TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: March 11, 2022
City Staff met to discuss measures that would make the process of starting a new business in Corning easier. A few key items are being worked on as follows:
- The Building Official will compile a list of items that generally need to be completed as part of a Fire, Life and Safety, Inspection along with general items that cause a Fire, Life, and Safety Inspection to fail. Of importance to note, there are always exceptions based on the type of business proposed.
- A flow chart of the process to start a new business is being created and will be placed on the City website.
- The Building Official will perform an on-site review of ADA bathroom requirements within the Downtown Solano Street Historical District between 3rd and 6th Streets. The applicant will be required to provide a detailed written description of the proposed business in advance, as the requirements depend on many factors (including, but not limited to: Type of business, capacity, size, etc.). The City cannot perform structural inspections, nor can the City engineer the project on behalf of the applicant.
This will hopefully alleviate some of the stress for new business owners.
FEMA Reimbursement of Expenditures Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
One project has been approved, one other is being rejected for further documentation, and one more needs to be submitted. This reporting takes a considerable amount of effort. I would like to thank the Finance Department for their diligence.
Utility Payment Assistance Grant Program:
If you were impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and owe late payments for water, sewer, internet, or PG&E, please visit www.corning.org to check if you qualify and to access the application. You must live within Corning City Limits to apply. First come first served. Apply now!
NorthStar will be performing drone topographic surveys starting late next week and continuing into the following week for the upcoming street projects. Locations include Clark Park Parking Lot and the Jennings Heights area.
City Mobile Vending Policy:
Staff is working on the City’s Mobile Vending Policy as directed by the Planning Commission and gathering information to present at the March 15, 2022 Planning Commission meeting.
Vacant Storefront Code Compliance:
Friday March 11th is the Code compliance deadline for owners of the vacant storefronts between 3rd and 6th Streets. Staff has received responses from all of the owners to the City’s notices. They are all willing to comply; some of the buildings are currently for sale or for rent, and some have recently sold. Staff will be reaching out to the new owners of properties recently sold to ensure that they are aware of the City’s Ordinance on relating to vacant buildings.
Recreation is in between classes right now. We are running some different classes which are showing a great turn out. The Flag Football signups are trickling in slowly and we are trying to get the word out about the Program; please help us spread the word.
Corning Tuesday Night Market:
We have been receiving quite a few vendor applications back for the first Tuesday night Market scheduled for April 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Don’t forget to Spring forward this weekend.
In addition to responding to 157 calls for service, a total of 31 officer reports were taken and there were 98 officer-initiated incidents, including 41 traffic stops. Officers made 18 misdemeanor and 3 felony arrests. Officers issued 25 citations, of which; 15 were misdemeanors, 2 were infractions, 1 was animal and 7 were parking during the period of March 2, 2022, through March 9, 2022.
Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins. Other POST on-line training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.
“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.”
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 14 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 9 medicals, 1 fire, 1 traffic collision, 2 public service, and 1 investigation.
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend, and Butte City Volunteer Fire Department Call Volumes:
The Orland, Capay, Artois, Bayliss, Glenn Codora, Ord Bend, and Butte City Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a combined total of 18 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 7medicals, 5 fires, 3 traffic collision, and 3 public service.
Again, it is drying out, please maintain your properties before the weeds dry completely out. Please be water wise.