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City of Merritt looking to place wood carving of the late Ty Pozzobon in Central Park.
Following a conversation with his family, Mayor Neil Menard has made an official notice of motion to have the wood carving of the late bull rider, that was commissioned by the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce following last year's Logger Sports Show, placed at Central Park.
"It's going to be a full-sized statue of Ty, and a bull. And, I would like the city to be involved in locating it at Central Park. And, that we be responsible for putting in a proper foundation, and a security fence."
The statue is being created by professional wood carver Marina Cole, and is expected to be revealed during the 2018 Logger Sports Show in September.
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Provincial homeless count to take place in Merritt next month.
Vicky Paton of the Ask Wellness Society says the point in time count will look to identify the 'hidden' homeless in the community.
"What that means, specifically, we get to count people who are couch surfing, or people that don't pay rent. They are not on a tenancy agreement, they simply go from home to home, but are able to avoid staying on the streets."
It's the first time the 'hidden' homeless in Merritt will be tabulated, as the Homeless Connect conducted annually by Ask Wellness in October only looks to determine those who are 'absolute' homeless, and living on the street.
The provincial homeless count, which will also occur in several other communities, is scheduled for April 4th.
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City of Merritt approving funds to overhaul the Rotary Bike Park.
A grant-in aid request for $23,500 from the Merritt Mountain Bike Association was approved at last night's regular meeting.
Since the park was constructed in 2006, CAO Shawn Boven says little has changed, and the wear and tear is now creating safety concerns.
"The mountain bike association was responsible for the maintenance of the actual components, but they have simply reached the point where they are at the end of their lifecycle. They are all made of wood, and rotting. No amount of maintenance can repair that, they pretty much just need to be taken down."
The renovation of the Rotary Bike Park is expected to be completed in 2018.
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New executive director of the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce excited about the future.

She may have only started this week, but Megan Preston says she is eager to hit the ground running, and both grow membership, and the profile of the chamber.

"My responsibility is the day-to-day operations of the chamber. I'll be working out of the office most days, but will also be focused on growing our membership numbers, and along with the board, coming up with new and exciting ways to grow the brand."

The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce currently has more than 200 members.

Preston, who has spent the majority of her working career in communications, is replacing Etelka Gillespie, who took a job with Vision Merritt last month.


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Concerns from the Upper Nicola Band over the health of Douglas Lake.

After both a fish-kill because of an algae bloom, and the possible discovery of the beginning of a yellow perch invasion last year, Chief Harvey McLeod says there is a lot of unknown surrounding Douglas Lake heading into the spring.  

With the lake serving as the primary source of fish for the band, he confirms they are now working with the province, the Douglas Lake Ranch, and First Nations Health Authority to find out what can be done.

"Just to see if we can see what the problems are, and how big they actually are. The goal then would be to develop potential ways to mitigate them. For us, it's a huge concern, and we want to get to it as soon as the weather allows us to."

McLeod says water sampling at the lake is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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