Merced City Council to look at park, housing plans

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comJuly 15, 2013 

— The Merced City Council will consider rejecting bids on a park renovation project, and will hold a public hearing on housing projects at its meeting today.

The city received three bids for the renovation of McNamara Park, made possible by a $2.6 million state grant. Staff is recommending rejection of all three bids.

According to city documents, engineers estimate the cost for construction at $1.5 million. All three bids were more than $2 million.

The council also plans a public hearing on the Housing and Urban Development 2013 Action Plan.

The plan includes funding for housing projects, efforts to help the homeless and graffiti abatement.

There are nine project proposals for the grant funding, totaling $138,975, according to city documents.

The meeting can be seen on Comcast Channel 96, or streamed live through a link on the city's website,

Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or

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