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Council meets Monday night for study session, regular meeting

Mike Conway

Post Date:04/14/2017

Corrects study session time to 5 p.m. Marijuana study session, splash pad naming on Council agenda

A study session on medical marijuana and the naming of a splash pad are on the agenda for Monday night's Merced City Council meeting.

The Council will meet at 5 p.m. for the study session on the medical marijuana. The regular Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St.

The City Council has approved four medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the City. It has hired SCI Consulting Group to develop a process on how the dispensary permits will be issued. SCI will give a presentation during the study session on medical marijuana and also update the Council on Proposition 64.

In November, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use. Residents over the age of 21 can possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants indoors. The proposition also allows local governments to license the cultivation, packaging, distribution and sales of recreational marijuana.

Council is being asked to name the splash pad at Stephen Leonard Park after the late Marci Stenberg, a Merced Sun-Star photographer known for her love of children. A Selection Committee of two City Council members and the Recreation and Parks Commission held a public hearing on the proposed name.

After hearing the supporters speak out about Ms. Stenberg and her love of children and photographing the community, the Committee unanimously voted in favor of naming the splash park after her.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on the adoption of the Department of Housing and Urban Development 2017 Annual Action Plan.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at Videos of previous meetings can be found at that link, and are tied to each agenda item. Those services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast's Government Channel 96.

The Council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council.

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