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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:00 am

Progress on Woodbridge Golf and Country Club’s remodel is slowly moving forward.

The Woodbridge Sanitary District Board of Directors on Wednesday night unanimously authorized a district engineer to complete a study to determine whether the district has the water capacity to support the club’s planned 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, to be built this summer.

However, the study can only move forward once the club agrees to repay the district for associated costs.

San Joaquin County’s Local Agency Formation Commission requires the district to prove it can support the club’s project, before construction can begin. If the district does not have enough capacity, the country club must revise the project, according to Neil Colwell, principal engineer with Stockton-based KSN, Inc.

Colwell said the study will involve monitoring water levels in several wells operated by the sanitary district over a period of one month, and then calculating how much water is going out in the disposal stage.

He said that the district’s plant can currently store and treat up to 500,000 gallons of water a day, but its disposal capacity is much lower.

Colwell estimated the plant can dispose of about 360,000 gallons of water a day, but his study will determine actual numbers.

The study could cost the district as much as $33,000, which will be repaid by the country club, as stated in a proposed reimbursement agreement.

If the study finds the district has the capacity to accommodate the country club, then the project can move forward.

The board’s vote Wednesday night also called for the district’s legal counsel to create a draft reimbursement agreement, which will be presented at a future joint meeting between the two agencies.

The club has asked for annexation into the district, and the study will determine if the district has the capacity to store and dispose of the club’s water usage upon completion of its new 35,000-square-foot clubhouse in 2015.

The new two-story clubhouse will replace the existing 57-year-old, single-story building, which is 18,000 square feet.

Golf course officials said the country club will remain open and clubhouse operations will be moved across the street during construction, which is scheduled to begin this summer.

Contact reporter Wes Bowers at wesb@lodinews.com.

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