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City Manager Update - March 6, 2020

Post Date:03/06/2020 10:21 AM

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 - March 6, 2020

ADMINISTRATION
This week the City submitted proposed language for Assembly Bill 2220 (“AB 2220”) to Assemblymember Cooper’s office seeking amendment to the bill’s current placeholder language.  AB 2220 is related to the Galt Market Community Plan (“GCMP”) and seeks revisions to AB 3773, adopted in 1982, which itself sought revisions to the original 1969 legislation, AB 1089, that gifted 48 acres of the former Sacramento County fair site to the City.  AB 1089 placed a deed restriction on the gifted properties (“the Properties”) requiring that they be “substantially used for park and recreation purposes.” AB 3773 inherently recognized that the Properties could be utilized for unique financial opportunities such as the Galt Market.  AB 3773 sought approval (belatedly at the time) to amend the original legislation (AB 1089) in pursuit of using at least part of the Properties to generate revenue for parks and recreation purposes by way of rents from the Galt Market.

In similar fashion, AB 2220 seeks to determine if the legislature will expand the potential uses of the properties so they can generate additional, long-term, stable revenues in support of parks and recreation programs, facilities and maintenance.  The Parks and Recreation fund operates with an approximate $1.2 to $1.4 million dollar deficit annually which puts the City’s general fund in deficit. 

As the GMCP process gets underway, AB 2220 plays an important role in the timing of the overall process because it will determine if there is viability for any publicly designed plan that is developed as part of the process. In order for the GMCP to effectively identify if there are better or additional ways to utilize the Properties to create long term stable funding for the City’s Parks and Recreation fund, the City must know if the deed restrictions limiting how the properties can be used may be modified from their present form as contained in AB 3773.

The proposed language the City advanced for AB 2220 seeks to accomplish the following:

  1.  Establish a sunrise clause stipulating that AB 2220 only takes effect if the City adopts a Galt Market Community Plan on or before June 30, 2021. 
  2. Establish a sunset clause stipulating that if development of the GMCP does not occur in the first ten years after adoption of the Plan, then the properties revert to the provisions of AB 3773.
  3. The City Council can extend the development commencement period one time in the final year of the initial development commencement period. The extension can be a maximum of ten years.
  4. Prior to the sale, lease or other disposition of any City owned land, a long-term, stable funding source must be identified for dedication to the operation of parks and recreation programs, facilities and maintenance.
  5. Any proceeds from the sale, lease or other disposition of land owned by the City must be used for parks and recreation programs, facilities and maintenance.
  6. The City can continue to operate the Galt Market.

The following is the timeline of the Galt Market Community Plan process:

  • March 9, 2020: First public meeting on GMCP at 6:00 pm at Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Avenue.
  • March 18, 2020: Deadline for submission of modified language for AB 2220. 
  • March 30, 2020: Second public meeting on GMCP at 6:00 pm at Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Avenue.
  • April/May 2020: Public meeting on conceptual design produced from March public meetings. Date and location to be announced at a later date.
  • May/June 2020: Report to City Council on Galt Market Risk Assessment. 
  • June 2020: Review conceptual design alternatives with Parks and Recreation Commission. 
  • June 2020: Review conceptual design alternatives with Planning Commission. 
  • July 2020: Review conceptual design alternatives with City Council and selection of a preferred alternative. 
  • August 2020: Deadline to refine language for AB 2220. 

POLICE DEPARTMENT
On March 19, Galt Police Department will graduate six participants from the Juvenile Diversion Program. This program is a restorative justice program that provides first-time, low-level juvenile offenders an opportunity to engage in community service and other activities in lieu of criminal prosecution.

Thursday, March 26, is the next Coffee with a Cop. It will be held at Café Latte, 1000 C Street, from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. The public is invited to participate.

On Saturday, April 4, the Galt Police Department will provide security and have an information booth at the Eggstravaganza event.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
Marengo Road Railroad Crossing
Marengo Road at the Union Pacific Railroad spur (south of Cepeda Way and north of Maugham Drive intersections) will be closed on March 8 and 9 for the railroad to make crossing improvements.  Detour signs will be set up at Carillion Boulevard/Simmerhorn Road and Walnut Avenue/Marengo Road.

Battery Recycling Drop Box
The battery recycling drop box has been getting a lot of use.  Over ¾ of a 55 gallon barrel of batteries has been collected in the last three weeks.  As a reminder, this box is only for small household batteries, not rechargeable tool or automotive batteries.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Census 2020 – Be Counted!
In mid-March, households will start receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Responses to the Census questionnaire can be completed online, by telephone or by mail. Census Day is officially observed on April 1. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to complete the questionnaire. The 2020 Census will be available in 60 languages.

Required by the Constitution – Do your part!
It is important that Galt residents respond to the 2020 US Census. The US Constitution requires everyone to be counted per Article I, Section 2. The federal government allocates resources based on population. The City of Galt will miss out on funding opportunities if the City is under counted.

 Additional information can be found at these websites:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Full-Time New Personnel Announcement
On February 26, Nagina Akbar was hired as a Senior Accounting Assistant.  She will be performing a full range of accounting work to support the Finance Department.

Full-Time Job Openings
The City of Galt has the following full-time openings:

  • Code Compliance Officer – Community Development Department
  • Administrative Analyst I/II (Budget) – Public Works Department
  • Facilities Maintenance Worker I/II – Public Works Department
  • Police Dispatcher – Police Department
  • Police Officer (Recruit, Academy Graduate, Lateral Transfer) – Police Department

Part-Time and Temporary Opportunities
The City of Galt also has several part-time and temporary opportunities available on a continuous basis. 

To apply for City opportunities, please visit the Human Resources Job Opportunities website at:  http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/city-departments/human-resources/job-openings

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Recreation
Registrations are currently being accepted for adult softball. Last day to register to avoid late fees is March 16. Registration for youth softball is closed; however, there is limited space available for some groups.  Contact Parks and Recreation for more information (209.366.7180). Majors girls softball was cancelled due to low registration numbers. Coach training will be Monday, March 9 at the Parks and Recreation Department, 610 Chabolla Avenue. Trainers from Positive Coaching Alliance will be present and coaches will be able to sign up for practice times at the end of the training.

Registrations for swimming lessons and Galt Gators program began on March 1. There are currently 21 participants registered for Gators and 17 for swimming lessons. Galt Gators practice will begin on April 13. Registration for the lifeguard classes began on March 2. Currently six participants have registered.

Applications and registration fee of $25 for City Tots began March 1 for the 2020/2021 school year. There are currently 8 participants registered.

Schools Out Academic and Recreation (SOAR) programs will begin accepting registrations on May 1.

Market
The March to Good Health Fair is Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Galt Market, 905 Meladee Lane. The goal is to provide a means of awareness for the services that are available to the Galt community in the areas of health, safety and social issues. For more information visit www.ci.galt.ca.us or call 209.366.7160. (See attached flyer).

Spring Break Carnival, April 7 and 8 at the Galt Market, 905 Meladee Lane from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Enjoy shopping, food, carnival rides and much more. (See attached flyer).

Upcoming Events (location and details to be provided at a later date). 
• Galt Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 4
• Shred Event Saturday, April 18
• Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 18
• California Association of School Transportation Saturday, May 2 and Sunday May 3
Officials (CASTRO) State School Bus Rodeo
• Tequila Festival Saturday, May 9
• Liberty Ranch High School Hawks 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 9

 

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