Man­teca loses Fred Mill­ner; he kept tabs on com­mu­nity is­sues

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - DEN­NIS WY­ATT

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 .

Bul­letin file photo

Fred Mill­ner, cen­ter, dur­ing a 2009 City of Man­teca cit­i­zens’ bud­get ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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