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Trash, financial forecast on Council agenda

Mike Conway

Post Date:11/15/2019

Trash, financial forecast on Council agenda  

A report on the refuse rate study and the five-year financial forecast are on the City Council agenda for its Monday night meeting.

The regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St.

On the agenda:

  • A report on the recently conducted refuse rate study is before the Council, that would adjust the rates charged for trash, recycling, green waste and other fees. Staff is asking Council to select a new rate schedule and set a public hearing for Feb. 18 on the proposal.

  • The Finance Officer will present a five-year financial forecast to the City Council, along with a CalPERS update. The information is given to Council before it begins making decisions regarding the mid-year budget review.

  • Also on the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance that would change the hours at City parks due to safety issues. Parks would be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 1 to Oct. 31 and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 or 29. The ordinance would not apply to bike and pedestrian paths, facilities with stadium lighting or during City-sponsored events.

The Council will meet at 5 p.m. in closed session to confer with counsel regarding two cases of existing litigation and regarding the performance evaluation of the City Manager.

The meetings are streamed on Facebook Live on the City's Facebook, City of Merced. A link to the live meeting is also on the City's website 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, outside the chambers prior to the meeting and at the City Clerk's Office 72 hours before the meeting. Request to Speak forms are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the City's website. Cards must be submitted to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the Council. Hmong and Spanish translators are available at all regular Council meetings.

The City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month, except when there is a holiday, then it meets the following day.

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