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City Council meets Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:09/16/2016

Storm drain repair, homeless funding on Council agenda

An update on a storm drain repair project and more funding for homeless housing 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 storm drain along Black Rascal Creek broke during the winter requiring closure of the adjacent bike path and emergency repair work due to the threat of flooding. The Council will be asked to approve the repair contract that has been completed in the amount of $297,722.

Council will be asked to approve the allocation of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds that total $697,000 to help the homeless and low income residents.

Homeless funding will include: Merced Housing Authority's Rental Deposits/Rapid Rehousing Program ($30,000); Sierra Saving Grace, Homeless Project, ($167,000); Merced Rescue Mission, Room at the Inn Program, ($200,000).

There also will be funding for: Habitat for Humanity, Merced County will receive $100,000 to buy and renovate property and Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County will receive $200,000 for a homeowner rehabilitation program.

Also on the agenda is an agreement with the Merced Community College District to provide police administrative services at a cost of $172,755.89 for the year. The City police and fire departments also get the use of classrooms, the pool and other facilities for training and community meetings.

The Council will hold a 5 p.m. study session to discuss maintenance and community facility districts and community facility district parks.

There will be a closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss two cases of anticipated litigation and to confer with property negotiators.

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.

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