State Grant, Youth Council on City Council agenda
The City Council will consider an agreement to address excessive and underage drinking, and hear a report on the organizational structure of the Merced Youth Council at its Monday night meeting.
The Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678, W. 18th St.
The Merced County Mental Health Department received a $330,068 grant to combat underage and excessive drinking from the California Department of Health Care Services. The multi-agency Merced ComVIP (Community Violence, Intervention and Prevention) Task Force will partner with the County agency and local law enforcement agencies to implement the grant.
The partners include the UC Merced Police Department, Merced Police Department, Merced County Probation Department, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office and the Merced City Attorney’s Office.
The target is excessive and binge drinking and underage drinking in the community by people between the ages of 12 and 25. The grant will pay for extra police staffing during enforcement periods and also educational activities.
The Council also is being asked to accept a report from the students who created the framework for the Merced Youth Council. The plan was brought before Council at the Aug. 4 meeting and Council suggested some modifications to the proposal.
The plan would create a seven member Youth Council with two members each coming from North, Central and South Merced. One member would be selected at-large. The plan calls for the members to be city residents between the ages of 13 and 19 who could serve up to two, two-year terms.
A closed session will be held at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a case that involves significant exposure to litigation.
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 regular 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 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.