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CITY WEEDS STILL STAND
Manteca spending $65K to finally get rid of them
WEEDS CITY1 7-29-17
Weeds are shown in the center median on Atherton Drive west of Airport Way on Friday. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Everyone in Manteca was supposed to — under city orders — abate weeds on their property by April 1.
Now four months later and halfway into the fire season, Manteca may finally finish clearing weeds from all city-owned parcels. Manteca Fire Chief Kyle Shipherd had advanced the usual abatement deadline of May 1 a full-month out of concern that heavy early spring rains were creating dangerous fire conditions by triggering heavy weed growth.
The Manteca City Council is being asked Tuesday to spend $65,000 from the general fund’s undesignated reserves to pay for the removal of weeds, debris, and combustible vegetation from 22 sites around Manteca. The council meets at 4 p.m. — three hours earlier than usual on Tuesday — due to scheduled National Night Out activities. The meeting takes place at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
The list includes properties and areas in city right of ways that are not maintained by municipal workers. Weed control has been done elsewhere by the city. In fact, this was the first year in at least seven years that the site for the future fire station at Atherton Drive and Woodward Avenue was cleared of weeds by the abatement deadline and not months afterwards.
Public Works Director Mark Houghton notes in a report to the City Council the properties involved were listed for weed abatement in the 2017-2018 budget but funding wasn’t included when the council actually adopted the budget. Houghton said it will be included in upcoming budgets. That said, it wasn’t clear whether additional money would be budgeted this year to perform weed abatement on the properties in the spring of 2018 by the normal city imposed deadline of May 1. That deadline is within the current budget year that ends June 30, 2018. Without adding additional funding in the current budget it would mean the 22 properties in question wouldn’t be abated until sometime after July 1, 2018 — more than two months after the date the city demands private property owners abate weeds by.
Great Valley Conservation Corps based out of the San Joaquin County Office of Education complex in Stockton is being contracted for $57,684 to do the work. Given this is the first year of contracting all 22 properties out for abatement, staff opted to have an additional $7,316 in the event unforeseen expenditures arise.
The Great Valley Conservation Corps helps those between 18 and 25 years of age with academic instruction, employment opportunities, green job training, life skills and more.
The 22 properties and right of way areas that the city is having abated are as follows:
Button Avenue, west side row of Button Ave, approximately 3,300 feet.
North side row of Industrial Park Drive, approximately 1,725 feet in length, 20-35 feet in width.
2514 & 2518 McKinley Avenue, east side row approximately 900 feet in length by 11 feet in width.
Northeast corner of South Main Street and East Atherton Drive, length varies by 8 to30 feet in width and is about 9,471 square feet.
2221 Daniels Street and 1115 Airport Way, both parcels approximately 16.5 acres
682 S. Main Street, entire parcel, approximately 8.07 acres.
2260 and 2268 West Yosemite Avenue, entire parcels, approximately 1.93 acres.
282, 284 Airport Way, entire parcels, approximately 4.51 acres
1212 Moffat Boulevard, entire parcel, approximately 1.73 acres.
Entire parcels, approximately 2.28 acres near Moffat and Spreckels.
580, 600 and 800 Moffat Boulevard.
220 Moffat Boulevard, portion of parcel approximately 0.34 acres.
1842 Daniels Street, entire parcel, approximately 10 acres
Cottage Avenue and Button Avenue,  entire landscape area between Button and Cottage
Louise Avenue and Highway 99, north side row of Louise, approximately .22 acres.
Collins Street, south side row of Collins St., approximately 930 feet in length by 8 feet in width
120 Legacy Street, entire parcel, approximately 0.15 acres.
Atherton Drive, median west of Airport Way approximately 1,055 feet in length by 11 feet in width
Moffat Boulevard, south side Row of Moffat approximately 4,190 feet in length by 3 feet in width
208 S. Main and 115 E. Wetmore St., portions of both parcels approximately 0.6 acres.
1673 E. Woodward Avenue, entire parcel of approximately 0.8 acres.
1749 E. Atherton, entire parcel of approximately 1.73 acres.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com