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City project updates dominate council meeting

June 8, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated June 7, 2016 at 9:29 p.m.
Workers can be seen engaged in renovation work of the million-gallon water tower on Russellville Road. The work is about 80 percent complete. The tower should be returned to service in August.

The regular meeting of the California Board of Aldermen, Monday, June 6, was dominated by updates and discussion concerning a variety of city projects either underway or being planned.

The renovation work of the million-gallon water tower on Russellville Road is about 80 percent complete. The painting should be wrapped up by the end of June and the remainder of the renovation project completed in July, with the tower put back into service mid-August. The company was granted a 45-day contract extension to complete the work. The work delay was largely due to slower than anticipated subcontractor work and supply delivery.

The next water tower-related projects are expected to begin in August. At that time, demolition will be done of the Cargill tower and the long unused 105-year-old tower at the corner of Owen and Smith streets near the elementary and middle schools.

Plans are completed for the 2016 sanitary sewer project in the Cedar Street area. The project has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources and it is awaiting permits for construction before being put out for bids.

Following discussion, the council approved a phased project to extend a 12-inch water main to an industrial section of the city which is expecting some growth. Bob Gilbert, Bartlett and West Engineering, commented that when all phases are completed, the project cost is expected to be about $213,000. The 'Welcome to California" sign is expected to be completed and in place in June.

Recreation Supervisor Jim Deeken informed the council that plans for the summer camps offered for young people include art, golf and music.

Due to Independence Day, the next regular meeting is in the City Hall Council Chamber, Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m.


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