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City issues 17 water violations during July

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POSTED August 7, 2017 1:07 a.m.

The drought per se may be over but the need to conserve water throughout California isn’t going away.

Water supply in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is vulnerable to the whims of Mother Nature, Sacramento proposals to commander more water for fish, court orders regarding Delta salinity requiring more fresh water, a pending mandate that will limit groundwater use, and the proposed Twin Tunnels project.

It is why the City of Manteca is doing its best to help people keep the lid on water waste.

Per resident water use crept up 4 percent in July going from 176 average dally gallons per capita in June to 183 gallons last month.

The city in July followed up on 12 water-related complaints. That is in addition to 17 violations.

If they are first time violations, there is no fee connected with the official warning. Subsequent violations, however, carry a monetary fine. 

During 2016 there were 595 Manteca water violations including 91 repeat offenders slapped with $5,500 in fines.

u504 first time violators that received a written notice warning them to comply.

u86 second time violators that earned a second warning notice and a $50 penalty that they could have waived by attending a water conservation seminar.

u5 third time violators that were slapped with $250 penalties.

The primary violations were watering on the wrong day, watering on Monday, watering between noon and 6 p.m., water flowing into the gutter for more than 5 minutes and washing sidewalks and driveways.

Even addresses are allowed to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while odd addresses can water on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. No watering is allowed on Monday. No water is allowed at any address on any day from noon to 6 p.m.

To help people reduce their water consumption the city offers three rebate programs:

u$1 per square foot when grass is replaced with water-efficient landscaping that is suited to the Northern Joaquin Valley’s semi-arid climate.

u$100 for buying clothes washers with a water factor of 7.1 or less.

u$75 for replacing older toilets with dual flush or high efficiency toilets with a water customer allowed up to two rebates during a three-year period.

Details and restrictions on the rebates can be found at ci.manteca.ca.us/pwt/Water/Rebates.aspx.

 

Truck trailer on

Moffat could

be towed soon

The truck trailer on Moffat Boulevard near Sherman Avenue that appears to be abandoned given it has been there since mid-July might be addressed soon.

Reports are that it got cited by the Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police (SHARP) volunteers for graffiti given how gang members have been using it as a canvas. The matter is now in the hands of the team that handles vehicle abatement. Once they cite the trailer, the owners have 72 hours to remove it. If it isn’t moved in 72 hours it is towed. 

Towing trucks — or specifically semi-trailers — left on streets is a rare occurrence in Manteca.

While on the subject of Manteca SHARP volunteers and the herculean effort they do helping the police by doing tasks that fee up officers and other personnel for other pressing matters as well as working on tasks such as graffiti abatement, neighborhood patrols, vacation checks, taking down garage signs, and addressing abandoned shopping carts, some people have wondered why they aren’t allowed to do more such as issue tickets for handicap parking space violations.

They did do that and similar tasks up until a few years back.

That was stopped when the attorney general in Sacramento determined issuing certain tickets required a person who had successfully completed a Police Officers Standard Training course.

Tim Ogden era

starts at City Hall

Manteca’s sixth city manager in 30 years — Tim Ogden — starts today. 

Ogden has just wrapped up a stint as city manager of Waterford — a community of nearly 9,000 residents in eastern Stanislaus County. He’s been Waterford’s city manager since 2011. That means unlike his predecessor — Elena Reyes — he has previous experience running an actual city, managing a municipal staff, and dealing extensively with the public.  Ogden also has a strong economic development resume including with Ceres and Modesto.

Ogden was working for Manteca even before today. He hired Jeri Tejeda as finance director last week.

Tejeda replaces Suzanne Mallory who retired last month after serving 16 years as the finance director. Tejeda has been in the city’s finance department for 12 years.

Ogden also starts with a new community development director, Greg Showerman who had been acting as the city manager. Showerman was appointed to the community development director in March by the council given the unorthodox situation of having the city manager hiring himself for a department head position.

That means all but three of the city department heads have been in place for less than 14 months.  Three of those positions — the police chief, fire chief, and community development director — were put in place by Showerman.

Not bad for an acting city manager.

The two “senior” department heads are Human Resources and Risk Management Director Joe Kriskovich and Public Works Director Mark Houghton.

City Attorney John Brinton is “the dean of the executive team” with more than 30 years under his belt. The city attorney and city manager are the only two municipal employees hired directly by the City Council as they work directly with the City Council. Brinton is also the only contract employee on the executive team.

 

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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