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SSJID donates 2 trucks for SHARP graffiti patrols

Two 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup trucks were donated to the Manteca Police SHARP unit by the SSJID for use in graffiti abatement. Board Chairman John Holbrook hands over the keys to SHARP Captain ...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED May 8, 2012 1:02 a.m.

Graffiti abatement got a shot in the arm Monday with the gifting of two half-ton Chevy Silverado pickup trucks to the Manteca Police Department’s 65-member Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police volunteer program.

South San Joaquin Irrigation District Chairman John Holbrook presented the keys to Sharp Captain Marty Maldonado in a brief ceremony in front of the utility’s district office on East Highway 120.

The 2007 trucks replace earlier SSJID vehicles that were gifted in 1997 and 2000 for use by the volunteers working in the community – both Chevy Silverados. One of the trucks now in use has over 170,000 miles on its odometer and the other more than 200,000 miles.

In a memo from SSJID General Manager Jeff Shields, he noted that the older trucks have about reached the end of their usefulness due to high mileage and maintenance costs. He noted that the Water Operations Department has taken possession recently of several new trucks.

The trucks going to the SHARP unit were assigned a value determined by the Kelly Bluebook and show a worth of $5,000 to $7,000 each. The police department agreed to the stipulation that, should they sell the vehicles within the next five years, the proceeds would be returned to the irrigation district. It was also agreed that a sticker is to be placed on the back of the trucks indicating they were donated by the SSJID.

“It’s a good partnership with the city and that’s what is important,” SSJID communications director Troylene Sayler noted.

“When cities and government agencies don’t have the resources they need, the district feels it needs to step up to the plate,” she added. “In this case the donation was an easy thing to decide.”

The SSJID has also been a contributor to the city’s Storm Water Eradication Program for years. Originally the amount of their funding was $11,000 annually that has had to be reduced to $6,500.

“To some degree we are responsible for the quality of water going into the drains,” she said, adding that there is no state funding at present to support the program to fight the dumping of chemicals into the storm drains.

 

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