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Council meets on Tuesday due to holiday

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/15/2019

Mid-year budget review, crime report on agenda

The City Council will receive a mid-year budget review and the annual Police Department report at its Tuesday night meeting.

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 Monday of the month, except when there is a holiday, when it meets the following day.

The Council receives a mid-year budget review to get an update on the City's finances. The review lets Council know how budget revenues are progressing compared to the forecasts. The review also lets Council make adjustments to the budgets as the year progresses.

The mid-year budget review is part of the Council's on-going plan to develop a transparent budgeting process.

Police Chief Chris Goodwin will give his annual report, which will include crime statistics for the City, along with his goals and long range plans for the Department.

The Council will be asked to provide direction to staff for the Section 115 Post Employment Benefit Trust Fund. The fund will allow the City to take a proactive approach in managing its CalPERs liabilities. CalPERS is the retirement system for City employees.

Costs for CalPERS are expected to rise in the coming years, and the Trust 115 would allow the City to have more local control over contributions and how to fund them.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing updating the City's commercial cannabis ordinance. The ordinance has been in effect a year, and the language will add one more retail dispensary, and clean up other portions of the ordinance.

The Council will meet at 5 p.m. for a closed session regarding employee performance evaluations.

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

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