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Lathrop may replace aging water meters

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POSTED April 1, 2013 3:06 a.m.

LATHROP – The water meters in the older section of Lathrop aren’t functioning properly.
They’re still giving readings and for the most part they’re still within the range of what the customer is using on a monthly basis.

But if the Lathrop City Council gives its blessing on Monday, and approves spending more than $400,000 from various municipal funds, those outdated and inefficient meters would become a thing of the past – giving way for a new system that will no longer require manual readings and will provide accurate billing information for both the customer and the city.

The proposal is just one in a series of capital improvement projects that will come before the city council on Monday in the annual list that the body approves – outlining a list of 41 total projects that range from the simple to the complex.

And it’s anything but a wish-list for city officials or a ranking system for what they’d like to see completed first.

By taking an inventory of everything that needs to be completed within the next five years – or what realistically could be completed during that time frame – city staff is able to determine future personnel and equipment needs, gauge newly adopted funding levels and project timelines and align the projects with the city’s goals and operating budget.

With the annual budget approval cycle just around the corner, the list helps paint a realistic picture of what major improvements are on the horizon, and whether the funds created to cover those improvements are sustainable.

Then there are partnerships that help make other improvements possible.

One of the other things the council will be asked to discuss is increasing the processing capability of the water recycling plant to 1 million gallons a day to accommodate additional growth in West Lathrop Specific Plan Area – River islands. The development would be on the hook for 80 percent of the project costs and allocation of the additional treatment capacity.

Of the 41 projects that are listed, 15 are street improvement projects, eight are general government and public safety projects, six are parks and recreation improvement projects and six are water improvement projects.

The Lathrop City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at Lathrop City Hall, located at 390 Town Centre Drive. The meetings are broadcast live to Lathrop residents on Comcast channel 97.

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