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Council meets at 7 p.m. for this meeting

Mike Conway

Post Date:08/17/2018

Entry signs, joint committee and art on agenda

Hiring a consultant on entry signs, combining two tax oversight committees and starting to populate an arts commission are on the agenda for the Merced City Council Monday.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. due to a special event in Sacramento earlier in the day. It will be held in the Council Chambers 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.

Staff is asking the Council to consider hiring a consultant to help in the design of entry signs for the City's gateways. The suggested consultant is familiar with the City having designed the wayfinding signs used to direct people around the City.

If the contract is awarded, he would use the results of the recent contest in creating preliminary concept designs and specifications for the proposed signs. There are six potential locations for the signs.

The Council is being presented with the idea of combining the existing Measure C Oversight Committee with the Measure Y Oversight Committee into one Tax Transparency Oversight Committee. Measure C is a half-cent sales tax that has been collected since 2006 and Measure Y is the recently passed cannabis business tax. Both require a citizen oversight committee to make sure funds are spent according to the ballot measure language.

The ordinance establishing the Arts and Culture Commission has gone into effect and Council is being asked how they would like staff to seek applicants for the new body. The voting members have to be City residents, and the non-voting members must reside within the City's sphere-of-influence. Voting members will come from Council districts and the seventh will be at-large. Members will have knowledge, expertise or experience in a range of area including art, architecture or being a member of a cultural organization. 

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on an ordinance that would revise some speed limits in the City following a speed zone study. The study measured the speed of drivers on the roads and followed state regulations in modifying the speed limits.

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