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File #: 19-218    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Passed
File created: 4/16/2019 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority
On agenda: 6/17/2019 Final action: 6/17/2019
Title: SUBJECT: Approval of 3 Year Agreement With Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications) to Provide the City of Merced Legal Advertising Services REPORT IN BRIEF Awards an agreement for publishing legal notices to the Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications). RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion approving an agreement with the Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications) to provide the City of Merced legal advertising services.
Attachments: 1. Legal Advertising RFP.pdf, 2. Merced County Times Proposal.pdf, 3. Agreement.pdf
Report Prepared by: John Tresidder, Assistant City Clerk, City Clerk's Office

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SUBJECT: Approval of 3 Year Agreement With Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications) to Provide the City of Merced Legal Advertising Services

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

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion approving an agreement with the Merced County Times (Mid Valley Publications) to provide the City of Merced legal advertising services.

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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 2019-20 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 preference for legal notice advertising services in Fiscal Year 2016/2017 was awarded to the Merced County Times.

Section 419 of the Merced Municipal Code states that at least once every three (3) years, a request for proposal shall be sent out 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. Both publications expressed interest but only the Merced County Times submitted a proposal by the deadline. The rates set by the Merced County Times are as follows:





Legal Advertising Rates:

Merced County Times

Merced Sun-Star
Per line rate .........$ 0.355/line

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Column Width .......1.632"
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Government Code regulates the determination if a legal notice ...

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