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Council getting update on goals and priorities

Mike Conway

Post Date:10/13/2017

Council to hear update on its goals, priorities  

An update on Council goals and priorities is scheduled for the Merced City Council agenda for Monday night.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St.

Every year the Council sets goals and priorities during the budget. As the City wraps up the first quarter of the budget year, Staff will be giving an update on the Council's priorities that range from a new police headquarters to a sewer master plan.

One of the Council's priorities was to deal with blighted properties that dot the City. A Sub-Standard Property Pilot Program was began this year to deal with the properties and $50,000 was set aside to deal with problem properties.

A task force from the City Attorney's Office, Fire Department, Police Department, the DART Team, Code Enforcement and Engineering have worked to identify and clean up the residential and commercial sites. Staff is asking for an additional $100,000 to clean up more properties on the priority list. In addition, it is working on plans on how the City can recover its costs on the cleanup efforts.

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.

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