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City Council to hold 5 p.m. study seassion

Mike Conway

Post Date:10/12/2018

Water rate hearing, corporation yard on Council agenda

A public hearing on water rates and an update on a satellite facility for the Public Works Department are on the agenda for the Merced City Council Monday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St. The Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month, except when there is a holiday, when it meets the following day.

Council will hold a public hearing to consider adjustments to the water rate charges for customers. Overall rates will increase 2 percent, however because of a shift in the rate structure, many residential customers will see their monthly water bills drop.

The Public Works Department is developing a Yosemite Avenue Corporation Yard Satellite facility at the corner of Highway 59. It will be used for leaf collection, vehicle maintenance and also for residents to drop off selected refuse items.

Also on the agenda is a 5 p.m. study session to discuss a Trust 115 for Pension. The Trust 115 is an IRS-approved way for the City to invest funds to better manage the cost of pension or retiree medical benefits.

The Council also will consider a second amendment to the City Manager's employment agreement.

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. Hmong and Spanish translators are available at all Council meetings.

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