City Manager's Update
December 1, 2017
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.
Eugene M. Palazzo, City Manager
BI-WEEKLY REPORT - December 1, 2017
Chief Sockman attended the police academy graduations of Andrew Matthews, Kameron Smith, and Dylan Hutchinson. On Tuesday, November 28, the new officers were sworn in by the City Clerk with the Mayor and City Manager in attendance. The officers are now beginning field training and are excited about working for the City of Galt. The officers will be introduced to the City Council and community at their ceremonial swearing-in at the December 19 City Council Meeting
The Police Department is making preparations for the Annual Awards Ceremony which will be held Wednesday, December 13, 5:00 pm at Brewsters. This is an important event where the department officially recognizes and celebrates significant accomplishments of the past year. Medals of Honor and other awards are presented to officers, dispatchers, professional staff members, volunteers, and to the Galt Explorers.
Chief Sockman attended a ceremony at the Sacramento Animal Control Shelter on Tuesday, November 28, in honor of fallen Animal Control Officer, Roy Marcum. The date marked five years since Roy Marcum lost his life in Galt. The Galt Police Department and Honor Guard also held a wreath laying ceremony in Galt at the Fallen Heroes memorial in remembrance of Roy Marcum.
Community Service Officer TJ Guidotti and the Galt Police Department, along with the Cosumnes Fire Department, have kicked off the annual Galt Community Toy Drive. The event seeks to supply struggling families in the area with toys for children up to age 12. Donation drop-off locations are the Galt Police Department, 455 Industrial Drive; both fire stations, 229 Fifth Street and 1050 Walnut Avenue; each of the elementary and middle schools; Galt Smog, 515 N. Lincoln Way; New Hope Preschool, 200 New Hope Road; Raleys, 10430 Twin Cities Road and Walmart, 10470 Twin Cities Road.
Staff began crack sealing in the area of Elk Hills Drive and Carillion Boulevard. Staff will be working the residential areas west of Carillion Boulevard to Walnut Avenue for the next few weeks, as weather permits.
Collection System Maintenance
Staff has completed the quarterly cleaning of problem area sewer lines. Each quarter, areas that are in older parts of the City that have had a history of overflow issues are cleaned. Each time this is done, staff cleans approximately seven miles of sanitary sewer mains. This cleaning is key to avoiding sanitary sewer overflows.
Staff has inspected all storm sewer drain inlets throughout the City and identified those that need cleaning. Staff will remove debris and clean in the coming week. Drainage channel maintenance is also being done to clear vegetation and debris to allow for stormwater runoff.
The interior renovations for the new Matsuyama Sushi Restaurant located at 10420 Twin Cities Road, Suite 20, are in progress and nearly complete. The new owners anticipate a grand opening at the end of December.
The foundation and underground work to install the gas tanks for the Arco AM PM Gas Station located at Twin Cities Road and East Stockton Boulevard are underway. Progress will depend on the weather. The exterior work for the new Starbucks at the same site is nearly complete. Once finished, work will begin on the interior of the building. Timing for a grand opening for Starbucks is unknown at this time and is dependent on completion of the interior work and site work.
Cactus Restaurant at 908 C Street has closed. The City received a business license for new ownership. The new restaurant will be called Las Islitas and should be opening in the coming weeks.
The Planning Commission extended the Fairway Oaks Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map at its meeting on November 16. The map was set to expire in November 2017. The Planning Commission extended it until November 2018. The Fairway Oaks subdivision is located east of Cornell Road, west of Highway 99, south of Glendale Avenue and north of Dry Creek. The subdivision includes 100 lots for single family homes. Lots range in size from 8,000 square feet to 18,462 square feet.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Parks staff trimmed trees on Walnut Avenue between Stockton Boulevard and Carillion Boulevard due to school buses hitting low branches. Staff also began hanging Christmas decorations around town and on the City Tree.
A-Plus Tree Management has completed their initial inventory and assessment of all City trees. Staff is currently working on a contract with A-Plus to start work on removing dead trees and high risk failures that pose safety concerns.
Lighting of the Night Event – Saturday, December 2
• Littleton Performances – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
4:00 pm – Chimes by the Church of Latter-Day Saints
4:45 pm – City Tots Performance
4:30 pm – Galt Elementary School Choir
5:30 pm – McCaffrey Middle School Band
• Pictures with Santa – 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, City Hall, 380 Civic Drive
• Lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree – 6:10 pm, corner of Civic Drive and C Street
Lighting of the Night Parade – 6:30 pm (for parade route visit: www.ci.galt.ca.us)