Lodi Coun­cil meets; au­di­ence asked about tran­sit needs

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Kyla Cathey LODI LIV­ING EDI­TOR

At the Lodi City Coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, city staff and vol­un­teers thanked the res­i­dents of Lodi for vot­ing in fa­vor of Mea­sure L.

“We’re enor­mously grate­ful,” said Michael Car­rouba, who co-chaired the Yes on L cam­paign.

City spokesman Jeff Hood also thanked Lo­di­ans. The pas­sage of Mea­sure L will save the city’s Parks, Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Ser­vices de­part­ment, he said.

Res­i­dents asked to iden­tify com­mu­nity needs

Pa­trice Cle­mons, a Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant spe­cial­ist with the city’s Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vices di­vi­sion, asked the au­di­ence to give feed­back on the grant pro­gram and how it should spend its funds.

She and Lodi Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee mem­ber David Diskin passed out sur­veys ask­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers to iden­tify the city’s needs. The di­vi­sion’s goal is to cre­ate a 2019-2023 Con­sol­i­dated Plan to de­ter­mine how to spend block grant fund­ing from the U.S. De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment.

“In general, these funds are to be used to as­sist un­der-rep­re­sented pop­u­la­tions,” Cle­mons said.

Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vices will be ac­cept­ing com­pleted sur­veys through Nov. 30. Com­mu­nity mem­bers can fill in the sur­vey on­line at www.sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/lod­i­con­plan.

Iden­ti­fy­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion needs

Ge­or­gia Lants­berger, rep­re­sent­ing the San Joaquin Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments, asked au­di­ence mem­bers for feed­back on un­met tran­sit needs in the Lodi area and sur­round­ing San Joaquin County in a pub­lic hear­ing.

The hear­ings are held each year to en­sure that the com­mu­ni­ties tran­sit needs are be­ing ful­filled be­fore any left­over funds from the Trans­porta­tion De­vel­op­ment Act are used for other projects like road re­pairs, she said.

On Wed­nes­day, res­i­dent Jag Singh asked Lants­berger and her col­leagues to con­sider adding a new San Joaquin RTD bus stop along West Lane, at least on week­ends.

“It would be nice to have one of the routes ser­vice the (Sikh) Tem­ple,” he said.

He’s known peo­ple who walked a mile and a half to reach the tem­ple from the near­est stop, he said.

“How many peo­ple do you think will use this ser­vice?” Coun­cil­man Mark Chan­dler asked.

“A lot more than the stop at DMV,” Bhat said.

Cit­i­zen Mike Lusk also sug­gested a new week­end stop along West Lane, so that Lodi res­i­dents can use pub­lic trans­porta­tion to visit Micke Grove Park.

“Maybe that could be tied in with a stop at the Sikh Tem­ple,” he said.

Kim Netto and four clients from Per­son-Cen­tered Ser­vices also asked for new stops.

The day pro­gram serves adults with dis­abil­i­ties with classes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Lodi and Stock­ton lo­ca­tions.

“They ride the Dial-A-Ride, and Dial-A-Ride has let them know they have to pick them up be­tween 1 and usu­ally 1:20 be­cause they have other rides sched­uled closer to 2,” she said.

She asked that buses serve their lo­ca­tions closer or slightly after 2 p.m. each day so that stu­dents could stay for all of their classes, or take classes ex­clu­sive to one lo­ca­tion and get back to their home lo­ca­tions be­fore they need to catch the bus.

The four clients who at­tended the coun­cil meet­ing with her agreed.

“We need more buses!” Pam Tay­lor told the au­di­ence.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers don’t need to wait for a pub­lic hear­ing to sub­mit their re­quests for trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Lans­berger said. The Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments takes re­quests all year by mail or email. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sjcog.org.

Build­ing Lodi

On Wed­nes­day, the Lodi City Coun­cil voted 4-0 to ap­prove plans for a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on Cen­tury Boule­vard and Lower Sacra­mento Road. The Vine­yard Ter­race sub­di­vi­sion would in­clude 235 medium-den­sity homes in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent styles.

“We’re ex­tremely ex­cited about this pro­ject,” said Doug Di­eter of KLA Inc., which is de­vel­op­ing the sub­di­vi­sion.

The al­lo­ca­tions will be split up over three years, said Craig Hoff­man, the City of Lodi’s se­nior plan­ner.

The tim­ing for the pro­ject is good, as many of the build­ing projects started in 2013 are be­gin­ning to wrap up, he said. Some, like the Rose Gate sub­di­vi­sion, have very few homes and lots left avail­able to home­buy­ers.

Dur­ing com­ment, Lusk ques­tioned whether the build­ing im­pact fees will be dis­counted as some of the first projects after the re­ces­sion were.

KLA will be pay­ing the full im­pact fees, City Man­ager Steve Sch­wabauer said.

“This pro­ject will cre­ate a lit­tle over $1 mil­lion in fees that will go to­ward DeBenedetti Park,” Di­eter added. The park will be across Cen­tury Boule­vard from the sub­di­vi­sion.

The builders plan to be in Lodi for a while, and are al­ready keep­ing an eye out for ad­di­tional fu­ture projects, he said.

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