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September 19 2017 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Ms. J. Kiegerl addressed Council with regards to Item 11.4 of the agenda as follows:
• Creative approach the Arts Council has taken
• Requesting the City to have the Arts Council as a budgeted line item rather than a Grant in Aid
• New members on their board which is twice the size
• Focus on programs and events involving testing community interest and availability of volunteers
• On-line payments

Mr. J. Kelly addressed Council with regards to Item 11.8 of the agenda as follows:
• Silting results and impact on the fish populations of the clay banks along the Coldwater River
• Requesting the City lobby provincial and federal governments permit remediation and domestic water restrictions

GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions

 S/Sgt White presented the 2nd Quarter Merritt Detachments Policing Activity Report providing an overview of the following:

• General Duty
• General Investigation Section
• Domestic Violence/Victim Services
• Drug Trends
• Human Resources
• Funded Levels

Mr. J. Madill presented a tribute to Mr. Brian Barrett (Mr. Hockey) 


THAT Council approves the request by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC for a Statutory Right of Way across the composting facility as per plan EPP60773;
AND THAT Council authorizes the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer to execute the required documents

THAT no further direction is required for changes to the Outdoor Watering Restrictions Policy

THAT Council direct staff to prepare to install a columbarium at Pine Ridge Cemetery by updating the City of Merritt Bylaw No. 2087, 2009, and making application for the cemetery expansion to the Consumer Protection Agency; AND THAT the new columbarium be placed within the current cremation plot section of the cemetery;
AND FURTHER THAT the funding for the installation of the columbarium be allocated from prior year’s surplus and the budget be amended to reflect this resolution
Voting Opposed:  Councillor Brown


THAT Council reject the request by the Merritt Oldtimers’ Drop-In Hockey and agree to revisit the request prior to the 2018/2019 skating season to permit the Department of Recreation & Facilities to conduct a review of all NVMS fees, charges and expenses once the City of Merritt has assumed complete operational authority at the NVMA on January 01, 2018
Voting Opposed:  Mayor Menard and Councillor Goetz

THAT Council direct staff to provide one thousand ($1,000) dollars in funding to the Upper Nicola Band for the “Bring Our Spirit Home” Ceremony to be held on September 22-24, 2017; AND THAT the funding be allocated from the Council Contingency budget

THAT Council accept the report regarding the Six Services Standards for the Department of Recreation & Facilities for information purposes only

THAT Council directs staff to submit an application for the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI), Fuel Management Prescription Program;
AND THAT Council directs administration to provide overall grant management



 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


  • Councillor Brown attended the Hospital Foundation Fundraiser Kickoff as Deputy Mayor, Fire Department Open House, Policy Review Committee Meeting, and Logger Sports Show and advised that a Syrian refugee family will be locating to Merritt. 
  • Councillor Norgaard attended Hospital Foundation Fundraiser Kickoff and went to the Logger Sports Show.
  • Councillor Prowal attended the Logger Sports Show.
  • Councillor Goetz provided the latest Gas Buddy prices, reported that three (3) students from the Learn to Dance Academy will be performing with the Moscow Ballet, and attended the Logging Show and the Nicola Valley Film Society film.  
  • Councillor Christopherson attended the Logger Sports Show, Terry Fox Run, and reported the Community Health Care Consultation report has been circulated. 
  • Mayor Menard reported on the Mayor Drop-in sessions, attended the ranch rodeo, a Rodeo Association meeting, the Rodeo paid tribute to Ty Pozzobon and raised six thousand ($6,000) raised for the Ty Pozzobon Foundation; moderated a Recovery Capital Workshop representing the City of Merritt; attended Nicola Valley Search & Rescue meeting, Police Committee meeting, met with representatives from the National Finals Rodeo being held in Merritt in 2018, the Loggers Sports Show – the winner of the carving show has been commissioned to make a carving of Ty Pozzobon; welcomed the Airstream group at Claybanks RV Park and attended the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Terry Fox Run. 
  • Councillor Baker attended the Police Committee meeting and the Policy Review Committee meeting and thanked our police and fire department for their roles during the wild fires and attending UBCM.

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