TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: April 8, 2022
A Strategic Planning Workshop was held at 9 AM on April 2nd. Scott Winter and I will be developing measurable goals to present to the Council within the next few weeks.
FY 2022/23 Budget and Capital Improvement Program:
Department Capital Improvement Program proposals are due April 11th and budget proposals for fiscal year 2022/2023 are due April 15th. I will be meeting with the Departments to discuss their budget proposals beginning the week of April 18th.
Water Shut-Offs are Coming Soon!:
The City has received payment from roughly half of the residents with back due water/sewer bills, but there are still roughly 80 customers whose water will be shut off soon for lack of payment. Water shut offs will occur beginning April 19th.
It is critical for residents with back due amounts to come current, apply for the utility payment assistance detailed below, or apply for a payment program (if they qualify). Please see below. If a customer applies for the Utility Payment Assistance Grant Program, water will not be shut-off while the application is being processed.
Some City residential water users will receive a credit on their past due amounts for their water bill as a result of funding the City received from the State of California Water Arrearage Grant Program. Most will still owe back due amounts. A payment program will be offered per the City’s Administrative Policy for Utility Billing adopted by Resolution 01-14-2020-01 on January 14, 2020. To qualify for a payment plan you must:
- Submit a letter from a primary health provider that discontinuation of water would pose a serious threat;
- Must be on public assistance as described; and
- Be willing to enter into an alternative payment schedule.
Letters notifying those who received the credit along with options to pay the remaining amounts due have been sent. The process for water shut offs will begin. This new process may be news to some, as this Policy was approved at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. What was formerly known as “Promissory Notes to Pay” will no longer be accepted.
Utility Payment Assistance Grant Program:
Applications are starting to come in. If you were impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and owe late payments for water, sewer, internet, or PG&E, please visit www.corning.org to check if you qualify and to access the application. You must live within Corning City Limits to apply. First come, first served. Apply now!
Solano Street Audible Push Buttons:
Installation of the audible push buttons has been completed along Solano Street at Edith Avenue, 6th Street, and Toomes Avenue. We are currently waiting on equipment to complete the installation at Marguerite Avenue but once it arrives the installation will be scheduled.
City Staff has started cleaning and preparing the pools for the upcoming pool season. Minor maintenance at the pools will be completed in the upcoming weeks.
Corning Tuesday Night Market:
The first Corning Tuesday Night Market was very successful, thank you to everyone involved for making the fun community event so successful. We are already planning for the May 3rd Event.
Spring Recreation Classes:
Spring Class Registration is now open, including Flag Football sign ups.
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 21 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 13 medicals, 1 traffic collision, 3 fire, 2 public service, and 2 investigations.
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend, and Butte City Volunteer Fire Department Call Volumes:
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend, and Butte City Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a combined total of 16 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 7 medicals, 2 fires, 2 traffic collisions, 4 public service, and 1 investigation.
Please keep your grass and weeds low, as fire season starts earlier every year.