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City Manager's Update

Post Date:02/08/2018

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 - February 9, 2018

Galt’s newest Police Officer, Scott Hart, was sworn in by City Clerk Donna Settles at the Police Department on Tuesday, February 6, with Mayor Lori Heuer and City Manager Gene Palazzo in attendance. Officer Hart Graduated from the Stanislaus County Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Hart will be introduced to the City Council and community at a ceremonial presentation at the February 20 City Council Meeting.

FBI Special Agent Justin Lee will be the featured speaker at the Police Department’s next Speaker Series event on February 21, 7:00 pm. The topic of the event is Cyber Security and takes place in the Police Department’s Anthony Pescetti Community Room, 455 Industrial Drive. Everyone in the community is invited and we are looking forward to a large turnout.

Come out and get to know your neighbors and members of the Galt Police Department on Monday, February 26, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at New Hope Church, 200 New Hope Road. The Police Department is looking forward to meeting with the community and sharing upcoming events and what is being done to help address the needs of Galt citizens.

Corporal Slater and the Recruitment Team will be participating in the “Galt High School District’s College & Career Fair 2018” on Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Galt Warrior Gym, 145 North Lincoln Way.

The Recruitment Team will also be participating in a recruitment event, “Law Enforcement Expo – Recruitment and Career Fair” at Napa Valley College, Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Transit Funding Approvals
On January 18, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) approved two funding allocation claims for Galt’s transit funding. The first was an amended claim for Fiscal Year 2014-15 in the total amount of $901,703, which reallocated $263,161 of Transportation Development Act (TDA) Local Transportation Funds (LTF) to Streets and Road maintenance. The second was approval of a claim for $1,022,748 in Fiscal Year 2017-18 LTF funds; which included $971,611 for operating the South County Transit (SCT)/Link transit program, $20,455 for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and $30,682 for SACOG planning.

Galt Water Supply Reliability
Over the past few months, there have been a number of questions raised by local residents about the reduced number of operational wells in town located west of Highway 99. Another concern being voiced is the number and age of water mains crossing Highway 99, and whether they have sufficient capacity to provide reliable water pressure. Underlying these concerns is the misconception that active wells are directly providing the water pressure needed to meet customer demands and fire flows.

The City’s water pressure is actually provided by supply pumps located at 3 large reservoir sites, each with 3 million gallons of storage (9 million gallons total). This amount of storage is capable of meeting the entire City’s peak water demands for over 24 hours and can easily meet fire flow requirements for multiple hour periods. The reservoirs are strategically located in each quadrant of the City. Each reservoir site is equipped with pressure sensors and multiple supply pumps that sequentially start, as needed, to keep pace with water demands throughout the city. As the supply pumps begin to draw down the storage reservoirs, other sensors sequentially turn on specified water wells to replenish the reservoirs. Each reservoir site is equipped with a large generator to assure an uninterrupted power supply to the pumps.

The City’s water system is currently operated as a single unified system, with multiple groundwater wells located throughout the system. The City no longer has designated wells that supply the west side of town that are separate from wells that supply the east side of town. All water sources are integrated to meet the City’s normal water demands, as well as any fire flow demands placed upon the system. The distribution piping consists of a fully looped system, with multiple water mains serving each neighborhood. This includes four major east-west water mains crossing Highway 99. This redundancy will allow continued water service, even in the event of an emergency that compromises one or more water mains in an area. This configuration allows the City to operate its most cost effective/high quality wells to meet normal system demands.

Industrial Water Treatment Plant 2016 Deep Well Project Update
The Industrial Water Treatment Plant 2016 Deep Well Project is currently in phase 2. Phase 1 consisted of drilling the production borehole and developing the well. Phase 2 consists of equipping the well drilled during phase 1, bringing it online and making minor adjustments to the plant. So far the contractor has installed the water line to transport the raw water from the new production well to the head of the water treatment system and has provided the necessary equipment submittals for City approval.

South Galt Safe Routes to School and Rehabilitation /Bicycle/Pedestrian Project

The project is expected to begin construction the first week in March. The scope of work includes installation of in-fill sidewalks, nearly 200 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant sidewalk ramps, road repair that includes re-surfacing, striping that integrates a dedicated bike lane and a number of new flashing beacon crosswalks. In addition, the project includes several pedestrian bulb outs and median refuge islands. Work will take place at the following locations:
• West A Street from Galt High School and the west city limits of Galt
• Lincoln Way from Pringle Avenue to Singletree Court
• Second Street from West A Street to F Street
• First Street from New Hope Road to Kost Road
• Sparrow Drive from West A Street to Orr Road
• McFarland Street from Elm Avenue to A Street
• West C Street from Second Street to the west city limits of Galt
• Emerald Oak Drive from West Elm Street to West A Street
• Oak Avenue from Elm Avenue to A Street
• West Elm Avenue from Sparrow Drive to McFarland Street
• C Street from Rio Mesa Way to Third Street
• New Hope Road from McTucker Drive to First Street
• Kost Road from Tudor Street to Railroad Tracks

Building Division
The demolition of the house at 405 North Lincoln Way began this past week and should be completed by February 15. The demolition is the first step for the construction of the Trailridge Apartment Expansion Project. A new 14 unit apartment building will be constructed on the site.

Code Enforcement Division
Code Enforcement has maintained a focus on Old Town and Downtown Galt. As part of this effort, a Notice and Order to Repair or Abate all identified code violations was issued to the owners of Galt Plaza (Savemart Center) and the adjacent Stop and Shop Center. The notice identifies 88 code violations. The centers have been identified as a priority for Code Enforcement due to ongoing property maintenance issues and the prominent location. The owners will have until March 3 to correct violations. Code Enforcement also initiated the cleanup of a Fifth Street property as well as the cleanup of an E Street property.

Planning Division
The following business licenses have been approved:
• MixKicks at 237 South Lincoln Way, a new shoe store.
• Dollar Central Y Novedades Nancy at 665 C Street, a new dollar/party supply store.
• Tacos Romero at 114 N Lincoln Way (former Taco Real). Tacos Romero also operates the food truck located on A Street near the railroad tracks.

Laura Anne St. Claire was hired for the position of Senior Accounting Assistant, effective February 5.

Staff removed slides from Lake Canyon Park, Greer Basin Park and Canyon Creek Park after a playground inspection found them to be unsafe. The slides are not repairable as the slides are outdated and replacement parts are no longer available. Barbecue pits were replaced or repaired throughout the west side and central parks. Fabrication repairs on the Walker Park artificial turf fence continued. Backflow for irrigation was replaced at Greer Basin.

• Tiny Smiles Run, Saturday, February 10, Littleton Center, 410 Civic Drive. First race begins at 8:00 am.

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