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Revenue sharing, Downtown contract on agenda Monday

Mike Conway

Post Date:08/11/2016

Revenue sharing, Downtown agreement on Council agenda

A new revenue sharing agreement is up for consideration by the Merced City Council Monday night, along with a contract with the Merced Main Street Association.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St. A study session will follow a 5:45 p.m. closed session.

Council will consider a revenue sharing agreement that will split new property tax revenues, with 53 percent going to the City and 47 percent to the County. Approval of the agreement by the City and County will allow new annexations of property to the City and help pay for the services.

Developers have expressed a desire to build on land along the Bellevue Road corridor near UC Merced to address the student housing shortage once a revenue sharing agreement is in place.

The agreement with the Merced Main Street Association for $105,000 would be used to promote the Merced Farmer's Market, continue a fa'ade improvement program, market the Downtown core, support the Thursday Night Street Faire, support the Merced Art Hop and other promotional and outreach efforts.

There will be a second reading of the medicinal marijuana ordinance Monday. The ordinance allows the growing of six plants indoors by qualified patients or caregivers and delivery by licensed dispensaries.

It also allows for four dispensaries in C-O Districts or similar Planned Developments, with some limitations. However, the City will not be accepting applications for dispensary permits until it adopts regulations regarding operations and permitting standards.

There will be a study session on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and how it applies to Merced following closed session.

The closed session will be held at 5:45 p.m. to discuss the public employment of a city attorney.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's web site at https://cityofmerced.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. 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 www.cityofmerced.org 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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