According to a report to the council by Stephanie Reyna-Hiestand, the city’s water conservation manager, Phase II restrictions include the following:
• Flagrant water waste and excessive runoff of water are prohibited at any time.
• All plumbing and irrigation systems must be properly maintained.
• A hose with a self-closing trigger handle must be used for all outdoor uses.
• Landscapes may irrigated at any time, provided that the person irrigating the landscape is present outdoors and remains in full control of the water use. Unattended watering is allowed between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. in the summer and from 4 to 10 p.m. in winter.
• Washing of sidewalks, driveways, porches, parking lots and other outdoor surfaces is prohibited.
• Individual residential car washing is allowed only with the use of self-closing trigger spray nozzles and buckets.
Reyna-Hiestand added that the council might have to institute additional water conservation measures if the drought continues.
“The city’s water conservation efforts are working effectively,” she said. “To date, Tracy has achieved 13 percent water use reduction; however, the community as a whole has achieved a 25 percent water reduction for the month of July.”
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel made a motion to immediately institute the new restrictions, and council members Charles Manne and Nancy Young both seconded the motion. The council approved the water conservation measures unanimously.
Regional park near Legacy Fields moves forward
Kuldeep Sharma, city utilities director, told the City Council that San Joaquin County wanted to discuss a land swap with the city to create a new regional park adjacent to the Legacy Fields site on Tracy Boulevard just north of Larch Road.
According to Mary Mitracos, a Tracy resident and District 5 representative to the San Joaquin Parks and Recreation Commission, the approximately 100-acre site would be designed for passive uses, with paths for exercising and large grassy open areas for picnics and sports.
“It would be nice to have another jewel in the county parks system right here in Tracy, because it would truly be a regional park,” Mitracos said. “At 100 acres, it should service Ripon and Mountain House and Lathrop and Manteca. People will come from all over.”
Right now, the city owns a 103-acre piece of land adjacent to the south border of the Legacy Fields site. The county owns a 105-acre site north of Legacy Fields along Tracy Boulevard bordering the land once planned for the Spirit of California complex.
Sharma asked the council whether the city staff should embark on negotiations with the county to swap land ownership.
The chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Bob Elliott, who represents Tracy and Mountain House, attended the meeting to underscore the importance of county and city cooperation on this project.
“It would just fit right in with the sports activities that are planned to go on out there at Legacy Fields,” Elliott said. “Having a park right next door gives families the opportunity to make an afternoon or a day out of the sports activities and the park. Right now, south county is seriously underrepresented in terms of regional parks.”
Mayor Brent Ives called the project a “win” for the city and the county before Maciel made a motion to instruct the city staff to negotiate with the county. Manne seconded the motion, and the council voted unanimously in favor.
Sharma said the council should get a status report on negotiations before the end of the year.
Project manager selected for Joe Wilson pool redesign
The council voted unanimously to select RJM Design Group Inc. of Sacramento to design and build a new swim facility at the current Joe Wilson Pool in Dr. Powers Park.
City Engineer Victoria Dion told council members they could expect to see a final design in February, after public meetings to hear from the community and the council.
Dion expected that the city would award the construction contract by May and that the pool should be done by March 2016.
Councilman Robert Rickman asked if the project could be finished sooner to provide residents with pool access.
Development Services Director Andrew Malik told him the dates were estimates and would not be certain until the project was underway.
Maciel made a motion to hire RJM to rebuild Joe Wilson Pool, which Rickman seconded.
Tracy unemployment rate dips to lowest level since 2008
Interim City Manager Maria Hurtado told the council during her report at the end of the regular meeting Tuesday that unemployment in Tracy had dropped to 6.4 percent in June, the lowest level since 2008.
Hurtado referred to a report from the Employment Development Department that showed the rate for San Joaquin County at 10.5 percent. The state unemployment rate is 7.4 percent.
The next regular meeting of the City Council is at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza.
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