City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Thursday, January 8, 2015
COG/Rail: Staff met with The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission regarding the Rail Commission’s request for additional COG Local Transportation Funds. The Rail Commission funds the ACE train jointly with Alameda and Santa Clara County. Rail has traditionally requested a relatively lower percentage share of LTF than their per capita share might suggest due to a favorable cost structure. Their rents, insurance and maintenance costs, however, have increased dramatically over the last few years. The Rail Commission will be requesting that COG increase their Local Transportation Funding from roughly $700,000/year to $4.2 million to address these cost increases. If approved by COG, the request would reduce Lodi’s Local Transportation funding by about $300,000/year. Staff believes Lodi can absorb this impact within its capital programs without impacting service levels. Staff supports Regional Rail’s request based on Rail’s historic commitment to regional funding cooperation.
Giants’ trophy tour: Due to the work of Neighborhood Services Manager Joseph Wood starting a Junior Giants program in Lodi last year, we are fortunate to be one of the stops on the San Francisco Giants’ trophy tour. The three trophies will be available for viewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, at Hutchins Street square. A press release on the Lodi stop is available here: http://issuu.com/cityoflodi/docs/2015_trophy_tour/0
Fire dispatch: The move of Lodi Fire dispatching to Stockton went smoothly on Dec. 29. The first true test was during this week’s apartment fire, and Chief Rooney reports Stockton Fire did an excellent job of working with Lodi forces. Stockton’s dispatch center provided a dedicated tactical channel to our firefighters to work the fire. Also, Stockton Fire sent an engine to Lodi as back-up.
General Mills: A Stockton-based real estate brokerage has been selected to market the Lodi plant, with the listing expected to be public later this month.
Geese at the lake: Woodbridge Irrigation District’s board of directors today gave its unanimous support to give PRCS staff access to WID property north of the Mokelumne River as part of an egg addling (oiling) program to control the resident Canada geese population. We will still need to obtain the necessary permits to begin the program. PRCS also will invite residents interested in volunteering for goose patrol, in which they will be allowed to walk their dogs in otherwise off-limits areas to discourage geese from resting and feeding in the park, especially on the beach and south shore areas. A kickoff meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 24. Animal Services will be on hand as well to assist PRCS staff.
Payroll: The next phase in our Tyler Technologies implementation – payroll – went well today. While there were a few hiccups, overall it was a success.
Newest engineer: Public Works’ Dorothy Kam has recently passed the State board exam and is now a Professional Engineer in Traffic Engineering. As a professional engineer, she is now licensed to practice traffic engineering in the State of California. Dorothy has been with the City since May of 2013 and works primarily on traffic engineering functions within the City. Well done, Dorothy!
Recruitments: We have selected a new Deputy City Attorney and Information Systems Manager and hope to have them on staff by the end of January/early February, pending background clearance.