Merced City Council to study new youth council

Sun-Star staff reportSeptember 13, 2013 

The Merced City Council on Monday will hold a public study session regarding a proposal to form a new youth council.

“During the study session, Council will be asked if they want a youth council as a way to capture the voice of young people and what would be its purpose,” spokesman Mike Conway said in an email.

During a budget meeting earlier this year, the City Council earmarked $25,000 for the proposed youth council.

Conway said the City Council plans to consider whether the youth council will address policy issues or service programs or social issues. “Merced had a youth commission for a number of years that helped design the skate park,” Conway said, “but after that it had problems recruiting members and was disbanded.”

City officials have pledged to identify ways to sustain the youth group after older members move on. The study session is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 7 at the Merced Civic Center on West 18th Street.

The City Council will also conduct a public hearings for the 2013 Bicycle Transportation Plan. The bicycle plan must be certified by the Merced County Associations of Governments every five years for the city to qualify for funding from the state Department of Transportation.

The new plan includes bike crossings on Bear Creek and targets areas in Merced expected to generate bicycle traffic, Conway said. The council will also receive its report card on city goals in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual action plan.

After Monday’s meeting, council members will meet in closed session with labor negotiators.

– Sun-Star staff

– Sun-Star staff

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