The Merced City Council will consider adopting the general plan, directing staff to look into creating a joint dispatch center for area agencies and honoring a local artist at its meeting Monday night.
The general plan is a document required by state law that addresses the physical development of the City and areas immediately outside the boundaries that affect city planning. It must include specific information regarding land use, traffic, noise, safety, open space, conservation, noise and housing in the city.]At its Sept. 19 meeting, the council directed staff to come up with alternatives that would reduce the growth boundaries of Merced. Council wanted to know the impact of eliminating Mission Lakes in South Merced from the plan, and Castle Farms in northwestern Merced.
There are three options before the council, including one approved by the Planning Commission that would retain both parcels in the growth boundary. The other options would eliminate either Castle Farms or Mission Lakes.
There will be time allotted during the public hearing for comments on the plan and proposals.
There has been discussion with Merced County and other cities to establish a joint dispatch center for public safety. A 2005 study indicated that $700,000 a year could be saved by combining the operations. The council is being asked to authorize staff to join the effort to research a joint center.
The council also will proclaim Monika Modest Day in recognition of the artist responsible for the “Tree of Light” tile display that now decorates Bob Hart Square in downtown.
The council will meet in closed session at 5:30 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.--Sun-Star staff