TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: September 17, 2021
COVID-19 in Tehama County:
Tehama County Health Services Agency Executive Director reported on September 14th St. Elizabeth’s hospital and ICU was full. Elective surgeries have been cancelled. There have been five (5) deaths due to COVID-19 in the last seven (7) days. The State of California and Tehama County Public Health recommend all person’s mask indoors despite vaccination status right now due to the high case rates and hospitalizations.
LHI (https://lhi.care/covidtesting) is offering COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday at the Red Bluff Community Center due to high demand. Vaccinations can be scheduled at https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Development Impact and User Fee Study:
Revenue Cost Specialists met with Department Heads to review user fees the week of September 13th.
Northern California Cities’ Self Insurance Fund:
I attended the Northern California Cities Self Insurance Fund Executive and Claims Committee meetings on September 16th. Due to the pandemic the meetings continue to be held remotely.
Tehama County Groundwater Commission:
The Tehama County Groundwater Commission will be presented a draft of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) at its meeting on September 22nd at 8:30 AM. Those interested can access the meeting at the following link:
I believe the Commission still needs to make a recommendation on how to fund the implementation of the GSP.
September 20th – 24th: I will be out of the office on September 20th -24th attending a California Product Stewardship Council Board Meetings and meeting with Legislators; in my absence City Clerk Lisa Linnet will be acting City Manager.
October 5th Food Truck Tuesday:
The next Food Truck Tuesday is October 5 and we have advertised that we will be holding the Bed Races. Rotary has been generous enough to step up and agree to help with the start and finish lines, but we need racers. As of today, we do not have any teams signed up. ☹
Municipal Services Review (MSR):
Christina Meeds is working with Mark Teague (City’s SB-2 Consultant). Mr. Teague will be at City Hall on September 29th to get started on the City’s MSR. The MSR is the final item to be completed under the SB-2 Grant.
Upgrade to Council Chambers Sound Equipment:
Staff is exploring the feasibility of possibly upgrading the sound equipment in the City Council Chambers to allow for the community to listen to the City Meetings without leaving their homes.
Recreation Program Continuation:
Christina Meeds has been preparing documentation relating to the continuation of the City’s Recreation Program after the current grant term expires on December 31, 2021.
Fall recreation classes begin on Monday. We are excited and looking forward to a great “Fall Season” and already have a couple of special holiday classes we plan to hold.
A water main leak had been discovered in the 2100 block of Donnovan Avenue. Public Works has requested an emergency USA (Underground Service Alert) to locate any underground utilities within the area prior to digging. Once this is completed, probably within 24-48 hours, Public Works will assess the cause of the leak and obtain whatever materials are needed and make the repairs.
Vandalism of City Properties:
- The men’s restroom at the Skate Park was vandalized this week. Staff will be working at cleaning off the graffiti the next couple of days.
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.
City Staff is in the process of completing maintenance repairs and safety improvements at Woodson Park. These items include the removal of a portion of the trees that limit visibility and cleaning and repair of the restrooms.
In addition to responding to 161 calls for service, a total of 26 officer reports were taken and there were 77 officer-initiated incidents, including 23 traffic stops. Officers made 6 misdemeanor and 2 felony arrests. Officers issued 12 citations, of which; 5 were misdemeanors, 1 was a felony, 5 were parking, and 1 was an infraction during the period of September 8, 2021, through September 15, 2021.
Officers continue to participate in POST Portal Training and Lexipol Daily Training Bulletins. Other POST on-line training continues for Patrol and Dispatch personnel.
“There are hidden blessings in every struggle.”
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 24 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 18 medicals, 1 fire, 3 public service, 1 traffic collision, and 1 investigation.
The Orland, Capay, Artois, and Bayliss Volunteer Fire Department Call Volumes:
The Orland, Capay, Artois, and Bayliss Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a combined total of 17 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 11 medicals, 2 fires, 2 traffic collisions, 1 public service, and 1 hazardous condition.