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March 12 2019 Regular Council Meeting

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Ms. Ginny Prowal spoke regarding item 8.1, the Merritt Tourism Asset Mapping Inventory, encouraging Council to consider the inclusion of trails and addressing the issue of fragmented trails.  Ms. Prowal particularly noted the potential to designate trails in the Lindley Creek – Midday Valley Road area, including Windy Canyon.
GENERAL MATTERS - Delegations and Recognitions
Krystal Weibe presented on behalf of Anhart Community Housing Society, introducing Council to the organization, its philosophy, goals and plans in the City of Merritt.  Anhart intends to build an affordable housing complex with approximately 80 units at their 3757 De Wolf Way site.  The group anticipates that their development application will be submitted in the next 5-6 months and stated that affordability could be increased if Council allowed an increase to density.
MLA Tegart presented Council with an update regarding issues and efforts affecting citizens in the Nicola Valley.  She discussed her efforts to support forestry, mining and agriculture, transit, wildfire and flooding, tourism, economic development, working with youth, and homelessness and mental health.  MLA Tegart encouraged Council to come to her with any issues, stating that she will work to get them on the floor provincially.
Marius Auer presented to Council regarding the formation of a Youth Advisory Council in Merritt and presented Council with draft terms of reference for the group.
THAT City of Merritt Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2252, 2019 (1104 & 1132 Midday Valley Road) be adopted
THAT City of Merritt Zoning Bylaw Amendment Bylaw No. 2253, 2019 (1104 & 1132 Midday Valley Road) be adopted
THAT City of Merritt Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2255, 2019 be adopted
THAT Council adopt the Tourism Asset Mapping Inventory and Report; AND THAT Council directs staff to update the Tourism Asset Mapping Inventory on a regular basis;AND FURTHER THAT staff use the Tourism Asset Mapping Inventory as a working plan for projects in 2019-2021
Voting Opposed: Councillor Etchart
THAT Council direct staff to bring back a report on the status of and options for securing public access to Windy Canyon 
THAT Council sponsor the 2019 Gold Country Communities Society Tourism Symposium (November 08-11, 2019) in Merritt with an in-kind donation of the Merritt Civic Centre valued at $2,250, sponsorship of $2,500 and Council attendance at the Tourism Symposium to be funded from the remaining grant in aid funds 

Councillor Fehr reported on concerns that had been expressed to him by a wheelchair user in our community.  The citizen discussed the lack of wheelchair accessible taxi’s, curb access, automatic door openers, and inadequate signage at disabled parking spots.  There are thirty (30) wheelchair users in Merritt, including two (2) children.  Councillor Fehr wanted Council to consider these comments as it moves into OCP review and strategic planning.

Mayor Brown reported that the grand re-opening of the Legion would be on March 16, 2019, to celebrate the recently completed renovations.

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