Rezoning, loans on Merced City Council's agenda

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comNovember 19, 2012 

— The Merced City Council will hold two public hearings to change the zoning on city-owned property at its Monday meeting, as well as to consider a loan proposal for city employees.

The council will hold a public hearing on rezoning about 5.6 acres of land at Childs Avenue and Canal Street. The property is zoned as low-medium density residential.

The proposal would rezone it as a commercial shopping district. Grocery stores, supermarkets, shopping centers and other retail uses would then be allowed in the area. The city said it has had plans for such development.

There will be a public hearing on rezoning five city parcels from "central commercial" to "public parking district." Three parcels are vacant, but they had been designated for public parking. The other two parcels are occupied by the city-owned parking garage at 18th and M streets.

The council will consider loaning employees money with vacation time used as collateral. Employees would be able to use up to half of the vacation time they have accrued to obtain a loan. Loan payments, including interest and fees, would be deducted from their paychecks. The loan program would reduce the city's liability for accrued vacation.

The meeting can be viewed at www.cityofmerced.org/ depts/cityclerk/council_ meetings/meeting_videos. asp.

Videos of council meetings will be available the next day on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/MercedCouncil.

The meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 678 W. 18th St., Merced. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in closed session before the meetings to discuss threatened litigation and an existing lawsuit.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or jsmith@mercedsunstar.com.

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