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Council to select Planning Commissioner

Mike Conway

Post Date:03/13/2015

Merced City Council to select Planning Commissioner

The Merced City Council will select a Planning Commissioner and hear an update on tree planting at McNamara Park 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.

The Council interviewed Planning Commission candidates Misty Compton and Kirpal Grewal at its March 2 meeting. There is one vacant seat on the seven member board that was left open when Nathan Mackin resigned.

Council also will hear an update on tree planting at McNamara Park. A number of aging and diseased trees were removed from the park when the City was renovating the site as part of a $2.6 million grant.

Residents complained that much of the shade was removed from the interior of the park and wanted larger trees to be replanted. Two large trees have been replanted in the park and staff is presenting three options for the Council. One option would include installing temporary shade structures for park users.

A closed session will be held at 5:30 p.m. to confer with labor negotiators regarding firefighters, police and police sergeant's negotiations and regarding the city manager's performance evaluation.

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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