Let there be more light in Mountain House
by Joel Danoy
Jan 10, 2013 | 2457 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors unanimously approved on Wednesday, Jan. 9, a plan to conduct monthly checks and repairs of the streetlights at an annual cost of $6,000.

Harpel Singh, operations and maintenance manager for MHCSD, told the board during its monthly meeting that the increase will cost $3,000 for the remainder of the 2012-13 fiscal year — which ends

June 30 — and then $6,000 annually.

Sweeps were conducted only twice last year, and several residents have recently complained about the number of outages in the town.

Singh said it takes about two weeks for the town’s contractor, Siemens, to fix an outage once it is reported.

There are 1,200 streetlights in Mountain House, according to Singh, who said the cost of increasing the sweeps will be covered under the current budget.

Before the new plan, the district relied on residents in the community to report the outages. Now, district crews will go and check the lights, which Singh said will be more effective in finding outages.

Director Bernice King Tingle said she wanted to see the town “be more proactive rather than rely on the community to give reports in as I see it.”

During a short ceremony at the beginning of the meeting, the district honored Mimi Duzenski for her nearly 10 years of service in the district office. Duzenski most recently served as the board’s secretary and was acting interim general manager when M.L. Gordon quit. Her other roles included director of human resources and office manager.

Duzenski was recently hired as the secretary and clerk for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. Her last day of work for Mountain House was Dec. 28.

“I wanted to show my gratitude to the board, staff and everyone in this room because you left an indelible impression on my life,” she said.

Board President Celeste Farron presented Duzenski with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers for her service.

Paul Sensibaugh, former district general manager, spoke about his working relationship with Duzenski, saying they shared “memories too deep for my pen to record.”

Supervisor Bob Elliott (5th District) and San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore each presented Duzenski with certificates of recognition for her work in Mountain House.

In other board business:

• Director Steve Gutierrez was appointed to represent the board in matters involving the Lammersville Unified School District and San Joaquin Delta College.

• New leaders were chosen for four committees. Tingle will chair the Youth Action Committee; Gutierrez will lead the Public Safety Advisory Committee; Farron will direct the Public Services Committee; and Director Jim Lamb will head the Parks, Recreation and Special Events Advisory Committee.

• Directors unanimously voted to compile a contact list of the town’s Community Emergency Response Team members to include in the Emergency Preparedness Plan. Participants will have the option of opting out of the list when they join CERT.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

At a glance

• WHAT: Mountain House Community Services District board of directors regular meeting

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9

• WHERE: Michael Forbes McGrew Board Room, 230 S. Sterling Drive

• DETAILS: President Celeste Farron and directors Bernice King Tingle, Jim Lamb and Andy Su were present. Director Steve Gutierrez was absent.

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January 10, 2013
Why doesnt MH just turn off all the streetlights? It would save tons of money. No more maintenance and lower electricity cost for the city. Plus you can actually enjoy the night sky.

I know the objection: but, but, but, crime will sky rocket. Why would it? Would you start breaking stuff or robbing people just because its dark? I know I wouldnt. The crims will always be crims and the good folk will always be good folk, no matter whether the lights are on or not.

A few years ago I visited Palm Springs and found that they have no street lights. It was wonderful. Also, I dont see Palm Springs having a crime problem due to the lack of streetlights.

Anyway, that is just my opinion on one way to cut government costs, for what it is worth.
January 10, 2013
That makes too much sense for these folks. Never mind that many of the lights are shadowed by the trees they planted next to the light poles.

But, hey, they gotta keep them sales going. With a new high school and a new elementary school opening up in 2014, they are going to need all the fresh meat they can get to pay all the new salaries.

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