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City of Galt seeking greater use of school district sites

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The Galt City Council and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District are reworking their joint-use facilities agreement, but it is going to cost the city an additional $15,000, although that could be reimbursed by the district.

If approved at Tuesday's regular City Council meeting, the money will go toward replacing turf on a sports field at McCaffrey Middle School.

Under the original agreement, the city was responsible for maintaining the restrooms, parking lot, playground and baseball fields, while the district was responsible for the turf area.

However, the district has not been able to maintain the turf to the city’s standards and numerous complaints have been received, according to City Manager Jason Behrmann.

Among the issues is overgrown grass the district has only been able to mow twice a month, he said in a report to council members.

Several months ago, the city approached the district to modify the agreement to give greater control to the city to maintain the McCaffrey field. The city already owns more than five acres of the approximately six-and-a-half acre field.

In exchange, the city will get expanded use and possibly exclusive use at other district sites such as the McCaffrey gymnasium to improve and expand recreational opportunities for the community such as youth basketball.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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