City’s Measure T is on the Nov. 4 ballot The City Council has placed Measure T on the November 4th ballot to amend the City’s Charter. It will change the method of voting for City Council members from an at-large voting system to a district-based voting system. Measure T would also require the City to prepare a map of the six City Council Districts. A panel of residents, with the help of a mapping specialist, would prepare a plan to divide the City into six Districts for the City Council to consider approving. Every other City election the registered voters living in a district would vote for a council candidate who must reside within that particular district. Measure T would not change the method for electing the Mayor every City election. The office of the Mayor would continue to be filled through an at-large election so that all registered voters of the City would be entitled to vote for a candidate of their choice.
The Merced Youth Council will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Sam Pipes Room on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. On the agenda is election of officers and discussing goals for the organization.
The Youth Council also will set a deadline for applications to fill three vacant seats. Applications are available from Youth Council members, from local high schools and online. See here for the agenda and application.
Mercy Gulch Days Mercy Gulch Days September 12th - 14th 2014. Click the poster below for more information.
Mercy Gulch Days - Blue Devil Dash
Unfortunately, the Mercy Gulch Days Blue Devil Dash has been cancelled. The scheduled road closures in Downtown neighborhoods will not go into effect.
Housing Department Surveys
The City of Merced is asking for your input in setting future goals and programs to better serve the community through the Housing Department. Please rate each program or activity below based on what you feel is the level of need for your community. Thank You!
We are requesting your input on the opportunities and / or problems associated with obtaining quality and affordable housing within the City of Merced. Please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey. Thank You!
REQUEST FOR INTEREST: McNamara Park Community Center Merced is seeking a qualified non-profit group or organization to operate and provide programming primarily for youth at the McNamara Park Community Center. The City will provide the use of the building at no cost to the provider, and will pay up to $7,500 a year in utility costs. More... (
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Water conservation updates
Outdoor water use is about 70% of water use per capita. So let’s all pitch in and help save by reducing our outdoor watering. Our new schedule is as follows:
Addresses ending in Even #’s (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) Water on Tuesday & Saturday Addresses ending in Odd #’s (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) Water on Wednesday & Sunday
(The schedule listed in the City June newsletter that went out to homes with the utility bill at the beginning of the month was in error. )
Watering early in the morning is best, but be sure to finish up by 9 a.m. or water in the evening after 9 p.m. No watering on Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Remember to turn it off when it rains.
To report water waste call 385-6800.
Cap & Town Festival The City of Merced presents the Sixth annual Cap & Town Festival in honor of all Merced area graduates. The streets of historic Downtown Merced will be transformed into a celebration of food, family and fun on Friday, May 16, 2014. Come out and meet the unique vendors, grab a bite to eat, dance the night away and watch a live dance performance or concert from the various local dance troupes and bands. More...
Summer Swim Lesson Program 2014 The City of Merced Recreation Dept. will begin its annual summer swim lesson program beginning June 9, 2014. Registrations begin May 5, 2014. The cost is $10 per session. More...
Town Hall Meeting at Tenaya Middle School Your Merced City Council will be holding a Special Town Hall Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Tenaya Middle School to view presentations on the P.U.L.S.E. and Cease Fire programs. Come out and learn more about these important community programs.
This is also a great opportunity for residents to ask questions, voice their concerns, or promote their event. While regular City Council meetings restrict Council Members from responding to or discussing issues that are brought up by community members, Town Hall meetings are more informal, allowing Council Members to engage with the public.
Spanish and Hmong interpreters will be on-hand at the meeting to provide their services to those residents who would like to hear the meeting translated.
Downtown Area Survey Report The Downtown Area Survey Report is available for viewing. The Survey was independently conducted by the Alliance for Community Research and Development. Please direct questions regarding the report to Octavio Valencia at email@example.com or (209) 724-0973.
Merced’s Hometown Christmas Parade Active 20-30 Club of Merced #53 presents "Christmas on the Silver Screen" Merced's 19th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Check-In begins at 1:15 P.M. and the Parade starts at 3:00 P.M. Sponsored by City of Merced, Educational Employees Credit Union and Scholle Packaging.
Immediately following the Christmas Parade the Merco Credit Union Community Christmas Tree will be lit and the Breakfast Lions will provide hot chocolate and cookies.
As part of Geography Awareness Week, the City of Merced is hosting an open house GIS Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19th in the Sam Pipes Room in the Merced Civic Center.
The event will feature GIS demonstrations by City departments, Merced Irrigation District, Merced County Association of Governments, UC Merced SpARC Center and the Merced Visitor’s Center. This event is open to the public.
There will also be a Map Gallery on display the entire month of November in the first floor lobby of the Civic Center. This annual display of maps and information has always been popular with visitors.
Sponsored by: City of Merced and CentralCal URISA
Special Meetings Set On The Budget The Merced City Council will be holding four special meetings to discuss the budget during the month of May. The budget review sessions will be held at 6 p.m. May 13, 14, 22 and 29 in the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. More...
Supreme Court ruling favors City The State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the City of Merced in a case dealing with a planned Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The State Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal of a Fifth District Court of Appeal decision that found no problems with the City’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the project. More...
Merced Emergency Notification System The improved Merced County Emergency Notification System (ENS) will allow residents throughout the county alternate ways of being contacted during an emergency, such as cell phones, business phones, home phones, emails, text messages or hearing impaired receiving devices. More importantly, individuals can choose how they will be notified and in what preference order. Click here to read the full press release
View Council meetings online from home The City Council meetings can now be viewed online, along with being seen on cable Channel 96. In addition, earlier Council meetings are archived. View them here.
Workshop helps small businesses Local businesses can learn how to sell their goods and services to local government agencies at an upcoming free workshop Thursday, May 17. “Building Local Partnerships” is being organized by a variety of local government agencies. Click here to read more
Spring Clean Up is coming in April! Spring Clean Up will be held April 14, 15, 21, and 22. Click to read the Spring Cleanup 2012 Flyer
G Street opened to through traffic on Dec. 3 following a Community Celebration and Pedestrian Preview of the underpass project.. For more information click here. To see the finishing work being done on the project click the links below.
Interested in helping with the water plan? The City is looking for community and business representatives to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee for the Merced Integrated Regional Water Management Plan. Click here.
Vendor Satisfaction Survey Please take a moment to take our vendor satisfaction survey, by clicking on this link:
Police Host Free Car Seat Inspections The Merced Police Department's Traffic Division is hosting a free child car seat safety inspection event. In conjunction with the nationally recognized The Week of the Young Child, the MPD is participating in the Merced County Office of Education's "Day At The Park" event on Saturday, April 16th, from 11:00am - 3:00pm to conduct the inspections.
The National Weather Service says there is a potential for heavy rain from the series of storms expected through Thursday. The ground is already saturated from previous rains, and the NWS says runoff could be heavy. It is warning residents in flood-prone areas to prepare for more runoff.
The City of Merced has stockpiled sand and bags for the use by City residents. The sand is available 24-7 at the locations below. There is no staff at the locations. Residents should bring their own shovels and be prepared to load the sand into their vehicles. To obtain sandbags... More...
Yes, we're open! Pardon our mess. A portion of Downtown along W. 18th Street is currently under construction. During that time all shops are open for business. Parking is still available in more than 10 free parking lots.
Come eat, shop, watch, listen and stay. We will be happy to have you for a visit.
The City of Merced is seeking ideas from families, youth and seniors and other residents for the creation of a Downtown park. A meeting to consider the City Center Commons project will be held during the Downtown Steering Committee Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Sam Pipes Room of the Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
The public can also share their ideas for the project at the Redevelopment Advisory Committee meeting at noon Tuesday, March 15, in the Sam Pipes Room...
Judge sides with City in Wal-Mart case The City of Merced complied with all of the California Environmental Quality Act requirements when it approved the proposed Wal-Mart Distribution Center, according to the judge who reviewed the case. Read his opinion here... (
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The City of Merced’s Annual Spring Clean-Up is just around the corner. On April 2-3 and April 9-10, from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM, residential refuse customers can drop off discards at any one of the four Spring Clean Up site. Please see the attached PDF for additional information including a list of Do/Do-Not bring items, and maps of locations...
Downtown Businesses Open During Construction The section of 18th Street between N and G streets is undergoing resurfacing and reconstruction that will transform that section of the downtown. The businesses along 18th Street, and in the surrounding area, are open. Directional signs are in place to guide patrons to the stores and nearby parking.
Merced residents have been great at recycling and carefully checking what goes into the blue container. Unfortunately, the kinds of items that can be recycled has changed. Please click here to see what goes into the blue container and what goes into the trash.
SummerFest continues with Summer fun! SummerFest continues to fill the Downtown with fun on Thursday nights. The popular street faire/entertainment festival/farmer’s market will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. through Sept, 2. Created by the City of Merced last year, D magazine has taken over the operation of the event this year. More...
The City of Merced presents the first annual Downtown Merced SummerFest. The streets of historic Downtown Merced will be transformed into a celebration of food, family and fun on Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first annual Downtown Merced SummerFest is a great way to kick –off the summer. Come out and meet the unique vendors, pick up some fresh produce, eat and listen to free music.
Downtown Merced SummerFest will offer a family friendly atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy yourself on a Thursday evening. Food vendors will be selling tasty treats but if you have something else in mind, our Downtown restaurants will be sure to satisfy your palate. Don’t forget to bring the kids because there will be plenty of kid friendly activities from jump houses to video games. This is an all ages event so bring the whole family downtown; there will be something there for everyone.
Location: The Heart of the City, Bob Hart Square
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dates: June 18, 2009 June 25, 2009 July 9, 2009 July 16, 2009 July 30, 2009 August 6, 2009 August 13, 2009 August 20, 2009
Start shopping for Father’s Day this month at the City of Merced’s semi-annual Surplus Property Sale. There are all sorts of items available for bid that will send that "I Love You" message to that special Dad.
There are TVs to bid on, DVD players, and lots of comfy chairs. And for that handy Dad, there are several pallets of "small engine parts," "wastewater treatment goods" or "police car goods." If you really want to impress Dad, bid on the nine cans of Sikaflex sealant. You know he will give you a warm "thank you" even if he doesn’t know what to do with it.
Or you can go the traditional Dad route and bid on the pool table, the hoops game or air compressor that ever father needs.
There are also a variety of cars and pickups available. Before the vehicles can be registered, the winning bidders must get smog certificates.
There are lots of computers and laptops, but all of them are missing hard drives for security reasons. Scanners, printers and monitors also are available.
A bid packet listing the 198 lots up for sale is available at the City Purchasing Office. It is also on the City’s website, www.CityofMerced.org , listed under the Public Information.
Most of the property may be inspected at the Purchasing Office, 2525 O St, between 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All items are sold "as is" and there is no warranty or guarantee on the items. Bidders are expected to inspect the items before submitting a bid. Proposals will be accepted until 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Purchasing Office. In most case winners must pick up their equipment within 14 days. Payment must be made in cash, cashier’s check or money order. No personal checks. Additional details are available at the Purchasing Office.
For additional information on the sale contact Pam Whala at 385-6833
Local businesses can learn how to sell their goods and services to local government agencies at an upcoming workshop Wednesday, May 6. There is no charge to attend.
"How to Do Business with Merced Public Agencies and Institutions" is being organized by the University of California, Merced and the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives from the City of Merced, the County of Merced, Merced Union High School District, Merced County Office of Education and Merced College will be on hand to explain the process involved in landing government contracts.
The session will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the boys and Girls Club of Merced, 615 W. 15th St. A continental breakfast is provided. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the presentations starting at 9 a.m. Business owners will be able to meet with the purchasing agents starting at 10:15 a.m.
Pedal Merced, a family bicycle fest, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 along Merced's bike paths. The 10 mile ride will be a fundraiser for Merced ComVIP, United Way and other community groups.
The event begins and ends at Merced High School. See the flier below or go to http://www.pedalmerced.org/ to register or for more information.
SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE This year, in an effort to increase awareness and save lives on California highways, Caltrans is trying to reach more California drivers than ever before with its “Slow for the Cone Zone” campaign messages. Due to increased funding this summer, highway construction will occur more frequently than usual, and we request your assistance in helping us alert California drivers to slow down in cone zones.
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT City of Merced is the October 2007 "Spotlight Employer" for UC Merced. City Staff will visit the UC Campus on October 10th, 2007 to showcase what Merced has to offer. In addition to the information on employment with the City of Merced for UC Students the City wants to highlight the activities and facilities available to the members of our community. More...
CITY OPEN HOUSE The City of Merced will host its sixth annual "City Open House" at the Merced Civic Center on Thursday, September 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. More...
HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS The Merced City Fire Department would like to wish your family a safe and happy holiday season --Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Years--is a prime time for residential fires. The following holiday fire safety information is being offered to help ensure that your family will be safe.
MERCED - The City of Merced is opening a cooling center where seniors, the elderly and the infirmed can find refuge from the searing heat wave sweeping the state.
The center will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
The Valley is forecast to experience triple digit temperatures over the next three days. Health officials stress that drinking plenty of fluids and staying in air-conditioned buildings help prevent heat-related illnesses.
The City Parks and Community Service staff will staff the cooling center. The schedule for the cooling center is:
WEDNESDAY: Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St.
THURSDAY: Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St.
FRIDAY: Sam Pipes Room, the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
For information on the cooling center call 385-6855.