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Letter: Who’s keeping tabs on the water?

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:51 pm

I would like to address this letter to the Lodi City Council, the Planning Commission, County Supervisors and all who are responsible employees of “we the people” with respect to potential use of our precious water resources.

The two projects of Lower Sacramento Road, plus the Reynolds Ranch area, recently approved or in the works to be developed in the next few years, will be adding close to 1,000 homes to the area. I would like to know what consideration has been given to the fact that each of these homes will probably have two bathrooms and most likely some will have three. I would assume also that most of these homes will have upwards of two adults and two or three children living in them; therefore, I would like to know where the water is going to come from.

You cannot manufacture water, and with the drought upon us we who are already living here are trying to conserve water. It seems to me that the almighty tax revenue to the city is more important than trying to preserve the way of living of those who are currently living in San Joaquin County.

This upsets me to no end, and paving over farmland will only heat up this already hot valley. I am hoping that the developers will be required to plant only native, drought-tolerant plants in the buffer zones that do not require water to keep them alive. Sure the developers will be required to beautify the entrances to each of these three developments, but I would like to know what steps are being taken to take water into consideration.

Who can answer this question for me?

Georgia R. Owens

Acampo

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5 comments:

  • Christina Welch posted at 10:36 pm on Sun, Jul 20, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 376

    I would love to see an article by the LNS as well. And a comment from the city council. But, it seems, this is a letter they plan to ignore...

     
  • roy bitz posted at 6:11 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2014.

    roy bitz Posts: 501

    It is my understanding that the surface water treatment plant is a forty year pay off. The cost of the plant may be 42 mil but when you add all the associated costs such as planning, infrastructure costs the raw hook up, theMills ave dig, costs to operate and maintain it, cost of the water -----debt service alone on is some fifty million.
    I have asked LNS several times to provide a recap of the total costs associated with this plant but nothing yet.
    Three council members approved this plant two opposed it because it was supposed to be paid for by new development currently taking place on the West side.
    LRate payers will pay for this project that I call Lodi's bridge to nowhere.
    Hopefully a council member will set me straight on the numbers.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 10:10 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2014.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1477

    I hope Lodi hasn't taken up the lets lower fees to promote business so the city can prosper idea. That only has the effect of transferring costs from developers to the tax payers.

     
  • Ron Werner posted at 10:32 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2014.

    Ron Werner Posts: 90

    I would like to know why Vice Mayor Hansen and Councilman Bob Johnson are against reinstating the $15,000 development fees that were reduced to $5,000 in 2012. According to todays paper, Lodi's development fees are way below other cities in the county. $10,000 times the 747 proposed new homes would give the city $7.5 million.Did I miss somewhere that the new $42 million dollar surface water treatment plant is completely paid off? or the city has no employee pension liability?

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Jul 9, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 376

    A very valid question, Ms Owens. I would expect to see a response from members of all three of the parties addressed in this letter. I do believe I've seen their contributions on this forum in other contexts. I hope they don't intend to ignore this one.

     

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