City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Water leak: Public Works staff investigating a business customer’s complaint about high water bills, discovered a leak in a City 2-inch main at Lockeford and Sacramento streets, and a sinkhole that could have threatened rail service to the former General Mills site. Like many of Lodi’s older areas, the water service takes an unusual route, which resulted in the meter being installed on the 2-inch main. City crews have completed the repair. Kudos to staff for taking the complaint seriously and following up in a timely manner.
Water emergency: Public Works will likely rescind the Stage 3 water emergency declaration made last year, returning to a Stage 2 level which would allow residents to irrigate landscape three days a week. A press release is expected to come next week. The move is in response to the State loosening control over local conservation efforts.
LMH parking: A computer project at Lodi Memorial Hospital has resulted in dozens of contractors working at the site temporarily, causing a serious parking crunch in the area. Contact with LMH staff indicates that they are diligently working on options to expand their off-street parking and we expect to see some action in the coming months.
Truck mishap: A truck dumping dirt on the future Harney Lane overpass took a tumble this week due to an uneven footing or the load shifting as the trailer bed was raised. Fortunately no one was injured.
Mobile home service: Electric Utility staff met with mobile home park owners to discuss changes to the master meter rate model for mobile home parks and did not receive any negative feedback. The utility is exploring a rate model that is similar to PG&E’s.
Landscaping: Council may have noticed that Lodi’s landscaped medians are in less-than-desirable condition due to poor service from our maintenance contractor. Council recently approved a new contract with Odyssey Landscaping to perform this service beginning July 1 after staff declined to use its authority to extend the contract.
Taco Truck Cook-off: The sixth annual cook-off takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Central Avenue. The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures in the mid-80s, making for a pleasant activity.
Wasted resources: Police and Fire this week responded to a report of a stabbing on Lockeford Street. Firefighters from one of our engines accompanied paramedics and victim on the ambulance ride to San Joaquin General, where the victim then declined treatment. All during this time, the engine was out of service because of the reduced manpower. The victim and witnesses all refused to cooperate with police in identifying the assailant.
Farewell, Mike: Recreation Superintendent Mike Reese retires at the end of next week after 30 years with the City. An open house/reception will be held for Mike at Hutchins Street Square’s Kirst Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mike’s father, David, was a Recreation Commissioner for 33 years. Between the two, the Reese family has been a fixture of Lodi’s recreation program for the last 60 years.