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The handful of CUPW workers at the Merritt Post Office are on the outside today, after being locked out by Canada Post.

Local Shop Steward Lana McKnight says support from the public has been good.

Doors to the Merritt Post Office are open to allow the public access to the mail already sorted, but no other services are being offered during the lock out.

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Just in time for the summer months ahead, the Nicola Watershed Community Round Table has been given the go ahead to locate a new drought monitoring sign in town.

Speaking for the Round Table, Elizabeth Salomon De Friedberg says it'll be similar to the large forest fire danger signs.

City Council last night granted approval for the six by nine foot sign to be located on Voght Street on what's commonly known as Grasslands Hill above the Crossroads Community Church.

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The official opening of the new Environment Canada Weather Station in Merritt took place yesterday.

Mayor Susan Roline says it's a great step for our community.

The weather station reports on the Environment Canada website across Canada on an hourly basis giving temperature and weather conditions from the City's new water well site in Kengaard behind the South Central Interior Distance Education School.

The only reading it doesn't offer at this time is snow pack. Roline is hoping that will be added soon, broadcasting to the country just how little snowfall there actually is in Merritt on an annual basis.

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The City of Merritt's updated Official Community Plan goes to a public hearing June 28.

Author of the O-C-P, and, it's recent updates, Joe Calenda of "Molto Bene Enterprises" of Victoria, says in terms of policy there are five new creation initiatives or policy directions in the Plan.

Calenda says 75-per cent of the growth is intended to be medium density, which means town houses, condominium apartments, tri-plexes, quadra-plexes, etc.

The other 25-per cent would be single family or lower density.

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It's been on and off the table for the past couple of years, but it's finally been quietened by Merritt City Council.

Councillor Dave Baker says the anti-noise bylaw is now history, at least for the next five years or so.

The A-T-V and dirt bike users have been monitoring themselves over the past year or so and since their actions, noise complaints at City Hall have completed stopped.

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