Manteca loses Fred Millner; he kept tabs on community issues
Fred Millner — a man who never minced his words when commenting on community concerns — passed away Monday at his home in Powers Tract.
Millner rarely missed a Manteca City Council meeting and penned letters on a regular basis to the Bulletin on subjects ranging from the need for city leaders to drop funding of the Convention & Visitors Bureau after he felt it went far afield from its stated non-profit mission to renaming Moffat Boulevard Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Millner’s rationale in the 2013 letter was that the city has transformed Moffat from an ugly, rundown corridor with almost $12 million in improvements including the transit station, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, Tidewater Bikeway, Spreckels Park MBX course, the Industrial Park Drive extension, and repaving the roadway. The city also aggressively cleaned up dilapidated buildings and chased out overnight truck parking and stopped the practice of people using city property as a makeshift dump, Millner noted the “old image” of Moffat is tied in some folks’ minds to the Moffat Feedlot.
Millner was part of the 15-member citizens budget advisory panel in 2009 that advised elected leaders on cuts and other steps they needed to take to prevent the City of Manteca from slipping into a financial hole when the Great Recession hit .
Fred Millner, center, during a 2009 City of Manteca citizens’ budget advisory committee meeting.