Merced council to hold Monday study session on grant for proposed high-speed rail station downtown

The Merced City Council will hold a study session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss a planning grant for a downtown high-speed rail station and get an update on the city's graffiti contract.

The city can receive up to $600,000 in grant money for planning in the area included in a half-mile radius from the proposed station. The city will hold workshops and meetings to obtain public comment and direction on the project.

The station is proposed for an area between G Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way next to the Union Pacific tracks. The grant will be used to explore a station area plan and transportation plan for the area, and include an economic feasibility study for the station area, the city said in a news release.

The council will also see a presentation on the work being done by its graffiti contractor, Environmental Compliance Resources. The contractor was hired by the city last year to track and abate graffiti in the city.

Also on the agenda is a request on whether the city should expend limited resources on a Just Cause for Eviction ordinance and the annual appointment of members to the Bicycle Advisory Commission, Building and Housing Board of Appeals, Downtown Steering Committee, Planning Commission and the Recreation and Parks Commission.

The regular City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chamber 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 chamber 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.