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City Council meets Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:06/15/2018

City budget, quiet zone study update on agenda

A public hearing on the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year and an update on quiet zones study on the agenda for the Merced City Council at the Monday night meeting.

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 continue its public hearing on the $233 million budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 and receive comments from the public. The budget includes $41.7 in the General Fund operating budget. The budget lays a foundation for the City's growth, but also continues the practice of setting aside funds for any potential economic down cycle that could occur in the future.

The entire budget is available online at

Staff has received two proposals to conduct studies regarding quiet zones in the City. The quiet zones would address the issue of horns being sounded as Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway trains go through town.

The study would determine the feasibility of establishing quiet zones in the city and the costs to create them on both rail lines. One proposal came in at $160,342, while the other was for $650,640. There is $60,000 budgeted for the study.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on the Housing and Urban Development Annual Action Plan. The Council is being asked to approve $1,869,186 in Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Fund programs.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. Monday to confer with labor negotiators, anticipated litigation and to discuss employment of a city attorney.

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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