Merced council votes unanimously to update master plans

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comApril 2, 2013 

The Merced City Council unanimously voted Monday to update its water and sewer master plans.

The council approved a $112,000 professional services agreement with Stantec Consulting Services to update the city's sewer master plan.

The sewer master plan outlines potential expansions of the waste-water collection system to mirror predicted population growth laid out in the city's general plan. Under the contract, the consultant would resume the plan update, which was put on hold in 2007.

The council also approved a $72,507 professional services agreement with AECOM Technical Services to update the city's draft water master plan. This document needs to be conformed to the general plan for future infrastructure expansions to meet the drinking water needs of the city.

The project was put on hold in 2009 as city officials completed the general plan update. The contract is to resume the update of the water system model.

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

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