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City Manager's Update - June 1, 2018

Post Date:05/31/2018

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 - June 1, 2018

On Thursday May 17, the Galt Police Department assisted the California Highway patrol and other partners in the 2018 AMGEN Tour which passed through Galt on Twin Cities Road. Public Works provided assistance with getting necessary barricades in place. Impact to Galt was minimal. The department wants to thank the community for their understanding during the event.

The Galt Police Department has deployed Naloxone (which is also known as “Narcan”) into the field with its patrol officers. This deployment is part of a grant received by the County of Sacramento to address the increase in opioid overdoses which have been seen regionally. The Galt Police Department is one of eight law enforcement agencies within the county that are participating in this program. This allows for an officer to administer a dose should they encounter a subject who is experiencing an opioid overdose in the field without having to wait for medical help to arrive. The doses when administered, remove and block the effects of opioids.

The Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of our newest Police Lieutenant, Richard Small. He will be replacing now retired Lieutenant Chuck Dedriksen. Rick has been with the Galt Police Department since 2009 and was previously with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. Rick is a dedicated member of the Police Department and the City is confident he will do an amazing job in his new role commanding the Operations Division.

The promotion of Lieutenant Small created an immediate need to start the sergeant promotional process. The announcement opened up May 21 and will close June 4. The interview process is tentatively scheduled for June 14. The selection and announcement is tentatively scheduled for the week of June 18.

The department continues to process applicants for the position of police officer and dispatcher. Testing of dispatcher applicants is scheduled for June 12-15. Interviews for police officer were held on Thursday May 10 and a number of candidates are in the next stages of processing.

On June 22 the Galt police Department will be participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run. The run starts with the lighting of the flame at the East Lawn Cemetery in Citrus Heights in remembrance of Officer Kevin Tonn. K9 Officer Slater will transport the flame to Elk Grove where the run will start. The torch will end up at UC Davis later in the day for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics. All local police departments are participating in this event.

The Police Department’s Recruiting Team will be attending the Food Truck/Touch a Truck event on Saturday June 2.

South Galt Safe Route to School and Rehabilitation/Bicycle/Pedestrian Project
Over the next couple of weeks work will continue at the following locations:
A Street - Installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps, sidewalk repairs, and pedestrian crossing enhancements. There will be occasions when traffic will be impacted.

Lincoln Way – Installation of ADA compliant ramps, sidewalk repairs, pedestrian enhancements and installing a median island. There will be occasions when traffic will be impacted.

First Street - Installation of ADA compliant ramps and sidewalk repairs.

The contractor will begin striping lane lines and other pavement markings on West Elm Avenue, East Elm Avenue, Sparrow Drive, Emerald Oak Avenue, Oak Avenue, Fumasi Drive, Kost Road, and New Hope Road. There will be occasions when traffic will be impacted.

Building Division
Arco AM PM/Starbucks
Construction continues on the Arco AM PM/Starbucks project. Installation of the stucco exterior on the Arco gas station and convenience market is beginning soon. The next step will be to install the roof and mount the front windows before working on the interior. Simultaneous work continues on the gas tanks. The owners are hoping to finish construction by August 2018 with a grand opening before fall. The Starbucks opening is dependent on the Arco site being finished.

Best Western
The underground utilities and the concreate slab have been completed for the Best Western expansion project on Pringle Avenue and North Lincoln Way. The project consists of a two-story, ten room addition to the existing hotel. The next phase of the project will be to provide framing. The hotel owner is hoping to finish construction by October-November 2018.

The Days Inn
The renovation of the Days Inn, formerly Royal Delta Inn, is taking shape and is ready for exterior stucco. Work continues on the interior with electrical and insulation of the exterior walls. It is anticipated that work on the roof will start soon. The building owner is hoping to wrap up construction work by the end of summer.

Planning Division
South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan
The South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) will be presented to the Planning Commission on June 14 for recommendation to City Council to adopt the plan and accompanying environmental documents. The SSHCP is a regional effort that will provide development and infrastructure projects with streamlined, predictable federal and state permitting processes while creating a preserve system to protect habitat, open space, and agricultural lands. The SSHCP allows project proponents within the plan area to simplify and expedite the state and federal endangered species permitting process. The City Council approved Galt’s participation in the SSHCP in December 2009. Other agencies participating in the plan include Sacramento County, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, the Sacramento County Water Agency, the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA), and the City of Rancho Cordova. The item is expected to be presented to the Galt City Council in August 2018.

Cardoza Tentative Subdivision Map Project
Planning received an application to subdivide the two parcels located at the northwest corner of Kost Road and Union Pacific Railroad tracks, 10343 Kost Road. The project includes subdividing the 17.48 acre site into 69 single family lots ranging in size from 6,500 square feet to 17,832 square feet. The project also includes creating a 0.62 acre parcel for the existing home at the southwest corner adjacent to Kost Road. The project will require a rezone from R1A (10,000 square foot lots) to R1C (6,500 square foot lots) and a tentative subdivision map. A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be prepared for the project. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission in December 2018 and City Council January 2019.

California Energy Commission Grant
In April 2017 the City received a $650,457 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a Climate Action Plan (CAP), Carillion Boulevard Master Plan and Galt Market Master Plan.

Staff is in the process of completing the existing conditions/background report for the CAP. It is expected to be completed by the end of June 2018. After its completion, staff will begin working on strategies for the CAP. A CAP is a comprehensive strategy that outlines the specific activities that the City will undertake to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP will assist the City in obtaining GHG emissions reductions and energy efficiency goals established by the State. The CAP is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Carillion Boulevard Master Plan
The existing conditions/background report for the project is complete. The next step is to reach out to stakeholders and the community to identify strategies for improvement which should begin in July 2018. Carillion Boulevard has been identified for a Complete Streets strategy. A complete streets design can improve Carillion Boulevard pedestrian and bicycle travel as well as reduce vehicle stop time and improve overall street performance. The Carillion Boulevard Master Plan is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Galt Market Master Plan (Galt Market/Fairgrounds)
Staff is drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for design consulting firms to create a master plan for the 45 acre+ Galt Market/Fairgrounds site. The RFP is expected to be released by the end of June 2018 with a design firm selected by the end of July 2018. The market site offers the City the opportunity to create a gateway and focal point for the community. The goal of the plan will be to increase market operations by exploring joint uses for the market grounds to make better use of the site on a regular basis rather than on Tuesday and Wednesday only. The plan will also explore commercial opportunities on City property along C Street as well as reviewing internal circulation to improve access to the commercial properties along Fairway Drive. In support of the Master Plan, the City has also embarked upon an economic feasibility study for the Galt Market/Fairgrounds site. The economic feasibility study will help determine the viability of commercial uses on the site. The City plans to gain a better understanding of the retail market within Galt and the surrounding region before beginning the design of an overall master plan for the property. The Master Plan process will incorporate community and stakeholder collaboration in development of the plan. The Master Plan process will begin once the design firm is selected.

The Galt Market and Cal-Waste Recovery Systems have launched a pilot produce recycling program. It is hoped that by recycling fruits and vegetables from the Market, the amount of methane gas generated by landfills will be reduced and thus, decrease contribution to climate change.

Market Staff along with Alchemist have scheduled an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) educational training inviting all Market produce vendors on Wednesday, June 13. This training will be to inform vendors the benefits of offering script at the market, procedures and being aware of marketing outlets for produce vendors.

Staff grinded lifted concrete walkways at the following locations: Littleton Community Center front walkway, Community Park west of the volleyball court and Monterey Dog Park (smaller dog park area). Multiple irrigation decoders were replaced on the natural turf area at Walker Community Park and 12 yards of engineered wood fiber was added to the playground area. Basketball nets were replaced at Community Park, Lake Canyon Park and Canyon Creek Park. A large section of the pour in place concrete slabs were replaced underneath swing area at Canyon Creek Park.

Registration began for the summer Schools Out! Academic and Recreation (SOAR) program. Initial registration must take place in person. Once in the system, registration can be done online. Payments must be made in order to secure a child’s space in the program. Fees are due no later than the Monday of the week prior.

Registration is open for City Tots 2018-2019 Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday morning classes. Each class is $25. Currently there are 35 registered participants.

Currently there are 304 swimmers registered for the Galt Gators Recreational Swim Team. The Gators will compete against Woodcreek, Saturday, June 2 at the Gora Aquatic Center.

Food Truck Mania featuring Touch a Truck Night. Explore fire trucks, tractors, police cars and more. This interactive and educational event will give children of all ages the chance to learn more about their favorite trucks. First 200 kids will receive a free City of Galt construction hat. Saturday, June 2, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fourth Street Promenade.

Free vaccine and microchip clinic at Harvey Park; Sunday, June 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Independence Day Celebration; Saturday, June 30.

All day activities for the family starting with the 6th Annual Officer Tonn Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 am at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive with the run starting at 8:00 am. Register online at Registration on event day is also available.

Independence Day Parade starts at 9:30 am. Parade begins at Civic Drive and Caroline Avenue and will end at the Galt Market parking lot. For complete parade route visit

Kid Zone and food booths (entry fee for Kid Zone $5) and live music with “Kind of Blue,” Veterans Field, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

Fireworks in the Pool (4 pack $20 or $7 each), Gora Aquatic Center, 7:00 pm. – 10:00 pm.

Fireworks at 9:30 pm. Download the J&M Displays App on your phone to listen to the music that is choreographed to the Fireworks Show. Search "J&M Displays" to download, click on the City of Galt logo and select "Listen to Live Music."


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