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City Council is back at the Council table tonight.

The meeting kicks off at 7 o'clock with a presentation from the water conservation students, hired through the Water Resource Advisory Committee.

The noise abatement ammendment bylaw is another topic on tonight's agenda and Council also gets the opportunity to review the final revision of Merritt's Official Community Plan.

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Mountainfest and the Mountainfest Street Mall are now just 23 days away, and organizers are busy putting the finishing touches on the number of activities.

Diane Lavoie of the Chamber of Commerce says the Street Mall is filling up rapidly.

The Street Mall will set up along the two thousand and 21-hundred blocks of Quilchena Avenue.

Lavoie says people interested in getting involved should call the Chamber at 250-378-5634 as soon as possible.

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The superintendent of schools in District 58, Nicola-Similkameen is applauding the Public Health Agency of Canada announcement of a 2.6-million-dollar grant involving an anti-bullying program developed by
a University of Victoria psychologist.

Bob Peacock is glad to see the support.

The four-year grant for the program will support online resources, training and lesson plans for teachers across the country.

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There's still a few steps to be taken before the City can begin work on either the DeWolf Way upgrades or subdividing at the Merritt Airport.

City Deputy Clerk Carole Fraser says the DeWolf Way bylaw has not come back from the province yet.

Petitions on both projects will be located at City Hall when done and the projects will need 90-per cent support from elligible voters to proceed.

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With a large influx of tourists expected to visit Merritt in the month of July, the City is continuing to call on residents to get yards and properties in order for a good showing.

City Bylaw Enforcement Officer David Berezan says most people are complying to the unsightly premises bylaw but for those who haven't, others can report them.

Berezan says the City attempts to approach the offending property owners and the people living there in the case of a rental agreement, and works with them to comply with the bylaws.

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