City Manager's Update - October 19, 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 19, 2018
On Saturday, October 20, Chief Sockman will be the guest speaker at the Blue Angels of Hope fundraiser held at the Littleton Center, 410 Civic Drive, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The Galt Police Department Honor Guard will be posting the colors and the Explorers will be assisting with the event. Blue Angels of Hope provides the Thin Blue Line Flags that are provided to the families of fallen officers in the line of duty.
On October 26, Galt Police Department will be at the Galt High School vs. Liberty Ranch High School football game. Representatives from the department will be interacting with students and handing out information related to driver safety, internet safety and different programs available through the department.
On Saturday October 27, the Galt Police Department will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Police Department parking lot, 455 Industrial Drive. The program collects expired or no longer needed prescription drugs and over the counter medications, eliminating the possibility of the drugs falling to misuse. Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and ecologically responsible method of prescription drug disposal and allows the department to educate the public on the potential for abuse of medications.
Effective immediately, all Sacramento County Law Enforcement and Fire agencies are equipped to receive and respond to mobile text messages to 911. All telephones or devices must include a text or data plan, be text capable, and have their location services enabled to send a text message to 911.
The deaf, hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 911, will have another option to call for help in an emergency, which is Text-to-911. For the citizens within the community who cannot communicate verbally, this will benefit them significantly. Examples include: hearing-impaired, crimes-in-progress, the caller is facing domestic abuse, the caller is injured and cannot speak, and other scenarios.
Some helpful guidelines when using Text to 911 service include (see attached for complete details):
• Always provide the exact location of the emergency.
• Don’t use abbreviations, emojis, or slang.
• Texts can only be received in English at this time – additional languages will be available in the future.
• Text to 911 calls cannot be made if the caller is roaming.
• No group texting.
• Only call 911 in the event of an emergency and only text 911 when calling is absolutely NOT an option.
• “Call if you can – text if you can’t!”
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).
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.
• Building Inspector - This recruitment will close on October 16th.
• Plant Maintenance Mechanic – This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Public Works Director – This recruitment is continuous until filled.
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. Visit www.ci.galt.ca.us.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The Galt Market has implemented the new “Booth Tracker system.” Booth tracker is a management software for flea markets and tradeshows, streamlining the process and assisting in effective business management, enhancing awareness to customers on vendors available at the market including a map of the market.
This is the final week of registration for youth basketball. Registrations will be taken with a late fee until Monday, October 22. Practices will begin in November with games starting in January 2019.
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.