New Merced Council gets sworn in Monday night
The new Merced City Council members will be sworn into office at the Monday, Dec. 2, meeting.
The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
Mayor Stanley P. Thurston and Council member Josh Pedrozo were re-elected and Council members Michael Belluomini and Kevin Blake were elected to office Nov. 5. Thurston will serve a three year term and the Council members will serve five year terms.
The terms have an extra year added because voters approved Measure J that moves Council elections to even numbered years, matching statewide elections. The extra year will only be for one term, with future mayors being elected to two year terms and Council members being elected to four year terms.
Also on the agenda is a five year lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County that will allow the Club the continued use of the McCombs Youth Center. In addition, it will reimburse the Club for $35,000 in utility and maintenance expenses.
The Council will be asked to award a $224,201 bid to Rolfe Construction for the West 6th Street Water Main Replacement Project to replace a water main between N and Canal streets.
Council also is being asked for permission to allow a Christmas in the Park event by a group that would like to have Christmas displays, music and food vendors in Applegate Park Dec. 19 through 22.
City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the City’s home page at www.cityofmerced.org. 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 meeting on the Comcast’s Government Channel 96.
Due to the new members, the Council will meet in closed session after the regular meeting to confer with legal counsel regarding initiating litigation and to confer with labor negotiators.
The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org 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.