City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, January 27, 2017
Top notch: Supervising Budget Analyst Susan Bjork was named Employee of the Quarter for the final three months of 2016 for her efforts to increase the City’s revenue. Susan noticed the interest earnings on the City’s funds held in a local bank were not adjusted and advocated for more competitive rates. This work resulted in annual revenue increases of approximately $16,000. The bank also committed to a quarterly review of its interest rate and agreed to adjust the rate to match competitive rates for other investments.
Hotel fire: All Fire Department units responded to a structure fire Wednesday in a 12-unit hotel/apartment complex at 730 S. Cherokee Lane. One unit was fully involved upon arrival with a second unit burning. Fire damage was contained to the two units, with multiple holes opened in the roof because of the common attic. The property manager advised Fire of a constant problem with homeless and his constant problems with homeless illegally occupying the dwelling. Woodbridge Fire provided coverage for the City while Lodi crews were engaged.
Nice thank you: We received a nice email this week from a new resident who was stunned when Lodi Police found and delivered his stolen bicycle to his door within four hours of him reporting the theft. The resident had left his bicycle at a grocery store with a quick trip inside, only to find it missing when he went back out. He provided police with a description of the bicycle as he walked home. Later, he heard his doorbell ring as he was getting ready for bed and was greeted by an officer with the bicycle tied to the police car. “What a pleasant surprise! Four hours later and my bike was returned to me undamaged. The officer was very polite as we chatted and he certainly went above and beyond anything I had expected. … After sharing the story with my neighbors, we all agreed it is refreshing to hear instances like this ending so well and really goes great lengths in restoring a positive sense of community and faith in our officials. We are proud to be new additions to your community and state.”
Final interviews: Three finalists for the Deputy City Manager position were interviewed yesterday and today. We will make an offer to the leading candidate next week and await the response.
Audit: We received our audit letter back for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and received another clean opinion. We are expecting to provide the Council a report on the CAFR and request acceptance of the document on February 15.
River water: Because of our “banked” water with Woodbridge Irrigation District and our new agreement with North San Joaquin Water Conservation District to take winter water, Lodi’s water system is operating heavily on surface water this winter. The surface water is accounting for 71 percent of the city’s supply. This is up from zero percent from this time last year when the plant was offline beginning December 30 when diversions were already used up due to the drought. This winter use of surface water is helping to recharge our groundwater supply.
Parks updates: We reopened the Vinewood and Beckman dog parks today after lengthy closures that started with last week’s storms. Following the rains, maintenance crews needed to address some safety issues caused by the storm. The conditions are still muddy, though. … The Nature Area will be closed the week of February 6 so that an inmate crew can help us with our annual maintenance.