Annual Financial Statements:
The City’s Annual Financial Statements will be presented at the March 14th City Council meeting. Don Reynolds who conducts the annual audit was not available to attend the February 28th City Council meeting.
Mid-Year Budget Review:
The Mid-Year Budget Review will be presented at the March 14th City Council meeting.
Unfunded Accrued Pension Liability (UAL):
CalPERS returned -7.5% in investment earnings for FY 2021/22, dropping its funding levels from 82% to 71%. This came on the heels of a 21.3% earnings year in FY 2020/21, effectively giving back the progress made by CalPERS in FY 2020/21. While the benefit (UAL reduction) of the 21.3% return year slightly outweighs the impact (UAL increase) of the negative 7.5% returns, the recent reduction of the discount rate from 7.0% to 6.8% largely offsets any remaining benefit from FY 2020/21. As a result, our annual UAL payments are expected to increase from $600,000 to $1,000,000 in 2029. If fiscal year 2022/23 returns continue to be less than the discount rate our UAL annual payment will increase even further.
I am working with NHA Advisors to prepare a presentation to the City Council.
Awning Requests for Proposals
A mandatory pre-bid walk was held on March 1st.
• March 8th: I will be attending a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee Meeting; and
• March 9th: I will be attending the Sacramento Valley Division City Managers Meeting.
Demolition of Buildings on New Park Site:
Demolition has begun on all of the existing buildings located on the new park site across south of City Hall (block between Solano Street and Marin and Third and Fourth Streets. We anticipated completion of this demolition by the end of next week.
Lifeguard and Pool Manager Seasonal Positions:
The City is currently looking for lifeguards and a Pool Manager for this upcoming pool season. Applications can be found on the City website if interested.
Water Main Repairs:
Staff is working on making service line repairs at two locations, Rio Vista Court and the corner of 1st Street and Marin.
RECREATION & PLANNING:
Corning Tuesday Night Market Dates:
The Corning Tuesday Night Market dates have been set and are as follows:
• April 4, May 2, June 6, September 5, and October 2nd from 5:00pm to 8pm.
Events will take place on Solano Street between 4th street and 6th street and will feature, Food Trucks, Live Music, a Beer and Wine Garden, Vendors, a Kids Zone and more.
Corning Recreation has started an extra round of Tiny Tumblers and Gymnastics classes with a strong enrollment, along with the CDK class, CDK=Corning Dance Kids, they will be performing at our first Tuesday night market on April 4th.
• CO-ED Flag Football registration is opened and is seeing a good enrollment.
• Get ready for Drill Team Class also has a good enrollment.
• Basketball is still going strong and has only have a few weeks of games left. Spring registration should be opening up within the next week.
• Internet Safety Class provided by STEM Instructor Wayne Webster will be offered.
• Art classes are planned for this spring; and
• Little Athletes is another new class starting this spring as an introductory sports class for kids ages 3-6.
• Jr. Giants: Recreation Coordinator Chrissy Meeds is still working with the Jr. Giants Foundation to get everything ready to open registration the beginning of April.
Every Mobile Vendor contacted have complied with the requirements of the new Ordinance. City Planner II Chrissy Meeds will be completing their Permits .
Planner II Chrissy Meeds is continually working on the yearly reports for the Housing & Urban Development Department and the Office of Planning Research; these reports are due on April 1st.
In addition to responding to 131 calls for service, a total of 23 officer reports were taken and there were 73 officer-initiated incidents, including 28 traffic stops. Officers made 3 misdemeanor arrests and no felony arrests. Officers issued 6 citations, of which; 1 was a misdemeanor, 3 were infractions, and 1 was parking during the period of February 23, 2023, through March 1, 2023.
Training: Chief Fears and Sergeant White attended a Stress Management: Police Under Pressure Training, and Officer McIntyre is currently attending a Gang Investigations Course. Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins. Other POST online training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.
News: The Corning Police Department was the recipient of a $15,000 Officer Wellness & Mental Health Grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections. With this Grant, gym equipment and books will be purchased to benefit both physical fitness and mental wellbeing. In addition, the Department will be purchasing a 3-year subscription to CordicoShield, which is a wellness app that will be offered to all Corning Police Department personnel. The app supports both physical and mental wellness, along with immediate access to Crisis Alert 24/7. This app can also be tailored specifically for the Corning Police Department’s needs and to the needs of its individual employees. We look forward to utilizing all services available to better assist the citizens of Corning, including the possibility of Chaplain services.
“There is no growth in the comfort zone.”- JW
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 19 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 13 medicals, 1 traffic collision, 1 hazardous condition, and 4 public service.
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 17 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 10 medicals, 4 traffic collisions, 1 fire, and 1 hazardous condition.