Youth forum feedback, panhandling at median islands on agenda for Merced City Council

The Merced City Council will hear a report on the recent youth forum and consider a median safety ordinance at its meeting today.

The 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.

At council’s direction, a youth forum was held earlier this month to gather comments from teens on the best way for them to communicate with the City Council. The results of the forum will be shared at the meeting, and the council will be asked for further direction, according to a city of Merced news release.

The council also will be asked to consider an ordinance that prohibits people from using medians for any purpose except as a place to stop while crossing the street. There are concerns that medians are used as a place for solicitation, which poses safety hazards to pedestrians and drivers, the release said.

The council will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. to talk with labor negotiators.

Merced City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet via the city’s homepage at, and the city uploads videos of each meeting to its YouTube channel for people unable to watch it live. These services are in addition to the live broadcast of the meeting on Comcast’s Government Channel 96.

The council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chamber before each meeting. Request-to-speak cards will be available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city’s website. Cards must be given to the City Clerk for a person to be recognized by the council.