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Playground equipment, budget review on agenda Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/02/2018

Play equipment, mid-year review on agenda  

Replacing playground equipment at Applegate Park and a mid-year budget review are on the Merced City Council agenda 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.

Playground equipment in Applegate Park was removed last month due to safety concerns. Staff will be presenting several options to the Council that have been reviewed by a subcommittee of Recreation and Parks Commission members.

Once Council provides direction, staff will go out to bid with the project. The goal is to have the new equipment installed for the summer play season.

Staff will present Council with a mid-year financial report that will include an update on the General Fund. As part of the financial report, there is a request to amend the salary ranges of two positions to reflect the certifications the jobs require.

In addition, there is a request to add a housing specialist position to assist with the workload. The position would be paid for from housing funds and grants. There also is a request to use $50,000 of Measure C funds to replace 20-year-old fire nozzles that have exceeded their useful life.

Also on the agenda is an update on how the City is meeting the Council's goals and priorities. The presentation will include a look at current projects staff has going on, partnerships, infrastructure plans, future plans it is working on, along with on-going efforts and some of the City's future growth opportunities.

The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to confer with labor negotiators, discuss exposure to litigation and discuss the annual public employee performance evaluation of the City Manager.

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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