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Manteca’s longest running unfinished project on cover of city budget

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POSTED June 5, 2014 1:32 a.m.

The cover of the proposed City of Manteca municipal budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 has an interesting photo.

It is of an unfinished municipal project that has been that way for 15 years and counting. The subject is a huge photo of the kiosk on the Tidewater Bikeway plaza on Yosemite Avenue.

It was supposed to contain a map of the Tidewater as well as rules and other information. It was never completed because the city ran out of project funding plus the designer placed an insanely high $35,000 price tag on finishing it.

Given the fact the city is now in the advertising business with bus stops around Manteca, maybe they can find a creative way to generate money for the parks by selling ads on the kiosk. Or, better yet, maybe make it a place to post information on recreation and other activities around Manteca.

Or maybe they can lease it to CBS Billboards that has repeatedly rebuffed legal demands from the city to remove their billboards from along Moffat Avenue on city property as allowed in the contract they acquired when they bought the company that owns the billboards. The city has left the billboards stand despite contractually being in the right because CBS over the years has repeatedly threatened to sue the city if they enforce the legally binding contract.

As it stands now the kiosk is just a bunch of metal in the middle of the sidewalk.

But then again it does represent unfinished city projects of which the municipal budget has plenty within its pages.

Maybe next year the budget cover can feature the CBS Billboards that hawk everything from beer to fast food on city park land along the Tidewater Bikeway.

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fjar: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

This is not the longest neglected project, our library is. The council is to busy these days harassing small business. The ordinance this council passed, prevents small business from advertising by using sidewalk signs.They used the excuse that this is a distraction to motorist and may lead to accidents.This same council was in the process of approving a large electronic sign for the mall. Human signs in Manteca are more likely to cause motorist distraction, for they get paid to gyrate and dance to attract interest in the business.I support both street advertisement and fixed signs in Manteca.This council needs to remove this ordinance from the books. It's time for this council to stop harassment of small business. Small business paid the bills long before malls were placed in Manteca.
So stop the harassment council and give them the opportunity to survive in a highly competitive area.

beoden: 1 month, 3 weeks ago

How about the railroad crossing at Louise Avenue, west of Union. Will that EVER be done?

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