TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: October 1, 2021
COVID-19 in Tehama County:
Tehama County Health Services Agency Executive Director reported on September 28th that St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and ICU were still full. As of September 28th, there are 28 deaths due to COVID-19 in the month of September alone, which is more than all COVID-19 deaths from February through August. Tehama County has the third highest case rate in the State as of September 30th.
LHI (https://lhi.care/covidtesting) is offering COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday at the Red Bluff Community Center due to high demand. Tehama County ranks as the third lowest County vaccinated. Vaccinations can be scheduled at https://myturn.ca.gov/. More information about vaccinations and vaccine safety can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/.
Tehama County Groundwater Commission:
Public Works Consultant Robin Kampmann and I met with representatives developing the Corning Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). We will be submitting our questions in writing. The public comment period ends October 25, 2021. The draft GSP can be found at: https://www.corningsubbasingsp.org/publicdraftgsp. Staff will also be presenting our comments for City Council concurrence at the October 12th City Council meeting.
Drought Task Force:
The Drought Task Force met on September 29th. There are 127 dry wells reported in Tehama County. The large uptick in reported dry wells was as a result of a meeting held in Rancho Tehama. It was learned during the meeting of Rancho Tehama wells that had gone dry and went unreported.
State of California Small Community Drought Relief Program:
City Staff are also exploring a State of California Small Community Drought Relief Program Grant submittal to potentially install new City well(s) and extend the City water system to areas with dry wells. Statewide, $192 million is available on a first-come first-served basis. The State is strongly encouraging the City to apply.
I met with Orland City Manager Pete Carr on September 30th.
Municipal Service Review:
Staff has a hard deadline of October 15th to have all MSR (Municipal Service Review) documents to our Contractor so that he can prepare the updated document.
Skateboard Park Review:
The Braille Skateboard Group from the Bay area visited our Skate Park in June of this year; they are a group of people who are skateboard enthusiasts. They teach skateboarding and are a resource to help and inspire skateboarders everywhere. They have quite a presence on social media with a whopping 433 thousand followers. While visiting our Park they made a video which has been shared to the Corning Recreation’s Facebook page. Check it out if you get a chance. They really like our Skateboard Park.
October 5th Food Truck Event:
Our last Food Truck, of the year is scheduled for Tuesday October 5th. We have an excellent Truck line up with the following confirmed trucks: Holy Crepe; Slyderz Grill; El Taco Asado; Churro’s Daisy; Corning Sweet’s; The Harvester; Harvey’s Hot Dogs; and two new trucks, Rolling Hill’s Food Truck & Granny’s Grill. Please come out and support these Food Truck Vendors.
We believe we will have to cancel the bed races as we have no one registered.
Community Event/Street Impact:
- Food Truck Tuesday – The final Food Truck Tuesday will be on Tuesday October 5, 2021 on Solano Street between 3rd Street and 5th Solano Street will be closed from 4:00pm to 8:30pm for the event.
- Corning Olive Festival Mixer – The Corning Olive Festival Mixer will take place this Thursday October 7, 2021 on 4th Street between Solano Street and Butte Street. 4th Street will be closed from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for the event.
- Corning High School Homecoming – The Homecoming Parade will be Friday October 8, 2021. The parade will commence at the corner of Third and Solano and end at Toomes and Solano. Solano Street will be closed from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. The floats will line up along Marin Street prior to the parade and the parade will begin at 3:00pm.
- Corning Olive Festival & Car Show – The Corning Olive Festival and Car Show will take place this Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Corning Community Park and Lennox Fields from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There will be no road closures for this event but due to anticipated attendance be aware of traffic congestion and pedestrians not only on Toomes Ave. and Houghton Ave. but the surrounding side streets as well.
Northside Park Restrooms:
Northside Park Restrooms are currently closed due to vandalism. They will be reopened as soon as the Public Works Crew can complete any necessary repairs and get them cleaned up.
Woodson Park Tree Removal:
City Staff is in the process of removing two (2) trees from Woodson Park due to ill health. Both trees have significant rot and pose a concern to public safety. Staff is also reviewing the possibility of removing additional trees as part of a safety project. Once it is determined what trees would need to be removed, Staff will bring the recommendation to City Council for approval.
Stage I – Voluntary Water Conservation Program:
A reminder that the City of Corning is in a Stage I – Volunteer Conservation Program – 15% reduction in normal water usage. Easy ways to reduce your water usage are:
- Adjusting your irrigation times to evening and early mornings.
- Avoid emptying and refilling swimming pools.
- Fix any leaks in your irrigation systems or private water lines.
- Wash full loads of clothes.
- Fix running toilets and install low-flow shower heads.
- Use shut off valves on hoses when using them and avoid running water.
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 14 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 11 medicals, 1 mutual aid fire, 1 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 22 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 16 medicals, 2 fires, 3 traffic collisions, and 1 investigation.
The Corning Fire Department will be hosting a pancake breakfast during the Olive Festival on Saturday, October 9th from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.