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City Manager's Update

Post Date:01/12/2018

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 - January 12, 2018

POLICE DEPARTMENT
The inmate work crew and Citizens Assisting in Police Services (CAPS) conducted a clean-up of roadways on East Stockton Boulevard to Twin Cities Road and West Stockton Boulevard from Pringle Avenue to Walnut Avenue. Nearly three truckloads of debris were removed over a two day period. The debris was placed in the police department’s dumpster for disposal so there was no additional cost to the city.

Galt’s newest Police Officer, Loren Franklin, was sworn in on December 27, 2017. He graduated from the Sacramento Police Department Academy on December 21, 2017. He is currently working on patrol in our Field Training Program and will be introduced before City Council at the January 16, 2018 meeting.

PUBLIC WORKS
Facility Energy Audits
Public Works staff are coordinating on-going reviews of various City buildings, utility infrastructure and other facilities to determine the feasibility of enhancing energy savings at little or no net cost to the City. This past week, preliminary audits were performed by Opterra Energy Services at no cost to the City. This will lead to a report on possible energy savings opportunities, required upgrades and cost/savings implications.

Street Light Surveys
Citizens Assisting in Police Services (CAPS) recently completed a citywide night survey of street lights. This resulted in the identification of several dozen street lights that needed service. The City’s street light contractor (Fluoresco) has been servicing these locations, in addition to others reported by citizens, over the past month and a half.

The City owns and maintains approximately 2/3rds of the City’s street lights, with SMUD owning and maintaining the rest. Staff’s goal is to service city-owned lights within two weeks of receiving a report. SMUD typically services lights within 3 to 4 weeks of receiving a report. Fluoresco’s contract provides for services one day per week to Galt. They can typically service 8 to 12 lights in a day, depending on the problems encountered. With the number of lights reported by CAPS volunteers and the public in December, we are running about two weeks behind schedule on normal service delivery times. Fortunately, several lights are getting fixed and Fluoresco is nearly caught up with the backlog.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Code Enforcement Division
After a year and half in the Galt Police Department, Code Enforcement has been reassigned to the Community Development Department (CDD) starting January 1, 2018. CDD will now be comprised of Building, Code Enforcement and Planning Divisions. It was decided Code Enforcement can be implemented better by CDD. Code Enforcement is essential to enhancing the quality of life by helping to sustain safe and healthy living conditions for residents and businesses of Galt, much like the focus of the Building and Planning Divisions. Staff at CDD are excited by the return of Code Enforcement and are eagerly looking forward to assisting in maintaining Galt’s unique character and small town charm.

Planning Division
The Planning Division presented a code update to Planning Commission at its regular meeting on January 11, 2018. The code amendment will change the setback for fences on the street side yard for homes on corner lots from 12.5 feet to five feet. The item will be presented to City Council on February 6, 2018 for consideration.

HUMAN RESOURCES
David Rodriguez was hired as a Facilities Maintenance Worker II effective January 2, 2018.

Human Resources Director, Cora Hall, is now a certified International Public Management Association-Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP). This human resources (HR) certificate is a public sector focused and competency-based credential for qualified HR professionals who are in senior management or executive levels of HR. The certificate symbolizes excellence as an HR expert, a business partner, a leader and a change agent in the field of human resources. Congratulations Cora.

PARKS MAINTENANCE
Parks staff was asked to inspect the landscaping on the C Street overpass. Staff found multiple missing trees and foliage which the contractor has replaced. Public Works has accepted the landscape maintenance and it will now be under the care of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Parks Corporation Yard break room has been renovated by parks staff with new flooring, paint, removal of wall heaters, upgraded electrical outlets, and labeled switches per the building code. Also, all inside lighting was upgraded to LED. Supplies were provided by Facilities Maintenance.

UPCOMING EVENTS
• Remembrance Ceremony for Officer Kevin Tonn, January 15, 2018, Moment of Silence (Third and F Streets) 11:36 am followed by ceremony at Fallen Heroes Memorial, 380 Civic Drive.
• Wine, Beer & Food, January 19, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Avenue.
• 11th Annual Winter Bird Festival, Chabolla Center and the Parks and Recreation Department, 610 Chabolla Avenue, visit www.ci.galt.ca.us for festival and tour times.

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