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City Council meets Monday night at 7 p.m.

Mike Conway

Post Date:10/30/2015

City Council to consider building codes, police HQ funds

A revised ordinance streamlining solar installations and funding to investigate a potential site for the Merced Police Department headquarters are on the Merced City Council agenda for Nov. 2.

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

The City is revising its Residential Building Code to make it easier and quicker to get home solar systems approved. It takes three days to complete the current permit review process. The new ordinance follows state requirements to detail the process and create a checklist for applicants. It also limited the number of inspections to one under most circumstances.

Council selected the Merced Sun-Star building at 3033 G St. as the best possible site for the new police headquarters. The existing headquarters, constructed in the 1960s and expanded in 1981, is too small for the current force and doesn't allow any room for growth. Council is being asked to allocate $50,000 to complete the testing and inspections of the site.

Also on the agenda is a request for Council direction regarding a revision in the City's Card Club ordinance. The Merced Poker Room is seeking to increase the number of tables allowed under the ordinance and raising the betting limit from $300 to an unlimited amount. FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial',sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri">

A closed session will begin at 5:15 p.m. to discuss two workers comp cases and the search for a new city manager and city attorney. City Attorney Randolph Hom has been hired by the City of Cupertino and his last date with the City is Dec. 20. City Manager John Bramble is retiring Dec. 6. Council will also discuss interim replacements for the two positions.

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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