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Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about the removal of parking spots at the post office, City Hall not expecting forestry relief funding, and excavation to begin at 4010 Walters.

Concern Over Traffic Pattern Changes on Voght

A few weeks back City Hall announced some traffic pattern changes along Voght Street. The one grabbing most of the attention is the removal of parking spaces in front of the Post Office in favour of a longer run-up to the intersection, in the hopes of improving traffic flow.

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City Not Expecting Tolko Closure to Factor into NDP Forestry Relief

Following a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Ravi Kahlon and Ministry staff, it appears the picture has become somewhat clearer.

“Still in the dark, and you have to remember we don’t qualify as-is for any of the transitional funding because we are not a closed facility at this point and it’s not retroactive to Tolko,” said Mayor Linda Brown.

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Excavation Expected to Begin at 4010 Walters

In July, Merritt City Council adopted a pair of amendments to the Official City Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw clearing the path for the Walters Street development to proceed.

The four-story 75-unit residential building had been a hotly debated topic over the summer in the Merritt area, culminating with a lengthy public hearing in June.

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Rather predictably my favourite story this week was sitting down with Merritt Centennials defenseman Olson Werenka.

Five Good Minutes with Olson Werenka

Olson fully admitted to being a bit of a ‘hothead’ in seasons past, getting into fights and receiving a couple of suspensions, a reputation he’s hoping to shed in Merritt.

“Looking to get a scholarship, I don’t think it’s (fighting) as much of a part of the game anymore, but you have to protect your teammates,” said Olson. “I think the officials do know who I am. So, it’s tough to get the reputation out, obviously last year a couple of fights, a couple of suspensions. Trying to get myself back in the good books with them again.”

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