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Expanded public works yard will save $620K yearly
This is one of the parcels the city is in the process of buying to expand the corporation yard. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca is getting ready to purchase the last two pieces needed to expand the municipal corporation yards on Wetmore Street in a bid to centralize public works operations to reduce general fund costs by $620,000 a year.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider inking an agreement with Norm and Rebecca Swan as well as Mark and Rhonda Walker to buy parcels at 280 and 316 South Main Street on the northeast corner of South Main and Wetmore Street for $960,000. The council in February approved buying the parcel at 410 South Main on the southeast corner of the same intersection for $1,539,500 from Naudeer Bali and Cary Hahn.

The parcel acquisitions will allow the city to expand its Wetmore Street corporation yard so public works operations can be consolidated to reduce travel times and costs as well as pool various operations.

It would cost $5.9 million to meet municipal needs for the short- and mid-term needs including purchasing the  property that flanks both sides of East Wetmore Street on the east side of South Main Street. The tab also includes a new vehicle maintenance shop, new operations center, site work, warehouse, water shop, and building maintenance yard. Current users through enterprise accounts as well as the sale of surplus property would pay for $2.7 million including $600,000 from water, $500,000 from solid waste, $100,000 from sewer fund, and the balance from property sales. The rest - $3.2 million – will come from fees already collected from growth for government facilities.

Annual savings would come from eliminating a vacant superintendent position and one vacant administrative support position and reduce growth in future administrative staff as the move would eliminate duplicate functions due to the far-flung corporation yard system. That will save $250,000 a year.

Reduced facility costs such as electricity, Internet, alarms, copies, and printers would save $20,000 a year.

Centralized purchasing and warehousing, pooling common equipment, and reducing the time employees have to drive around Manteca to pick up equipment and then return it for work would save $350,000 a year.

It would also eliminate a former South San Joaquin Irrigation District horse barn being used for vehicle maintenance that is pushing 90 years old. Besides having inadequate heating and cooling, the city’s garbage truck fleet – worth millions – have to be worked on outside in the elements.

It is part of Manteca’s efforts to find ways to bridge a $3 million general fund deficit projected for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.