Friday Notes for October 13, 2023

Posted on October 12, 2023


October 13th – October 16th:  City Manager Brant Mesker

October 19th – October 23rd:  Assistant Public Works Director Stephen Lindeman



Corning City Plaza & Recreation Center Update:

At the Tuesday, October 10, 2023 City Council Meeting, the City Council, by a 4-1 vote provided staff direction by choosing design option 2 of the four presented for the Corning City Plaza and Recreation Center. This option is projected to cost $11,721,103 and will provides the following required grant deliverable features:

  • A City Plaza with a splash pad, chess tables, climbing wall, mural, amphitheater, ADA friendly musical playground equipment, and shade structures;
  • A full-size gymnasium; and
  • One classroom

Staff will be coordinating with the COAR design group to immediately start on a schematic drawing and engineered plans to be brought back to City Council at a future meeting for final approval.


Prop 68 (Recreation Center/City Plaza) Advisory Ad Hoc Committee – VACANCY:

The City has one vacancy on the “Prop 68 (Recreation Center/City Plaza) Advisory Ad Hoc Committee”.  Letters of Interest for this vacancy must be received no later than October 17, 2023, at 5:00pm.  If interested in applying for this vacancy, please submit your “Letter of Interest” in person at the City Hall (794 Third Street, Corning, CA 96021) or by email to



Commission Vacancies:

The City’s Planning, Airport, Recreation, and Library Commissions each have one vacant position.  Anyone interested in volunteering to serve on one of these Commissions is encouraged to contact City Clerk Lisa Linnet either by phone at 530/824-7033 or via email at for additional information.  The Planning Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month; the other three commissions meet on specified days the first week of the month quarterly in January, April, July, and October.  Attached is a link to the commission application form:, once completed, submit via email to City Clerk Lisa Linnet, or at City Hall, 794 Third Street, Corning.



Community Event/Street Impact:

  • Corning High School Homecoming Parade:

The Homecoming Parade will be Friday October 13, 2023.  The parade will commence at the corner of Third and Solano Streets and end at Toomes and Solano Streets.  Solano Street will be closed from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  The floats will line up along Marin Street prior to the parade and the parade will begin at 3:00pm.  Go Cards!!!


ROADS CLOSED – Kirkwood Road and Columbia Ave. Bridge Replacement:

The Tehama County Public Works Department awarded a construction contract to Viking Construction Company to replace the Kirkwood Road and Columbia Avenue bridges over Jewett Creek.

The replacement of the existing bridges is necessary to ensure continued safe access to the travelling public.  Kirkwood Road and Columbia Avenue will remain closed to through traffic at the bridge locations for the duration of the construction, with a target completion date of December 2023.

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.  



October 17th Planning Commission Meeting:

The Planning Commission will be held on October 17th.  Staff have two Use Permit Applications for presentation at public hearings at the meeting.  One application is for a beer and wine license for a new business being purposed at 1223 Solano Street; the second is a Use Permit for a taco truck to be located in the parking lot at 3070 Highway 99W.



Northside Park Kiddie Playground:

The Northside Park Kiddie Playground is coming along nicely.  When the equipment shipped a couple parts were mistakenly not included.  These parts are being rushed to us and upon receipt, the equipment installers will return to complete the project.  The woodchips are being delivered on Friday.  Once installation of the playground equipment is complete the woodchips will be placed so the park can reopen, we anticipate this being next week.


Ice Fantasy Skate Rink:

On October 10th, the City Council approved the 5 day use for the synthetic ice rink.  The Ice Fantasy Skate Rink will be open to the public from October 12th through October 16th located on the empty lot across from City Hall at the northwest corner of 3rd and Marin Streets. They offer a synthetic ice rink for families to enjoy, below is the link for the ticket prices, skate rental, etc.:


Holiday Recreation Events:

Corning Recreation has a full lineup of Holiday Happenings, so make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram so that you don’t miss out on any of the fun.



City of Corning Business Awning Grant Program:

Revised plans were received late last week from the manufacture’s engineer.  The review process is now complete, and the project is now going into the production phase.  The first set of awnings should begin installation in the first part of November, with the additional awnings to follow in 1–2 week intervals.




In addition to responding to 154 calls for service, there were 115 officer-initiated incidents, including 11 traffic stops, and a total of 18 officer reports taken.  Officers made 4 felony arrests, 4 misdemeanor arrests, and issued 7 citations:  1 was an infraction, 5 were misdemeanor, and 1 was unclassified during the period of October 5, 2023, through October 11, 2023.



During the period of October 5, 2023, through October 11, 2023, our Dispatch Center received 321 inbound calls for service.  In addition, they responded to 24 incoming 911 calls.  All calls were answered within 10 seconds of their ring time.



Community Service Officer Herrera attended a 3-day long training course in Evidence and Property Function Management in Sacramento.  Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins.  Other POST online training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.


Did you know?  President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal.  Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13. – Unknown



Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:

The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 18 calls for service last week, they consisted of:  14 medicals, 1 mutual aid fire, and 3 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 24 calls for service last week, they consisted of:  13 medicals, 3 fires, 4 hazardous conditions, and 4 traffic collisions.


Chief’s Message:

Please be sure your address numbers are visible in case of an emergency.

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