Stanislaus County supes watch

Stanislaus County Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously:

Approved Turlock Scavenger Co.'s bid to take over nearly 6,200 garbage routes in unincorporated areas served by Waste Management Inc., which is walking away from its contract. Turlock Scavenger's bid should lower monthly residential rates from $20.92 to $18.65. The contract does not affect unincorporated areas served by Bertolotti Disposal and Gilton Solid Waste, which began serving Waste Management's Modesto customers when the company let that contract lapse three years ago.

Renewed a 25-year contract with the Modesto Irrigation District to allow boating, camping and other recreation at Modesto Reservoir, east of Waterford. Although services cost the county about twice as much money as entrance fees bring in each year, Modesto Reservoir and Woodward Reservoir, north of Oakdale, reap about 75 percent of revenue raised by the county's parks system. Modesto Reservoir has 3,240 acres of land, 2,800 acres of water, 150 developed camp sites, a marina, archery range, slalom ski course and radio-controlled glider airplane field. The MID and Modesto own a water treatment plant at the reservoir.

Offered incentives for residents in Keyes to install sidewalks. Many Keyes streets have been torn up for months, and will be for many more, while crews install $18.2 million worth of storm drain and road improvements but no sidewalks. Officials hope to prompt interest among property owners by offering to cover permits costing $120 per 250 feet. The owners would pay for sidewalk construction, estimated at $500 to $1,000. Supervisors set aside $60,000 for the program.

Approved plans for a veterinary hospital serving small and large animals just west of Highway 99 at Beckwith Court. Applicants Michael and Charles O'Brien want to accommodate horses and cows in a 14,000-square-foot hospital plus a 5,000-square-foot treatment barn where almond trees now grow. Supervisors changed zoning because the small-animal portion doesn't comply with agricultural zoning. Supervisor Bill O'Brien abstained from the vote, saying he has no direct financial interest but that his uncle and father are the applicants.

Accepted a $45,700 state probation grant for supervision of domestic violence offenders.

-- Garth Stapley