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Agenda Update: City to get $1.4M from SB 1 funding

Mike Conway

Post Date:04/13/2018

Updates to include Standards of Coverage Assessment Report Road projects, fire coverage, crime statistics on agenda  

Road repair projects, fire coverage and crime in the City are topics on the Merced City Council agenda Monday night.

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 expects to receive $1,402,613 for its Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account as a result of SB 1 funding. The City must allocate the money by May 1.

Projects eligible for the funding include road maintenance and rehab projects, pedestrian and bike safety projects, transit facilities and traffic control devices.

Various sidewalk and curb and gutter placement projects are proposed for funding, along with improving Childs Avenue from Parsons Avenue to Campus Parkway and Yosemite Avenue from St. Augustine to SR 59. Also on the list are scrub seal projects on Canal Street, E. El Portal Avenue, W. 26th Street and Merced Avenue.

The Merced Fire Department reviewed fire service staffing, response times and outcomes to determine ways to improve service delivery as part of its Standards of Coverage Assessment Report.

Recommendations include the need to plan for an additional fire station in North Merced, consideration of relocating two existing stations and improve operations of the dispatch/call center.

Interim Police Chief Chris Goodwin will give the Council an update on crime statistics in the City for 2017.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing to review applications to include in the 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Action Plan.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to confer with labor negotiators.

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 Council meetings.

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