Sewer, water plan updates on council agenda

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comApril 1, 2013 

At today's meeting, the Merced City Council will consider adopting updates to its sewer and water master plans, and accepting Homeland Security grants for radios and training.

The council will look at a $112,000 professional services agreement with Stantec Consulting Services to update the city's sewer master plan. A 2007 draft sewer plan was never completed. The consultant would adapt the document to the city's new general plan.

The council also is being asked to consider a $72,507 professional services agreement with AECOM Technical Services to update the city's waste-water master plan. This document also needs to be conformed to the city's general plan.

The Merced Fire Department has received two grants from the State Homeland Security Grant Program. A $10,600 grant could be used to buy hand-held radios and rescue equipment for the department. A $10,000 grant could be used to host a swift-water, rescue-technician training course for 12 city and 10 county firefighting personnel.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in closed session to discuss five items of existing litigation and five items concerning property.

The agenda is posted at and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Cards for those requesting to speak are available at the meeting, or can be downloaded from the city website.

The council meeting can be streamed live at cityclerk/council_meetings/ meeting_videos.asp. Videos of council meetings are available the next day on YouTube at user/mercedcouncil.

The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 678 W. 18th St., Merced. The council meets the first and third Mondays of the month.

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

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