Richard Jackson Jr. spoke of the importance of having a place where children and elders can come together, speaking in favour of the Nicola Valley Community Theatre Society proposal. He invited all in attendance to rise as he offered a song of prayer that we can come together as two-legged people.
Tom Reynolds, Chairman of the Community Futures Development Corporation of the Nicola Valley, spoke in favour of the NVCTS proposal, citing the effect that good infrastructure and resources can have on business attraction. He also stated that the City would be able to get better grant funding than the Society would get on its own.
Shirley Reynolds spoke in favour of the NVCTS theatre project, stating that our City was a little bit lacking in the physical infrastructure that is needed to support arts and culture in the City, and that this development would help attract people with young children and singles.
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Rich Hodson presented regarding the NVCTS proposed plan to relocate the performing arts theatre portion of their project to be an addition to the Civic Centre. The performing arts theatre would have approximately 275 seats. All monies fundraised by the NVCTS to date would go to building the three movie theatres on the existing site, and the performing arts theatre at the Civic Centre would be entirely funded by Federal Gas Tax.
The plan proposed by the NVCTS would involve:
• The NVCTS preparing a Federal Gas Tax application on behalf of the City;
• If successful in obtaining funding, the City tendering and supervising the project;
• The City entering in to a lease to run the theatre at the NVCTS’s cost
Manuel Olguin introduced the Merritt Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a program run in partnership by Community Futures and the City, providing $200 in start up funding and business training for entrepreneurs in grade 8-12. There are four participants in the program for 2018, and one of the applicants, Julia Smith, who will be running a photography business, expressed her gratitude for the program.
Fran Delaney spoke regarding the Tourism Ambassador Program, another program run in partnership by Community Futures and the City. Students are hired as part of the Federal student summer jobs initiative. Ms. Delaney introduced one of this years Tourism Ambassadors and provided statistics from prior years. The Tourism Ambassadors will be at events across the Nicola Valley this summer and will be in the new information kiosk on DeWolf Way from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
THAT Council designate a representative to a Committee to assist in carrying Rails to Trails project forward; and THAT Council recommend to the TNRD Board of Directors that it consider this project for inclusion in its’ 2019 projects budget
THAT Council direct the Mayor and Corporate Officer to sign the lease between the City of Merritt and the Merritt & District Tennis Club, attached to this report as Schedule “A”
THAT Council direct staff to provide a letter of support for the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission
THAT the Mayor and any Councillors wishing to attend the TNRD Biosolids meeting on July 20, 2018 at Hotel 540 in Kamloops may do so
NOTICES OF MOTION
Councillor Brown made the following Notice of Motion:
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report reviewing previous scope of the Civic Centre/Conference Centre, potential costs and funding options, and potential options for parking
Councillor Brown made the following Notice of Motion:
THAT Council review the results of the 2018 Business Walk at the next Council meeting
REPORTS FROM COUNCIL
Councillor Baker attended a Policy Review Committee meeting and recognized Bass Coast for running an excellent festival.
Councillor Goetz provided a gas buddies update and commented on how good the new information kiosk and the new TRK Helicopters sign look.
Councillor Prowal attended the Bass Coast Walkthrough with Mayor Menard, commented on the very busy Little Britches Rodeo, and welcomed the City’s new bylaw officer.
Councillor Christopherson attended a Health Care Committee meeting and commented on the number of tourists in town since the closure of the Tourism Information Centre at Exit 286.
Councillor Brown attended the Canada Day celebration, a watershed committee meeting, a Policy Review Committee meeting, and reminded residents of the Musical Ride.
Mayor Menard had two (2) Mayor Drop-In meetings, attended the open house of the Stoyoma Dental Clinic, the departure of bikers for the BC Epic 1000, the dog show at Voght Park, the celebration of life for Ed Collins, the Knights of Columbus breakfast, the swim meet at the NVAC, the Canada Day celebration, the official opening of our new first nations craft store, a community garden meeting, a meeting with management from Ministry of Forests, a discussion with Premier Horgan about exit 286 and other issues, a meeting regarding table tennis in the City, a meeting with Kevin Harper about the Motion Notion music festival, a KVR railway trail meeting, a detox treatment center meeting, the Bass Coast tour, a cheque presentation for the Merritt Youth Entrepreneurship program, a tour of the wind turbines with the Fraser Basin Council, and a presentation regarding housing and the new solar panel system on the Lower Nicola school.