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Road Work ahead

As phase one of the Voght Street project begins to conclude, City Hall is looking towards securing funding for phase two.

This week, Merritt City Council voted 7-0 in favour of applying for a grant under the Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities Stream, to help complete the needed road and utility work.

“In August 2020, staff provided Council with a general outline of how they hoped to develop Voght St phase 2, and on September 29th, staff informed Council that a proposal would be coming forward to apply for the Rural and Northern Communities stream to fund the project. This stream is 90% grant-funded (50% Federal, 40% Provincial), and 10% municipality-funded. The project is projected to cost a total of $7,475,860, therefore the City would be required to fund $745,786,” wrote Greg Lowis, Director of Corporate Services.

Along with resurfacing the road, all the utilities would also be replaced in the massive project.

“Each of these areas would see new utility and road infrastructure, active transportation upgrades, and improved traffic flow and capacity due to the installation of roundabouts at Grimmett and Walters,” added Lowis.


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With Trans Mountain planning on running a worksite in the Merritt area beginning in the Spring of 2021, new infrastructure is needed to support them.

“Trans Mountain anticipates that to service this number of workers, it will require ~75 cubic metres (m3 ) per day of potable water, with the same amount sanitary wastewater to be disposed of each day. Trans Mountain has approached the City regarding its potential to service these demands and the costs for doing so,” wrote CAO Sean Smith.

Both the water and sanitary increase can be delivered by the City, however, Smith added that if drought were to strike the City next Summer, Trans Mountain would be asked to use services in Kamloops.

“While we have more than sufficient capacity to be able to provide potable water and sewage disposal services, our existing infrastructure makes doing so onerous and labour intensive,” added Smith.

For those reasons, Trans Mountain has expressed interest in building the infrastructure at no cost to the City, and then paying the City for use of the site.

“The City stands to generate significant revenue from the provision of these services to Trans Mountain over the course of the camp duration and would incur no capital costs to have these projects engineered and constructed. From discussions with local contractors who currently travel to Kamloops for these services, we understand that even after Trans Mountain is completed, the combined revenue from these sites could be ~$200,000 - $300,000 per year,” concluded Smith.

Merritt City Council voted 7-0 in favour of directing staff to amend the financial plan to include the new site, dependent on an agreement with Trans Mountain to cover all costs.


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This week, Merritt City Councillor Tony Luck made a notice motion regarding water.

“In light of some of the things we’ve heard this evening, and few other concerns around the community, I would like to move that a long-term water supply study, including the use of Nicola Lake as a supply source, be undertaken by the staff,” said Luck.

As per city procedure, the motion will return at the next council meeting for a full debate and vote.

The topic of water has been getting extra attention lately at Council meetings with members of the public raising various concerns at virtually every meeting, including the most recent one where the idea of a water committee was again broached by Mr. Craig Gray.


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Voght Construction

Merrittonians are being told to expect major delays along Voght Street.

“Paving of the sidewalks along Voght Street will commence on Saturday, October 17, and will finish on Tuesday, October 20. There will be no crews working on Sunday, October 18,” wrote Will George, Manager of Communications.

The public should expect major delays during this time and the detour route through the bench will remain in place.


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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Stephen Brown, deputy minister of health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"Today, we are announcing 142 new cases, including three epi-linked cases, for a total of 11,034 cases in British Columbia.

"There are 1,494 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,683 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 9,257 people who tested positive have recovered.

"Currently, 74 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 24 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 3,974 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 5,800 in the Fraser Health region, 239 in the Island Health region, 587 in the Interior Health region, 345 in the Northern Health region and 89 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

"There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 250 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 142

Total Cases – 11,034 (10,892)

Active Cases – 1,494 (1,496)

Patients in Hospital – 74 (84)

Patients in ICU – 24 (24)

Recovered – 9,257 (9,112)

New Deaths – 0

Totals Deaths – 250 (250)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 3,974 (3,941)

Fraser – 5,800 (5,697)

Island – 239 (237)

Interior – 587 (585)

Northern – 345 (343)

Outside Canada – 89 (89)

More to come.

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