City Manager Update - November 30, 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 - November 30, 2018
On Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, the 2nd Annual Cars for Kids Toy Rally will be held at Fire Station 44 located at 205 Guild Street. The event is sponsored by Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department, Galt Police Department and the Coffee Shop Bakery. Police department personnel will be at the event assisting with toy collection. Everyone is encouraged to bring a toy. The toys that are collected will be distributed to families in need.
On Monday, December 10 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Galt Police Department will be hosting a Holiday Open House. The community is encouraged to come by the police department at 455 Industrial Drive and experience a “Polar Express” theme where officers, dispatchers and volunteers will be giving tours of the facility, reading stories and providing public safety information.
On December 16, Galt Police Department and CSD will be handing out toys collected during the department’s holiday toy drive. This event will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Fire Station 44, 205 Guild Street.
Fourth Street Parking Lot and Open Space Improvements
Work on the current phase is nearing completion. Remaining work includes the installation of additional truncated domes (raised yellow bump strips) at six locations adjacent the driveways to the new parking lot. The contractor is expected to complete this work in the coming weeks, as weather permits.
River Oaks 3C – Marengo Road
Paving operations are complete. Pending work includes the placement of striping and pavement markings on Marengo Road and in the subdivision, as weather allows. Streetlights will also be installed.
Library Roof Repairs
Roofing repairs over the entryway of the Marian O. Lawrence Library are scheduled to begin on December 3, weather permitting. The contractors (Garland and Waterproofing Associates) will be primarily operating off the west side of the facility and closing the west sidewalk as a work space. This work will not impede access to the book drop-off driveway or any entrance to the facility. Aside from some occasional noise, there will be no interruptions to Library operations.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
East Galt Infill Area Annexation
The Galt Planning Division received an annexation application for properties bordered by Marengo Road to the east, Boessow Road to the south and the city limits to north and west (“the Notch”) – see area map below.
The Notch annexation area totals 338+ acres and abuts the City of Galt city limits to the north, west and south. A development plan is expected for the 119-acre Simmerhorn Ranch property which is located south of Simmerhorn Road. Simmerhorn Ranch is anticipated to include between 425 – 450 housing units, an elementary school site and parkland. Other land uses in the annex area, but not part of Simmerhorn Ranch, include industrial, commercial, mixed use and low density residential. Once a development plan is submitted, other entitlements will include a General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Large and Small Lot Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map and Design Review.
The next steps for the project include providing written notification to property owners within the proposed 338 acre annexation area and holding an “Open House” meeting with affected property owners to discuss the annexation process. Formal letters will be mailed by the end of the year with the Open House meeting being held in early 2019. Once a development plan is submitted for the 119+ acres, the City will initiate its development review process. The project will require California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) is anticipated for the project.
The annexation and other entitlements will require City Council approval, with a recommendation from the Planning Commission. The annexation will require approval from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). Timing of the project is dependent on submittal of a development plan. Staff is expecting the project to be presented to Planning Commission and City Council in mid-2020 with possible presentation to the LAFCo board in late 2020.
The Notch area annexation has been identified as a City priority in the 2018/2020 Strategic Plan. Development of this area will improve circulation between the City’s new growth in the northeast area and the City’s downtown and old town areas to the southwest with the extension of Carillion Boulevard to the Central Galt Interchange. The additional housing development in the annexation area is important to help stimulate commercial development and long range economic vitality for the City. In addition, the annexation will provide for a logical City boundary. The Notch has been planned for City growth since the 1980’s and is included in the City’s 2009 General Plan.
The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2017. This certificate is awarded to the City of Galt by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. This certificate is the result of hard working financial professionals dedicated to the citizens of Galt (see attached press release).
The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Full Time Positions:
• Police Officer (Academy Attendee, Academy Graduate and Lateral Transfer) – This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Plant Maintenance Mechanic - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Public Works Director - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
Part Time/Temporary Positions:
• Public Works Maintenance Worker I (PT) - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply. Visit www.ci.galt.ca.us.
The Injury and Illness Prevention Program was revised and adopted by City Council on September 4. Due to this policy revision, Injury and Illness Prevention trainings were held for City employees on October 24 and November 6 at the Littleton Center.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The market received a new Kubota cart and it is being used to assist with the market grounds maintenance needs. An additional new towing cart will be delivered in the next month to provide assistance with the demand of trash and cardboard waste.
There are currently 508 participants registered for youth basketball. Registrations for the first grade program will be accepted through the middle of December. Picture Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 at Liberty Ranch High School, 12945 Marengo Road. Exhibition games will be played on this day as well at Liberty Ranch High School and McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive.
SMUD Park located at A Street near Lincoln Way was closed November 14 for four days to remove six hazardous coastal redwood trees that threatened adjacent SMUD powerlines and the electrical substation.
The tree hazard was identified during an annual reliability inspection. SMUD’s arborists concluded that in addition to being too close to electric infrastructure, the trees were stressed by the recent drought and being planted in the valley outside the coastal mountain range where the species is native.
The Parks and Recreation Department worked with SMUD’s arborist on the safe removal of the trees and will work to replant the site with trees that will not grow into powerlines. Galt and SMUD also are working on ways to reclaim and reuse the wood.
The Lighting of the Night Parade will take place on Saturday, December 1. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm and will include the Holiday Musical Showcase at the Littleton Center, Christmas Craft Fair, and Food Truck Mania. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:10 pm and the parade will begin at 6:30 pm. See below for parade route: