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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 10:00 pm

Local business leaders and clergy will be tapped for their opinions on what they'd like to see in a new city manager.

Mayor Larry Hansen read a list of names at Wednesday's City Council meeting when he updated fellow council members and the public on the search for a new city manager. In separate action, the council authorized Hansen to execute an agreement with CPS Executive Search and appropriated funds up to $25,500 for the search. It will be paid out of the city's contingency fund.

Also on Wednesday, the council approved an agreement with Galt to share federal transit funds and discussed additional power sources at the wastewater treatment plant. CPS, the Sacramento firm chosen to find a new city manager, has already met with four of the five council members, and both Hansen and Councilman Keith Land provided the firm's representative with a list of community members to contact for input on what they'd like to see in a new city manager.

They include Century Assembly Pastor Dale Edwards, Farmers & Merchants Bank President Kent Steinwert, past mayors including Phil Pennino and Jack Sieglock, now a county supervisor, and Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Pat Patrick. "(CPS) will take our input and mesh it with input from the community," Hansen said of the initial process. Community leaders will be asked in the coming days what qualities make up a good city manager, he said.

The City Council will make the ultimate decision.

Meanwhile, advertisements seeking applicants are already being placed in state magazines and on international Web sites, and CPS is scheduled to give a public presentation on the process to replace former City Manager Dixon Flynn at a study session Tuesday.

Flynn resigned earlier this month to run for City Council. Janet Keeter, the deputy city manager, was chosen as the interim city manager Aug. 4.

Earlier in the meeting, the council approved an agreement that Lodi and Galt will share about $1.2 million in federal transit funding. The cities tentatively agreed last month for Lodi to take 83 percent of the $1.2 million allocated for the 2002-03 fiscal year, and for Galt to receive 17 percent of the funds, or $216,490.

Pairing the cities to share federal money occurred after the 2000 Census when Galt was declared an "urbanized" area, making the city eligible for the first time to claim Federal Transit Administration funds.

Also on the agenda

In other action Wednesday, the Lodi City Council:

• Set a Sept. 1 public hearing to consider certifying the final environmental report for the White Slough Water Pollution Control Facility and directed staff to make an application to the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission to designate the sphere of influence.

The city's Planning Commission approved the item last week.

• Terminated a lease agreement with Lodi Greyhound and Western Union for the Lodi Station North Annex due to ongoing late rent, among other things. It is unclear if the action will affect Greyhound bus service in Lodi.

• Approved purchasing transformers for the Electric Utility District at a cost of $63,000.

• Delayed adopting a resolution approving plans and specifications, and authorizing bids for a storm drain on Elm Street, between Lee Avenue and Hutchins Street at a cost up to $100,000. The item will be brought back at a future meeting, according to Interim City Manager Janet Keeter.

• Heard a presentation from the California Water Environment Association that recognized Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator T. Brett Moroz.

The meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m. in honor of the father of Jeff Hood, the Record's Lodi bureau chief, who died this week, and the late John Ferrero, a long-time Sister City Committee member.

The urbanized area was dictated by population figures from the U.S. Census.

"So we are obligated to work out something with Galt," Lodi Public Works Director Richard Prima said.

The agreement is between Galt, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Sacramento County and Lodi.

"It is unique that we have not only two cities, but two counties," said Tiffani Fink, Lodi's transportation director.

The memorandum of understanding basically coordinates the ongoing transit planning for programming federal funds that support ongoing and future transit services that affect the Lodi and Galt areas. Such an agreement will secure appropriate funding and is available for each city at a specified time, Fink explained. "This is to get everything laid out when the funding becomes available … so that each city's needs are met."

Later in the meeting, the council discussed an agreement between the city and Northern California Power Agency to develop a wholesale electric delivery interconnect location at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The contract, not to exceed $70,000, will guarantee an uninterrupted power source.

The plant is currently served by two electric sources: One for normal operation and one for backup/emergency situations, both of which are owned by PG&E, a staff report said.

But with the current upgrades to the treatment plant, the cost to increase capacity of the two sources, plus fund the ongoing energy delivery, maintenance and standby capacity charges is not cost-effective when compared to other options. Connecting Lodi's distribution system to NCPA will provide the initially required electrical capacity to serve the plant's electrical needs, the report said.

Contact reporter Jennifer Pearson Bonnett at jenniferb@lodi-news.com.

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