City Manager's Update - July 26, 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 26, 2019
On Saturday, August 10, Galt Police Department will be helping Real Life Church with their annual Back to School Event. Real Life Church, 550 Industrial Drive, Suite 100, will be providing backpacks and other services to local school-age children in need from 11 am – 2 pm.
Recruit Kohler and Recruit Aguiar are scheduled to graduate from Delta College Police Academy on Thursday, August 22. Upon graduation, they will begin the Field Training Officer Program.
Walnut and Elk Hills Construction
Construction on Walnut Avenue at Elk Hills Drive began Thursday, July 25. The construction consist of American with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramp replacement and installation of a permanent four-way stop. Traffic in the area will be impacted by intermittent lane closures but no road closures are scheduled at this time. Work is expected to be completed by August 9. Temporary stop signs will be in place during construction.
150 Year Celebration Banner
The 150 Year Celebration banner was re-installed across C Street between Fourth and Fifth Street.
Paint striping and markings are currently in progress and should be completed around school zones mid-August. Due to an upcoming paving project, striping and markings that were scheduled to be refreshed in the area near Lake Canyon Elementary School will now be completed as part of the upcoming paving project.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Galt 24 Hour Storage
The Galt Planning Division received a Design Review/Minor Use Permit application for the Galt 24 Hour Storage Project. The project is located at the northeast corner of Industrial Drive and Pringle Avenue. See location map below.
The proposed project consists of the construction of a mini-storage facility which will include: a 493 square foot office building located at the Pringle Avenue entrance; 274 shipping containers used as storage space located in rows at the south end of the project site and along the site perimeter; and 84 outdoor RV/boat storage spaces ranging in size from 10’ x 20’ to 15’ x 50’. See site plan below.
The applicant is proposing to use a combination of the containers, block wall and tubular steel fencing for the perimeter of the site. Decorative features include tower elements, landscaping and ornamental block wall.
The project is located in the Light Industrial zone and requires a permit for the use of the shipping containers and project Design Review. Mini storage is permitted in the Light Manufacturing zone. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission in late 2019.
Suzie’s Care Home
The Galt Planning Division received a Conditional Use Permit application for Suzie’s Care Home, a 15-bed residential care facility located at 11098 Twin Cities Road. Suzie’s Care Home is an existing business providing care services to adults with developmental disabilities. The care home operates in a 5,272 square foot home on 4.85 acres. The facility also includes staff bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, game room and open patio.
The site is located in the newly annexed Eastview area, which requires City approval. A large residential care facility, seven or more, is not a permitted use in the low-density residential zone. As a result, the project includes a General Plan Amendment to change the land use from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission and to City Council late 2019, early 2020.
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.
City Tots Preschool is currently accepting registration fees for the upcoming school year. The morning classes currently have openings and a waitlist is available for afternoon classes.
The Galt Gators competed in the Eureka Conference Championships at the Roseville Aquatic Center. The Galt Gators placed second in the event. Eight of the swimmers received high point awards.
The Galt Market will be celebrating National Farmer’s Market Week on Wednesday, August 7. There will be farmers and produce vendors offering cooking demonstrations with produce sold at the market, healthy recipes, kid’s activities and much more.
• Food Truck Mania, Saturday, August 3, 2019, 4 pm – 8 pm, Fourth Street Promenade
• National Night Out, Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6 pm – 8:30 pm
o Galt Community Park 1000 Walnut Avenue
o Marian O. Lawrence Library 1000 Caroline Ave
o Meadowview Park 1128 Meadowview Drive
• Balloon Festival Parking, August 10 and 11, 4 am – 12 pm, Galt Market Parking Lot, 905 Meladee Lane