Interim City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Departure: Deputy Public Works Director Larry Parlin has accepted a position as director of public utilities for the City of Modesto. His final day with us will be May 1. Larry did a stellar job getting the water plant up and running and we wish him well in his new position. Public Works has a succession plan in place and existing staff is well-prepared to absorb his duties in the interim.
City Hall Annex: The environmental review of the proposed City Hall Annex renovation is complete the job is expected to go out to bid next month. When complete, the Fire administration and Recreation Division will move into the former police station.
Building improvements: The Community Development Department has seen an increase in new commercial tenant improvements in vacant spaces, and applications for new residential and commercial developments are on the rise. The development community appears to have confidence in the economy and is ready to make substantial improvements and investments.
Kiwanis corner: The landscape feature located at the northwest corner of Pine and Church streets has experienced some wear and tear over the years. Through donations from the Kiwanis Club, RJQ Landscaping and Tree Lodi, and work performed by Jeff Case Construction and the City, this corner is being refurbished. The work includes repairing the brick planter, replacing the existing landscaping and irrigation, and repairing the drinking fountain. This will complement the tree donated by Vern Weigum last year.
DeBenedetti Park: The Parks Division is preparing to install soccer goals by May 1, with two port-o-pots secured to a new concrete pad. This will allow the PRCS Department to begin renting the soccer fields, which are already in heavy use by walk-on groups. We have received about a half-dozen calls in the last week from soccer groups looking to reserve practice space.
Water meters: Phase 4 of our installation program begins next week. Knife River Construction will be mobilizing in west-central Lodi, in the area generally bordered by Tokay Street to the south, Lower Sacramento Road to the west, Ham Lane to the east and Elm Street to the north. In 2015, the area from Ham Lane to Main Street, and Lodi Avenue to Lockeford Street/General Mills railroad spur, will receive meters.
Love Lodi: On Saturday, April 12th, over 50 people participated in the Kick Off Ceremony for the Inaugural LOVE LODI event at HSS. From that opening event, the volunteers fanned out across the city to participate in a handful of projects that included alley clean ups, the collection and cleaning of stray shopping carts before they were returned to their rightful owners, a beautification project at Lawrence School, and assistance to a local shut-in resident. The Lodi Fire Department coordinated the installation smoke detectors that were donated by Home Depot.
Kayaks: The Headwaters Kayak Shop, which began offering the non-motorized boating concession this month, tells us it is pleased with the start of the season. Meanwhile, PRCS auctioned its 15 surplus kayaks for more than $2,800, far more than it expected to receive.