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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2004 10:00 pm

City areas designated for youth will be the focus of Wednesday's City Council meeting when members are expected to name a portion of Lodi Lake after a former department head and accept a donation for the city skatepark.

The $10,100 donation from developer Alex Spanos will pay for repairs to skatepark equipment necessary for its reopening.

The park, which has been closed for months due to liability insurance concerns, is located in Kofu Park on Ham Lane.

In separate action, the council will be asked to rename the Youth Area at Lodi Lake in honor of former Parks and Recreation Director Ron Williamson. He retired in September 2000 after 35 years with the city.

During his tenure, Williamson not only led the city department and helped develop Peterson and Katzakian parks, but he coached baseball and organized basketball programs. He also helped form the first six-team youth football program.

Tony Goehring, parks and recreation director, said the Youth Area was chosen because of Williamson's dedication to the community's youth and his affection for Lodi Lake.

Also Wednesday, the City Council is scheduled to:

• Vote on $221,114 for various legal expenses including the city's ongoing contamination litigation and general litigation matters. A portion will come from the city's water and wastewater funds, with the remaining being paid out of the general fund.

• Prioritize projects to be considered at next year's One Voice trip to Washington, D.C. Each year in March, county and city officials travel to the nation's capital to lobby for federal money for local projects.

Among projects funding could be requested for are the animal shelter, a police and fire training center, and money for groundwater contamination cleanup.

• Approve purchasing transformers for the Electric Utility at a cost of $52,519.

• Recognize new Councilman Bob Johnson for his service on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Since being elected to the council last month, Johnson has stepped down from that commission.

• Hold a public hearing to consider the Planning Commission's recommendation for the 2004 Growth Management Allocations.

Former mayor Larry Hansen will also present his second community service award. Dr. Walter Reiss, who established the Salvation Army Lodi Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, was unable to attend the last council meeting when Hansen made his presentation.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St., and is open to the public. For more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at 333-6702.

Contact reporter Jennifer Pearson Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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