Mayor Jerry Sanders on Tuesday will be presenting to the City Council his responses to recent county grand jury reports regarding the city’s departments for real estate assets and water.

In May, the grand jury issued reports of its investigations into both agencies, requiring that the city respond to the panel’s recommendations.

In its water report, the grand jury suggested the city begin implementing a study for recycling water, streamline operations within the water and sewer agencies, develop a plan for upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Point Loma, and to more aggressively replace its aging cast-iron pipes.

Sanders said the city plans to:

  • Conduct outreach on the water reuse issue for two to three years and to analyze it further.
  • Streamline all city departments, including the Water Department and Metropolitan Wastewater Department.
  • Further analyze the Point Loma plant issue.
  • Replace 15 miles of cast-iron pipe in the current fiscal year and 20 miles for every year after until 190 miles are switched out.

In its real estate report, the panel recommended the city implement the property management system suggested by Grubb & Ellis, offer its properties through a private broker instead of an auction, and maintain cooperative relationships between its different elected offices.

Sanders said the city is implementing the Grubb & Ellis plan and is trying to cooperate with the City Attorney’s Office.


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