City Manager Steve Schwabauer's
Friday, March 10, 2017
Employee of Year: Police officer Ryan Holz was named the City of Lodi Employee of the Year for 2016 at Saturday’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner. Officer Holz was honored for his efforts taking the lead addressing homeless issues in the City. He organized a camp clean-up day and enlisted the assistance of the Salvation Army and mental health professionals to offer needed services to the homeless. He also engages in conversation with them while on his regular patrol duties and knows many of them by name. He keeps other officers up to date on transient issues within the city and is truly making a difference with the homeless population in Lodi.
230kV line: Staff met with the agricultural community regarding the proposed 230kV project. The meeting ended on a positive note with agreement there should be regular meetings to discuss routing options with a Council member in attendance.
Harney Lane overpass: The first two lanes of the Harney Lane overpass (left) were paved on Thursday with 1,805 tons of asphalt. We anticipate opening the new lanes to traffic by the end of the day Monday.
Caltrans: We met with Caltrans representatives to discuss new landscaping on the Kettleman Lane underpass. We are working on details of the design, which so far calls for ice plant ground cover, 28 trees and 16 shrubs. In addition, Caltrans is performing significant work on the Highway 99 bridges in the City to prevent continued destruction of the abutments by trespassers.
Speed limit: We have communicated recently with the Sheriff’s Office about our request to have a temporary boating speed limit on the Mokelumne River adjacent to Lodi Lake Park. We are providing additional information and doing additional research on the request.
Beach sand: PRCS had 500 tons of beach sand delivered and graded at Lodi Lake on Friday. A.M. Stephens provided the grading service free of charge in support of PRCS.
Transit questions: Public Works investigated claims made by a transit customer at the Council’s unmet transit needs hearing on December 21, and found our transit operator is abiding by federal regulations. The study found that less than 1 percent of requests by disabled customers are denied, and that fewer than 1 in 225 scheduled pickups were late.