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Council meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Mike Conway

Post Date:11/16/2018

Arts appointments, quiet zones on City Council agenda

Appointments to the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and quiet zones 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.

The Council can select seven members for the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, along with three ex-officio members and a Council member, who would also be an ex-officio member. Six commission members are from Council Districts and one is at-large. Twenty-two people applied for the open positions.

The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Council on matters pertaining to public art, art projects, cultural programs and activities and the promotion of the arts in the City. The Commission's first meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 10.

Council is being asked to appropriate $54,961 to fund a Railroad Quiet Zone Study for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad line through the City. The work will include a feasibility study and will determine the cost of establishing a quiet zone. Coordination with stakeholders and researching potential funding sources also is included.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on the City's financial five-year forecast and an update on CalPERS, the retirement program that City employees participate in.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to discuss existing litigation.

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 regular Council meetings.

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