Category Archives: Municipal Utilities Department

Madison leaving

Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison is leaving City Hall for a job leading an area water district, he announced today. Madison, 48, is a 20-year city of Stockton employee and took over the utilities department in 2002. He oversaw the beginning and end of Stockton’s bid to privatize its waterworks, and he helped usher in [...]

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Stormwater clarification

Our story Monday about voters rejecting a new fee for stormwater service failed to make an important distinction: While the base rate charged for stormwater service is the same for both residential and nonresidential property owners, the total cost each month for industrial and commercial property owners is higher because that base rate is multiplied [...]

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City Council live: $55 million in bonds

The City Council just unanimously authorized issuing $55 million in bonds to help finance the rest of the Delta Water Supply Project. The city already had allocated the bulk of the funding for the $217 million public works project, and tonight’s approval helps cover the project’s remaining balance. Now it’s on to an update on the [...]

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Field trip

Members of the city’s Council Water Committee (Dale Fritchen and Kathy Miller) joined the city’s Water Advisory Group for a tour of the under-construction Delta Water Supply Project, the city’s biggest-ever public works projects. Councilwoman Diana Lowery was in another meeting and couldn’t make it. Councilwoman Susan Eggman, an alternate on the committee, also couldn’t [...]

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Post-weekend items

Welcome back from a long weekend. Wanted to throw up a couple of items here as we get back into the swing of things. •The most recent city economic development newsletter announces a “Mayor’s Economic Development Summit” next month, in partnership with the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center at San Joaquin Delta College. •While [...]

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Business leaders support fee hike

Stockton’s wastewater rates are going up (potentially as much as 75 percent in the next five years), and so might charges for its stormwater system. Last week, the Business Council of San Joaquin County, a group of some of the area’s most prominent business leaders, voted to support the rate hikes. Click here to see [...]

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More from City Hall: Study it

7:38 p.m.: Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison’s second item of the evening is not going as well as the first one (The council is talking about a study session, and that is before an RFP even is issued). Not tonight, but likely at that study session, Madison will be selling a facilities plan that could [...]

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More from City Hall: Madison hurt removing equipment from a tractor, has hand in splint

6:58 p.m.: Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison is up to present a sewer plant / rate study measure, his right hand in a splint. Madison, who had his leg broken by a horse not so many years ago, broke his thumb the day before Thanksgiving. He was unhooking a harrow from a tractor, he said, [...]

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Duck PR

Christina Walter, a manager of the Victory Park ponds project, was asked this afternoon about people upset about the project’s impact on ducks (ducks were moved elsewhere when water was drained from the ponds). She said, “I’ve been doing a lot of duck PR.”

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More from City Hall: Rate hike notification matter passes

More from City Hall: 7:52: Municipal Utilities Director Mark Madison finished and the City Council voted 6-1 on the rate hike matter. Councilwoman Susan Eggman dissented. Mayor Ann Johnston put off until another meeting a discussion of water conservation (which, had it occurred, might have pushed the upcoming budget hearing to breakfast). The budget session [...]

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