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The streets of Manteca keep getting even hole-ier
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The caller said the hole was a foot wide.
It actually isn’t quite that big but it still is one big tripping hazard in the middle of a crosswalk on Industrial Park Drive at Van Ryn Drive.
What is startling about the deteriorating pavement in and around the intersection is the fact the road is only about a decade old.
Things aren’t much better further to the north on Spreckels Avenue that has some of the continuous roughest pavement in Manteca. The section near Moffat Boulevard that is in the worst condition is about 15 years old.
It underscores the constant rumbling from Manteca residents that the city needs to step up street maintenance.
The strategy so far is to wait as they have on the washboard section of South Main Street in front of Wal-Mart until the city can cobble together major repaving projects as they have for the spring of 2017 on Main from Yosemite Avenue to Woodward Avenue as well as on Yosemite from Main to Cottage Avenue.

Confusion continues
over garbage collection
days in Manteca
City of Manteca solid waste division manager Rexie LeStrange noted many Manteca residents this week have not been putting out yard waste and garbage carts on the correct day.
The confusion stems from the 2016 collection calendar mailed to all solid waste customers that indicated collections would be a day later due to Christmas this week and New Year’s next week.
LeStrange said that isn’t the case. The regular collection schedule is still in effect.  That means if Thursday is your regular collection day that is still the case. The same goes for Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The bottom line: There is no change of the city’s collection days.
Typically when Christmas and New Year’s fall on a weekday the collection schedule is modified. But since both fell on Sundays this year there was no need to change days.

Christmas tree
pickup starting
The City of Manteca’s free curbside Christmas tree collection starts on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
It will run through Friday, Jan. 20.
Trees are picked up on your regular collection day.
Ornaments as well as stands and lights need to be removed from trees. Flocked trees are accepted.
The evergreen trees are recycled into compost.
The tree collection is free through Jan. 20. After that the city charges a time/labor fee and disposal fee to collect trees.
The city keeps cost down by employing temporary workers through Labor Ready for the Christmas tree collection.
If you have questions contact the Solid Waste Division office at 209.456.8440.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email