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Merced City Council to mull another petition to postpone closing homeless camps

The Merced City Council said it will meet Monday and receive a petition asking it to delay enforcing the city’s No Camping Ordinance and postpone closing the homeless camps.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on a new housing development in midtown Merced and a public hearing to change the general plan to accommodate the new high school planned for G Street and Farmland Avenue.

The council will hold a closed session at 6:30 p.m. to meet with labor negotiators. The regular meeting is at 7 p.m.

On the agenda under Written Petitions and Communications is a request from Jennie Trinidad to delay enforcing the No Camping Ordinance and postpone closing the homeless camps. Trinidad said she will present a petition to the council signed by hundreds of UC Merced students asking for the postponement, according to a news release from the city.

On Sept. 7 the council rejected a similar request to postpone the enforcement action and approved plans to implement the ordinance Oct. 13.The City Redevelopment Agency has proposed an agreement with Maxwell Construction to create up to 14 new low-income homes in midtown Merced. The Redevelopment Agency is required by law to spend 20 percent of its funds on affordable housing.

The Merced Union High School District has asked the city to change the land use designation from low-density residential to school for the parcel it owns on G Street. The district wants to build a high school on the 58 acres of land about one-half mile north of Bellevue Road.

The meeting will be held in the Merced 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 before 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.

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