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(Photo- Nicola Valley Museum and Archives)

On June 29, 1919 the first plane to ever land at the Merritt Airport touched down on the runway. In honour of the centennial, the City of Merritt is hoping to have a celebration.

“We are trying to get some kind of celebration going, that could potentially be an ongoing event,” said Mayor Linda Brown.

“Mr. George has kind of taken the lead on this and hopefully he can get enough volunteers to help him organize this event or it may not happen,” said Mayor Brown. “We have a plea out there to say, anybody out there who’s interested in helping organize this event please get in touch with Mr. George. We have a lot of ideas but there really needs to be some effort put in to organizing.”

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On Tuesday night, Merritt City Council held a public hearing with regards to the proposed rezoning of the property at 3011 Thorpe avenue. The property in question was brought into the City from the TNRD back in 2010 but was never given a City of Merritt zoning classification.

The owners were looking to have the plot of land zoned inline with the surrounding properties as R2. That part of the hearing was heard and later moved forward by Council in a unanimous vote.

However, during the hearing Duncan Ross stood at the podium and pitched an interesting idea to council and the assembled public.

“It’s a unique system there, it’s a thriving eco-system which stands to be backfilled. So, I wanted to alert Council to perhaps a unique opportunity and not to miss what could be a cool and elevating venue for this town if we put our minds to it,” said Ross. “To consider a unique opportunity for a fantastic park, that is in fact already there. The topographical variations, the mature trees, this fantastic pond, the living animal life that’s drawn to that.”

Ross did mention that he had been in conversation with the property owner about his idea.

“Just to comment, previous Councils have noted the lack of public parks in that area of town, and I’d like us to consider possibilities that might help address that,” said Councillor Kurt Christopherson.

“We have an opportunity to backfill a thriving eco-system and plug seven more houses in there, and I just wonder will we be ahead. I don’t see that as a move ahead, there are other places to build another single-family dwelling,” said Ross.


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With the warm dry temperatures Merritt has been experiencing over the last number of weeks, the City has once again implemented it’s Outdoor Watering Conservation Policy.

Starting May 1, residents living in odd number homes have been required to water lawns or gardens on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while those living in even numbered dwellings can water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

However, according to Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith this may not be the only watering restriction we face this summer.

"As we (the City) gets closer to drought conditions, we hear from the province who requests initially that the city implemement additional restrictions," Smith said. " If it get worse it changes from a request into something a bit more formal which is mandated."

He adds that with drought conditions being a concern this year, the City hopes residents take these restrictions seriously over the next few months.

'Traditionally the residents of Merritt have oblidged with the restrictions and we don't see that changing this summer," he stated. "In the end it will benefit everyone."

The restrictions will be in effect until September 30 with the fine for watering offences within the city remains at $50.




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The Merritt and District Tennis Club (MDTC) held the first of its city tournaments on the weekend with three men’s doubles teams duking it out on Saturday.

The pairing of Bob Bansi and Harbans Sandhu emerged victorious with pro set wins over Peter Dosanjh and Mo Ghog (8-4), and Amrit Ahuja and Isaiah Lansdowne (8-3).

Next up on the MDTC calendar is a fun mixed doubles tournament on Saturday, June 22.

For more information, contact Sidhu at 378-5687 or Diane Quinn at 378-4501


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A rash of theft and attempted theft has hit the Merritt area.

The Merritt RCMP confirmed several reports of theft spanning this past weekend and into the work week.

RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore spoke about the recent robberies.

“This morning (Tuesday 14th) we’ve had about four calls of theft from motor vehicles that went on overnight. As well it looks like somebody tried to steal a truck from (a local business). Broke in and tried to punch the ignition out,” said Dunsmore. “They’re random, some in the downtown area, some that are rural, some up on the bench, they’re kind of all over.”

If four calls on Tuesday morning weren’t enough, Constable Dunsmore also spoke to some that happened over the previous weekend.

“We had a few other thefts around the community over the weekend as well,” said Dunsmore. “Some construction material was stolen from the construction up at the old Husky Station on the Airport road.”

Dunsmore mentioned that the culprits at the Husky Station did get away with metal sheeting.

“There was a break in at the bottle depot over the weekend. They did take some things, but they found the items in the back alley close by,” said Dunsmore.

“We had a report yesterday morning (Monday) from Airport road, that at sometime over the weekend, someone broke in to some vehicles at (a local business),” said Dunsmore. “They don’t believe anything was taken, it doesn’t look like anything was taken.”

“One of the towing compounds also had some license plates stolen,” concluded Dunsmore.

She spoke to criminals stealing licence plates to help them hide in plain sight with possibly stolen vehicles.

It’s also serves as another reminder to the general public to make sure your cars are locked and any and all valuables are taken inside at night.


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