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Council considers zoning ordinance, fire fees

Mike Conway

Post Date:09/02/2016

Zoning ordinance, fire fees on Council agenda

A new zoning ordinance and fire fees are up for consideration by the Merced City Council Tuesday night.

Council meetings are normally held the first and third Mondays of the month, but because of the Labor Day holiday the meeting with be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St.

Council will consider the City's new zoning ordinance, the first comprehensive update of the ordinance since the early 1960s. The rewriting of the ordinance has been a four-year process with extensive public comments and oversight.

Among the major changes are allowing 7-foot high fences in residential zones, establishing new zoning districts and new uses inside districts and streamlining the conditional use process.

Council also is being asked to consider an updated fire fee schedule to cover the costs of inspections and re-inspections. The Fire Department hired an outside firm to conduct a rate study to determine what it cost to provide the inspection services compared to what was being charged.

Increased revenues would be used to pay the cost of a fire deputy marshal and fire inspector and go towards equipment replacement.

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

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