- In other action
The Lodi City Council adopted the Harney Lane Specific Plan by a
4-0 vote after owners of two parcels withdrew their opposition.
Steve Herum, a Stockton attorney representing the two business
owners, said in October that the plan could put a family-owned farm
and cherry packing business in jeopardy.
The F&L Costa cherry orchard has operated for 50 years at
the southeast corner of Harney and West lanes. The current plan for
the section of Harney Lane near their farm would cut off access
from that street into the orchards. For three months during packing
season, the plant receives 30 to 50 trucks a day.
Herum said Wednesday that city staff was very professional in
working out a solution. The council agreed to install a traffic
signal on West Lane allowing access to the Costa property, allow
westbound Harney Lane motorists to make a U-turn at West Lane and
complete the crossing above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in
The city created a long-term plan for increasing Harney Lane
from two lanes to four lanes between the city limits to the west
and South Stockton Street.
The council approved a 2 percent rate water rate increase for
those on flat rates, effective in January, and a $23.20 fixed
monthly service charge for customers on water meters. There is also
a formula for metered rates based on usage.
For a resident still on the flat rate, the monthly charge for a
three-bedroom home will increase from $41.09 to $41.99. A metered
resident using 1,500 cubic feet of water per month will see an
increase from $38.10 to $38.95.
The City Council represented a certificate of recognition to
Lodi Lake Nature Area docents for their 25 years of volunteer
service. Fifteen docents continue to lead nature tours of the
58-acre nature area for 1,500 students per year. Lodi residents Jay
and Kathy Bell developed a new curriculum for the Lodi Unified
School District and trained the first class of volunteers in 1986.
Docent Coordinator Kathy Grant is the only paid person involved in
The council approved removing 41 Modesto ash trees throughout
the city, with most of them between Cherokee and Ham lanes, and
between Kettleman Lane and Lockeford Street. Modesto ash trees,
used for many years as city street trees, can easily be diseased,
Public Works Director Wally Sandelin said. They are susceptible to
mistletoe, branches can fall easily and increase the city's
liability of the branches damage something, and pruning is very
expensive, Sandelin said.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 6:17 am, Thu Dec 22, 2011.
Representatives from five Lodi city employee groups accused city
negotiators on Wednesday of bargaining in bad faith by adding what
they termed some "non-economic" items.
However, employee representatives wouldn't say what those
non-economic items are.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:17 am.