City Manager's Update - October 5, 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 - October 5, 2018
Officer Little and K9 Kane successfully completed their Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification. Officer Little’s call sign will be changed to K93. He is now available for call-out purposes.
On October 20, Chief Sockman will be speaking at the Blue Angel of Hope fundraiser at the Littleton Center, 410 Civic Drive. Blue Angel of Hope is a local non-profit organization that focuses on raising awareness and increasing support for law enforcement. The Galt Police Department Honor Guard will also be present and assisting in the opening ceremonies.
The police department will be sending Detective Robinson and Dispatcher Sheree Grijalva to the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conference in Palm Springs at the end of the month. The purpose of the conference is to bring together law enforcement professionals in a supportive and empowering environment, enabling them to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
Annual Unmet Transit Needs Hearing
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) will be holding its annual transit needs hearing in Galt on October 17 to help identify any unmet transit needs within the region. Specifically, we want to know if the bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit, or light rail services are meeting the public’s needs. The City of Galt, Sacramento County, Storer, and SACOG are looking for comments and suggestions that will help us plan and improve transit services within the Sacramento region. The public can share comments on transit services in a number of ways:
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2:00 pm at the City of Galt Council Chambers, 380 Civic Drive. Spanish translation will be provided. Transit Access: South County Transit (SCT)/Link General Public Dial-a-Ride, Delta Route, Highway 99 Express and Galt/Sacramento Commuter Express.
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302 Oak Ave
Utility construction and frontage improvement work will soon start on Oak Avenue. This will require temporary lane closures and other traffic controls over several days.
The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County will be hosting a Galt City Council Candidate Forum on October 10, 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, 380 Civic Drive. Metro Cable will be recording the forum.
November 6 General Election
There are three open seats, each with a four year term for Galt City Council. The following candidates have been nominated: Mark E. Crews, Rich Lozano, Shawn L. Farmer, Gene Davenport, Lori G. Heuer, Tom Malson, Paul Sandhu, and Bob Balliet.
This measure places before the voters, at the direction of the City Council, the question of whether the city clerk should be an appointed rather than an elected position.
State law requires a general law city, like Galt, to have a city clerk. The position may be elected or appointed. Currently, the city clerk is elected every four years as provided by state law. The current term of the city clerk expires in 2020. If a majority of voters approve this measure, the City Council may appoint a person to the office at the expiration of the current city clerk’s term, or upon a vacancy in the office.
The only qualifications in state law for an elected city clerk are being over 18 years old; a Galt resident; a registered voter in Galt; and not convicted of certain disqualifying crimes (e.g. embezzlement of public money, bribery, etc.). If voters approve making the city clerk an appointed position, the City Council would have the authority to establish qualifications for the city clerk, such as educational and experience requirements, and to appoint the person they found best qualified, regardless of that person’s place of residence. An appointed city clerk would hold the position at the pleasure of the City Council. A majority of California’s cities have an appointed city clerk (approximately 75% are appointed).
Randy Watkins was selected to fill the position of Water System Supervisor, effective September 25.
Robert Truelock and Tylor Coupe were promoted to the position of Sr. Public Works Maintenance Worker, effective September 17.
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 filled.
• Police Recruit - This recruitment will close on October 5th.
• Public Works Maintenance Worker I/II - This recruitment will close on October 5th.
• Assistant Planner - This recruitment will close on October 8th.
• Building Inspector - This recruitment will close on October 16th.
Part Time and Temporary Positions:
• Recreation Worker I – Market – This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
• Public Works Maintenance Worker I – This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply. http://www.ci.galt.ca.us.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Jackie Garcia, Special Events Manager, collaborated with the Galt Joint Union High School District, Transition Partnership Program, providing a presentation to high school students on “Learning Skills you need to succeed in a new job.” In addition to discussing tips for success, opportunities were shared to students on jobs available at the market including volunteer opportunities.
Registration is open through October 15 for youth basketball. A $25 late fee will be charged October 16-22. Drafts for grades 4-8 will take place the week of October 22. Practices will begin in November with games starting in January 2019. Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/galt or at the Parks & Recreation Office, 610 Chabolla Avenue, 209.366.7180.
Meadowview baseball fields are currently being renovated by Galt Youth Baseball with the assistance of Parks and Recreation staff. The south field is completed.
Staff installed new high definition security cameras at Walker Park and repaired irrigation main line breaks at Walker Park, Galt Community Park and Greer Basin Park. Faulty irrigation valves were replaced at the Marian O. Lawrence Library and Carillion Boulevard. A faulty irrigation clock was replaced on A Street and a leaking irrigation backflow was repaired at Lincoln Way and Pringle Avenue. The chlorination system is being upgraded at the Gora Aquatic Center.
Liberty Ranch High School Parade, October 15.
Galtoberfest, Littleton Community Center, 410 Civic Drive, October 27, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for entry in the 2018 Lighting of the Night Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 1, 6:30 pm. Festivities will include the Holiday Musical Showcase at the Littleton Center, Christmas Craft Fair, Food Truck Mania, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and of course, the grand Lighting of the Night Parade. For additional information please visit the City of Galt Lighting of the Night webpage at www.ci.galt.ca.us.