Speed bumps and finances on agenda

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 21, 2013 

— At next week's Merced City Council meeting, officials will present a financial forecast for the upcoming year, and council members will consider installing traffic calming devices, such as speed bumps, on Rambler Road.

The Council normally meets Mondays, but because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the meeting has been moved to Tuesday.

City Finance Director Bradley Grant is scheduled to present a financial forecast for the upcoming year using recent sales tax and property tax figures.

He also will talk about forecasts from state and national financial experts.

Rambler Road residents have complained to the city that drivers use the street as a shortcut between M and R streets, often driving above the 25 mph speed limit.

The city's traffic calming guidelines require neighborhood residents to pay for the cost of speed bumps. It's estimated it would cost approximately $15,000 to install three of them.

The council meeting can be streamed live 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 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers, 678 W. 18th St., Merced.

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

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