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Interim City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Weekly Update
Thursday, April 3, 2014

St. Anne’s: We expect to see construction starting on St. Anne’s planned plaza within two months. We have asked that St. Anne’s place barricades with notices on Oak Street for several weeks in advance of the permanent road closure.

Houses coming: We have a relative boom in home building, with five single-family homes currently under construction.

Parks & Rec funds: The Recreation Commission voted to use money in a decades-old commission trust account as seed money to establish two new Parks and Recreation donation accounts through the Lodi Community Foundation. Nearly $6,800 would go into an expendable account and a like amount in an endowment fund. The City Council will be asked to give the go-ahead to the funds at a future meeting

Grants: The Neighborhood Services Division is working on a subscription to eCivis, which would alert the City to grant opportunities and assist with grant writing. The contract is $12,000 for two years of assistance.

Drainage: Recent steps taken by the Public Works Department appear to have solved the issue of slowly draining streets in southwest Lodi. Storm drains were able to move runoff quickly and no street flooding occurred as a result.

Arbor Day: The Parks Division worked with Tree Lodi and the Arts Commission to hold an Arbor Day celebration Wednesday at Lakewood Elementary School. The Arts Commission judged a poster contest and the children planted three redwoods at the school. Council Member Nakanishi and Recreation Commission chairman Jeff Palmquist were in attendance.

Opening Day: About 1,300 boys and girls are expected to be at Salas Park on Saturday for opening day ceremonies, kicking off the baseball and softball seasons. The Boosters of Boys & Girls Club is having a pancake breakfast at the park from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Library: Renovations are complete at the library, and staff is delighted with the result. New furniture is the next step.

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