City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, February 27, 2015
Reynolds Ranch: The commercial development has reached deals with five new major retailers that will accelerate activity near the freeway and between Costco and Home Depot. One of the stores will be relocating within Lodi, but the others are all new sales tax and job generators.
Lawrence Park: Staff removed the two barbecues at Lawrence Park this week due to their deterioration and unsafe condition. They were beyond repair. In addition, we are relocating some of the tables there as replacement stock for picnic areas that are frequently rented, as there is no demand for Lawrence Park as a group picnic area.
AMGEN Tour of California: Race organizers met with staff this week as work continues on the May 11 bicycle race. Riders are anticipated to enter the city limits around 3 p.m. on that day and finish at Hutchins Street Square around 3:45 p.m. Staff has contacted Lodi Unified about the effect on schools and will be meeting with Far West Safety next week about road closures. The riders will be riding south as they enter Lodi on Lower Sacramento Road, then turn west on Turner, south again on Lower Sacramento and east on Elm Street to Hutchins Street before beginning the first of two complete circuits through downtown and central Lodi streets.
PCE plume: The northern plume, ranging south from Turner Road near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, has been the City’s biggest cleanup exposure due to the various unknowns. The most recent testing indicates an affordable approach will be acceptable to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. We will be installing monitoring wells at levels between 180 and 315 feet below ground surface. Currently there is no detectable amount of PCE below 315 feet.
Police grant: We often hear of grant opportunities to help our various services, and the Police Department has been seeking grants so that it can address various mental health issues it encounters. The Department recently considered applying for a U.S. Department of Justice grant to fund police officer/mental health clinician crisis intervention teams, training, etc. The grant, however, would require additional staff to write, administer and report, with a value of $250,000 over three years. That amount would cover only a fraction of the costs to create a viable crisis intervention team.
Water shortage: Public Works Director Sandelin has declared a Stage 2 water emergency effective today, due to the state’s continuing drought. Existing ongoing water conservation measures should be followed closely, and enforcement will continue as described in the City’s Water Conservation Ordinance. The Governor’s continued state of emergency proclamation due to drought conditions last April is still in effect. Lodi water users need to be vigilant about their use.
March ECA: The Energy Cost Adjustment for March will be 0.0192 cents per kilowatt hour.
River-Friendly panel: An informational panel will be installed near the downtown Lodi River-Friendly Demonstration Garden in front of the Post Office Plaza to help educate the public about river-friendly landscaping and water conservation. The 2-foot-by-3-foot panel will include a QR code and website address to help the public connect with the City’s website, where more information and resources may be found.