City Manager Update - March 8, 2019
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 - March 8, 2019
Come join members of the Galt Police Department along with the Chief of Police for Coffee with a Cop. In an effort to provide a variety of hours and days for people to attend, the event will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Starbucks, 12821 East Stockton Boulevard. Hope to see you there!
Staff will be attending Career Day at River Oaks Elementary School, 905 Vintage Oak Avenue, on March 27 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Public, Education, and Governmental Grant – City Hall Drainage
The sump pump with French drain installation project is designed to help the flooding problem at City Hall in the council chambers during heavy rain events. The work includes installation of a French drainage area consisting of excavating for placement of perforated pipe and a sump, installing a pump and discharge pipe, and covering the area with river rock. Four existing roof down spouts will also be directly connected to the new drainage pipe. The site is located on the north side of City Hall, between the Kevin Tonn Memorial and the City Hall mechanical service area. Removal of trees and minor concrete is required for the installation of improvements. The trees scheduled for removal are currently tied with orange ribbon. The work is expected to start mid-March and take several weeks to complete.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
East Galt Infill Area Annexation
The Galt Planning Division held a public meeting on the East Galt Infill Annexation Project (“Notch”) on March 4. The meeting was attended by approximately 50 residents. City staff and representatives from Elliott Homes discussed project details and answered questions from those in the audience.
The annexation area is bordered by Marengo Road to the east, Boessow Road to the south and the city limits to north and west – see area map below.
The Notch annexation area totals 338+ acres and abuts the Galt City Limits to the north, west and south. Elliott Homes submitted a draft development plan, called Simmerhorn Ranch, for the 119-acre parcel located south of Simmerhorn Road. The draft plan shows 436 housing units, an elementary school site, park land, and detention basins. Residents attending the March 4 meeting commented on the draft plan as well as the annexation.
Once the development plan is finalized, entitlements will include a General Plan Amendment, Prezone, Large and Small Lot Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map and Design Review. The project will require a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) is anticipated for the project.
The annexation and entitlements will require City Council approval, with a recommendation from the Planning Commission. The annexation will also require approval from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). Staff is expecting the project to be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council in late 2019, early 2020 with possible presentation to the LAFCo board in mid-2020.
The Notch area has been identified as a City priority in the 2018/2019 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. The additional housing development in the annexation area is important for City commercial development and long range Economic Development plans. 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.
2020 United States Census
BE COUNTED – it is time for you to matter! The United States Census Bureau is kicking off the 2020 count. Residents will begin receiving an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census from March 12 through March 20. It is important that Galt residents respond to the United States Census as the federal government allocates resources based on population. The City of Galt can miss out on funding opportunities if the City is under counted. The Census Bureau is making it easier to be counted as “every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.” The Bureau is also providing information online at:
• The California Hard-to-Count Interactive Map
• State of California Census 2020 – Complete Count
Ernest Lujan, III was selected to fill the position of Plant Maintenance Mechanic, effective March 4. Ernest has worked for the City since October 2018 and held the position of Public Works Maintenance Worker I (PT). He has experience as a Field Service Engineer/Maintenance Mechanic and will be a great addition to the team. Congratulations!
College and Career Fair
Liberty Ranch High School held their College and Career Fair on March 6. Representatives from the Police Department, Parks and Recreation, and Human Resources attended to speak with the students regarding a career in public service and public safety. There were over 25 organizations with booths at this event with hundreds of students that participated.
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.
• Wastewater System Operator I/II- This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
• Water System Operator I/II - This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
• Wastewater Plant Supervisor - This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
Part Time/Temporary Positions:
• Parks Worker I (T) - This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
• Swim Coach (T) - This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
• Youth Sports Official Softball - This is a continuous recruitment until filled.
Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply: www.ci.galt.ca.us
PARKS AND RECREATION
Staff replaced bridge on the playground at Walker Community Park and the fence around the playground at McCaffrey Park due to vandalism. The restrooms at Walker Community Park and Galt Community Park have also been vandalized.
Due to recent weather, the City has lost a few trees at the Sports Complex, Greer Basin Park, and landscaping on Trafalgar Circle.
Adult Softball games are scheduled to start the week of March 11. There are 16 mens teams that will begin on March 11 and 5 co-ed teams that will start on March 14. Schedules should be posted by March 7.
There are currently 409 participants registered between Youth T-ball, Instructional and Girls Softball. This is 15 more than last year’s total.
Majors Softball received enough players to move forward with the season. There are currently 34 registered participants with room for two more. Draft is scheduled for March 5 at 6:00 pm at Walker Community Park, 380 West Elm Avenue.
Weather permitting, practices will start the week of March 11 with Opening Day scheduled for March 23 for T-ball and Instructional Girls, 6 years at Veteran’s Soccer Field, 900 Caroline Avenue and Instructional girls 7 -8 years, Mini, Minor and Major Softball Girls at the Sports Complex, 1022 Caroline Avenue. Picture Day is scheduled for April 27 at Veteran’s Soccer Field.
Games continue for youth basketball, grades 2 – 8. March 9 is the last day for fourth grade and younger. Playoffs begin on March 8 for grades 5 – 8 with the final games being played on March 16.
Staff has postponed accepting the $25 registration fee for City Tots Preschool for the 2019/2020 school year. Staff visited the River Oaks campus on March 7 to determine if the classroom the school district is offering the City will work for the City Tots program.
Registrations began March 1 for most aquatic programs. Registration for the lifeguarding class began on March 4 and is limited to the first 12 registrants. This class will take place during April 15 – 19. As of March 5, there were five students registered.
Staff training will take place April 6 and 27. Galt Gators will begin practicing April 15. Staff is still searching for a head coach for the team. As of March 5 there are 13 participants registered for the team.
• Community Shred Event, April 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (or until truck reaches capacity), Market Grounds.
• 10th Annual Eggstravaganza, April 13 – more information to follow.
• Prescription Drug Takeback Day, April 27 – more information to follow
• Bus Safety Roadeos, April 26 and 27 – more information to follow.