More from City Hall: Madison on neutrality or opposition

7:15 p.m.:

Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison said the city’s options are to oppose the Peripheral Canal or to stay neutral. The benefit of staying neutral, he said:

– Keeps options open for new water sources and higher quality water
– Maintains leverage

Councilwoman Susan Eggman, who is in opposition to the canal: “What would we be trying to negotiate for, that it’s so important for us to stay neutral on this?”

City Manager Gordon Palmer said, “We need to find a roll to play in this.”

Mayor Ann Johnston said, “I think it’s critical that we take a stand on this and join with our regional partners and be at the table.” Johnston said state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, told her it was critical that Stockton take a position on the matter.

Councilwoman Diana Lowery: “We’re late. We’re late to the party.”

Councilman Dale Fritchen: “The longer that Stockton sits on the fence, the less influence we have” in making decisions. He said he would like the council’s water committee to make a recommendation to the council for a vote.

Councilman Elbert Holman Jr.: “I feel the same way. I think we need to support our regional partners on this issue.”

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