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General Manager Letter to the Community of Keyes


Keyes Community Services District

5601 7th Street, P O Box 699

Keyes, Ca. 95328




The year 2018 began with on-going work on the Arsenic Treatment Facility located on Jessup Road and is currently progressing without encountering any major problems. Jacobs has reported that this project is approximately 74% complete through the end of December 2018. The project scheduled completion date has been extended approximately 2 months to accommodate installation of a ball valve backwash system and filter press. The electrical work on Wells 9 and 7 is complete and the wells are operational. Work on Wells 8 and 10 is 40% and70% complete respectively.

The Water Transmission & Distribution System Improvements project was completed by Mozingo Construction and the Notice of Completion was filed by the District Engineer. This project consisted of new pipeline installation from the District water wells to convey water for treatment to our new Arsenic Treatment Facility on Jessup Road.

The Consolidation Project managed by Blackwater Engineering from Modesto was put out to bid and was awarded to Teichert Construction before the end of the year. This project consists of the installation of a combined total of approximately 2.5 miles of 10-inch and 12-inch water mains needed to consolidate five small water systems. This will allow the District to provide treated water to Countryside Mobile Home Estates, Green Run Mobile Estates, Mobile Plaza Home Park, Orchard Village and Faith Home Teen Ranch. Approximately two hundred (200) additional monthly rate payers will be added to our potable water distribution and treatment system.

An application for a water/energy audit through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund on behalf of KCSD was submitted by Quad Knopf. This is a $35,000.00 forgivable loan given by the State as long as the study is finished.

Maintenance workers have been busy replacing and upgrading water meters with new ORION Cellular LTE endpoints. The new software and training will be provided by National Meter Company as work on this project progresses.

Other tasks, items, issues and concerns that were discussed during monthly Board meetings but have not been completed are as follows:

Our District Engineer Lee Fremming reported that he is looking for money from the State Revolving Fund sources for the construction of the sewer lift station replacement project. He stated that he is also seeking a Conditional Use Permit from Stanislaus County so that this work can take place.

Alfonso Manrique from Gouveia Engineering is continuing work on the 1,2,3-TCP Proposition-1 application to the State. A Mitigated Negative Declaration concluded that no significant environmental impacts will occur as a result of the Project and the MND will be submitted for adoption by the KCSD Board of Directors in February 2019.

The District is to continue with the installation of street lights throughout the community. The biggest challenge is the installation of ten (10) street lights on 10th street between Christine and Grace Avenues. Not having all of the necessary equipment and workforce, this task will have to go through a public bid process. A rough cost estimate to complete the job would be between $80,000.00 and $120,000.00. The engineering design and document preparation will cost somewhere between $16,000.00 and $20,000.00. This will take about four months for Quad Knopf to prepare plans and bid the project from the date of the signed authorization. Additional work on the streetlights will continue using a prepared plan that was submitted by utilities maintenance supervisor Mike Jones.

The construction plans to expand the District office and maintenance building by adding a new office, conference room and storage area have been completed by Scott O’Neil from LSO Design of Waterford. A canopy for the side employee entrance door and a flagpole are also being contemplated. There will also be a slight remodel of the existing offices but the work will not be included in the plans or bid process.


Respectfully submitted,

Ernie Garza