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How much would you pay for a firefighters double date?
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Two “cover models” — Manteca Fire Captain David Marques and Manteca Firefighter John Viss  — have agreed to volunteer to help the Manteca Boys & Girls Club raise funds to keep the doors open during the current tough economic times to serve 1,500 kids.

They’ve volunteered to be a bid package at the Nov. 23-24 telethon. The package is a double date to the highest bidder or bidders.

Both have appeared on the Manteca Chamber of Commerce magazines plus Viss has modeled for surfer magazines.

For information on the telethon call the club at 239-KIDS.

Deadbeats cost Manteca $167K
Deadbeats are costing the City of Manteca water, sewer, and solid waste ratepayers $149,350.16.

That’s the amounted Manteca City Council is being asked to write-off in uncollected debt when they meet Tuesday night.

There are 524 accounts that have been inactive since June 30, 2007. Service to all of the accounts was terminated due to non-payment. That represents 5.10 percent off all total account receivables for the three municipal services.

It is up from 2.95 percent in losses in the previous year when $87,945.99 was written off.

The upswing in default accounts mirrors an upswing in foreclosure activity.

The losses won’t impact the general fund as they are enterprise accounts.

The council is also being asked to write off another $17,402.27 in account receivables. They represent charges for damage to city property, DUI accidents, pound service, false alarms, booking fees, refuse container service, and weed abatement. The write-off represents 5.03 percent of all miscellaneous accounts receivable.

The city has tried repeatedly to collect on the accounts and determined it would be fruitless to turn them over to a collection agency.

Vandals destroy picnic tables
If you want to help keep the cost of the City of Manteca’s park maintenance down, keep your eyes open for vandals who are destroying concrete picnic tables.

They have now destroyed two such tables at a loss of $1,200 apiece.

One table was destroyed at Woodward Park this past week while the other was wrecked at Morezone Park during the previous week.