TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: BRANT MESKER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024
January 11th & 12th: Administrative Services Manager Lisa Linnet is on Leave.
January 15th: Martin Luther King Day Holiday, City Hall, Finance Department, and the Corporation Yard will be closed.
January 11th: A Special Joint Session Meeting of the Tehama County Board of Supervisors and Council Members of the Cities of Corning, Red Bluff, Tehama will be held at 2:00pm in the Board Chambers at the Administration Building located at 777 Oak Street in Red Bluff to discuss the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness.
January 10th: The Recreation Center and City Plaza meeting was held to provide final design information and colors and finishes.
The contract to appoint Craig Basset as Police Chief was ratified by the City Council at the January 9th meeting. Mr. Bassett is a veteran of the Corning Police Department with 27 years of service. I commend Chief Bassett for his continued service and dedication to the community and its citizens.
Need to get rid of that old car or truck? You were going to fix it but never got around to it or can’t afford it? The Tehama County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program can remove it from your property absolutely FREE of charge. Call 530-527-8020 for information and details. The program is funded by a $1 surcharge on vehicle registration or renewal in every vehicle. Do your part to improve our neighborhood.
Empower Tehama is sponsoring a Help Stop Human Trafficking presentation in Corning at the Rodgers Theater on January 25th starting at 6pm, doors will open at 5:00pm. There will be a couple of speakers providing information on identifying the various forms of Human Trafficking, and where to seek assistance. Admission is free and I urge you to attend.
The City’s Airport, Recreation, and Library Commissions each have one vacant position. If interested in serving on one of these Commissions, please complete an application at https://www.corning.org/documents/commission-application/ and submit it to City Clerk Lisa Linnet at email@example.com. All three commissions meet on specified days the first week of the month quarterly in January, April, July, and October.
Pool Manager and Assistant Manager Seasonal Positions:
The City is currently looking for a pool manager and assistant manager for this upcoming pool season. Applications can be found on the City website. We will be advertising for lifeguards at a later date.
Christmas Tree Disposal:
A wood waste bin will be available in front of the City Corporation Yard located at 1106 Butte Street for free disposal of live Christmas Trees only. Please remove all decorations. This service will be available through mid-January.
Leaf Pick Up:
The Crew will continue leaf pickup as time allows. Leaf piles must not have branches, brush, or other debris or they will not be removed. Please make sure leaves are not blocking gutters preventing water flow.
Olive View and West Street Schools Connectivity Project:
Builder Solutions, Inc. continues to work on the Olive View and West Street School Projects. The Contractor is trying to limit the impacts of those who are dropping off and picking up students. The Olive View project and West Street Projects are anticipated to be completed by mid-January 2024.
Corning Jr. Cardettes Class:
The popular Corning Jr. Cardettes class started this week with a whopping 46 participants enrolled. They will have their first performance on January 27th at the Corning Union High School home basketball game.
Corning Youth Basketball:
Corning Youth Basketball will have a team meeting at Maywood Jr. High School on Saturday at 10:00am. At that time parents will receive the game schedules; find out what teams their children are on; the kids will receive their T-shirts; and they will have a skills and drills session. We would like to extend the City’s appreciation to Les Pitner and Nate Borer for assuming the responsibility of running the program this year; we couldn’t offer this program without them. Youth Basketball games will begin on the morning of January 27th.
Our cooking classes have been a big hit. Make sure you register for the next one that will be held on January 21st. You can learn how to make soft pretzels and cheese sauce.
Corning Recreation Winter Session:
Corning Recreation’s Winter session will begin next week; there are some great classes lined up. For information, go to https://corningrecreation.recdesk.com/Community/program to see what’s available.
January 16th Planning Commission-City Council Joint Meeting:
The City of Corning Planning Commission and City Council will hold a “Joint Study Session” on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30pm in the City Council Chambers to discuss options for an updated Mobile Vending Ordinance.
In addition to responding to 119 calls for service, there were 79 officer-initiated incidents, including 13 traffic stops, and a total of 15 officer reports taken. Officers made 1 felony arrest, 1 misdemeanor arrest, and issued 19 citations: 6 were infractions, 2 were misdemeanors, and 11 were parking during the period of January 4, 2024, through January 10, 2024.
Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins. Other POST online training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.
On January 8, 2024, Community Service Officer, Lisa Estes, began her career with us. Please welcome Officer Estes to the Department! Sgt. Craig Bassett was sworn in as Corning’s new Police Chief on January 10, 2024.
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” —Dwayne Johnson
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 18 calls for service last week, they were: 15 medicals, 2 traffic collisions, and 1 public service.
The Orland, Capy, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend, and Butte City Volunteer Fire Departments:
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend and Butte City Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a combined total of 19 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 11 medicals, 3 fire, 2 traffic collisions, 1 investigation, and 2 public service.
The 2024 Corning Volunteer Fire Department officers are: 1st Assistant Chief – Daymon Schlereth; 2nd Assistant Chief – Jeff Nelson; Captains – Jared Smith; Billy Wooten; and Parker Johnson.