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PG&E, Verizon conflicts mean another delay for park project
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The expansion of Library Park is taking longer to get to fruition that it did for Leo Tolstoy to write “War and Peace” that’s available at the adjoining Manteca Library.

The park expansion – some six years in the making – is now being put on hold once again even though the city awarded Goodland Landscape Construction the contract to proceed on April 7, 2008.

Verizon and PG&E had been scheduled to go ahead with undergrounding various lines through the park. Both efforts have now stalled due to underground utility conflicts and problems with their plans that are effectively preventing Manteca from moving forward with the Library Park expansion.

In a memo to the City Council, Parks Planning and Development Superintendent George Montross noted “since PG&E is dealing with a myriad of utilities with ill-defined locations, in the long run it may prove beneficial to seek an easement from Union Pacific to place the PG&E and Comcast utilities on the west side of the Tidewater Bike Path.

The latest problem with the Library Park project is part of the consent calendar during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Manteca City Council meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center.

Expectations were high 13 months ago that the second phase improvements predicated on tearing out part of Poplar Avenue south of the entrance to the library parking lot would be in place by the start of this summer. Those improvements include the installation of walkways, brick banding, irrigation and landscaping, trees, site furniture, lights, electrical, baseball memorial seating with tiles, additional train seats, history walk, and a new gazebo with amphitheatre-style seating near the Tidewater Bike Path and interactive water feature.

Now the city is being forced to pay $21,958 to Goodland for expenses they have incurred.