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Tire planters pop up along Van Ryn Ave.

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POSTED August 20, 2014 12:27 a.m.

Four tire planters have popped up along the Van Ryn Avenue bike path segment between the city’s landscaping just south of Industrial Park Drive.

A fifth tire minus soil has also been dropped off by the 120 Bypass underpass.

On Tuesday, the four makeshift planters each had plants that looked like they were wilting in the afternoon sun.

Who placed the tires there, filled them with dirt and placed plants in them is a mystery. City crews in the area said they had no inkling of who is behind the tire planters.

Woodward Avenue

crosswalk by Oct. 31

The long-awaited Woodward Avenue crosswalk at Buena Vista Drive should be completed by late October.

City Manager Karen McLaughlin reported to the City Council Tuesday that the project has been delayed due to the contractor needing to obtain a specially designed cross-arm that can reach out across the wide street. The arm is expected to be in Manteca by the end of next month.

The contract was awarded in April.

City crews moved much quicker to install the stop signs at Fox Fire Drive and Crom Street as well as paint a crosswalk on Moffat Boulevard at Lincoln Avenue.

Hundreds down,

just seven to go

The magic number for Mayor Willie Weatherford and Councilman John Harris is seven.

That’s the number of regularly scheduled City Council meetings the two have until their terms expire in the first week of December.

Both opted not to run for re-election

Harris has served as a council member since 1994. That’s not his only municipal service.

Harris spent five summers after he graduated from high school going into people’s back yards, hoisting the old metal garbage cans, and carrying them to the garbage truck as a city crew helper.

That’s when Ray Okerson oversaw a seven-man full-time crew that handled all of the city’s maintenance needs.

When he wasn’t needed there, he was assigned to help Manteca’s one-man parks maintenance crew back in 1958 — Frank Rose.

Weatherford was first elected to the City Council in 1996 and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2000. He was elected mayor in 2002 defeating incumbent Carlon Perry. Then in 2006 for the first time in 26 years that mayors were directly elected by voters there was no opposition candidate for an incumbent mayor.

Weatherford served as city manager in Galt in addition to 30 years in law enforcement, including 11 years as Manteca’s police chief.

Dog park by

Home Depot?

Manteca’s dog park could go along Moffat Boulevard in a mini-park that serves as a storm retention basin or in the undeveloped storm retention basin behind Home Depot.

Councilman Vince Hernandez is exploring both options with Manteca resident and dog lover Keith Jackson.

A dog park is part of conceptual plans for Woodward Park.

Hernandez wants to make sure the dog park is placed in the best location for dog owners and their four-legged friends to access.

Funds for the dog park are included in the current budget.

Vince Hernandez

fundraiser Friday

The Vince Hernandez for City Council 2014 committee is staging a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, Aug, 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St.

Chez Shari is catering the event, the JRP Band is providing live music, Ernie’s Food and Spirits is handling the bar and helping with staging the event are volunteers with the Manteca Firefighters Association and Manteca Youth Focus.

Some 200 tickets have already been sold. They are also available at the door for $25 apiece.

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