City Manager Update - June 29, 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 29, 2018
The Police Department is finalizing preparations for the Independence Day Celebration event on June 30. The department will provide traffic control for the Kevin Tonn 5K Run as well as the parade. Additionally, officers will be present for the fireworks show in the evening.
The Police Department will be teaming up with Cosumnes Fire District on July 3 and July 4 to provide firework enforcement. A Cosumnes Community Services District inspector will be deployed with a problem oriented policing officer to respond to illegal fireworks calls and provide enforcement and education when appropriate.
South Galt Safe Route to School and Rehabilitation/Bicycle/Pedestrian Project
The contractor has completed microsurfacing Lincoln Way and A Street this week.
First and Second Streets – The contractor will continue to work with the installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps, sidewalk, and driveway repairs.
Second Street at Guild Street – Second Street closed to thru traffic between A Street and Guild Street. Detour in place June 27 – July 5.
The contractor will begin striping lanes, bike lanes and 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.
Annual Pavement Marking
Staff has begun repainting pavement markings in the Northeast area. Two crews are repainting crosswalks, stop bars, legends and all lane striping. This work will continue during the summer months.
Community Park Playground Equipment Replacement Project
New playground equipment is in place and the park is now open. Swings have been ordered and will be in place later this summer.
Marengo Road Closure
Beginning the first week of July, Marengo Road will be closed to all traffic from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to just south of Elk Hills Drive. Marengo Road will be realigned and widened as part of the Elliott Homes River Oaks development. This work will include new pedestrian and bicycle pathways. The planned road reopening will be just prior to the first day of school for Liberty Ranch High School, McCaffrey Middle School and Marengo Ranch Elementary.
During the periods of roadway closure, signed detours will be in place. Traffic will be directed at Marengo Road and Simmerhorn Road as well as Marengo Road and Walnut Avenue to the detour. Project inquiries may be directed to the Galt Public Works Department at 209.366.7260.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The McDonald’s Corporation has submitted tenant improvement plans for both Galt McDonald’s Restaurant locations. The plans include full interior remodels and a refresh of interior finishes. Four self-service kiosks will be added at each location.
Code Enforcement Division
Brown Lawns/Front Yard Maintenance
Code Enforcement has responded to 81 brown lawn/front yard maintenance complaints since May 27. The City has continued education efforts by providing informational material reminding home owners of City requirements, as well as providing information on ways to reduce water use. The Department of Water Resources offers turf replacement rebates. Information on the turf rebates are available by selecting the “Claim Your Turf Replacement Rebate” icon at www.saveourwaterrebates.com.
Planning received an application to subdivide the parcel located at the southwest corner of Carillion Boulevard and Walnut Avenue. The project includes 145 small lot single family parcels and an 80 unit apartment complex. Primary entry ways are located on Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard with an additional Walnut Avenue access serving as emergency access only. Proposed site amenities include a tot lot, dog area, guest parking, and a private recreation area including a swimming pool. No project architecture is being requested at this time as it will be considered under a separate application. Project entitlements include a rezone from Parlin Oaks Townhome Planned Unit Development (PUD) to High-Density Multiple Family (R4) and a Tentative Subdivision Map. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission in January 2019 and City Council in February 2019.
Finance staff attended a California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) webinar on Thursday, June 21, called “Control Over Cash Collections.” This webinar was webcast all over the State of California as well as other states. We were very excited to learn that the City of Galt’s Cash Handling Policy was one of two policies recommended to other cities to use as a guide in preparing their own policy. To have the Finance Department’s work recognized in this manner is a commendable accomplishment.
The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Full Time Positions:
• Police Officer (Academy Attendee, Academy Graduate and Lateral Transfer) – This is a continuous recruitment until vacancies are filled.
• Senior Public Works Maintenance Worker – This recruitment will close on Friday, July 6.
• Human Resources Analyst I – This recruitment will close on Wednesday, July 11.
Part Time Positions:
• Recreation Coordinator (PT) – This is a continuous recruitment until vacancy is filled.
Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply. http://www.ci.galt.ca.us.
**Fireworks in the Pool – Tickets sold out.
On Tuesday June 26, Radio Lazer 94.3 partnered with the Galt Market providing a live remote broadcast, boosting the Galt Market Facebook page and offering our customers opportunities to win free tickets while visiting the Market. During their visit, the radio host involved the vendors by promotional photos with market visitors and brought musical entertainment to the crowd.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Staff repaired broken lateral on a sprinkler valve at the Monterey Dog Park. Installed new cedar wood fence on eastside of Ashboro Tot Lot. Replaced three bad high-pressure sodium park lights at Canyon Creek and converted to LED and replaced seven metal-halide bulbs at Galt Community Park. Repaired six-inch main line break on diamond 2 at the Sports Complex. Trimmed several trees on Third Street by Harvey Park at the request of the school district, due to low hanging branches hitting the school buses.
The Galt Gators had a meet at Arden Park on June 23 and lost by 12 points. Their next meet is a tri-meet (three teams) in Elk Grove on July 7. The Gora Aquatic Center was inspected by the County on June 20. Due to a new requirement for paperwork, the recreation pool was closed. Staff was able to comply with the new requirements and the pool reopened on Friday, June 22.
City Tots has 24 enrolled students with four on the waiting list for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning class, 18 students enrolled in the Tuesday/Thursday morning class and both afternoon classes each have one person on the waiting list.