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Manteca may stop discharging water to SJ River

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POSTED March 25, 2014 12:34 a.m.

The wish list of Manteca’s leaders — both elected and bureaucratic — for major undertakings is long and expensive.

It includes everything from developing a timetable to return police and fire staffing to pre-recession levels to once again studying the possibility of one-way streets to enhance downtown.

The City Council on Wednesday is conducting a review of the capital improvement goals for the next five years in  order to zero in on projects to make sure they move along. They are meeting at 8 a.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The objective is to identify the top five to seven projects so that staff can then devise a funding plan and strategy to get them accomplished. There are two lists the council will review — global goals and department goals.

The global goals contain 41 items for consideration in the 201-4-15 fiscal year, 31 items for the next two to five years, and 19 that are expected to be longer range.

Among the other goals being considered for the next fiscal year are:

• construction of a new police station

• develop wind and solar power on city property

• complete the Great Wolf Lodge project analysis and either approve it or reject it

• establish a general fund reserve policy and goal plus consider establishing a reserve specifically for unexpected pension and health care costs

• evaluate opportunities of returning all treated water currently being discharged to the San Joaquin River to be redistributed to landscaping, parks or other uses

• revisit landscape standards and consider the use of xeriscape

• evaluate all options for water conservation practices and consider even more strict watering standards

• evaluate city council meeting times in relation to citizen participation

Among the goals for the next two to five years:

• build the dog park

• complete widening of Airport Way

• develop a passive park of wetlands, wildlife preserves and farming

• increases the number of Big League Dreams diamonds by two

• evaluate and establish an effective library system that will support a functional high-tech facility

Among the longer-term goals being considered are:

• work with Union Pacific Railroad to work on traffic issues at railroad crossings and ways to reduce train noise

• evaluate the concept of a combined Manteca/Lathrop police department

• build a city aquatics center

• establish a community center

• expand library

• plan for the extension of the 120 Bypass east of Highway 99

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