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Council meets Monday at 6 p.m.

Mike Conway

Post Date:08/02/2018

Bicycles, fireworks and speed zones on agenda

A public hearing on bicycle registration, a report on fireworks enforcement and an update on a speed zone study are on the agenda for the Merced City Council Monday.

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

The City's Bicycle Advisory Commission requested the update of the bicycle registration process to reflect modern practices. The new process would remove the requirement that bikes be registered at the police department annually and instead require them to be registered on a national electronic registry. Cyclists would need to carry digital or electronic proof of registration with them.

This year the City launched a Zero Tolerance on illegal fireworks campaign with an emphasis on public outreach. There were public banners and posters on the Zero Tolerance, along with media campaigns. Sting operations and a Safe Surrender event resulted in the confiscation of 650 pounds of illegal fireworks, and 12 citations were written for use of illegal fireworks.

Staff conducted a comprehensive engineering and speed study of City streets as required by state law. The study recommends changing the speed limits on a number of City streets. Council is being asked to schedule a public hearing to change the speed zone ordinance for 7 p.m. Aug. 20.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. Monday to confer with labor negotiators, discuss anticipated litigation and discuss the City Manager's performance evaluation.

Council is being asked to adjourn to the Aug. 20 meeting at 7 p.m., one hour later than the regular starting time.

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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