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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Here's a look at projects that could receive federal stimulus funding:

City of Lodi

The city submitted a list of projects to Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Lodi, on Friday, city spokesman Jeff Hood said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the city has yet to hear back on if any of the projects will be funded.

He said the city will not start any construction until money is secured, and he does not expect huge amounts of funding for the city from the stimulus package.

"A lot of these things have to be done," Hood said. "It's just a matter of when we can get them done."

Here are the top three projects Lodi submitted to McNerney's office.

  • Project: Repair erosion of Mokelumne River bank near Pigs Lake.

Cost: $1.86 million.

  • Project: Build the Mokelumne Discovery Center in conjunction with the Lodi Water Treatment plant.

Cost: $43.5 million.

  • Project: Purchase a vacant commercial building to be used by entrepreneurial companies focused on renewable energy and green construction.

Cost: $5 million.

City of Galt

Galt is expecting to receive some money from the stimulus, but not necessarily for a specific project, Assistant City Manager Jason Behrmann said.

Some of the money from the stimulus will most likely be distributed to cities through a funding formula. If Galt receives money this way, it will most likely be a relatively small amount, such as $500,000, that would need to be spent in a short-time frame, like 90 days. If that's the case, the money will be used for street paving or a similar project that doesn't have to meet environmental regulations.

Behrmann said the city has sent out lists of projects to multiple groups and politicians and hope some of them can be funded. The bypass pipeline is one project that could be done in a 90-day time frame if it received funding.

Here are the three main projects the city would like to secure funding for:

  • Project: Central Galt Interchange.

Cost: $11.5 million.

  • Project: New sewer lift station at Live Oak.

Cost: $5 million.

  • Project: Wastewater treatment plant upgrade to the bypass pipeline.

Cost: $1.3 million.

Local school districts

Federal stimulus funding will be allocated to local school districts to backfill cuts, prevent layoffs and modernize schools, according to the Association of California School Administrators. However, the money will be provided to the governor to determine how it will be spent.

Lodi Unified Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer cautioned that the money for layoffs may only be for one-time use, while districts are facing ongoing costs for staffing.

Galt Joint Union High School District Superintendent Tom Gemma said it's too early to know what the effects will be until an analysis is completed.

In Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Superintendent Karen Schauer also pointed out that the funding won't help districts in future years.

"It's a stimulus plan, so we're interpreting it to be more supplemental, not backfill money," she said, adding that the Sacramento County of Office Education is cautioning districts about relying on the anticipated money.

"We just need more information," Schauer added. "We're appreciative of seeing federal money coming, but it doesn't change what programs we're having to look at for possible reductions."

San Joaquin County

County officials haven't prioritized their projects. Instead, they submitted some 50 proposals that are "shovel ready." However, they don't expect everything to be funded, said Elena Reyes, the county's legislative coordinator.

The Board of Supervisors didn't prioritize its projects, Reyes said, because money will come from a myriad of federal funding sources.

The following are some of the largest projects in terms of cost the county submitted:

  • Project: Bird Road/Highway 132 interchange in southwest San Joaquin County.

Cost: $23 million.

  • Project: Reclamation District 2074 - 10-mile levee seepage.

Cost: $12 million.

  • Project: Reclamation district 17 levee improvements.

Cost: $10 million.

  • Project: Levee geotechnical engineering.

Cost: $10 million.

  • Project: Stockton Metropolitan Airport - instrument landing system upgrade.

Cost: $4.8 million.

Local north county funding requests include:

  • Project: Lower Sacramento Road improvements.

Cost: $3.4 million.

  • Project: Lower Sacramento Road improvements (old town Woodbridge).

Cost: $3.4 million.

  • Project: Woodbridge street resurfacing.

Cost: $489,000.

  • Project: Morada water systems emergency interconnect.

Cost: $2.6 million.

Sacramento County

Information unavailable.

San Joaquin Council of Governments

Executive Director Andrew Chesley expects to get $50 million to $55 million for county roadway improvements.

Chesley said he's asked cities and counties to get moving as soon as possible on their projects, even though they won't know exactly how much federal money they will receive.

Much of the money coming to the council of governments will be to repave roads and construct curb cuts for sidewalks, Chesley said.

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

(includes Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Yuba and Sutter counties)

The council will prioritize projects at today's board meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of California, Davis' Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on Old Davis Road, near the UC Davis exit off Interstate 80.

By News-Sentinel staff writers Maggie Creamer, Ross Farrow and Jennifer Bonnett.

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1 comment:

  • posted at 12:19 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.

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    Saddle up to the porkulus spending bill. Doesn't help because that is the taxpayers money either now or in the future, it is not free. So all you mushskull who talk about 'Govt' money you really need to educate yourself about where that money comes from

     

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