Merced council OKs town hall meetings

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comMarch 20, 2013 

The City Council unanimously approved a policy Monday to hold at least two yearly community meetings in neighborhood locations.

While the move is nonbinding, it encourages future councils to continue the practice of holding the town hall-style meetings at places other than the city’s Civic Center.

The council held its first town hall-style meeting in April in south Merced. In response to public enthusiasm, the city held another event in south Merced in January, as well as an event in north Merced in February.

With ballot approval from voters, the council amended the City Charter in 2007 to allow special meetings to be held outside City Hall.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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