Ms. Andrea Graham and Ms. Liz Thomson provided a history of what Bass Coast is and how it has evolved since the first festival 11 years ago. They discussed the fusion of art and music with yoga, camping, and a strong sense of community. They described how they have become known for their attention to detail, including the provision of emergency services. Their team is dedicated to respecting and protecting the health of the Coldwater River. Decibel levels will be monitored hourly to minimize the impact on the community.
Ms. A. Graham and Ms. L. Thomson invited Council to participate in the July 11th 2019 walkthrough and requested a letter of support to include in their annual plan.
Ms. D. Kulchiski addressed Council over the phone, and expressed her gratitude that she was permitted to present despite not being able to make the trip over the Coquihalla due to road conditions.
Ms. Kulchiski presented the City of Merritt Tourism Asset Inventory Report, discussing the plans and process for creating the report, the purpose of the project, and a summary of findings and recommendations.
Council asked that a meeting be set up to discuss this plan in greater detail.
Mr. J. Canuel and Ms. K. Bonneteau spoke regarding the formation of the Nicola Valley Forestry Recognition Society (NVFRS), which will be spearheading the planning and preparation for National Forest Week 2019. Jerry described the purposes of the society, its focuses for 2019, and its plans to make National Forest Week celebrations bigger, more informative and more engaging then ever.
Mr. J. Canuel and Ms. K. Bonneteau discussed the need to involve the entire community and proposed plans for partnership with the City to ensure that the event is a success.