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Water Rates, City Street Sweeping Info Offered

Escalon City Council members met for a special workshop session Monday night, Oct. 28 focusing on the draft report for water rates.

“It will be on the Council agenda for the November 18 meeting and a public hearing (set) for January 6, 2020, for the adoption of the rates,” City Manager Tammy Alcantor said of the draft report and proposed new rates. “Notification will go out to all properties connected to the system by November 21, starting the 45 days required before adopting the rates.”

The next meeting of the council is set for Monday, Nov. 4 with the city’s Recreation Commission scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 6; Planning Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and the council again, with the draft water rates report on the agenda for Monday, Nov. 18.

Meanwhile, the city has also issued an updated street sweeping schedule that will be in effect through the rest of the year. Streets will be swept every week on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Streets northeast of Main Street will be done on Tuesdays and those southwest of Main Street will be done on Wednesdays.

Fall clean up tips have been outlined by the city as well, in light of a State Water Resources Control Board initiative that requires the city to evaluate current practices and implement processes that protect storm water runoff.

City officials said leaves and plant debris can contribute to stormwater pollution and in an effort to reduce that pollution, residents are asked to keep grass clippings and leaves away from storm drains and out of the streets.

Residents should put leaves and clippings in their green waste can and should also sweep fallen leaves away from storm drain inlets to prevent neighborhood flooding. If needed, additional Green Waste containers can be ordered from City Hall at a cost of less than $3.50 per month.

More information on fall clean up and street sweeping is available by contacting the city’s Public Works Department at 209-691-7470.

Also, a reminder that City Hall will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 11 along with Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday observance.