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City Manager Update - January 25, 2019

Post Date:01/25/2019 11:12 AM

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 - January 25, 2019

The Tiny Smiles race is scheduled for February 9. The police department will be providing traffic control for this event. There will also be a recruitment /information booth at the event.

Galt Police Department is presenting a gang awareness community training/meeting on February 13 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Galt High School, 145 N. Lincoln Way. The public is encouraged to attend.

On December 4, 2018, the City Council enacted a temporary amendment to the City’s Fee Program in an effort to spur residential infill development. The temporary amendment to the City’s Fee Program reduces the Traffic Impact Fee and Recreation Impact Fee by 75% and eliminates the Policy Document Maintenance and Recovery Fee for new single family and multi-family projects located in the designated infill development area. The fee reduction will be in effect for a two-year period and applies to parcels less than five acres. In an effort to advertise the program, Economic Development staff has mailed informational letters to those property owners who have been identified to own vacant parcels within the boundaries of the program area. Mailers will also be sent to area residential real estate representatives to inform them of the program. See attached area map (Here). For more information, please contact Amie Mendes, Economic Development Manager, (209) 366-7235 or

Planning Division
F&M Bank/Starbucks
F&M Bank submitted a Design Review application for its C Street location. The plans call for a complete exterior redesign to update the building façade and to accommodate a Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop (see rendering below). F&M Bank will retain 3,532 square feet of the 5,642 square foot building. Starbucks, located on the east side of the building, will encompass 2,110 square feet. The site will be modified to include two drive thru lanes with Starbucks occupying the inside lane. The site currently has three drive-thru lanes. Other site improvements include new landscaping, new trash enclosure and outdoor seating area for Starbucks. Interior improvements call for a modernization of F&M Bank and tenant improvements for Starbucks. Design Review is expected to be completed by March 2019.

F&M Starbucks

Steven Richter was promoted to the position of Parks Maintenance Worker I, effective January 21. Congratulations!

Recruitment Update
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.
• Police Officer Recruit - This recruitment closes on January 25.
• Accounting Manager – This recruitment closes on January 31.
• Facilities Maintenance Worker - This recruitment closes on January 3.
• Plant Maintenance Mechanic - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Wastewater Plant Supervisor - This recruitment is continuous until filled.

Part Time/Temporary Positions
• Parks Worker I (PT) - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Recreation Worker II ASES/SOAR Program - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Recreation Worker I – Galt Market - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Swim Coach - This recruitment is continuous until filled.

Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply:

The Galt Market will be hosting a “March to Good Health Fair” on Tuesday, March 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event will provide free health screenings, health education, fitness tips and nutritional cooking demonstrations. The goal of this event is to connect and serve local communities and to provide awareness to the services that are available in the areas of health, safety and social issues. If you are interested in being a vendor please call (209)366-7115.

Workers from the California Human Development Program and Parks staff have provided much needed maintenance to the City’s park and landscape trees by removing mistletoe from the tree branches. This may leave some trees disfigured but it is necessary to try and save the trees.

When there is measurable rain in Galt, staff inspects the controlled recreational facilities (fenced in recreation areas) such as Walker Community Park, Galt Sports Complex, Kiwanis Bark Park and the skate park. If it is determined that damage to the turf or injury to the public could happen by allowing the public to use the facility, staff closes the facility until it is safe or it will not cause long term damage to the turf. The City has a field condition line that is updated daily by 12:00 p.m. The field condition number is (209) 366-7190.

In appreciation of the generous sponsors for the upcoming Winter Bird Festival, an acknowledgement letter was signed by Mayor Lampson and mailed to a team of fantastic sponsors. With their support the Winter Bird Festival is providing a FREE educational event with opportunities for fun and hands on educational learning.

Official Sponsors:
• City of Galt
• Consumnes River Preserve
• Galt Joint Elementary School District
• Galt Joint Union High School District

Barn Owl Sponsor: $2,500.00
• Cal – Waste Recovery Systems

Waterfowl Sponsorship: $1500.00 - $1000.00
• Conservation Farms and Ranches

Shorebirds Sponsorship: $500.00
• California Rice Commission
• Storer Coachways
• Central Valley Joint Ventures

Birds Sponsorship: $250.00
• BMD, Inc.
• County Supervisor Don Nottoli
• Sacramento Audubon Society
• Save our Sandhill Crane

In-Kind Donations:
• All Things Wild
• Galt Herald
• Spaans Cookies
• Kathleen Amos
• Galt Sign and Screen Printing
• Galt Chamber of Commerce
• Western Star Nurseries

On Saturday February 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm the Winter Bird Festival will offer nature enthusiasts of all ages more than 20 individual activities including exclusive preserve tours, educational presentations, wildlife shows, art displays, wine walk, hometown history, hands-on activities, guest speakers and more. For more information on presentation schedule, tours and vendors please visit This is a winter wildlife celebration you will always remember!

• Tiny Smiles Run, February 9, 2019, 8:15 am, begins at Littleton Center, 410 Civic Drive.
• Shamrock Festival, March 6 – more information to follow.
• Community Shred Event, April 6 – more information to follow.
• 10th Annual Eggstravaganza, April 13 – more information to follow.

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