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Earlier this morning (Tuesday March 12th) the Merritt Fire Department responded to a report of a hazmat situation at Safe-On-Foods. Upon arrival crews found a thick layer of fog inside the store.

Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson briefed Q101 on the situation.

“We had a refrigerant leak in the store. When we arrived the store was already evacuated,” said Tomkinson. “We couldn’t identify the type of the refrigerant in the beginning, so we just cordoned off the area, kept it safe to the public."

Chief Tomkinson did confirm there were no injuries.

“Now that we’ve identified the actual product, we're able to ventilate the building,” said Tomkinson.

The public is asked to stay clear of the area for the next couple of hours as crews complete their work at the scene.

A refrigeration specialist is on scene and working to fix the problem.

Save-On-Foods will remain closed for the time being.

 

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Reports are coming in that Merritt Fire have responded to a hazmat situation at the Safe-on-foods. Initial reports had the issue related to refrigeration leak, creating a layer of fog within the store. Fire Crews are still on the scene. Q101 will continue to monitor the story have more as details develop.

 

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Ministry of mines

A few weeks back we had the story about the Coutlee Residents Committee and their opposition to a proposed gravel pit.

Nicola Valley Aggregates LTD. has proposed digging a new gravel pit, approximately two kilometers away from Merritt.

“We were stunned when we learned that the guy who’s bought it has an arraignment with somebody else to put in a gravel pit,” said Robert Holmes.

A group of citizens calling themselves the Coutlee Residents committee have sent a letter to the Chief inspector of mines regarding a proposed gravel pit virtually across the street from the Village of Coutlee.

Spokesman for the committee Robert Holmes spoke to Q101 about the letter they sent to the Ministry of Energy and Mines that laid out 15 points of emphasis on why they oppose the project.

“Anybody that wants to put in a gravel pit has to follow the mines act and there are specific guidelines,” said Holmes. “The first thing on that list is public consultation and that has never taken place.”

Other items included the proximity to communities, noise and dust impacts, traffic considerations and groundwater impacts.

The Committee is now set to meet with Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart to relay their concerns and talk about the next steps.

“We are going to meet them at Brambles and hear their concerns with regards to the proposal for a gravel pit in their area. Talk about process, listen to concerns, and see where we go from there,” said MLA Tegart.

The meeting is set to take place this afternoon (March 12th) at 4pm at Brambles.

 

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City hall

Tonight at 7pm the City of Merritt will be holding a general council meeting.

On the docket for tonight's meeting is a presentation from the Anhart Community Housing Society.

One of the biggest problems the City of Merritt is facing is the lack of residential developments and more specifically affordable housing. Two weeks ago, Council heard a proposal on the Walters street development, which is now being adjusted by the developers.

This evening Council will hear from Anhart. Director of Corporate Services for the City of Merritt Sean Smith spoke about the proposal.

“I think there has been a lot of discussion in the community about a potential development near the Comfort Inn area,” said Smith. “So, Anhart is going to be coming to talk to council about the results of one of their surveys and the potential for what their build up at that site might actually look like.”

It is important to note that this is Anhart’s initial contact with Council, so things are still at the beginning stages.

“The plan is to have a 78-unit two building development of some form on that four-acre property that they see potentially being ideal for seniors, family, youth,” said Smith. “Right now, there just wanting to make that first point of contact to discuss what their view and vison for the property is.”

For more information on any of the items of tonight’s council meeting head to http://www.merritt.ca/city-council/agendas-and-minutes.

As always members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

 

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Tomorrow (March 12th) at 7pm the City of Merritt will be holding a regular council meeting. On the docket for the meeting is a youth advisory council presentation.

The idea, being spearheaded by a local student in Merritt is to form a Merritt Youth Advisory Committee. Director of Corporate Services for the City of Merritt Sean Smith spoke about the proposal.

“We are really excited to see this imitative being taken by a youth in our community, to try an encourage other youth to get involved in the political scene and try to make a difference in the community,” said Smith.

The City is working along with the School District on the venture.

“Trying to look at this committee as being a potential for credits for graduating, as a volunteer program. So, we have to kind of fit it to what the school district wants at this point,” said Mayor Linda Brown.

While the final details could be different the Youth Advisory Committee would act as resource to City Council on issues affecting youth in Merritt. As well as provide a different perspective on community issue, all while encouraging youth to get involved with the municipal government.

For more information on the council meeting head to http://www.merritt.ca/city-council/agendas-and-minutes.

As always members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

 

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