City Manager Update - May 15, 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 - May 15, 2020
As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues, the State of California is entering a period in which its economy will begin to slowly open back up. Governor Newsom has indicated that the reopening of the California economy is driven by science and data related health factors. The Newsom Administration is moving the reopening slowly forward in consultation with epidemiologists and other infectious disease experts and laid out a path and timetable for the state’s 58 counties to work through the second of a four (4) tier approach to economic reopening and ultimately the relaxation of stay-at-home orders. The plan is known as the California Resilience Roadmap (“Roadmap”).
Each county must make certain certifications as to the status of COVID-19 in that county, meet certain health related data points, and be able to administer the state issued guidelines in order move to each successive tier of the Roadmap. Consistent with City Council direction, the City submitted letters, one from the City Council and a separate joint letter with the Galt District Chamber of Commerce, to the Sacramento County Health Officer requesting that the City be afforded the ability to accelerate the reopening of local businesses at the point at which Sacramento County receives gubernatorial authorization to proceed forward with full implementation of Tier 2 of the Roadmap.
The City Council indicated it wants to move forward in a way that protects the health and safety of all residents and business owners first and foremost, but also recognize that the relatively low infection rate in the City sets a pathway for more accelerated reopening of businesses. What is clear is that the City cannot lawfully move forward on its own, but rather must adhere to health orders issued by the governor and county health officer. Nonetheless, the City is advocating that at the point the County can legally accelerate reopening that they give the City the latitude to move quickly based on our local circumstances. City consultations with the County indicate that the County is appealing to the governor’s office for the ability to move forward on overseeing County-wide implementation of the full Tier 2 Roadmap components. Although the County has not yet received the governor’s approval, we will continue to work with the County as this effort progresses.
The Roadmap’s 4 Tier approach to reopening is based on the the degree of risk associated with certain activities. The fourth and final tier would allow for large gatherings where risk of COVID-19 transmission is greatest. Based on the best information available today, it does not appear that Tier 4 events will be allowed in the month of July and could be put off until fall. This uncertainty has led to the difficult and disappointing determination that the City will will not be able to hold the annual Independence Day Celebration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and current public health order guidelines. Cancelled events include the Independence Day Celebration Parade, Officer Tonn 5K Run, fireworks show and other associated activities because of the large number of people these events include.
This decision was not made lightly, and we are incredibly saddened to not hold one of our most popular community events. However, the safety of our residents, visitors, staff, and volunteers is of paramount importance. The decision took into account the lead time and costs associated with planning these events and was only made after careful consideration based on the consensus of public health officials. Large gatherings of people are not allowed and are not anticipated to be allowed for several months. City staff is looking at alternate activities that could be planned in lieu of the usual Independence Day Celebration but that could also adhere to social distancing and other health guidelines so as to not represent a risk to the public.
The City also continues to monitor the status of additional phases of the California Resilience Roadmap. Activities such as the operation of public swimming pools is not authorized in either phase of Tier 2 approved activities. Accordingly, the City does not have an opening date identified for the aquatic center. Other recreation activities are also postponed as a result of the governor’s health order as well as those of the Sacramento County Health Officer.
Marengo Road Railroad Crossing Improvements
Construction has started on Marengo Road and will continue through 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 19 and 20. Traffic controls will be place.
Construction continues along C Street near Civic Drive. Traffic controls will be in place.
Community Development Department
Guard Dog Self Storage
The Galt Planning Division received a Design Review application for the Guard Dog Self Storage Project. The project is located at 315 A Street, the northeast corner of A Street and Union Pacific Railroad tracks. See location map below:
The mini-storage facility will include:
- Six (6) separate single-story self-storage buildings totaling 69,2769 square feet
- One (1) office building totaling 1,261 square feet
- One (1) residence above the office for management totaling 1,261 square feet
- 34 off-street parking spaces
- 16,276 square feet of new landscaping
- 116 outdoor RV/Boat parking spaces
The applicant is proposing to use a combination of block wall, tubular steel and the rear of the storage units for fencing the perimeter of the site. The office building will be 30 feet in height (two story) and will feature a contemporary design with stucco and metal paneling. Colors will be a mix of grays, off white and yellow/orange.
The project is located in the Light Industrial (LM) zone and requires Design Review. Mini storage is permitted by right in the LM zone. The project is undergoing staff level general plan and zoning conformance review. Approval of the project is expected in late spring or early summer.
PARKS AND 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.
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. The Galt Gators program will be evaluated as soon as the state and county public health orders allow the aquatic center to open.
The dog park at Monterey Park, 1170 Monterey Bay Court, opened May 11. Social distancing measures are to be followed in compliance with the state and county’s public health orders.
The tennis courts at Galt Community Park, 1000 Walnut Avenue, opened May 11. Tennis courts are to be used by members of the same household. Social distancing measures are to be followed in compliance with the state and county’s public health orders.