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Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/04/2018

Road project, Mall EIR on City Council agenda  

A road repair project on N Street and the Merced Mall environmental impact report 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 Council will be asked to award a $1,007,139.55 contract to Taylor Backhoe Services, Inc. of Merced for a roadway rehabilitation project.

The funds would reconstruct N Street from Childs Avenue to 8th Street and include the replacement of a 6 inch and 8 inch water main, curb and gutter work, concrete handicap ramps, sidewalks, driveway approaches and traffic loops.

The project will require partial lane closure of N Street so staff will coordinate the work with affected school officials and construction will not begin until school is out for summer break.

The Merced Mall has announced renovation and expansion plans for the 52-acre site. There would be an additional 50,000 square feet of building space added, along with facade improvements.

Council is being asked to approve the hiring of an environmental consultant for the project, along with an agreement by the Mall to reimburse the City for the $84,390 in consultants and staff time costs.

Staff will be giving Council an update on a report from Quad Knoff regarding property owner polling for Industrial Park Study Area No. 7. The City is considering the 1,267-acre site for a potential industrial park. The property owners were recently polled on whether they favored the concept and 88.5 percent participated.

Also on the agenda is a continued public hearing on the repeal of the Regional Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance. The City collected $5.1 million in fees from 2005 to 2016, with the funds earmarked for regional projects. However, not all jurisdictions in Merced County were consistent in collecting the fees, so there is a move to rescind the agreement that created the fee. 

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

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