City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, October 21, 2016
CalPERS costs: The City will pay CalPERS $10.2 million in Fiscal Year 2017/18, according to information provided by CalPERS to the City. In comparison, the City paid $6.4 million in 2006/07, before the financial crisis. The payments will accelerate in coming years, with CalPERS estimating the City will have a $15.1 million pension bill in FY 2022/23.
Public Power Week: The Electric Utility hosted its annual Public Power Week Open House on Wednesday for the local elementary schools. Over 400 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students attended, as well as a visit by Mayor Mark Chandler. EU staff presented information on electric safety in the home, dangers of Mylar balloons in power lines, line worker pole top rescue, and a participation event involving line worker tools & job skills. As a memento of the field trip each class was given a group photo in front of a bucket truck with the American flag flying in the background.
New lighting: Lodi Electric Utility recently installed and is testing energy efficient LED lighting for the decorative lamps in two areas of Lodi: 1) along East Pine Street between Central Avenue and Cherokee Lane; and 2) along South Hutchins Street between Oak and Pine Streets. Please provide feedback by email to email@example.com or by telephone at 333-6874.
Harney Lane: Progress continues on the overpass construction. This photo was taken on Oct. 4, after the Stage 1 deck concrete pour. A sidewalk and rail will be on the left side. The Stage 2 bridge will be constructed on the right side. Two lanes may open by the end of November while construction takes place on the remaining two lanes. To date, 235,660 pounds of reinforcing steel and 1,474.5 cubic yards of concrete have been installed in the Stage 1 bridge structure.
State of the City: Mayor Chandler will make a presentation at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City event November 1 at the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club. Tickets for this breakfast event are $45.
Economic Development: On Thursday, about 30 people attended a breakfast for large utility customers, held at Hutchins Street Square. Attendees were greeted by the Mayor and heard presentations from the Directors of the Electric Utility and Public Works Departments. Topics included utility health, rate stability and capital improvements. … Also Thursday at the Square, nearly 60 local small business owners and entrepreneurs participated in a Google seminar. The event was sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lodi. At the event, a Google employee explained why it is essential for today's small businesses to establish and maintain an effective presence online. Attendees were shown how to "claim their business" and target customers with Google ad tools.
Rain: The first measurable rain since May 8 brought 2.86 inches in three days last weekend. Friday’s system delivered 0.77 inches, and Sunday’s total was 2.09 inches. … There was flooding in the Lowe’s parking lot on Sunday due to a blocked storm drain line dating to the shopping center’s development. The drain had been blocked to divert storm water to a detention basin, but with recent construction in Westgate Drive and modifications to the storm drain system, the forgotten block needed to be removed to allow the drainage to flow along the proper path.
Lodi Energy Center: Due to repair work at the White Slough wastewater plant, we were unable to deliver water to the Lodi Energy Center for two days. We were anticipating the water delivery to resume today.