Merced City Council to hold year’s first town hall meeting Wednesday

Merced City Council’s first town hall-style meeting of the year is Wednesday.

The meeting is planned for 7 p.m. at Rivera Middle School, 945 Buena Vista Drive. The city will provide interpreters for Spanish and Hmong speakers, according to staff.

City Council policy encourages the scheduling of a minimum of two town hall-style meetings to receive input and ideas from residents on issues, projects and programs. The meetings typically take place in the first quarter of the year.

This year, the meetings will be streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the city’s website, www.cityofmerced.org. The city also will post video of the meeting on YouTube for people who are unable to watch it live, according to a news release.

Additionally, a broadcast of the meeting will be shown on Channel 96 on Comcast.

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.

Another meeting, the priority and goal-planning workshop, is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

The second town hall-style meeting for this year is scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Tenaya Middle School, 760 W. Eighth St.