City Manager Update - March 20, 2020
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 20, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a Clear and Present Danger
Public health officials at the federal, state and county level have outlined for the nation that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) represents a clear and present danger to the people of our City, the whole of California and the nation. During a press conference at Sacramento County announcing a county-wide shelter in place order, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert reminded the audience that every individual has a moral responsibility to obey the order, shelter-in-place in order to prevent spread of the virus and to save lives.
Persons 65 and older and persons with underlying health conditions are most at risk of serious illness and death as a result of COVID-19. Many people may get the virus and not know it because they do not suffer symptoms. But they are nonetheless carriers of the virus and can easily transmit it to others including older parents, grandparents, other relatives and people with underlying health conditions. This is the overwhelming concern of public health officials. The infection rate in the United States is increasing as more widespread testing gets underway.
Shelter-in-Place Effective Immediately
Both Governor Newsom and Sacramento County Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, issued mandatory and enforceable legal shelter-in-place orders applicable to all residents and businesses within the County and the State, with limited exceptions. Both Orders became effective at 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 19. The Governor’s Order is indefinite and will be rescinded at a time when the Governor believes it is safe to do so. The Governor is concerned that as many as 20+ million Californians will contract the virus without a substantial effort to limit its spread.
City Activates Emergency Operations Center at Level 2
On March 19, in protection of the local community, the City elevated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to Level 2 status to support the Sacramento County EOC and to coordinate any necessary services to the residents of Galt. The City is monitoring the ongoing pandemic and will support activities of the County and State in responding to the health crisis.
In keeping with directives from the state and county, the City cancelled all committee and commission meetings through mid-April. The City will assess the status of special orders issued by jurisdictional authorities relative to the conduct of group events during the COVID-19 crisis and adjust the timing of these cancellations as necessary.
On March 17, all City of Galt public facilities closed in order to protect against the spread of COVID-19. City Staff will continue to work from the facilities and the public may call or email for services. In limited circumstances, special appointments will be allowed. The move follows the City’s declaration of a local emergency due to COVID-19 on March 13. During the City facility closure period, members of the public can contact the City at the following telephone numbers. If an in-person meeting is required, staff will work with you to schedule an appointment:
- Public Works = 209-366-7260
- Community Development/Building = 209-366-7200
- Parks and Recreation = 209-366-7180
- Finance and Utility Billing Information = 209 366-7150
- City Manager / City Clerk = 209-366-7100
- Human Resources = 209-366-7103
- Sewer and Water Emergencies, 209-366-7000, before 7:30 am and after 5:30 pm on Mon.-Th., all day Fri., Weekends, and Holidays.
- A full listing of contact numbers is available at: http://www.ci.galt.ca.us/about-galt/city-contact-information
The Galt Police Department lobby closed March 19 but persons needing non-emergency assistance can contact the department at 209-366-7000.
- Dial 911 for life threatening emergency assistance.
- Call 209-366-7000 for non-emergency police assistance.
The City has cancelled or postponed the following events. Some dates may have changed from original posting based on Gubernatorial and County Health Officer shelter-in-place orders:
Postponed Special Events:
- Earth Day Celebration – Postponed to a future date.
- Shred-It Event – Postponed to a future date.
- Meals On Wheels – Last meals were sent out by contractor on March 16 and will be closed for a minimum of 3 weeks.Contractor’s last delivery included meals for extended period.
Cancelled Special Events:
- 11th Annual Eggstravaganza on April 4 has been cancelled.
- Tequila Festival on May 30 has been cancelled.
- Galt Market is closed for the month of March.
- Parks and Recreation programming is postponed through April 7.
- City park facilities are closed to group use through April 7.
The City will issue additional releases as conditions warrant or information changes. Please watch the City’s website at www.ci.galt.ca.us for further information on potential cancellations and postponements.
Galt Market Community Plan Public Meeting No. 2 Postponed
The Galt Market Community Plan Public meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. This meeting will be rescheduled as soon as there is clearance to hold large gatherings with the public. Please visit the “Galt Market Community Plan” page on the City’s website for future updates regarding the project.
Galt Market Community Plan Online Survey
The City of Galt is embarking on a plan for the revitalization of the Galt Market and surrounding properties. The City is seeking community input on the design and development of the conceptual plan for this area. Please provide your feedback by taking the online Community Visioning Survey. Your input is an essential part of this project!! Take the survey by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GaltMarket2020weblink.
Sewer Lines Inspections
Champion Cleaning Specialists will be inspecting sewer lines and laterals using closed circuit television video (CCTV) inspection for the next several weeks. Inspections will be in the general areas west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and the northeast area and will be within the City roadways. The City has requested the contractor provide notices at fronting properties one day in advance of where they will be working. The notices will include key information including a contact phone number for any questions and/or concerns.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Due to the Order to Shelter-In-Place and Sacramento County’s directive to Shelter-In-Place at residency, services provided by the Building Division, including building inspections and building permits being issued or accepted, have been halted.
The Galt Planning Division received an application for a subdivision at the southwest corner of H Street and Joy Drive. The site is east of the Union Pacific Railroad and north of the Galt Cemetery. See location map below.
The applicant is proposing to subdivide the two existing parcels (12.75 acres) to create a 67 lot subdivision. The existing home located at the corner of Joy Drive and H Street will be a seller retained parcel at .35 acre (15,318 sq. ft.) in size. Lot sizes will range from 5,000 square feet to 8,190 square feet. Internal roadways include the south extension of Fourth Street with two east/west roadways connecting to Joy Drive. Homes will front the internal roadways and south side of H Street. The project includes a 1.42 acre detention basin separating the subdivision with the Galt Cemetery. See proposed building design and site plan below.
Project entitlements include:
- Rezone from R1A to R2-PD.
- General Plan Amendment Low Density Residential (LDR) to Medium DensityResidential (MDR).
- Tentative Subdivision Map.
A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) will be prepared for this project. A home builder has not yet been selected for the project. Home design will require separate approval at a noticed public hearing. The project is expected to be presented to Planning Commission in the fourth quarter of 2020 and to City Council the first quarter of 2021.
In light of recent events, it is even more imperative that we continue to work as a unified community in reminding everyone about the Census. As you begin to receive your invite in the mail to take the Census, please know it has never been easier to respond, whether online, over the phone, or by mail – all without having to meet a Census taker.
- For the first time ever, the Census can be completed online at my2020census.gov!
- You may also complete the Census by phone. Phone lines are available in many different languages. Click here to see phone numbers.
PARKS AND RECREATION
All programs and activities are postponed. Staff will reevaluate the situation on March 30.
Participants were notified that the season is on hold indefinitely and were offered a credit or a refund.
Practices have been put on hold and opening day has been cancelled. The travel team for Majors did not generate enough interest. Emails went out to participants asking if they would like a credit or a refund.
Registrations for swimming lessons and Galt Gators began on March 1. The lifeguard class is full and students are waiting to hear if the class will still be held. Galt Gators practices are tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, April 13. The Northern CA Swim League has cancelled all clinics but have not cancelled the season as of yet.
City Tots, SOAR and ASES Programs
All classes are suspended for the time being.