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Water meter update, seal use on Council agenda

Mike Conway

Post Date:03/03/2017

Water meter update, seal use on Council agenda

An update on City water meters and restrictions on the use of the City seal are on the agenda for Monday night's Merced City Council meeting.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St.

A water meter installation program begun in May 2015 was completed last year with 10,800 homes getting a meter. The other half of City residents already had water meters, along with all commercial water users. The City also installed cellular transponders so meters could be read without having a truck drive through neighborhoods.

As of April the former flat rate customers will start getting billed on a metered rate. Their initial water bills will be prorated so the bills will be smaller than for a full month of service. There had been more than 20 different rates for flat rate customers depending on lot size and how big the water line they have servicing their home.

Also on the agenda is a proposed ordinance prohibiting anyone from using the seal of the City of Merced or any imitation of it. It was recently discovered that a private party may have been using the City seal for non-City business.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss performance evaluations of the city manager, meet with property negotiators regarding the police headquarter properties and potential litigation.

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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