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Merced, California 95340


Subject :Workshop looks at City finances
Contact :Mike Conway    209-385-6232

Today the Merced City Council will hear the financial forecast for its general fund budget for the upcoming year at a 5:30 p.m. workshop and consider traffic calming devices on Rambler Road at its 7 p.m. regular meeting. Both sessions will be held in the Council chambers.


The Council normally meets on Monday, but the meeting was delayed a day because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.



During its workshop today the City Finance Director Bradley Grant will present the Council with his financial forecast for the upcoming year using recent sales tax and property tax figures and also forecast figures from state and national financial experts.


Residents on Rambler Road have complained that drivers use the street as a short cut between M and R streets, many driving above the 25 mph speed limit. At the 7 p.m. meeting Council is being asked to consider traffic calming devices for the street. The City’s traffic calming guidelines require the neighborhood pay for the cost of calming measures. It’s estimated it would cost approximately $15,000 for the three sets of traffic calming devices requested.


The 7 p.m. meeting will be available on Comcast Channel 96 and also streamed live with a link on the City’s website. The Council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards 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.


City Council meetings are now being 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 the following business day to YouTube for people that were unable to watch it live. These new services are in addition to the live broadcast of the meeting on the Comcast’s Government Channel 96.