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City Manager Update - May 1, 2020

Post Date:05/01/2020 5:21 PM

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 - May 1, 2020

ADMINISTRATION
Stay-at-Home Order extended until May 22, 2020
Effective today, May 1, the Sacramento County Health Officer extended the county-wide stay-at-home order until May 22.  The order can be found on the City’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/residents/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information/-fsiteid-1.  The stay-at-home order was slightly modified to provide, amongst other things, for some individual recreational activities, but also emphasizes that certain organized activities with participants other than members of the same household are prohibited for social distancing reasons.  Governor Newsom’s overarching state-wide order remains in place, does not have an end date as of yet, and will be modified when certain thresholds related to the virus and its sustained decline occur.  The governor noted today that he hopes that modifications to the state-wide stay-at-home order are “many days away, not weeks” and he encouraged all Californian’s to adhere to the current order so as not to jeopardize gains made against the virus and its spread.  Locally, in Sacramento County, May 1 figures show 1,090 COVID-19 infections and 42 deaths.  Galt has 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  The City continues to provide for essential services to the community and the City can be contacted at the phone numbers listed on the webpage referred to above. 

City of Galt officials have a responsibility to ensure the health and welfare of its citizens and will be enforcing the Public Health Order issued by the County of Sacramento Public Health Officer. For questions regarding essential businesses or activities allowed under the new Public Health Order, residents can contact the City of Galt Community Development Department at (209) 366-7230 or the Sacramento County Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

PUBLIC WORKS
Marengo Road Railroad Crossing Improvements
Union Pacific Railroad has completed their work and the contractor, George Reed, will begin construction on the remaining improvements which are expected to start May 11 until the end of May.  Marengo Road between Cepeda Way and Maugham Drive will be closed starting May 18 through May 22. Traffic controls and detour signage will be in place.

Gilly’s Car and Dog Wash
Re-paving work on Northbound East Stockton Boulevard between Adare Way and the Highway 99 Northbound off-ramp is scheduled for May 4 and 5. Traffic controls will be place.

F&M Bank/Starbucks
The contractor will be installing a new water service line along C Street near Civic Drive. Traffic controls will be in place.

Veranda at River Oaks
Traffic controls were put in place April 29 through the end of May along Carillion Boulevard between Walnut Avenue and Elk Hills Drive.

Reduced Sacramento County Transit Link (SCT/LINK) Bus Service
Due to low ridership caused by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, SCT/LINK transit bus services for the Galt Sacramento Commuter Express, the Delta Route, and the Highway 99 Express route will be reduced. Please check the SCT/LINK website for updated schedules at www.sctlink.com. Dial-A-Ride service is not affected.

PARKS AND RECREATION
Market
The Galt essential market continues to provide fresh vegetables, fruits, dry goods, personal hygiene and toiletry products to the community.  Next week, two new products (sun hats and cotton fabrics) will be added to give access to sun exposure prevention and face mask materials.

With the growth of market vendors and frequent shoppers, staff has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19 and preparing for all possible scenarios. It is the goal of the Galt Market to continue to safely serve the community.  

Recreation
Virtual Recreation Webpage - A website has been created and is being updated weekly for residents to refer to for activities to help keep busy during the shelter in place mandate. http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/city-departments/virtual-recreation-and-healthy-life-resources.  This page has items for youth, adults and seniors and includes information and videos from some of the special interest instructors who work with the City. 

Adult Softball, Youth Softball, City Tots, and SOAR After School Program – Since no definite start date can yet be determined, all of the programs listed above have been suspended or cancelled.  Participants for both of the softball programs will receive full refunds.  Participants for City Tots and SOAR will receive partial refunds for March and full refunds for all subsequent months.  Refund checks were mailed out on April 23.

Gora Aquatic Center – Registrations for Galt Gators and the Learn to Swim program have been suspended. The lifeguard class participants have been issued refunds for this class. The Learn to Swim program is scheduled to begin on June 8. If the Galt Gators season resumes, it will have the fees pro-rated to reflect the new start date. The Northern CA Swim League is aiming for June 1 to be the last possible start date for the league to have a season.  The league meets via Zoom once a month. Some cities have already cancelled for the season. 

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