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Council meets Monday at 7 p.m.

Mike Conway

Post Date:10/13/2016

Fire fees, bike plan on Merced Council agenda

A public hearing on updating fire department user fees and funding for preparing a bike and pedestrian plan 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.

The Merced Fire Department hired a consultant to evaluate and update the user fees charged by the department. These range from inspections of fireworks stands to annual business inspections. The survey recommends that most fees recover the full costs of the inspections with some exceptions, such as fireworks stands, which currently recover 12 percent of the cost at a charge of $200, and are now recommended to cover 18 percent of the cost at a charge of $300.

Council will be asked to accept $135,000 from Caltrans to prepare a plan that would improve bicycling and pedestrian travel in the City. A focus group of residents would help develop the plan. Once the plan is finished it would be used to apply for grants.

Also on the agenda is a request from UC Merced asking the City to allow the university to pay its sewer facilities charges over four years rather than pay the $582,470.08 in a lump sum. The university would make a $145,617.52 down payment and then pay the remaining 75 percent over four years, plus interest. The sewer fee is for the 137 acres of land UC Merced is developing as part of its 2020 Project to expand the campus and increase the university population.

There will be a closed session at 6:30 p.m. 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 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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