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After failing to receive grant funding through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) in 2019, the City of Merritt is set to apply again.

Last night, City Council approved a motion to support the City’s application for $150,000 in grant funding.

The motion that passed unanimously also stated ‘Council directs staff to handle the application and provide overall grant management if the application is successful.’

The City, with Council’s approval, would apply for the CEPF for $150,000 for flood mapping, and if successful, those funds would be leveraged through the work of the Fraser Basin and Committee to provide detailed flood hazard maps that are required to make informed decisions about public safety, development, bylaw implementation, and mitigation planning.

The regional approach to this project will result in more seamless regional flood mapping and will address impacts both upstream (Nicola Lake Dam) and downstream.

None of the Councillors or Mayor Linda Brown commented on the motion before it passed.

 

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After years of partnership, the City of Merritt has decided not to renew its contract with Gold Country.

The Gold Country Communities Society was incorporated in 1991 and currently includes the municipalities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton, Lillooet, Lytton, Merritt and the TNRD electoral areas of E, I, J, M, and N. Gold Country assists small communities and regional electoral areas to provide tourism coverage and marketing.

Tourism Manager Will George spoke to the reasoning behind presenting the option.

“Since 2015, there has been an increase of materials being developed from within the City of Merritt Tourism department and staff feels these costs can be used for tourism projects inhouse,” said George.

Coun. Kurt Christopherson did raise a concern about the successful geo-caching program the Gold Country runs and hoping the City can continue it.

Council voted 7-0 in favour of lapsing the contract and the $8,400 in membership fees will now be used for inhouse tourism projects.

 

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Bayshore Minerals only owns one mineral claim. The small mining company is hoping to begin extracting product from their site East of Merritt sometime in late 2020.

The claim was originally mined back in the 1980s and ‘90s, with close to 50,000 oz of gold being extracted.

“We overlap the Connector Highway about half-way between here and Kelowna. The mineral claim itself is quite large, about 16,000 hectares,” said Bayshore COO Grant Carlson.

“We’re proposing to develop a 70,000 tonne per year open pit mine, that’s about 200 tonnes per day,” added Carlson.

The product would then be trucked from their location to the old Craigmont Mine, west of town. That would result in about six trucks per day passing through Merritt.

For comparison, Highland Valley extracts 130,000 tonnes per day, nearly two full years of operation for the proposed Bayshore project.

Carlson also mentioned how the mine will be bringing some jobs to the Nicola Valley once operational.

Council will be debating a letter of support for the mine at the next meeting.

 

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This evening, Merritt City Council will convene for their first meeting of 2020.

On the docket is a presentation from Bayshore Minerals, and their COO Grant Carlson. He’ll be speaking about the Elk Gold project, which is about 50km East of Merritt, and south of Highway 97C.

“He’ll be giving information on what their plans are for that location and operation,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

Also on the agenda, this evening is a grant application for flood risk assessments and mapping, as well as a debate on whether to remain a member of Gold Country.

Council begins this evening at 7 pm in the Chambers at City Hall.

 

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Last year the City applied for a grant from the Provincial Government to assist with flood planning.

The hope was to use the grant funding to help with planning for the Voght Street corner project. However, the city did not receive the grant and later voted in favour of continuing the work along Voght using other funding sources.

“We’ve decided to try the relentless approach and make another kick at the can for 2020,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

“This time around it’s a little bit different in terms of what we’re looking at. Looking to partner with the regional district and the Fraser Basin Council, who has already done quite a bit of work in the area,” said Smith. “This would help us compile all that information and allow us to go up toward Nicola Lake dam for flood mapping and planning, and downstream as well to finish up the areas relevant to the City of Merritt.”

The grant application will be discussed this evening at the first council meeting of 2020, it begins at 7 pm in the Chambers at City Hall.

 

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