The Woodbridge Irrigation District is came one step closer to starting construction on its new office complex, directors said at a board meeting Thursday morning. Andy Christensen, general manager of the district, said they need to have an architect finalize plans for the building and respond to comments from the City of Lodi on how their water and sewer lines will operate. Once those two steps are completed, they will be able to obtain a building permit.
The plans will be formally presented at a meeting early next year and Christensen said he would like construction completed by September 2011.
Board member Hank Van Exel and President Bill Stokes also took an oath of office for their four-year terms at the meeting. Both men have already served the district for years and will remain with their respective posts. Board member Bill Shinn was not present at the meeting but will take his oath in the coming days, Christensen said.
Russ Taylor, a hydrologist for East Bay Municipal Utility District, said this year has seen the seventh-wettest start to a rainy season since EBMUD started compiling data. Precipitation in the Mokelumne River Basin was 329 percent of average in October and 158 or average in November.
"It's early in the season, but chances are good we will fill the EBMUD system," he said.