TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: October 8, 2021
COVID-19 in Tehama County:
Tehama County Health Services Agency Executive Director reported on October 5th that St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and ICU were still full. All elective surgeries are still cancelled for this week. The State opened a surge build out in Shasta County, where patients are actively being transferred as needed.
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/.
State of California Small Community Drought Relief Program:
City staff submitted a State of California Small Community Drought Relief Program grant application 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. A Resolution authorizing the City to apply will be considered by the City Council on October 12th. The Resolution allows the State to formally accept the application for consideration.
Queen Olive Galleria:
Staff met with the Developer of Queen Olive Galleria to discuss the next steps in reviewal of the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project. The 900+ page document will be reviewed by a third party. The project proposes to develop a freeway oriented commercial center on approximately 8.75 acres west of Interstate 5 and south of South Avenue. Once reviewed by the third party, the Council will be asked to approve the document which will then begin a thirty-day public comment period.
Senate Bill 1383 Organics:
Rachel Ross of the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency and I met with representatives from Waste Management to learn more details about a composting site they are working to site at the Anderson Landfill. As of now, they anticipate the site to provide 300 tons of capacity per day. This likely will not be enough capacity to accept all of Tehama and Shasta counties organic waste.
It appears the city’s adopted Zoning Code has been codified as the website is now reflecting the new Code.
Municipal Service Review (MSR):
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.
October 5th Food Truck Tuesday Event:
The October 5th Food Truck Event was a hit; we had 7 Food Trucks and they reported that they did well. A big shout out and thank you to our Public Works Department, Fire Department and Police Department for all your help; it does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.
Prop. 68 Round 4 Park Grant:
We should be hearing any day now regarding the status of the City’s Prop 68 Round 4 Park Grant applications. We are keeping our fingers crossed that one, or both are awarded!
Fall Recreation classes are in full swing. We currently have 88 youth enrolled in 14 different classes. Most classes will continue until the end of the month. Staff is working on a few special holiday classes for the months of November and December.
Community Event/Street Impact:
- 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 Avenue and Houghton Avenue, but the surrounding side streets as well.
Water Usage Outside City Limits:
In September, we have provided 33,539 gallons of water to County residents that have dry wells. This is double the amount used in August. At this time the City has 32 County residents, that are located within 5 miles of City Hall that are approved to purchase City Water. Of these 32 County residents, 15 have purchased water in September. We are currently not providing water to the Paskenta Water District as their water source is still providing adequate water.
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.
Vandalism of City Properties:
- The restrooms at Northside Park have been vandalized and will be temporarily closed until repairs can be made.
- A significant number of sprinklers were broken at Northside Park and at the Skate Park. Staff is working on replacing the sprinkler heads in both of these locations.
Water Main/Service Repairs:
Water service leaks on Scott Avenue and West Street have both been repaired by City Staff.
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 18 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 16 medicals, 1 investigation, and 1 public service.
The Orland, Capay, and Artois Volunteer Fire Department Call Volumes:
The Orland, Capay, and Artois Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a combined total of 10 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 7 medicals, 1 fire, 1 investigation, and 1 public service.
The Fire Corning Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Happy Homecoming to all Corning High School Grads. Colder weather is here; please have your flues and chimneys cleaned!!