City of Merritt stuck with former BC Hydro building as courthouse, despite safety concerns.
Councillor Mike Goetz not pleased that the building on Voght street continues to serve as the city's court house.
"We've been down to see the Minister of Justice the last two years at UBCM to talk about how unsafe this building is and how lawyers won't come to it. And, how victims and perpetrators have to enter and exit through the same doors. and sit in the same waiting sections. We get agreement from the ministry, and a lot of shaking heads, but don't seem to be getting any action. As a city, we have also made a pitch to buy the RCMP building, and attach a courthouse at our own expense, but continue to get no traction."
The City of Merritt has no say where court services are offered, and is only involved in the process of renewing the lease for the former BC Hydro building on Voght St, because the province is unable legally to sign a lease with a Crown corporation.
The current lease agreement with BC Provincial Court Services, renewed last night by Mayor and Council, is in place until January 2019.