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Semi fire

Photos from the aftermath of a semi fire that closed a portion of Highway 5 between Merritt and Kamloops this morning.

One lane is currently open.

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A film crew will be in and around Merritt today.

The City is hoping to attract new development to town through a new promotional video being shot today.

CAO Scott Hildebrand spoke to the initiative.

“It’s part of our industrial business attraction campaign,” began Hildebrand. “Key locations of filming include Sundial, De Wolf Way, Industrial land, Merritt Green Energy and NVIT.”

“This will be an exciting new video we can start using to attract more business from the lower mainland and across the country,” added Hildebrand.

The video will be released in 2020.

The City received money to create promotional videos through last year's intake for the Rural Dividend Grant.

One of the other attraction videos the City has produced was just released featuring ‘Food in Merritt.'

 

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Merritt RCMP Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood has provided Q101 with details on a pair of weekend robberies.

On Saturday, Merritt RCMP was advised of a break and enter at a motor home in the 1800 block of Chapman.

“Culprits used a tool to gain entry to the RV and stole food and tools valued at approximately $2,500,” wrote Wood in the release.

Then on Monday, Members responded to a break and enter at an establishment on Voght.

“Suspects made entry to the building and managed to steal a large quantity of food, liquor, hockey jerseys, and other items. Members are still investigating this incident and are looking for public assistance to identify suspects,” added Wood.

Anybody with information about either file is asked to call the detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Merritt RCMP non-emergency line 250-378-4262

Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477

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The KVR rails to trails project is beginning to move forward thanks to work done at the TNRD.

Area M Director David Laird spoke with Q101 about phase one of the project now being in the hands of the Province after it was approved by the TNRD board.

“It’s now going to the Provincial Government for tenure, to get ownership of the railway track,” said Laird. “The first section goes from near Norgaard to basically were the Lower Nicola Band Reserves land starts.”

The stretch of track is only about 1.5 kilometres, but Laird mentioned how securing tenure will be a learning exercise.

“The idea is we work our way through this first application and find out how you do it all and go from there,” added Laird.

It is expected that the tenure application will take anywhere from four to six months to complete at the provincial level.

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Last night a recommendation was on the table for Council to approve regarding possible grant funding to help offset a $1.9 million price tag on flood mitigation work along the Voght Street corner.

The grant could supply Merritt with $750,000 to be put towards the project if successful.

Director of Finance Sheila Thiessen discussed where the funding for the project would come from.

“We do have funding within our gas tax reserve and some other reserves that we could allocate towards the project,” said Thiessen.

“There are other grants that we are exploring as well,” added CAO Scott Hildebrand.

It was noted that the $1.9 million was estimated on the high side and there could be savings found along the way for the City.

Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith addressed additional work that could be added on top.

“If utilities were also replaced at the same time, which when you have to tear things up and raise the road, that’s usually the best time to do it, you're looking at a project that could be in excess of $3 million,” said Smith.

The City did confirm there is reserve funding in the utilities fund that could be used for the project.

“I’m absolutely positive that it’s in the best interest of Merritt and it will fit in with other plans that will make Merritt safer traffic-wise and flood wise. I’m very much in favour of this but I don’t want anybody in the community to think it was taken on lightly,” said Councillor Kurt Christopherson.

The motion to apply for the grant funding was passed by a unanimous vote.

 

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