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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003 10:00 pm

Three meetings that will have an effect on Galt's future will be held this week.

Tonight, Galt Fire Protection District directors will adopt their preliminary budget and conduct public hearings on proposals to increase fees for ambulance service and building inspections.

On Tuesday, city officials will discuss a long-term project to widen the Highway 99 interchange at C Street and Boessow Road. Plans will include different possible alignments, which include the current C Street alignment and another that would shift the overcrossing north to A Street.

And on Thursday, the Galt City Council will conduct a study session on what the city's role should be in providing financial help to nonprofit organizations.

At tonight's fire board meeting, directors will consider adopting a $3.1 million budget, which will include the addition of three firefighter positions, one for each 24-hour shift. The final budget won't be adopted until the state adopts its budget. That way, Galt Fire officials will have a better idea of what its revenue will be.

In other action, the fire board will conduct a public hearing on a proposal to increase fees for ambulance service and inspections.

The district proposes fee increases ranging from 25 to 35 percent for ambulance service. For basic life support, the fee would increase from $440 to $660, and for advanced life support, the fee would increase to $750 from $550.

The mileage rate for ambulance transportation would increase from $12 per mile to $16 per mile.

Tuesday's meeting on the Central Galt interchange will be conducted by the city's public works department and Omni-Means, a consulting firm analyzing options to reconstruct the antiquated interchange.

The $1.2 million study will take some two-and-a-half years to complete. No money has been acquired to construct the interchange once the study is completed.

Thursday's meeting will focus on whether the city should contribute public funds to local nonprofit organizations that help the community.

The financially strapped Galt Community Concilio asked the city to be forgiven of almost $7,000 in back rent and utility bills. However, concilio officials temporarily rescinded their request until late July, when the organization have a better idea of its finances. A fund-raising Hispanic concert is scheduled for July 20 on the Galt Market grounds.

The Galt Boys and Girls Club, facing massive bills because its building is riddled with mold, has asked the city to reimburse the organization for almost $5,400 in utility bills dating back to December.

The Galt Area Historical Society asked the city to pay about $10,000 in cost overruns for repairs made this year to the Rae House Museum.

City Manager Ted Anderson recommends that the City Council decide whether to help subsidize community organizations and consider setting a limit on how much the city will contribute.

Today's fire board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Fire Station 46, located at 225 Fifth St. Tuesday's Central Galt interchange meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Chabolla Community Center, 630 Chabolla Ave. Thursday's Galt City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive.

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