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Plane Crash Feb 2020 2

Every weekend Q101 will revisit the most talked-about stories of the week in Merritt and bring them to you all in one place. As well as my favourite story of the week.

This week Merritt was buzzing about a plane crash at the Merritt Airport, a record year for the Baillie House, and the local snowpack being below normal.

My favourite article of the week was about anti-bullying week.

Crash at Merritt Airport

A missing person report led police to the discovery of a plane wreck on the runway of the Merritt Airport early Monday morning.

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Baillie House Completes Record Year

This week, the Baillie House presented its fourth-quarter numbers, as well as a 2019 overview to City Council.

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Local Snowpack Below Normal

The River Forecast Centre has released its latest snowpack figures for the Province.

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CPO Focuses on Anti-Bullying Month

Anti-bullying month culminates with pink shirt day on February 26.

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This week, Council approved $45,749.29 in Grand and Aid for local groups.

The hard work for the council was done the week before when they cut down over $70,000 in requests to under their $50,000 cap.

Council also approved the creation of a $15,000 sponsorship fund. Sponsorships were removed from the Grant and Aid process this year following a Council review of the policy.

Some of the grants approved include;

  • Use of the parking lot for the Nicola Valley Farmers Market
  • Roof replacement at the Curling club
  • Pipe replacement on the golf course
  • Use of the Civic Centre for various groups

For a full list of grant and aid recipients visit - https://www.merritt.ca/meetings-calendar and click on the Agenda for Tuesday, February 11.

Council still has a decision to make with the remaining funds, Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith spoke to moving them to Council Contingency in case any requests come in later this year.

 

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This week, Merritt City Council appointed seven members to the Airport Advisory Committee. The member includes one Councillor and six members of the public with an interest and knowledge of the Merritt Airport.

In total, the City received 16 applications for the committee. The decision-making process on who to appoint was completed behind closed doors prior to Tuesday’s council meeting.

The members are;

1. Kurt Christopherson
2. Rae Robinson
3. Ron Klaus
4. Geoff Scholtens
5. Gelina Gillas
6. Doug Hamerton
7. Ian Gordon

The Airport Committee will soon begin meeting regularly. All recommendations from the committee will need Council approval to be implemented.

 

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Plane Crash Feb 2020 2

(Photos - Ian Gordon)

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has finished its assessment and will not be further investigating this week’s plane crash at the Merritt Airport.

The crash, reported on Monday, involved a man in his 60s who had just moved to Merritt and was transferring his plane to the Merritt Airport.

The man was found after a missing person report was filed, and it’s believed the pilot was trapped in the cockpit of his plane for several hours before police found him.

The Merritt Fire Department extracted the pilot using the jaws of life and he was transported to the hospital in Kamloops with serious injuries.

 

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Merritt Flourish Under the Sun

During Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Coun. Travis Fehr made a notice of motion.

“I would like to make the following notice of motion; that staff investigates methods for committee member vetting process options,” said Fehr.

The notice of motion will now be debated during the next council meeting, scheduled for February 25.

The motion followed a closed-door council session where the members of the Airport Advisory Committee were selected.

In that instance, the council received 16 applications for only six available positions.

The next committee that will need members appointed is the Age-Friendly and Accessibility Committee. The City is still accepting applications for that committee, details are on the City’s website.

 

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