The Merced City Council will consider extending the reduction in development impact fees at its meeting Tuesday night.
The council usually meets on the first Monday of the month, but the meeting will be delayed because of the Labor Day holiday.
In August 2009 the council adopted a temporary reduction in the Public Facilities Impact Fees for commercial and residential projects in the city in hopes that it would help spur construction.
There was a 25 percent reduction in fees for all commercial developments and a 28 percent reduction in commercial and residential fees in the city’s infill zone, an area bounded by Childs and Glen avenues, X Street and Bear Creek.
The developer fees are collected to offset the impact that a project has on infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.
The fee reduction was able to take place when a replacement project along Old Nevada-Old Lake Road was eliminated because the economic slowdown reduced the need for that road improvement, the city said in a news release. Commercial fees also were adjusted because customers come from outside the city, and have less of an impact than permanent residents.
At the public hearing staff will recommend the fee reductions be extended for two more years because the sluggish economy is still resulting in little commercial and residential development in the city.
The council also will consider accepting two federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grants. The $610,086 in grant funds would pay to replace 22 vehicles and pickups in the city fleet. The funds can’t be used to pay for personnel, such as police officers or firefighters. Also on the agenda is a street closure request for the 9/11 First Responders Parade and revised job descriptions for fire engineer, fire captain and fire battalion chief.
The council will be meeting in closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss existing litigation and to confer with labor negotiators.
The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.org and is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city's website. Cards must be turned in to the City Clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.