The City Council, at its Monday night meeting, will consider applying for a $175,000 grant to improve a park in South Merced, buy property for extending Parsons Avenue and hold a public hearing on its plan to spend federal funds.
The city is applying for a grant to improve Stephen Leonard Park by adding a splash park, barbeques, picnic tables, a shade structure and bike racks for about $175,000. The funds would come from the Housing Related Parks Program operated by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
The grant doesn’t require a match and no city funds would need to be used if it was awarded.
As part of the Parsons Avenue Corridor Project, the city has been buying parcels of property as they come on the market in order to extend Parsons Avenue. The road will eventually extend from Highway 99 to Yosemite Avenue, and then from Gardner Road to Bellevue Road.
Three parcels are available along Yosemite Parkway for a cost of $330,000. The funds for the purchases would be from Public Facilities Finance Plan fees, not General Fund.
Every year the city is required to submit a plan showing how its Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds are being spent in the community. The public hearing allows the community to comment on the draft of the plan before the final plan is adopted.
The council will meet in closed session at 5:45 p.m. with labor negotiators about existing litigation and the sale of property.
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. The meeting is carried live on Comcast Channel 96.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.