Merced City Council looking for more advisers

The city of Merced is asking for applications from anyone looking to serve in empty advisory board seats, including a board that has a say over about $6 million in local tax cash.

The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee, Recreation and Parks Commission, Bicycle Advisory Commission and Economic Development Advisory Committee all have at least one vacancy. Applicants for each position must be a Merced resident and registered voter, except for the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Merced City Council makes the final decision on all of the appointments.

The Measure C committee monitors revenues from a half-cent sales tax and recommends to City Council how the $6 million should be used. The 20-year sales tax increase approved by voters in 2005 is meant to bolster the ranks of the police and fire departments and pay for backlogged road projects.

There are six vacancies, two from each police district – north, central and south. The Measure C committee meets quarterly at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday.

There is one vacancy on the Bicycle Advisory Commission, which meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month during normal business hours. The committee is charged with helping to improve conditions for bicyclists and promote biking as a way to get around in Merced.

The Recreation and Parks Commission advises the City Council on local recreation and parks matters, as well as the annual budget. It meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. There are two vacancies on that commission.

The Economic Development Advisory Committee meets at 7 a.m. on the last Tuesday of every month to discuss business and industrial development policies and programs. There is one seat available, and a resident from anywhere in Merced County can apply.

For more information on the vacancies or the city’s boards and commissions, go to or call the City Clerk’s Office at (209) 388-7100.