Last night City Council dealt with grants in aid and a few other minor operational and capital items as they near the end of budget deliberations.
City C-A-O Matt Noble says there won't be any hidden surprises in the budget when the final draft is presented.
About three thousand forestry workers in Merritt, Kamloops, Kelowna and Cranbrook are poised to take a strike vote over the next 2 weeks.
The President of the United Steelworkers Local 1-417 Marty Gibbons says since the collective agreement expired almost 2 years ago agreements have been signed with Canfor and a number of other companies.
He says they are frustrated that Interior Forest Labour Relations refuses to adopt a pattern agreement with the other mills.
Mills in the Merritt area that could be affected are Tolko-Nicola, Apsen Planers, Aspen Industries.
Others include Tolko Heffley Creek, West Fraser Chasm, a number of Tolko mills in the Okanagan, Tembec mills in the Cranbrook area, as well as a number of single operation sites.
Although a date hasn't been confirmed for a Fall Municipal Election, Merritt's Mayor made it clear during the last T-N-R-D meeting that she will seek a second term.
During a recent interview with Q-101 News Mayor Susan Roline alluded to the fact there was more to be done and that she thought she'd run again.
At the same time Roline said she didn't want to make it official right away.
More information has been released today regarding Merritt's Walk of Stars Gala fund raiser slated for the end of May.
Walk of Stars President Ron Sanders says the line-up includes Patricia Conroy, Tara Oram, Chad Brownlee, well-known blues artist Jim Byrnes and more.
Again this year the host and M-C for the Gala, set for May 28 at the Civic Centre, is Casey Clarke, C-M-T personalty and host of the Casey Clarke Show on Q101.
Tickets go on sale for the Gala later this week.
Work is moving along well as Merritt prepares to host the Southern Interior Local Government Association A-G-M and Convention in May.
City Councillor Mike Goetz says one of the main speakers for the three day event has been confirmed in two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sami-Jo Small.
Small is also a co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
One other keynote speaker booked for the Friday is Chief Clarence Louis from Osoyoos.
About 200 S-I-L-G-A delegates will be meeting at the Merritt Civic Centre May 4, 5 and 6.