Manuel Olguin spoke in favour of the BC Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot (Item 8.3), stating that Community Futures has received interest from two (2) entrepreneur families, despite the fact that Merritt isn’t yet part of the program. Manuel discussed the requirements of the program and the benefits to the City of Merritt.
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Craig Gray and Murphy Shewchuk presented their request that Council proclaim February 18-24 as Heritage Week, to match the Provincial and Federal proclamations. They discussed the “Tie that Binds” event on February 21st and invited council and the public to attend. They also provided an update on the operations of the Nicola Valley Museum & Archives for 2018.
Mr. Rich Hodson presented to Council regarding the City’s request to provide architectural drawings showing where the community theatre could be located on City property, options included both unattached and attached variants located in different positions around the Civic Centre/City Hall property.
Mr. Hodson outlined the proposed plan for the City to take ownership of the theatre, which would be operated by the Theatre Society or another arts group in Merritt. Mr. Hodson also described fundraising activities to support the construction of the Movie Theatre project at the original NVCTS site at the Railyard Mall.
THAT City of Merritt Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2252, 2019 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2252, 2019 be read a second time
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2253, 2019 be read a first time
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2253, 2019 be read a second time
THAT Council direct staff to schedule a public hearing for RZ2018-08; 1104 & 1132 Midday Valley Road
THAT Council support the application for Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, under the Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning stream;
AND THAT the requested funding be used to develop a flood risk assessment, update our flood mapping and create a flood mitigation plan; AND FURTHER THAT Council provide support and direction for the overall grant management
THAT Council direct staff to apply for the two (2) Entrepreneur Immigration Programs: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and the BC Provincial Nominee Program Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot; AND THAT Council provides a letter of support for the City of Merritt Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program application
THAT Council directs staff to renew the Visitor Services Network Program through Destination British Columbia, designating the Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House as the primary location for face-to-face visitor services and the tourism department for the City of Merritt (Tourism Merritt) as the primary location for online and other visitor services
THAT Council direct staff to complete the grant application for the BikeBC 2019-2020 Cycling Network Plan requesting fifty thousand ($50,000) dollars;
AND THAT Council direct staff to include the City’s portion of twenty-five thousand ($25,000) dollars in the 2019 Financial Plan for the development of a Cycling Network Plan