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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:46 am

The city of Galt will spend close to $350,000 over the next two years on two key capital improvement projects: replastering and retiling the Aquatic Center swimming pools, and making police station updates.

The $92,000 pool project was among those discussed at a special budget meeting Tuesday. Council members annually review the 2012-17 plan to make any updates.

The adjustments will be voted on at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting.

“It gives us a plan and finances for the future,” City Manager Jason Behrmann said of the capital improvement program. “It’s rough with the economy and all the ups and downs.”

Under the current plan, an additional $239,000 is expected to be used for maintenance and renovation improvements to the police station, including new carpet and tiles, reroofing and upgrades to the current heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.

The city has not had the revenue needed to pay for all the station’s maintenance, so it has been doing patch work, according to Behrmann.

At the swimming pools, the tiles are coming up and causing issues, he said. And, although they were just replastered five years ago, the material is beginning to flake off.

Other capital projects in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets include:

  • Completing the railroad quiet zone by the end of December.
  • City Hall renovation.
  • Fourth Street parking lot and open space improvements.
  • Chabolla Center improvements, including replacing the HVAC system and flooring.

Some streets projects were postponed last year due to delays with the city’s redevelopment agency proceeds. At least one — the completion of the C Street renovation — could be funded through a grant with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, according to Behrmann.

In all, the city will have completed $43 million in capital improvement projects in the fiscal year that ends June 30, including the Central Galt Interchange and Littleton Center floor renovation.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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