- In other action
The commission also discussed the possibility of using volunteer
labor to supplement existing city workers, specifically at sports
The city already allows interested volunteer groups to work on
projects in city parks. But under this proposal, the city would
allow volunteers to do field maintenance and use both power tools
and vehicles, which previously were not available to volunteer
Some members of the commission said they would like to see the
city use more volunteers.
"I would be very much in favor of looking to utilize
organizations that are out there to pitch in this time of limited
funds," said David Akin, who served his last night as commission
Commission member Larry Long also agreed with the proposal.
"Volunteerism in the community is a great thing. There's lots of
clubs and organizations that get behind their community," Long
However, Parks Superintendent Steve Dutra expressed that the
success of the program depends on it being highly structured.
"Whatever program we craft collectively needs to be sustainable
— not just today's game, or this season," Dutra said.
Dutra emphasized that this will provide additional park
maintenance the department doesn't have the money to fund.
This is supplemental to the existing city staff, not to replace
the existing staff. I wouldn't support it if it wasn't in
supplement to what was already there," Dutra said.
— Maggie Creamer
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:00 am
During the first week of March, a California state agency will
start digging trenches and installing monitoring wells at the city
of Lodi's former landfill site that borders the Union Pacific
railroad tracks and the Mokelumne Village subdivision.
The site, which is at the end of Awani Drive, was used as a dump
until the 1940s, and it borders the Mokelumne River. The state is
paying to install the equipment and will monitor the wells for
about a year, city spokesman Jeff Hood said.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:00 am.