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Council meets Monday night

Mike Conway

Post Date:04/03/2015

Merced City Council to discuss police staffing, Bellevue plan

The Merced City Council will discuss police staffing and consider adopting the Bellevue Community Plan at its Monday meeting.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Police Chief Norman Andrade will discuss with the City Council how staffing levels should be determined for a City the size of Merced and with the population it has in the community.

The Bellevue Community Plan provides direction for developing a 2.4 square mile area outside of the City limits but within the City's Sphere of Influence. The plan is intended to be flexible, but still guide growth as the City develops towards UC Merced.

The Council also will consider approving a five-year agreement with the Merced Police Officers Association that would give them a 2 percent increase effective July 1, and 2.25 percent, 2.5 percent and 2.75 percent increases in the following three years, along with other benefits.

A closed session will be held at 5:45 p.m. to confer with labor negotiators regarding firefighters, police and police sergeant's negotiations and regarding two worker's comp claims.

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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