goetz
 
BYLAWS
 
THAT City of Merritt Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 2238, 2018 be adopted  Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Animal Control Bylaw No. 2241, 2018 be adopted  Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2243, 2018 be adopted
 
THAT City of Merritt Cemetery Bylaw No. 2244, 2018 be read a first time
 
THAT City of Merritt Cemetery Bylaw No. 2244, 2018 be read a second time  Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Cemetery Bylaw No. 2244, 2018 be read a third time  Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Fees & Charges Bylaw Amending Bylaw No. 2245, 2018 be read a first time
 
THAT City of Merritt Fees & Charges Bylaw Amending Bylaw No. 2245, 2018 be read a second time  Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Fees & Charges Bylaw Amending Bylaw No. 2245, 2018 be read a third time  Voting Opposed: Councillor Brown
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2247, 2018 (2190 Voght Street) be read a first time
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2247, 2018 (2190 Voght Street) be read a second time
 
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2247, 2018 (2190 Voght Street) be forwarded to a Public Hearing
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
THAT Council direct staff to charge Merritt Oldtimers Drop-In Hockey a reduced rate of sixty ($60.00) dollars per hour for the use of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (NVMA) during their regular Wednesday ice session between 1:45 PM and 2:45 PM; until such time as staff conducts a full review of recreation fees and charges
 
THAT Council direct staff to complete the application process to join the Recycle BC Program as a contracted collection partner for our curbside service for a five (5) year term
 
THAT Council direct staff to remove the closed regional recycling depot, returning the site to a property that can be used for other City purposes in the future with the 2018 Financial Plan being amended to include this expense, to be funded from either current or prior year’s surplus 
 
THAT Council direct staff create a document on heritage preservation by researching other communities with populations up to fifteen thousand (15,000)
 
THAT Council rescind the Public Process for Financial Plan Policy  
 
THAT Council adopt the Investment Policy as circulated
 
NOTICES OF MOTION
 
Nil

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
  • Councillor Baker attended the Police Committee meeting as well as the Policy Review Committee meeting
  • Councillor Prowal attended UBCM and thanked Mayor and staff for arranging a record number of meetings with ministers, attended the Logger Sports Show.  Councillor Prowal has made inquiries to business at UBCM about providing toques and socks to homeless in our community.  Councillor Prowal thanked Elizabeth Bigg for her service as Bylaw Officer and wished her the best in the future.
  • Councillor Christopherson attended UBCM, the Roger Brooks presentation as part of the Community Futures conference, a flood response meeting with Nic Beers, the Logger Sports Show, the Community Futures banquet, the Terry Fox run, volunteered at the Gillis House and discussed that on September 19, he be going to Victoria as acting mayor to attend the investiture of Grand Chief Percy Joe into the Order of British Columbia.  Councillor Christopherson announced his candidacy for Council.
  • Councillor Norgaard met with Chief Jordan Joe to discuss the Nicola Valley Wellness Society, attended UBCM and a Police Committee meeting.
  • Councillor Goetz provided a gas buddies update, attended the Logger Sports Show, provided the welcoming message at the Community Futures conference and attended the Centennials Booster Club breakfast.
  • Councillor Brown attended to the opening reception for Libby Dybikowski paintings being displayed at the Courthouse Arts Gallery, a Heritage Commission meeting, UBCM, the Roger Brooks presentation, the Logger Sports Show and a Policy Review Committee meeting.
  • Mayor Menard had a meeting with the President of the Interior Logging Association, the Centennials breakfast, the Rodeo, the Ty Pozzobon memorial unveiling, mayor drop-in meetings, a KVR Committee meeting, UBCM, the Roger Brooks presentation, and the Logger Sports Show.                                                                                                                           


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