City Manager's Update - July 12, 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 - July 12, 2019
The City of Galt has been operating with a structural deficit in its General Fund, Parks and Recreation Fund and Lighting Landscaping Districts for several years. A structural deficit occurs when operating expenses exceed operating revenues. In the City’s case the Fiscal Year 2018-19 and Fiscal Year 2019-20 budgets anticipate operating deficits that will cause the City to spend down available fund balance by $2.4 million and $1.7 million, respectively. Unless bold action is taken to bring expenses in line with revenues and specifically deal with the issues that give rise to the over-expenditures, the City will spend through its available fund balance, including its emergency reserves, in the next several years. Doing so is unacceptable.
Staff will meet with City Council to begin to address the structural deficit. Several meetings will be held to brief City Council on the General Fund, Parks and Recreation Fund and Lighting and Landscape Districts that play a combined role in producing the structural deficit that threatens the City’s long-term financial viability, as well as meetings to consider expenditure reductions. Accordingly, the Financial Sustainability meeting schedule is as follows:
Special City Council Meeting, July 17, 5:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the General Fund and impact of potential reductions.
Special City Council Meeting, July 31, 5:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the Parks and Recreation Fund and impact of potential reductions.
Special City Council Meeting, August 13, 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers to receive and discuss City Manager’s recommended expenditure reductions.
Regular City Council Meeting, August 20, 6:00 pm to consider and implement expenditure reductions.
Sunday, July 14, is the Red Spike and Blue Sand Volleyball Tournament at Galt Community Park, 1000 Walnut Avenue. Galt Police Department/Raley’s will compete against the Cosumnes Fire District/Savemart. There will be a bounce house, music, vendors, and much more.
National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and will take place at three locations: Meadowview Park, 1128 Meadowview Drive, Marian O. Lawrence Library, 1000 Caroline Avenue, and Galt Community Park, 1000 Walnut Avenue. There will be jump houses and games for the kids, barbequed hot dogs, music and much more (see attached flyer).
Free Oil Filter and Change Oil Kit
The City of Galt will be having a used oil filter exchange event this Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 10370 Twin Cities Road. If you are a resident of Galt, bring your used oil filter and receive a new filter for free. The first 20 customers will also receive a free oil change kit. 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.
Fairsite Bus Stop
The South County Transit (SCT) bus shelter in front of Fairsite Preschool was damaged over the weekend. City staff removed the shelter for safety and replacement. In the interim, the SCT bus service will not be affected.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake in southern California triggered multiple alarms at the City’s wastewater treatment plant. Staff determined no damage occurred and there was no service impact to the city.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Cardoso II Tentative Subdivision Map Project
The Galt Planning Division received an application for the Cardoso II Subdivision. The subdivision is located south of the previously approved Cardoso I Subdivision which is on Kost Road immediately west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. See location map below.
The proposed Cardoso II subdivision is an 87 unit subdivision on 24.62 acres with lots ranging in size from 6,500 square feet to 11,534 square feet. The project includes creating a .77 acre detention basin as well as a Class I recreation trail along the southern border of the subdivision, with a connection to Kost Road traveling through the center of the subdivision. Main access to the subdivision will be from a single entry way on Kost Road directly south of extended Maria Way in Cardoso I. Secondary emergency access will also be along Kost Road east of the main access. The project also includes a 34.55 acre open space remainder parcel. The project requires a rezone from R1A (10,000 square foot lots) to R1C (6,500 square foot lots) and a tentative subdivision map. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. See proposed maps below.
Climate Action Plan
A public meeting on the Climate Action Plan (CAP) was held by the Galt Planning Commission on Thursday, July 11. The next step for the CAP is to initiate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. After the CEQA review is complete, the CAP will be presented to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and City Council for consideration sometime in the first quarter of 2020. A CAP is a comprehensive strategy that outlines the specific activities that the City will undertake to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The CAP will assist the City in obtaining GHG emissions reductions and energy efficiency goals established by the State.
Sacramento County announced the 2019 Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Grant Program. The County will begin accepting applications for the 2019 TOT Grant Program beginning July 26 to August 26. The grants support non-profit organizations operating community-based programs and services in Sacramento County. Grants are awarded in increments ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.
The County will be hosting two free public workshops to explain the grant process, provide application assistance and answer commonly asked questions. It is highly encouraged that any groups considering applying for a grant attend the workshop to ensure understanding of program eligibility and policies. If attending, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org; however attendance is not required.
PRE-APPLICATION PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
- July 24, 5:30 pm –7:00 pm
- July 26, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Located at: 827 7th Street, Community Room, Sacramento
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 will continue on all sports playing fields. The City of Galt appreciates the residents’ understanding.
The Sacramento County Health Inspector visited the Gora Aquatic Center on Monday, July 1. Due to missing/inconsistent paperwork, the inspectors closed the pool at 12:00 pm. The competition pool re-opened on Wednesday, July 3 and the recreation pool re-opened Friday, July 6.
Week two of Session 2 swimming lessons had to be cancelled due to the Sacramento County Health inspection. Participants were offered a $30 credit or transfer to Session 3 at no additional cost. One family ticket for the “Fireworks in the Pool” will also be refunded due to the small pool being closed by the Health Department.
The City of Galt was awarded an $825 grant from USA Softball to purchase cameras for the softball program. These cameras are used to document incidents involving staff, coaches, parents and players.
“A Taste of the Market” will be held at the Galt Market on Sunday, July 14, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit the mobile fashion boutique, rustic garden, listen to music and much more (see attached flyer).