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Funds from the sale of the Nicola Lake School will be used to address immediate needs.

The former school, and property adjacent to Nicola Lake was sold over the summer for $400,000.

Minus expenses, Superintendent Stephen McNiven says the district will now have roughly $383,000 to use where it sees fit.

"Probably more around meeting needs immediately from a capital prospective, and not applying those dollars to programs and services. And, not applying those dollars to programs and services because its just not sustainable. So, we would look at one-time items that will make a difference for our students."

The Nicola Lake School was originally put up for sale in September of 2017, at an asking price of $450,000.

 

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Planned changes to the way the province handles fire inspections could be costly for the TNRD.
 
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has informed the Union of BC Municipalities of the governments intent to adopt a single standard for fire safety inspections for all public buildings in municipalities or in unincorporated areas.
 
With more than 100 buildings in the regional-district CAO Sukh Gill says it could cost a lot.
 
"There could be a pretty substantial number of occupancies we have to look at. And it if is in that regime, we would A, need to do an inventory of what we have, and may need to get into business licensing on an ongoing monitoring program. And, we would then need to obviously asses the risk that come with the different type of occupancies and then look at a monitoring program."
 
Gill says it will take further investigation to determine exactly what the government has in mind before he can present a cost estimate to the board of directors.
 
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Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce hosting All-Candidates Forum.
 
Executive Director Meagan Preston says interested residents will have the opportunity to hear from all city candidates on Oct 3rd at the Civic Centre starting at 6pm.
 
"The first hour-and-a-half will be for potential councillors and the final hour for the three Mayoral candidates. We are going to do a four questions format and the questions will come from the general public. We are asking residents to send us their questions, and the four most asked questions will be asked to the candidates."
 
The 2018 Municipal Election is scheduled for Oct 20th.
 
In the City of Merritt 11 candidates are vying for six spots on Council, and there are three candidates in the running for Mayor.
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to submit a question for the All-Candidates Forum.
 
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UPDATE: 

Merritt RCMP S/Sgt Lorne Wood says Glen Ukellett Shuter has been located and arrested without incident.

"The Merritt RCMP received calls regarding Mr Shuter who was seen in down town Merritt and identified by members of the public.  After a brief foot chase with uniformed officers Mr Shuter gave up and was taken into custody without incident."

Shuter is scheduled to appear in court in Kamloops tomorrow.

 

Merritt RCMP asking for assistance to locate Glen Ukellett Shuter.

S/Sgt Lorne Wood says the 38-year-old local is wanted in relation to several charges, including break and enter, breaching probation and failing to appear.

Shuter is also the subject of multiple new criminal investigations in both Merritt and Lower Nicola.

He is described as First Nations, stands 5'8" tall, weighs 140lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Merritt RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

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Record number classes registered for at NVIT.

President Ken Tourand says the 5,079 course registrants in 2018 is up from the previous record of 4,832 set in 2017.

In Merritt, Tourand says both the Immediate Entry Secondary School Transition Bursary, and brand-new Centre of Excellence and Sustainability have been huge factors in the registration bump to start the year.

"It's kind of overall. It's the product of everything we have been doing the last 10-years. In terms of getting our name out, providing quality education, and then having our grads go out and be successful."

Tourand says the numbers in Merritt this fall are almost 10% higher than 2017.

 

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