City Manager Update - April 17, 2020
The City Manager's Update is a regular news briefing that is provided to the citizens of Galt. The Update includes important City news, updates on key initiatives and projects, and how the City is delivering services and responding to any concerns from our community.
Thomas J. Haglund, Interim City Manager
BI-WEEKLY REPORT - April 17, 2020
The City, county, state and nation continue to grapple with the highly infectious coronavirus known as COVID-19. As days turn into weeks, it becomes clear that California’s early action to enact stay-at-home orders has produced the desired effect of flattening the infection curve. Although it has not yet been determined that California has peaked, the stay-at-home orders remain one of the single most important actions that can be taken to protect public health, especially for those over 65, or that suffer underlying health conditions. As of Friday, April 17, 2020, Sacramento County is reporting 896 COVID-19 infections and 32 deaths. Galt is reporting 8 infections.
Modeling for the virus shows that given its highly infectious nature, the curve would likely climb steeply and quickly if the stay-at-home orders were removed or relaxed. Accordingly, the stay-at-home orders remain in effect as public health officials and the Governor plan the next phases of dealing with the virus. Some of the decision points to a gradual reopening of the economy include when and how to begin any relaxation of the health orders. Earlier this week, the Governor pointed out that as this occurs the “new normal” will not look anything like the “normal” we previously knew.
The impact of the state and county health orders have dramatically affected the local, state and national economy. This is worrisome for families, businesses and local governments. As the City works to produce its next budget, the City is mindful that there will be the inevitable loss of local revenues as a result of the stoppage of the local economy to deal with the pandemic. The City is forecasting a reduction in local sales tax, transient occupancy tax, and Galt Market revenues, amongst other income, through the end of the current fiscal year which concludes on June 30, 2020, as well as into the next fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2020. Although the Galt Market is open for the provision of produce, essential household and personal hygiene items, this is being provided as a resource for acquisition of these items to the community. The inability to provide for normal Market operations equates to the loss of more than $50,000 per week. The loss of this income will have a profound impact on the City’s budget moving into the new fiscal year.
The community is doing a fantastic job sheltering in place which is contributing to a low infection rate locally. The City encourages all residents to continue to focus on their health by staying at home except to attend medical appointments or shop for essential items. Remember to wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, do not touch your face, stay six feet apart, and if you feel ill, stay home and check with your health provider. Stay safe Galt!
The City of Galt Economic Development staff has created a webpage dedicated to the COVID-19 business resources being deployed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Business owners and managers are encouraged to visit the page to explore the resources available to assist businesses during these unprecedented times. The COVID-19 Business Resources webpage provides an overview of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief and SBA Express Bridge Loans. In addition, information is available on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), unemployment benefits, and resources to assist taxpayers. Economic Development staff is available to assist business owners in navigating these resources and to answer any questions. Please contact Amie Mendes, Economic Development Manager, for assistance at 209.366.7236 or email email@example.com.
Gora Aquatic Center Renovation Project
The City’s contractor began working this week on maintenance/compliance improvements at the aquatic center. The improvements include repairing the pool cracks, upgrading the pool drain inlets to current code requirements, re-plastering the pool surface, and installing other minor maintenance improvements. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Community Development Department
Building Materials Distributers (BMD) submitted a Design Review application for a new office building on the vacant pad at 494 Industrial Drive. The site is across the street from the Municipal Services Center offices on Industrial Drive. See location map below.
The applicant is proposing to build a three story, 24,000 square foot building. The new office building will allow BMD to consolidate offices and provide additional interior storage space for building materials. The new building features a contemporary architectural design and will face Industrial Drive. The application is under staff level General Plan and zoning code conformance review. See proposed building design and site plan below.