Water conservation measures on City Council agenda
Ways to conserve water will be considered during a 6 p.m. study session by the Merced City Council before its regular Monday meeting.
The Council will meet 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.
The City has had a number of water conservation measures in place since 1992, including a watering schedule based on whether homeowners have an odd or even address. The measures being considered at the Council meeting are voluntary. However, staff will ask Council if they want to consider looking at additional mandatory conservation requirements, such as changing watering hours, a “cash for grass” program or a water meter rebate program.
On the regular meeting agenda is a request to close Main Street between K and I streets on April 1 from 3:30 to 9 p.m. for the Merced’s 125th Anniversary Founders Day event. The event will celebrate the day that Merced became a city in 1889 with a giant birthday card and festivities in front of the Merced Theatre.
Also on the agenda is a request to cover the closing costs and real estate commission from the sale of the former Pepsi bottling plant. Sun Valley Nut of Turlock bought the plant at 1 West Avenue in the Airport Industrial Park for $1.143 million. Pepsi used the property from 1969 through 2010, employing 42 people in the 134,304 square-foot facility. Sun Valley plans to turn the property into an almond processing plant that would employ 75 people. The $62,865 to cover closing costs and a 3 percent commission will come from the proceeds of the land sale. No general fund money will be used.
There will be a closed session following the study session to confer with legal counsel regarding the initiation of 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.