City Manager's Update
Eugene M. Palazzo, City Manager
BI-WEEKLY REPORT - July 14, 2017
The Galt Police Department received 31 fireworks related service calls on the 4th of July. This is down from 48 in 2016, a 35% reduction year to year and 57 in 2015, a 45% reduction the past two years. The police department issued no citations, and took one report during this time period that was fireworks related. No arrests were made related to any fireworks detail. In reviewing the calls for fireworks, the police department did not identify any specific area of complaints. The department will use this year’s data to review the routine patrols next July 4.
During the week of July 10, the police department hosted Driver Training Awareness and Force Options Simulator Training. A regional mobile training simulations system ran by the Butte Law Enforcement Academy was set up at the Galt Police Department. Twenty-five Galt Police Officers, as well as 16 members of allied agencies, participated in the training throughout the week. The training was free of charge and meets selected Peace Officer Standards and Training mandated semi-annual training requirements.
The department’s newest recruit, Loren Franklin, completed two weeks of orientation work at the police department and on Monday July 10, began attending the Sacramento Police Department’s Intensive Law Enforcement Training Academy with a scheduled graduation date of December 21, 2017.
Veranda at River Oaks
Elliott Homes submitted an application for a 60 unit single family home subdivision on a five acre lot located at the northeast corner of Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard, directly across from Galt Community Park. Lot sizes range from 2,706 to 6,928 square feet with the majority of the lots at the smaller end of this range. The subdivision features lots fronting common-use areas with rear facing two car garages with access from private alleyways. The subdivision is proposed to be served by a single public roadway providing access directly to Walnut Avenue to the south and Carillion Boulevard to the west. There are four proposed home plans ranging in size from 1,452 to 1,930 square feet and each unit is provided with a two-car garage. Additional parking is provided via on-street parking, as well as a bank of 10 perpendicular guest parking spaces located near the project access from Walnut Avenue. Project entitlements include; General Plan Amendment from Office Professional (OP) to Medium High Density Residential (MDHR), Specific Plan Amendment from OP to Multiple Family Residential (R-3 SP), Rezone from OP to R-3 Planned Development, Tentative Subdivision Map, and Architectural Review. This project will require environmental and design review process. It is anticipated to be reviewed by the Planning Commission in January 2018 with recommendations going to the City Council in February 2018.
Fourth and C Streets
The property owners of 408 C Street (southeast corner of Fourth and C Streets) submitted an application for a conditional use permit to rehabilitate the vacant 3,754 square foot second floor into nine - one bedroom apartments. The apartments will range in size from 510 to 780 square feet. No exterior renovations are proposed. This project is anticipated to be reviewed by the Planning Commission at their September 14, 2017 meeting.
• Woodbury Estates (River Oaks 3) – Elliott Homes has submitted the remaining 14 building permit applications. This completes phase 3B of 128 homes.
• Parker Creek II (Creekside 3) – KB Home has nine remaining lots to complete the subdivision.
• Emerald Park 22 – Emerald Park is ongoing with seven homes. There are 18 remaining lots.
• Starbucks shell building continues to move along. Trusses are scheduled for delivery and installation on Monday, July 17.
• ARCO shell building and site work have not been released for construction.
• Domino’s Pizza tenant improvements have been approved. They will be moving into 1000 C Street at the old “La Quinta” restaurant.
• Galt Medical Clinic, 387 Civic Drive, tenant improvements have been approved and the City is currently processing the permit and plans.
• Damen Doctors Office building located at 150 N. Lincoln Way has submitted plans for a tenant improvement and addition.
• Wellspace Health has submitted plans for a dental office tenant improvement. They will be moving into Suite #10 at 216 N. Lincoln Way.
Walker Park Soccer Field Lights Project
The contractor will begin mobilizing for construction the week of July 17. This project includes drilling and installing concrete foundations, erecting light poles, installing the lights, extending wiring to electrical panel, verifying minimum illumination, and restoring the existing soccer field facilities. The project should be complete by early August.
Industrial Water Treatment Plant - Deep Well Project
Phase 1 of the deep well project, which includes the drilling of a 1,700 foot deep well began on Monday July 10. During this time, the City is asking residents to continue conserving water in order to limit demands on the water system. The City will need to take the existing Industrial well off-line during drilling. While the City can meet demand without it, the existing well is a large producer of the City’s potable water. The drilling is expected to be completed by September, then phase 2 of the project will follow. Phase 2 will consist of modifications to the Industrial Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to accommodate the new well, and removal of the Quail Hollow WTP equipment.
This project will allow the City to decommission other wells which produce higher levels of naturally occurring arsenic. This will reduce the need for expensive treatment and filtration, as well as allow the City to meet its mandate to reduce arsenic levels in its wastewater treatment plant effluent.
This past week Public Works staff completed the installation of 25 mph speed limit signs that reduced the speeds on the four city street segments listed below. The speed reduction review and approval process was started last year, with discussion at the Public Safety Committee.
• West C Street from Rowland Court to Rio Mesa Way.
• Emerald Oak Drive from C Street to Elm Avenue.
• First Street from Kost Road to New Hope Road.
• F Street from New Hope Road to Lincoln Avenue.
A review of the subject streets indicated no historical documentation authorizing the higher speed limits that were posted. Therefore, the affected streets should be categorized as basic prima facie speed limits (25 mph) under the Galt Municipal Code. Given the residential nature of these streets, it is believed the 25 mph speed limit best serves public safety interests.
Loren Franklin was hired June 26, 2017, as a Police Recruit. Willis Marlin was hired June 26, 2017, as the IT Manager.
Rosemarie Rodacker was promoted to an Administrative Assistant in the City Clerk’s Office effective July 10, 2017. Her previous position was a Senior Accounting Assistant in the Finance Department.
Robin Nelson was promoted to an Administrative Assistant in the Public Works Department effective July 10, 2017. Her previous position was a Senior Accounting Assistant in the Finance Department.
Tia Klumpp was promoted to Assistant Planner effective July 10, 2017. Her previous position was a Permit Technician.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The Galt Gators are officially the dual meet champions for the Eureka Conference in the Northern California Swim League. Championships will be held this weekend at Solano Community College with 158 swimmers registered to swim for Galt.
Openings are still available for “Kids Art Class” beginning July 24. Classes are Mondays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 24 through August 14.
Parks staff repaired a main line irrigation break at Galt Community Park and removed dead trees at Veterans Soccer Field and at the Marion O. Lawrence Library.
• National Night Out; Tuesday, August 1, 2017; 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Meadowview Park, 1128 Meadowview Drive; Galt Community Park, 1000 Walnut Avenue; Marion O. Lawrence Library, 1000 Caroline Avenue.