Town hall planned in south Merced

02/09/2014 6:54 PM

02/09/2014 6:55 PM

Merced City Council’s second, and last, town hall-style meeting of the year is Wednesday.

The first town hall meeting focused on police policy, the city’s image and problems with south Merced sidewalks. The second meeting is planned for south Merced. Last year’s meeting in that area drew a larger crowd than the one held in the northern part of the city.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. Eighth St. The city will provide interpreters for Spanish and Hmong speakers, according to staff.

City Council policy encourages having the two town hall-style meetings to receive input and ideas from residents on issues, projects and programs. The meetings are less formal than a regular council meeting, with the public able to have a dialogue with the council and city staff.

There will be presentations at the meeting by Merced Ceasefire, a project aimed at reducing gang violence, and PulsePoint, a smartphone app that gives individuals in covered communities the ability to help victims of cardiac arrest.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. A link to the meeting is on the city’s website, www.cityofmerced.org. The meeting will be shown on Channel 96 on Comcast as well.

With ballot approval from voters, the council amended the City Charter in 2007 to allow special meetings to be held outside City Hall.

The city’s first special meeting held outside City Hall took place in April 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s social hall in south Merced.

Concerns discussed included McNamara Park, which has subsequently benefited from significant city and community attention. A concern addressed last year was the lack of interpretive services at City Council meetings. The council has since contracted for services in Hmong and Spanish.

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