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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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Lobbying of B-C Transit by Merritt City Council has resulted in an expansion of bus service in the City.

City Councillor Alastair Murdoch says commencing July 2 the service will be expanded to six days a week, to include Saturdays and by another three hours of service a day, into the evening.

Murdoch says B-C Transit picks up one half of the expansion costs, while allowing the City to keep 100-percent of the revenue.

Starting July 2 the transit service will expand to begin at 6:15am till 9:30pm Monday through Saturday.

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There's been some major changes for ASK Wellness in Merritt.

The non-profit group has been selected as the new operator of Merritt's Trade Winds Terrace on Granite Avenue.

The B-C Housing facility with 29 units offers affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities.

With the change Ask Wellness will relocate their offices to Trade Winds where they'll continue to offer services to the homeless and those in need.

ASK Wellness is a non-profit society that has helped upwards of about 100 homeless people in Merritt providing stable housing options.

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