City Manager Update - June 28, 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.
Thomas J. Haglund, Interim City Manager
BI-WEEKLY REPORT - June 28, 2019
Galt Police Department will be assisting with the Kevin Tonn Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk as well as the Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4.
The police department is launching Police Locating Adults Children & Elderly (P.L.A.C.E) program. This program is for residents who have a special needs child or adult who has trouble with identifying themselves due to a disability or special need such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or speech disorders.
This voluntary program allows law enforcement to have a photograph, contact information and other critical information such as medical, safety and behavioral concerns should officers encounter someone who is a part of this program. P.L.A.C.E. mirrors similar programs used by other law enforcement agencies. The police department has registration packets available at the police department and will soon have them available online. For further information, please email: PLACE@galtpd.com. Attached is an example of brochure. The department would like to thank Detective Megan Robinson and Dispatcher Crystal Curry for their research and efforts in putting this program together for the residents of Galt.
Sunday, July 14 is the Club Prime Sand Volleyball Tournament at Galt Community Park, 1000 Walnut Avenue. The police department will once again play against a team composed of personnel from the Cosumnes Fire District.
Used Filter Event
The City of Galt invites you to recycle your used oil filters and receive a new filter for free. The first 20 customers will receive a free oil change kit. The event will take place on July 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 10370 Twin Cities Road. Replacement oil filters are for passenger vehicles and light trucks only, and cannot exceed $15 in retail value. This event is funded by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, and is open to residents only, not businesses.
The City of Galt has received grant funding approval from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to purchase containers for the City’s Sports Complex, Galt Community Park, and the Galt Market.
Staff continues to mow and spray weeds as needed. This includes City owned lots, right-of-way, and open space.
Wastewater and Water Plant Tour
As part of the orientation process for new city council members, the Public Works Department conducted tours of the City’s wastewater treatment plant and the City’s water well systems. City Council members, along with representatives from the Sacramento Air Quality Resource Board and the Galt school districts, toured the wastewater treatment plant and the Industrial Deep Well on June 17. All were impressed with the City’s facilities and knowledgeable staff and found the tours very educational.
Striping and Marking
Staff will begin annual re-marking of crosswalks, legends, and traffic markings this week. Work will continue into the fall. Staff re-marked curbs and parking spaces at City Hall last week.
In order to improve the F Street Tonn memorial site, staff removed the artificial turf and then installed surplus pavers and added more crushed rock leading to the site.
Staff replaced damaged guardrail that had been hit in an accident on the east side of the Simmerhorn Bridge. Staff also replaced all of the burned posts and reinstalled the guardrail on the west side of the Simmerhorn Bridge.
Computer System Network Refresh Project
The City has implemented a new citywide network with new vlan structure and configurations that will provide a stable and secure network for many years to come. The new network has been tested and is fully functional. In addition to a more secure network behind the scenes, there will be faster processing speeds and less service interruptions. As an example, police department bandwidth speeds have doubled. The City’s Information Technology (IT) Division has installed and configured two new security firewalls; one at City Hall and one at the police department that provides security and redundancy in the environment. In addition, a firewall has been installed to secure the City’s police department connection with the Department of Justice. The new firewalls follow IT industry best practices.
Congratulations to Willis Marlin for earning the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) designation from the Public Technology Institute/CompTIA and Rutgers University Center for Government Services. Well done!
Interim City Manager, Thomas J. Haglund, continues the City’s efforts in working with CalWaste to determine if any manner of rate relief for commercial businesses can be achieved.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The City of Galt is facing an operating budget deficit of $1.1 million for the upcoming fiscal year. Effective July 1, in one of many steps that will be taken to eliminate the deficit, the City will be reducing its parks mowing schedules to once a month.
This service reduction has a direct impact on the City’s budget and as funding becomes available in the future, the City may increase landscape service intervals to a higher frequency. Weekly mow service continues on all sports playing fields. The City of Galt appreciates the residents’ understanding.
Staff repaired vandalized park bench boards at Monterey Dog Park and Galt Community Park along with removing two rusted barbecue pits. Vandalized playground poured in place rubber surfacing was repaired at Meadowview Park, Lions Oak Park and Walker Park.
Thursday, July 4, the pool will be open from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm for public swim and from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm for “Fireworks in the Pool” ($25 for family of 4 and $8 each additional person). *Pre-registration is required.
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