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Council study session begins at 5:30 p.m.

Mike Conway

Post Date:10/16/2015

Merced City Council to consider police HQ, firefighter contract

A new location for the Merced Police Department and a new contract for firefighters are on the Merced City Council agenda for the Oct. 19 meeting.

A Council study session will begin at 5:30 the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The regular Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The study session will look at sites in northern Merced for a new police headquarters. The City had purchased land at Yosemite and Paulsen avenues for the new site, but Council decided that location may be better for retail or commercial use.

The current headquarters located on 19th Street is more than 50 years old and can't accommodate the existing police force. Criteria for the new location include having enough space for the Department to grow in the future.

The Council will consider a new three-year contract for firefighters. The contract includes a 2 percent pay increase in the first year, with 2.25 percent increase in the second year and a 2.5 percent increase the third year. It also includes a uniform allowance and a bonus for professional development.

Also on the agenda is an agreement with UC Merced to address campus expansion as part of its 2020 Project. The agreement covers payments by the UC for Bellevue Road expansion, intersection improvements at Lake Road at Bellevue Road and also Lake and Yosemite Avenue and assistance with Campus Parkway construction. In the agreement the City agrees to provide sewer and water services to the expanded campus.

A closed session will follow the study session to confer with negotiators regarding a possible property purchase.

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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