Mr. Miller spoke about Merritt airport, and explained its 2B Classification for General Aviation, and the current status of lots adjacent to the runway. He explained distance requirements for how close a building of any given height could be in relation to the runway. He advised that Merritt airport should be run as a municipal department with a 7-member advisory committee reporting to Council. He believed that Merritt airport was perfectly located for tourism and could be better used than it currently is.
Ms. Malette and Mr. Gill spoke about their vision for non-medical cannabis in Merritt, with Opal Cannabis Co, including education, and ensuring that only people of legal age could access the store. They explained their hope to open in November, and the timeline to that point.
Ms. Down spoke about Gold Country, who provide information about tourism and economic development in the gold country area. She explained upcoming and active projects, including the visitor guide, and 2020 trail map. Merritt local businesses can advertise for free on the Gold Country website . She informed council of the images available on Flickr, and short videos promoting the region on YouTube. She explained statistics on visitors, and the value the free advertising could provide.
Mr. Charney presented a video about the historic path followed by the Kettle Valley Rail route. He explained that all residents can benefit from the trail, either from direct use, or the economic benefit of increased tourism. He explained that the local First Nations are cautiously supportive, with questions about maintenance, use of the trail by ATVs, etc. He requested Council to show leadership, and for the City to promote the idea, including bringing together Chiefs and the TNRD.