Your Voice: A proposition for Surland
by Steve Nicolaou, Tracy
Jul 25, 2013 | 3283 views | 3 3 comments | 272 272 recommendations | email to a friend | print


In my letter that was printed by the Tracy Press on July 12, I tried to make the point as to why the City’s proposed wastewater rate increase just plain stinks. I would like to add another chapter to this saga so that everyone gets the complete picture.

At its June 18 meeting, the City Council agreed to shorten Tracy Airport Runway 12/30 from 4,000 feet and a few inches to 3,997 feet. This 3-foot decrease in the length had nothing to do with the pending request to obtain funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to repave the runway. It was all about having the airport reclassified from a "medium" airport under FAA guidelines to a "small" airport. The bottom-line effect — Surland is now able to build more homes in its Ellis project, since it’s near the approach to Runway 12/30, because of the narrower safety zone approach that would come into play by having the airport classified as a small airport versus a medium airport.

In a conversation I had with one of our city leaders after the meeting, this person told me that it was their understanding that Surland will now be able to build anywhere between 100 and 200 more homes with the airport’s new small designation. The profit per lot is anywhere from $50,000 to $75,000, which translates to an extra $5 million to $15 million to Surland. With that extra money our council just put into Surland’s pocket, it should no longer be in need of the free $5.4 million wastewater treatment capacity it was given in the new development agreement when the airport was classified as a medium airport.

So how about doing the right thing, Mr. Les Serpa? As president of Surland and a Tracy native, you can agree to amend that development agreement to give up the $5.4 million free wastewater treatment capacity, since you can now build more houses, and give the rest of us in this town a little break on our water bill.

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August 05, 2013
With all the problems Serpa has endured with his "win" to build homes in Tracy, I hardly think he's willing to give up any of his perks to help this city. You know the saying "Once scorned........"
August 03, 2013
Thank you Mr. Nicolaou,. I see you often at the Council meetings and do sincerely appreciate your

committment to the community.

August 08, 2013
What commitment to the community? Why is it people pay $135 per month in TRAQ membership fees, and your mind is entitled to check out at the door?

First of all, who the heck cares about 3 feet of airport asphalt. It changed nothing. It's a moot point. The designation never meant anything financial at the airport. I think it's TRAQ BS. An open house at the airport cannot even draw 10 people and it has nothing to do with 3 feet, no matter what TRAQ tells us.

Second. I have a question for Steve. Didn't Surland essentially give the five million to TRAQ? If so, why don't you ask Mark for the money?

I don't understand why people can go up to the podium pretending like they don't know this and they don't know that? What the heck is wrong with you people? You didn't notice that for years nobody in Tracy applauds when TRAQ speaks at the podium?

Last time I was there, your lawyer buddy gave a document that had an attachment about his complaint, but he never gave anybody the opportunity to hear his gripe, why? What's your beef? When I see that - to me that looks like you're playing stupid and probably know better? Or you don't really know any better, which I have a hard time believing you don't know any better.

We all know that the airport open house didn't attract anybody.

So, in case you and your buddy didn't know that (maybe he doesn't live in Tracy?). I am telling you here. Now you know.

Why don't YOU and AHole give back the five million dollars!!!!

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