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City hires firm for sewer, water plans
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City officials tapped familiar firms last week to produce separate master plans for the sewer and water systems.

West Yost Associates was given a contract to analyze Ceres' future water needs and produce the master plan. The contract is for $358,3000 with a contingency of $40,000.

A water master plan is crucial, said City Engineer Glenn Gebhardt, because the state's demands one to insure Ceres will have proper water pressure and quantities in the future. Without a master plan, the city could face fines.

West Yost will assess the current water system and reconfirm anticipated water demands and evaluate groundwater and surface water needs. The Davis, company will refine an existing hydraulic water model.

Likewise, the state is requiring the city to produce a new sewer system master plan. On Jan. 11 the City Council gave a $479,316 contract to ECO:Logic. The city last produced a master plan for wastewater in 1983 but has of course made improvements to its system. But a new master plan will address all the concerns of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. The new master plan will project growth on the available land to build on and predict what facilities will be needed to handle waste from those acres.

The city allocated a $45,000 for the ECO:LOGIC contract.

Both firms are intimately familiar with the city of Ceres. West Yost & Associates performed a study of the rate structure. Eco:LOGIC completed a wastewater system capacity study for Ceres.

Mayor Anthony Cannella impressed upon both firms that he doesn't want any surprises in completing the work. He grilled admonished both companies to be upfront about what they need from the city, saying the city with other consultants asking for more money on the basis that the scope of the work required was not as broad as it needed to be.

He warned that coming back to the city for more money would be a "very painful" experience.