Friday Notes for June 9, 2023

Posted on June 8, 2023


May 11th – June 11h: Planner/Recreation Coordinator Chrissy Meeds.


FY 2023/2024 Budget:
Staff is finalizing the proposed budget for FY 2023/2024, which will be presented for adoption on June 13th.

City Manager Recruitment
The City Council will consider an agreement with Peckham and McKenney for City Manager recruitment services on June 8th.

Public Works Director Recruitment:
We will be testing two internal candidates for the Public Works Director position.

Final Friday Notes:
As I sit and reflect on the last 7 1/2 years, I am grateful for all that we have accomplished and for the opportunity to lead the City of Corning. The employees and the community have been wonderful to work with. We collectively accomplished a lot. Below are a few of the highlights:
• Successfully led the passage of a ½ cent sales tax measure (Measure A).
• Increased General Fund reserves by approximately $4.8 million.
• Received an $8.5 million Proposition 68 Grant to redevelop an entire City block by constructing a recreation center, City Plaza, splash pad, and amphitheater.
• Received two Active Transportation Program Grants totaling $2.4 million.
• Received two Proposition 47 Board of State and Community Corrections Grants totaling $4.5 million that reduced recidivism by 95% amongst program graduates.
• Utilized American Rescue Plan Act funds to increase economic development by issuing a development reimbursement agreement for a utility extension across Interstate 5.
• Utilized American Rescue Plan Act funds to fund the replacement of thirteen awnings at downtown Corning businesses totaling $250,000.
• Led downtown beautification and pedestrian safety efforts to include decorative streetlights, street signs, landscaping, stamped concrete intersections, and bulb outs.
• Founded Food Truck Tuesday (now Corning Tuesday Market).
• Created a Recreation Program utilizing over $400,000 in Promise Neighborhood Grant funds.

My last day with the City will be June 15th.


Contract Public Works Director/City Engineer Office Hours:
Our Public Works Director/City Engineer will be in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm. If you need to contact her outside of office hours, please email Robin at, or if it is an urgent matter, please call Public Works Administrative Secretary Tiffany McMillan at (530) 824-7029.

Jennings Heights Maintenance and Rehabilitation Project:
All surfacing work has been completed. The Contractor will return in approximately 2 weeks to complete the striping of the stop bars once the surfacing has had time to set.

Downtown Awning Installation Project:
Staff met with North State Painting and has issued the Notice to Proceed for the Downtown Awning Installation Project. Due to the turnaround time for the engineered drawings and the manufacturing of the awnings we should anticipate seeing the first awnings going up in August. The Contractor will continue to install the awnings as they are being manufactured at a rate of 1-2 a month.

Pest and Weed Control Services:
Bids have been received and opened for both the pest and weed control services this week. Staff will be reviewing the proposals and will be making a recommendation for award for both 3-year contracts at the June 27th council meeting.

City Pool:
• The pool will open to the public on Monday June 12th. The Pool schedule can be found at
• Registration for summer swim lessons and other water related classes are open and available through Corning Recreation website.
• Session 1 of swim lesson starts on June 12th; some space is still available in the Parent/Child and Advanced classes. Signups for session one close on June 12th.
• Individual and Family Season Passes for the City Pool are available through the Corning Recreation website.

In addition to responding to 143 calls for service, a total of 22 officer reports were taken and there were 96 officer-initiated incidents, including 31 traffic stops. Officers made 5 misdemeanor arrests and 3 felony arrests. Officers issued 13 citations, 7 of which were misdemeanor, 1 was parking and 5 were infractions during the period of June 1, 2023, through June 7, 2023.

Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins. Other POST online training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.

Corning Tuesday Night Market’s “Hometown Heroes” Event:
Corning Police Department attended the Corning Tuesday Night Market’s “Hometown Heroes” event. Several K9 teams attended, including Sergeant Chris Benson and K9 Rogue from Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Supervising Probation Officer Rob Duarte and K9 Riggs from Tehama County Probation, Warden Ryan Stephenson and K9 Hondo from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Dirk Lambert and K9 Karma from the California Highway Patrol.

Officer David F. Mobilio PAL Scholarship Presentation:
Chief Fears presented the Officer David F. Mobilio PAL Scholarship at Corning Union High School’s Awards Night.

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” —Aristotle


Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 19 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 16 medicals and 3 mutual aid fires with CalFire.

The Glenn County Volunteer Fire Departments Call Volumes:
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend and Butte City Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to 15 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 5 medicals, 4 traffic collisions, 3 fires, 2 public service, and 1 agency assist.

Chief’s Message:
Please be a responsible property owner and maintain your land.

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