Friday Notes for October 6, 2023

Posted on October 5, 2023


October 6th (afternoon) – October 9th:  City Manager Brant Mesker

October 11th:  City Engineer/Public Works Consultant Robin Kampmann

October 12th – October 13th:  Accounting Manager Mary Brimm

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



Message from the City Manager:

This week marks an exciting new beginning as I join you as the City Manager of Corning.  I am honored and thrilled to be part of this community and to work alongside such dedicated and talented individuals.  Living in this community, I have had the opportunity to personally witness the contributions the citizens make to this community.  First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for the warm welcome I have received.  My commitment is unwavering.  Together, we will build upon the strengths of our City and address the challenges that lie ahead.  I am excited about the journey ahead and the positive impact we will make on the City of Corning.  Let us work together with dedication and enthusiasm to make our city an even better place to live, work, and thrive.


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




Community Event/Street Impact:

  • Corning Olive Festival:

The Corning Olive Festival and Car Show will take place this Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Corning Community Park, and Lennox Fields from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  There will be no road closures for this event but due to the anticipated attendance be aware of traffic congestion and pedestrians not only on Toomes and Houghton Avenues, but the surrounding side streets as well.

  • 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.


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.  




Tuesday Night Market:

Staff would like to send a big “Thank You” to the community, all of the vendors, the Chamber of Commerce, the Corning Police and Fire Departments, and the City Public Works Department for helping make the 2023 Tuesday Night Market Season a success.  We ended on a great note with Bed Races (always a fun event), and we look forward to seeing you all next year.  Thank you again to all who participated.


Olive Festival:

Corning Recreation is participating in the Olive Festival, we will be doing crafts at our booth so look for us.  We will also be holding an Olive Pit Spitting Contest at 1:00pm by the band so if you have ever wondered how far you can “spit a pit” come see us.


Kiddie Playground at Northside Park:

The Northside Park Playground is coming along nicely.  We are planning for woodchip delivery in the middle of next week and then we will be able to re-open the area.


Ice Fantasy Skate Rink:

Ice Fantasy Skate Rink will be coming to Corning on October 12th through October 16th located on the empty City lot across from City Hall at the corner of Third and Marin Streets.  They will offer a synthetic ice rink for families to enjoy.


New Recreation Programs:

Corning Recreation just opened registration for a few new programs recently.  These programs are:


  • “Paint and Sip” to be held at Yaya’s Tacos;     ”Little Athletes”;
  • “Holiday Dance Classes”;     “Pickleball Clinic”:
  • “Cardio Drumming”.


The Jui Jitsu class has moved over to the PAL’s building at the Transportation Center making it much easier for the instructor and the kids.  It also allows us to open a second youth class.  City Staff are also currently working with the management staff at the Rolling Hills Links to offer a youth golf clinic.  Stay tuned for any updates or changes.


Upcoming Holiday 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 Plaza and Recreation Center:

The City Plaza and Recreation Center design will be presented to the City Council next Tuesday, October 10th for Council’s consideration and direction to enable staff to move forward in getting the project underway.




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 144 calls for service, there were 108 officer-initiated incidents, including 13 traffic stops, and a total of 15 officer reports taken.  Officers made 4 felony arrests, and issued 10 citations: 7 were infractions, 2 were misdemeanor, and 1 was parking during the period of September 28, 2023, through October 4, 2023.


During the period of September 28, 2023, through October 4, 2023, our Dispatch Center received 330 inbound calls for service.  In addition, they responded to 22 incoming 911 calls.  All calls were answered within 10 seconds of their ring time.


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

“If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”




Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:

The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 16 calls for service last week, they consisted of:  8 medicals, 1 traffic collision, 4 fires, 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 26 calls for service last week, they consisted of:  16 medicals, 6 fires, 1 investigation, 1 public service, and 2 traffic collisions.


Chief’s Message:

  • The Department is still not issuing Burn Permits, waiting for significant rain before issuing.
  • Saturday, October 7th is the Pancake Breakfast at the City Fire Hall at 814 5th Street from 7:00am to 10:00am. Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee ($8 donation).
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