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Council meets Monday in Chambers

Mike Conway

Post Date:11/13/2015

Merced City Council to discuss Downtown, 5-year forecast for City

A discussion on the issues and challenges facing the Downtown and a presentation on the 5-year financial forecast for the City are on the Merced City Council agenda for Nov. 16.

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

Responding to complaints during a Downtown meeting with business owners, Council will discuss the situation during a 5:30 p.m. study session in the Council Chambers. At the meeting in July problems with drug activity, panhandling and other public safety concerns were aired. Also during the meeting there were questions about the new Merced Main Street Association having fewer promotions and events than when the City was handling the job.

Finance Director Brad Grant will give his 5-year economic forecast for the City. One of the issues facing the Council is how much money they would like to put in reserve in the next 5 years. The reserves are intended to help smooth out the City's budget during economic downturns like the recent recession.

Also on the agenda is the recognition of retiring City Manager John Bramble, who served the City for seven years. He is retiring Dec. 6.

A closed session will follow the study session to discuss hiring a new city manager, and the interim positions for city manager and city attorney. City Attorney Randolph Hom has been hired by the City of Cupertino and will leave Dec. 20.

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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