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Merced, California 95340


Subject :Monday study session considers Council priorities
Contact :Mike Conway    209-385-6232

Study session on policy priorities on Monday agenda

A study session on policy priorities will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday by the Merced City Council. The regular Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday.

The study session and council meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678, W. 18th St.

Earlier this year Council held two workshops to discuss policies and priorities for City staff. The Council is being asked to review the results and establish what the priorities are for the next year.

The Council will hear a report on the draft Bellevue Community Plan, which looks at how the area around Bellevue Road will be affected by growth at the University of California, Merced and other nearby developments. The draft plan has been presented to other City commissions and Council will have the opportunity to comment before the final version is presented later this year.


The Council will consider a contract with the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for assistance with negotiations with the City’s five labor unions. The contract is capped at $100,000.


Council also is asked to extend the contract with Environmental Compliance Resources for three years to provide graffiti abatement services at a cost of $172,485 a year. The firm has worked with staff to track graffiti hot spots and develop a database that can be used to prosecute offenders.


A closed session will follow the study session to discuss exposure to litigation from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund on creating Council districts. Council is being asked tonight to approve a resolution calling for a Nov. 4 election on the measure. Council also will discuss labor negotiations during closed session.


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.