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Central Park sports box to stay multi-use.

After hearing directly from six people at last night's special City of Merritt council meeting, and receiving numerous phone calls and emails for the last week urging them to keep the facility open for all to use, Mayor and Council voted 5-2 against granting exclusive use to the Merritt Pickleball Club.

Mayor Neil Menard was among the two who voted in favour of the pickleball club's request, and is hopeful now the close to sixty people that showed up start using the underutilized facility.

"On Saturday, I went by it eight-times, at different times throughout the day. I saw a total of three people paying basketball throughout the entire day. But, it seems like we've got their attention, so let's see if they walk their talk."

The Merritt Pickleball Club will continue to make use of the sports box, but a permanent home is still up in the air, after a separate motion to explore the use of N'Kwala Park as an option was defeated.


Canford Ave residents given permission to live in a second dwelling, while new home is being constructed.

City of Merritt Mayor and Council a approved the request for a variance at 1513 Canford Ave, which will allow its residents to live temporarily in an existing dwelling on the property, while a new single-family residence is being built.

The request was approved under the condition construction is completed within two-years, and that the second dwelling be demolished after, which Councillor Mike Goetz doesn't believe will be an issue.

"This has been in the works for almost five-years. I think probably as quickly as they get out of the house, it will come down. So, I have absolutely no doubt it will be done in the period of time allotted."

Zoned Low Density Residential (R2), without special permission from Mayor and Council, the request would have been rejected.

Merritt RCMP looking for information on stolen trailer.

Cst Tracy Dunmore says a 2010 utility trailer with the BC plate UMY17P was reported missing from a residence on Chapman St Friday.

The value of the trailer is estimated at $500.

A picture of it is up on the Q101 Facebook Page. (www.facebook.com/Q101Merritt/)

Anyone with information about its whereabouts is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.


Rash of break-ins at Merritt RV Park over the weekend.

Merritt RCMP Cst Tracy Dunsmore reporting that a number of items were taken by thieves from vehicles at the Claybanks RV Park.

"We had two that were reported. But the manager came over and said there were more than that. We had a fishing rod and box from one vehicle, and some change from another. And, if the others didn’t report anything they probably didn’t get anything major, just a bit of change or something like that."

Once again, Dunsmore is reminding residents not to leave vehicles unlocked or valuables in plain sight.


Merritt RCMP citing 14 people for liquor related offenses over the weekend.

Cst Tracy Dunsmore says most, if not all incidents happened in downtown core.

"I don't think its the first time we've hit that high of a number when the weather warms up. It's something we encourage the public to report. Our members our looking out for this, and we have foot patrols doing so as well. We try and catch them as soon as they start to get going, so they don’t cause too much of an issue downtown."

Dunsmore says whether or not a ticket is issued depends on the situation, with some offenses only resulting in liquor being confiscated and poured out.


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