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Spending $1.3K to save $650K annually
Corporation yard expansion part of budget strategy
The parcel housing American Park n Sell as well as Economy Muffler at 410 S. Main St. is being purchased by the city to expand the municipal corporation yard. - photo by HIME ROMERO
A consignment used car lot on the southeast corner of Wetmore and South Main streets could help the City of Manteca general fund save $650,000 a year.

The City Council is expected to authorize spending $1,539,500 in development fees collected from growth to pay for new facilities to cover the purchase of the property at 410 S. Main St. from Naudeer Bali and Cary Hahn. It 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.

Manteca is in the process of negotiating for a second parcel on the northeast corner of Wetmore and South Main Street also needed to expand the corporation yard

 It would cost $5.9 million to meet municipal needs for the short- and mid-term needs including purchasing 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 or surplus property would pay for $2.7 million including $600,000 from water, $500,000 for solid waste, $100,000 from the 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 needed for work and then return it 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.