Merced council to consider bid for Merced Theatre restoration, other issues

The Merced City Council will consider awarding a bid for the restoration of the Merced Theatre, resurfacing city streets and creating a four-way stop at K and 21st streets Monday.

The council is being asked to award a $6.5 million contract to Lewis C. Nelson and Sons of Woodbridge to restore the historic downtown theater.

The money would be used to refurbish the interior of the 1930s-era theater. The Redevelopment Agency has already helped restore the exterior, along with storefronts and apartments that are part of the building.

On the agenda are two road resurfacing projects using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The projects would use $1.3 million to resurface and reconstruct West 18th Street from N to G streets and reconstruct Canal Street from West 18th to West 19th streets. Teichert Construction was the low bidder, the city said in a news release.

There has been an increase in traffic accidents at K and 21st streets, and the council is being asked to turn it into a four-way stop. There have been 10 accidents this year, compared to one accident in 2009. Traffic has increased with the G Street Underpass Project.

Also on the agenda is a resolution in support of starting construction of the high-speed rail with a link between Merced and Fresno; using leftover federal funds to improve the lighting at Yosemite, Merced and Golden Valley High Schools and rezoning the land for the proposed Bellevue High School.

The council will meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations and existing litigation.

The public session will be at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.