File #: 16-236    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Passed
File created: 5/23/2016 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority/Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency
On agenda: 6/6/2016 Final action: 6/6/2016
Title: SUBJECT: City of Merced Legal Advertising Services REPORT IN BRIEF Awards bid for publishing legal notices to the Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications). RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion awarding bid for City of Merced legal advertising services to the Merced County Times newspaper.
Attachments: 1. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR ADVERTISING SERVICES.pdf, 2. Mid Valley Pub Proposal.pdf, 3. Merced Sun-Star Proposal.pdf

Report Prepared by: John Tresidder, Assistant City Clerk, City Clerk's Office

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SUBJECT: City of Merced Legal Advertising Services

REPORT IN BRIEF
Awards bid for publishing legal notices to the Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications).

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion awarding bid for City of Merced legal advertising services to the Merced County Times newspaper.

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ALTERNATIVES
1. Award bid as recommended by staff; or,
2. Refer to staff for further study; or,
3. Take no action.

AUTHORITY
Merced City Charter, Article IV-City Council, Section 419-Publishing of Legal Notices.

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES
As provided for in the 2016-17 Proposed Budget.

DISCUSSION
Both the Merced Sun-Star and the Merced County Times have been adjudicated by the Merced Superior Court to be newspapers of general circulation as defined in Section 6000 of the Government Code, and therefore meet the requirements for legal advertising in Merced. The bid for legal notice advertising services in Fiscal Year 2013/2014 was awarded to the Merced County Times.

Section 419 of the Merced Municipal Code states that at least once every three (3) years, a notice shall be published inviting bids and contracts for the publication of all legal notices.

The City Clerk's Office solicited bids for advertising services from both the Merced Sun Star and the Merced County Times. Proposals were received from both newspapers prior to the deadline, as follows:





Legal Advertising Rates:

Merced County Times

Merced Sun-Star
Per line rate .........$ 0.375/line

Per line rate ........$ 0.50/line
Column Width .......1.632"
Column Width......1.556"

Difference between Quotes

Per line rate ........$ 0.12/line

Government Code regulates the determination if a legal notice is required to be posted once or multiple times. Staff recommends awarding the bid to the Merced County Times. The City of Merced has contracted with the M...

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