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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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The Merritt Minor Hockey Association needs volunteers in a bad way after last night's Annual General Meeting.

12 executive positions are unfilled, including President, Secretary, Coach Co-ordinator, Timekeeper and Public Relations.

Here's a complete list of the executive:

President - vacant
1st Vice-President - Mike Bjarnason
2nd Vice-President - Shane Jarvie
Secretary - vacant
Registrar - Elaine Grant Gill
Ice Ambassador - Sonya Lang
Risk Manager - Lynn Tulliani
Equipment Manager - Trent Dolgopol
Female Division Director - Laura Christy
Referee In Chief - Kerry Ashley
Assistant Ref-In Chief - Ian Webster
Superleague Director - Shelley Tomkinson
Power Skating Director - Lynn Tulliani
Past President - Scott Robertson
Coach Coordinator - vacant
Public Relations - vacant
Trophies & Awards - vacant
Initiation Director - vacant
Novice Director - vacant
Atom House Director - vacant
Peewee House Director - vacant
Bantam House Director - vacant
Midget House Director - vacant
Timekeeper - vacant

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