Monday night Council hears about Downtown survey
The Merced City Council will hold a study session on the Downtown Business Improvement Area Survey results before the regular Monday night meeting.
The study session will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council chambers.
The City hired the Alliance for Community and Research and Development to survey downtown business owners to understand their priorities in the Downtown Improvement District. Results included improving security, cleanliness, maintenance and communication between the City and Downtown business owners. Business owners appeared to support the double business license tax and want more community events, but expressed concerns over panhandling and homelessness in the Downtown.
Monday night business owners will have the opportunity to give their reaction to the survey results.
On the agenda for the regular meeting, Council will consider reimbursing the Merced Union High School District $283,457 for traffic signal improvements and $337,107 for roadway improvements during construction of El Capitan High School. The district built the improvements on a scale larger than were needed for the high school to accommodate future growth in the area, so it is being reimbursed from a fund of development fees.
Also on the agenda is a street closure request for the 28th Annual Original Merced Criterium Bicycle Race that will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The race course will loop through the Downtown in the area around the historic Merced Courthouse.
There will be a closed session following the study session to confer with legal counsel regarding significant exposure to litigation and to confer with labor negotiators.
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 Comcast’s Government Channel 96.
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.