Coming soon to Merced, retail center, including a gas station, restaurant, and coffee kiosk

Approving a bid on Applegate Park playground equipment and a bid for a quiet zone study are on the agenda for the Merced City Council Tuesday.

The meeting will be held Monday, September 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall), 678 W. 18th St. The Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month, except when there is a holiday, when it meets the following day.

Repairing Laura’s Fountain, built-in 1888 and one of Merced’s dearest monuments, will be considered by the City Council. City staff will provide findings and recommendations to Council for direction on how to repair Laura’s Fountain. The playground equipment at Applegate Park was removed earlier this year because of potential hazards to users. The new playground equipment will have a rubberized surface rather than the wood chips that are common to most playgrounds.

The design in the bid was one that is similar to the one selected during the town hall meetings. Council is being asked to select between two contractors for a quiet zone study along the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad line that runs parallel to Bear Creek. Residents said train engineers use the horns during the night making it difficult to sleep.

The study will examine ways to implement measures that would allow train engineers to not use their horns except in emergencies. A public hearing will be held to consider the annexation of an 8.83-acre subject area located generally at the northwest and southwest corner of North Highway 59 and Santa Fe Drive.

The developers are proposing to build a quick serve retail center including a gas station, restaurant, and coffee kiosk.
There will be special presentations on the California High Speed Rail project and the Altamont Commuter Express train, both scheduled to establish stops in Merced.
The Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. to discuss public employment of a city attorney, the performance evaluation of the city manager and discuss anticipated litigation and potential litigation.
City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet.

A link to the live meeting is on the City’s web site at https://cityofmerced.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Videos of previous meetings can be found at that link, and are tied to each agenda item. Those services are in addition to the live broadcast of the regular meeting on Comcast’s Government Channel 96.

The Council agenda is posted online at www.cityofmerced.organd is available outside the chambers prior to the meeting. Request to Speak forms 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. Hmong and Spanish translators are available at all Council meetings.

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