What’s an alligator crack? Will it bite? Do you only find them in swamps?
Alligator cracks were among the topics at Turlock’s City Council workshop on roads. The workshops are part of Mayor Gary Soiseth’s 100-day program to get himself and the council up to speed on the positives, negatives, needs and must-haves facing the city and its residents.
So far, he’s had two workshops with several more planned.
The first was on water, an area the young mayor actually knows quite a bit about, to bring everyone up to speed on topics ranging from the city’s relationship with Turlock Irrigation District, plans to sell water to Del Puerto Water District, a water treatment plant and more.
Upcoming workshop sessions will include public safety, parks and recreation, building in the city (including the permitting process) and a line-by-line examination of the city’s budget. It’s an ambitious program.
But when it’s over, Soiseth expects the council to be ready for just about anything.
“After the 100 days, we really won’t have any excuses as a council to say ‘we weren’t aware,’” he said after finishing a long run along the city’s canal banks.
There had been another workshop planned to discuss the city’s relationship with California State University, Stanislaus. But that plan changed when Stanislaus State President Joe Sheehy called an made an alternative suggestion. Sheehy suggested turning the workshop into a forum, conducting it at a much larger venue (on campus) and inviting in the students.
“If the president wants to do something bigger, with more people attending, that’s an even better idea,” Soiseth said.
So is the 100-day plan working? Soiseth thinks so. For instance, at the roads workshop a suggestion to develop a “pothole strike team” – two workers in a truck with hot mix at the ready for patches – came up.
About those alligators in Turlock? Alligator cracks gets their name from the shape of the chunks in the asphalt. It won’t bite, but it can be difficult to fix. “It means the road has gone so far that you can’t just seal it,” said Soiseth, whose expertise has increased. “You’ve got to actually overhaul the entire roadbed.”
All kinds of things arrive in The Bee’s email, including a “heat map” showing the areas of the county with the highest concentration of college graduates. A color-coded map rates the county from “low to high.” If you guessed Turlock, with all those college professors living close to CSU Stanislaus, had the most, you’re right. But there’s also a concentration in north part of the county. That’s the Del Rio neighborhood. The rest of the county doesn’t fare so well. Something else to aim for.
Not much longer to wait
It was nice that so many people got a chance to pose with the San Francisco Giants’ three World Series trophies when they came through town this week. Hundreds did. Even better news: The entire team will be in Scottsdale, Ariz., by Tuesday to begin workouts. They’ll join the pitchers and catchers, who arrived earlier this week. There’s an online countdown clock, if you’re interested, at www.springtrainingonline.com.