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Posted by Kevin Valine on September 18, 2014
Mayor Garrad Marsh says that during his Saturday town hall meeting, he plans to talk about Modesto’s water, how the city is developing better budgeting tools, and new efforts to deal with graffiti and panhandling.
He also will answer questions from audience members during the meeting, which is from noon to 2 p.m. in the council chambers at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
Marsh said he will address the city’s efforts to conserve water during a third straight year of drought and how Modesto is in better shape than surrounding cities because it gets its water from wells and the Tuolumne River. Other cities rely just on wells. He will talk about the city’s efforts to treat its wastewater to a higher level so it can be used by West Side farmers to irrigate their land. He said that could start as soon as 2016.
Posted by Kevin Valine on September 4, 2014
This week, the City Council moved forward with a project to replace nearly 9,500 of its high-pressure sodium streetlights with light-emitting diodes, which use less energy, last longer and will save Modesto several hundred thousand dollars annually on its electric bill. But the city reached this decision after some less-than-illuminating moments.
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 28, 2014
City officials have spent many weeks trying to figure out how to keep all of Modesto’s 11 fire stations open despite a very thin Fire Department budget. They have explored several options, but have not talked about having firefighters pay more for their pensions.
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 21, 2014
Modesto City Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr. says he will not run for a second term in the November 2015 election, citing the need to devote more time to his family and business.
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 14, 2014
The final numbers are in: 8,035 tickets were sold for the Modesto Grand Prix, which featured about 260 superkart drivers racing on downtown streets Aug. 2-3. City officials have said they hoped to sell 7,500 to 10,000 tickets for the first-time event.
Posted by Kevin Valine on August 7, 2014
City officials have said they expected last weekend’s Modesto Grand Prix to bring in about $1 million in spending from the race fans, drivers and others. But it may be difficult to quantify the economic benefit when you account for businesses hurt by the race.