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Council meets Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:12/18/2015

Merced City Council to discuss massage ordinance, fees

A revised ordinance on massage establishments and the annual report on development impact fees are on the Merced City Council agenda for Dec. 21.

The regular meeting will be at 7 the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Council held a public hearing Dec. 7 on the new ordinance regulating massage establishments after changes in the state law. At the hearing, Council decided that massage technicians with valid permits would be able to renew the City-issued permit for 10 years. New applicants will need to have a valid certificate from the state.

The City is required to make an annual report on Development Fees to show what funds have been collected and how they have been spent. The report also includes details on what projects the unspent money will be used on.

Also on the agenda, Council will consider awarding a $639,976.22 contract to Taylor Backhoe for the Stephen Leonard Park renovation project. The first time the project went out to bid the sole bid received was approximately $250,000 over budget. The City received $828,775 for the project from the state to install a splash park, skate park, climbing rock, playground equipment and remodel the restroom.

A closed session will be held at 6:30 p.m. to discuss potential litigation.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City's home page at The City will also add the Council video to YouTube for people that were unable to watch it live. These 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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