"He knows its a critical issue. The government as knows all the troubles we've had in the Merritt area of late. So, I think they should maybe wake up and smell the roses, so people know they are paying attention to us."
The Tolko sawmill in Merritt shutdown in 2016, and since the company has been exporting wood from the Nicola Valley, and processing it at it's other mills around the province.
The City of Merritt is of the belief the wood supply should remain in the area for use in the local economy.
Construction of right turn lanes at Voght St and Nicola Ave on hold.
The project started last month was expected to be completed July 15th, but City of Merritt CAO Shawn Boven says due to unforeseen circumstances it has been halted, and work is not expected to resume until August.
"The project was proceeding well, but then there was a coordination issue with some of the parts we were expecting to receive from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure."
The $180,413.25 project to add two right turn lanes at the intersection at Voght St and Nicola Ave is being done by C.G.L Contracting.
Merritt Fire Rescue Department responding to an increase in public service calls to start 2018.
Through the first six-months of the year, Chief David Tomkinson says members responded to 12 public service calls.
That's up from just three through six months in each of the past two years.
"From people being trapped in elevators, to assisting RCMP officers access properties or heights. There was even a call to assist two dogs entangled in wire and choking. So, it was a variety of calls."
Tomkinson says public service calls are a matter of circumstance, and at this point he says its likely just an anomaly to start the year.