City Manager's Update - August 9, 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 - August 9, 2019
On Saturday, August 10, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Galt Police Department will be helping Real Life Church with their annual Back 2 School Bash. Real Life Church will be providing backpacks and other services to local school-age children in need.
Department personnel will be welcoming students and providing assistance as needed at each elementary, middle and high school campus on the first day of school. For the high school district, the first day of school is August 12. The elementary schools and middle school start on August 15.
On Thursday, August 22, Recruit Kohler and Recruit Aguiar are scheduled to graduate from the Delta College Police Academy. Upon graduation they will begin the Field Training Officer Program.
2019 Street and Pedestrian Improvement Project
The City has selected a contractor for the 2019 Street and Pedestrian Improvement Project. The project consists of pavement resurfacing, bicycle pavement striping, and minor concrete and storm drain replacement. The project is expected to begin in late August and tentatively completed by October. Visit the City of Galt Public Work’s Project webpage for more information including a detailed project site plan and description of work. The webpage will be updated periodically during the construction phase.
Walnut Avenue and Elk Hills Drive Intersection
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps at the four corners of Walnut Avenue and Elk Hills Drive have been replaced and pavement replacement is underway. Striping and signage to make all legs of Walnut Avenue and Elk Hills Drive a permanent all-way stop controlled intersection is expected to be completed before high school starts Monday, August 12.
Veranda at River Oaks
The Veranda at River Oaks development at the northwest corner of Carillion Boulevard and Walnut Avenue will start construction in approximately two weeks.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The Galt Planning Division received a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application for a Dutch Bros. drive-thru coffee shop. The project location is 325 Pine Street, east of McDonalds. See location map below.
The proposed project consists of demolition of the existing building, construction of an 841 square foot building, landscaping, and other site improvements to accommodate the coffee shop. The proposed site plan design provides stacking for up to 15 cars in the drive-thru lane at any given time. See proposed building design and site plan below.
The project is located in the Highway Commercial (HC) zone and requires a CUP for the drive-thru request. The project is expected to be presented to the Planning Commission in November or December 2019.
The Galt Planning Division received an application to install an electronic billboard on City-owned property located at 500 Fairway Drive. This is the culmination of a process that began when staff was tasked with exploring ways to generate additional revenue for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. In January 2019, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from sign companies specializing in electronic billboards. Staff received three proposals and selected Clear Channel Outdoor based on the financial terms offered to the City, along with the firm’s successful background in developing and managing electronic billboards in other communities.
The City will collect a minimum of $100,000 per year, or 23% of gross revenue whichever is greater, by leasing a portion of the land to Clear Channel Outdoor. Clear Channel is responsible for ALL costs associated with the construction and operation of the electronic billboard. Any City expenses incurred as result of this effort will be recouped by application fees and direct reimbursement for consultant costs. Revenue generated from the lease with Clear Channel Outdoor will be directed to the Parks and Recreation Department budget.
A lease and development agreement with Clear Channel Outdoor will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission for review with a formal approval being provided by City Council. Staff has initiated the environmental review of the project which includes an Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND). The draft IS/ND will be available for public review once completed, which is anticipated in November or December of this year. At conclusion of the public review process, the project will presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission and City Council.
The proposed electronic billboard is 65 feet in height with a sign face of 672 square feet on each side. The new billboard is being proposed in the same location as the existing Galt Market sign. The preferred location provides freeway visibility and ensures a 200 foot separation from nearby residences. In addition, the angle of the sign directs light and glare away from the residential neighborhood and towards the freeway. See project site plan and sign design below.
South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan
The Planning Division received its first South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) application. The application is for the mitigation of a .32 acre vernal pool associated with the Elliott Homes 60-unit Veranda at River Oaks subdivision (northeast corner of Carillion/Walnut north of Galt Community Park). As part of the SSHCP application, the City collected project mitigation fees for the SSHCP and issued an Aquatic Resources Permit. The SSHCP application streamlined the development process by providing an available mitigation bank with predictable mitigation fees. In addition, the City issuance of the Aquatic Resources Permit simplified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit process. The Veranda at River Oaks Aquatic Resource Permit was not only the first issued for the City of Galt, it is was also the first permit issued under the new SSHCP. Sacramento County and the City of Rancho Cordova are the other SSHCP plan partners issuing permits.
The City of Galt continues to evaluate possible expenditure cuts and revenue enhancements in its General Fund, Parks and Recreation Fund and the Lighting and Landscape District Funds in an effort to stabilize the structural deficit that has been occurring for many years. City Council has held two special meetings to collect information from staff and the public. The next Special City Council Meeting will be held on August 27, at 6:00 pm to continue the review of potential short-term, mid-term and long-term actions, recommendations from the Interim City Manager and provide City Council direction on next steps. City Council actions are expected to begin at the Regular City Council Meeting, September 3, 6:00 pm, with implementation of expenditure reductions.
The City has received $46K in funding from the Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Fee Grant Fund for upgrades to the council chambers and the broadcasting area of City Hall.
The City of Galt received its sales tax report for the first quarter of 2019. While the total receipts for the period of January through March 2019 increased by 10.1%, accounting for reporting aberrations shows a decline in actual sales of 1.8% for the quarter. Previous corrections for business sales tax payments for prior quarters and misdirected filings account for the discrepancy between receipts and actual sales totals quarter over quarter. A briefing sheet is attached providing additional information regarding business groupings, as well as state and region-wide data.
Staff is continuing to work with Cal-Waste on potential options that evaluate if some measure of rate relief for commercial trash, recycling and organics collection can be obtained.
The City of Galt and Vitalant are hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 29 at the Littleton Community Center, 410 Civic Drive from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. For more information call 209.366.7130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Staff repaired multiple 6” and 4” irrigation main line breaks at the Sports Complex and Greer Basin Park. Staff also repaired two vandalized irrigation valves and multiple sprinklers at McCaffrey Park.
• Galt Balloon Festival at McFarland Ranch, 8899 Orr Road, August 10 and 11. Free parking at the Galt Market parking lot.