The proposed election procedure bylaw passed at the City of Merritt regular council meeting on May 13.

The bylaw had previously gone to the bylaw review committee after some residents raised concerns at a March council meeting about the drafted version, including whether or not a city employee should be appointed the election official.

The issue resurfaced at the May 13 meeting, when Coun. Harry Kroeker asked if it’s in the best interest of the city for city staff to be elected officials.

City of Merritt Chief Administrative Officer Allan Chabot said the election procedure bylaw doesn’t presume who council would appoint as a chief election officer.

Chabot said in his experience, it is not unusual for municipal employees to be appointed as election officers.

He said some communities use contracted services.

Coun. Dave Baker said he, Merritt Mayor Susan Roline and Coun. Clara Norgaard sat on the committee that went through the bylaw to address the concerns raised at the March meeting.

Merritt student aces national science fair

Merritt student Noah Bergmann came away with a handful of prizes from the Canada-wide Science Fair in Windsor, Ont. earlier this month.

Bergmann’s prizes include the new BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award, which is worth $1,000 in the senior category, as well as a BlackBerry 10 smartphone and one-on-one mentorship time with an app developer from the company.

Bergmann’s project is an app called The Musician’s Toolbox, which can create transitions between songs for seamless playback given the key of each song, and also includes a tuner and a transposer.

His winnings also include a $1,000 prize from the Canadian Acoustical Association, and entrance scholarships to Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science, Western University, and the University of Ottawa.

The 16-year-old SCIDES student also won $300 and a silver medal Excellence Award (senior) from Youth Science Canada, the organization that puts on the science fair.

Next year’s national science fair takes place in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Sturgis Canada tour bus stops by this weekend

Organizers of Sturgis Canada will be touring around town this weekend at various events in the music festival and motorcycle rally’s tour bus.

The bus will be at Purity Feed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, at the dance at the arena Saturday night, and at Moon Shadows campground from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday for a free barbecue.

Festival organizer Ray Sasseville said he and other organizers are inviting locals to stop by the bus and ask any questions they’d like answers to, or to inquire about volunteering opportunities.

The festival runs from Aug. 21-24 at the old Mountainfest grounds.