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Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2005 10:00 pm

Rather than fight with the city of Lodi over where a satellite campus for San Joaquin Delta College should be within the northern end of the college district, Galt Mayor Darryl Clare said he hopes to bring unity to the two cities as they lobby for a new campus.

The Galt City Council appointed Clare and Councilman Tim Raboy to a task force to explore Galt sites for the community college and discuss potential sites with Lodi's task force.

Clare said he has talked to the superintendents from both of Galt's school districts about joining the task force, and he will invite the group called City and Schools Together. That group includes trustees Donna Fluty and Susan Richardson from the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, plus Sue Roberts and Norman Pearson from the Galt High School district.

Clare said he will also approach the business community and others in Galt about joining the task force.

Galt's task force will mirror a group consisting of Lodi Councilmen Larry Hansen and Bob Johnson, plus school and business leaders.

Officials from the San Joaquin Delta Community College District are exploring a satellite campus in the north area of the district, thanks to the passage of Measure L, a $250 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in March 2004.

The district is looking for 100 acres so that someday the satellite campus can be expanded into a full community college.

Clare and Raboy prefer that the campus be located north of Liberty Road between Highway 99 and Lower Sacramento Road, just south of the Galt city limits.

"I don't know what better use that the property could be used for," Clare said at Tuesday's council meeting.

Clare said the Liberty Road site would be ideal if college officials want to offer "police science" because the McGee Correctional Training Center is located in rural Galt. Science classes could avail themselves of the habitat on Dry Creek, just north of Liberty Road at the San Joaquin-Sacramento county line, he added.

Another possible central location for the campus, Clare said, is the former Victor Fine Foods plant, located on the eastern Highway 99 frontage Road between Turner and Woodbridge roads.

In other action Tuesday, the City Council:

• Agreed to provide temporary office and look for bus space for South County Transit in case it must vacate property at Camellia Way and A Street.

The transit agency received an eviction notice by the Galt Community Concilio, which owns the land. The concilio, however, has put a hold on the eviction, according to June Gilmore, the transit agency's chief executive officer.

The concilio must also find a new home because its office, owned by the city of Galt, must soon be vacated to add parking adjacent to the Gora Aquatic Center on Chabolla Avenue.

• Postponed for two weeks a decision whether to join Sacramento County in a study of protected species and their habitat. The idea is to have one regional plan to replace habitat as development takes place.

Vice Mayor Randy Shelton requested a two-week delay in a proposal for the city to spend $2,100 to be included in a county study about habitat in southern Sacramento County.

• Consolidated two adjoining lots to allow the River of Life Church at Fifth and B streets to add a multipurpose room for its youth programs.

• Agreed to postpone its Aug. 2 meeting until the next day so that City Council members and employees can participate in National Night Out.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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