TO: MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FROM: KRISTINA MILLER, CITY MANAGER
DATE: September 3, 2021
COVID-19 in Tehama County:
Tehama County is experiencing a surge in COVD-19 infections in Tehama County. Valerie Lucero, Executive Director, stated from August 1-29th there were1,065 cases. As of Tuesday, August 31st, the case rate was 54.2/100,000 and the positivity rate was 12.3% based on a seven-day period with a seven-day lag. Based on the high case rates in Tehama County, it is recommended everyone mask indoors by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mrs. Lucero recommended social distancing protocols be reintroduced at public meetings due to the high case rate and low vaccination rate.
LHI (https://lhi.care/covidtesting) will once again be offering COVID testing Monday through Friday at the Red Bluff Community Center due to high demand. Vaccinations can be scheduled at https://myturn.ca.gov/.
CA COVID-19 Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Relief:
The below is largely a repeat from last week, but due to its importance I felt I should repeat the information.
Landlords and tenants can apply for rent and utility payment assistance relief if the tenant has been impacted by COVID-19. Impacts from COVID-19 can be due to unemployment, childcare issues, decreases in income, etc. Income limits for a family of four are $55,750. Please visit CA COVID-19 Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Relief https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/index.html.
The City will also be offering a Utility Payment Assistance Program (City Utility Assistance Program) for those residents impacted by COVID-19. Due to grant requirements, the City will be restricting reimbursement to three months of expenditures. If you know of anyone that owes back due rent or utilities, I strongly encourage they apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent and Utility Payment Assistance Relief program first – please see link above. If there are unmet needs, they can also apply for the City Program. I received the contract from the State and signed the Agreement. The Grant and Program Administrator Consultant Agreement will be submitted for City Council consideration on September 14th.
September 1st: I gave a presentation to the Maywood Women’s Club.
September 2nd: I attended the Sacramento Valley City Managers’ Monthly meeting. Topics discussed included the challenges of homelessness, American Rescue Plan Act Fund Usage, and support for those communities impacted by California fires.
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.
September 7th Food Truck Tuesday:
The next Food Truck Tuesday Event is planned for Tuesday, September 7th in the same location on Solano St. We will be having an Olive Pit Spitting contest if you would like to join in. Our two Chiefs (Fire Chief Tom Tomlinson & Police Chief Jeremiah Fears) will lead the contest with a spit match of their own. We would like to give a huge shout out to Bell-Carter for donating the olives that will be used for spitting. To date, the confirmed Food Trucks that will be participating are: Capay’s Harvest, Bubba Q, Slyderz Grill, Holy Crepe, Fiesta Fresh, Harvey’s Hot Dogs, and Corning Sweets, along with numerous vendors. The CUHS Cheer leaders will be performing at 6:30 with the Olive Pit spitting contest to follow.
October 5th Food Truck Tuesday:
The next Food Truck Event will take place on October 5th. We are bringing back the bed races so if you, or a group that you know of would like to participate, the registration forms should be available on the City’s website at www.corning.org. sometime next week.
Registration for Fall Recreation Classes will open today. We have teamed up with Kinetics Dance Academy in Chico to offer our dance and tumbling classes; we are very excited about this relationship.
The Tehama County Health Services Agency is hosting a World Suicide Prevention Day WALK on September 10th, 2021, starting at 6:00pm in front of the Corning City Hall. All participants will stay on the sidewalks as they walk 0.6 miles in support of suicide prevention in Tehama County.
Vandalism of City Properties:
- The lock was cut on the restrooms at Woodson Park and additional vandalism has occurred. Staff is still working on making the necessary repairs and once they are complete the restrooms will be reopened.
- The exterior light at the Senior Center was broken and the fixture was removed. Staff is working on replacing this fixture.
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.
West Street School and Olive View Elementary School – Sidewalk Projects:
REY Engineers will be onsite September 10th and 11th completing the topographic survey for both projects. All residents in that area are being asked to not park in the roadway on the night of September 10th and during the day on September 11th to allow for the survey to be completed more accurately. All affected residents will receive a notice of the parking restrictions and signs will be posted this upcoming week.
In addition to responding to 182 calls for service, a total of 30 officer reports were taken and there were 60 officer-initiated incidents, including 25 traffic stops. Officers made 16 misdemeanor and 4 felony arrests. Officers issued 15 citations, of which; 15 were misdemeanors, during the period of August 25, 2021 through September 1, 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.
“Today only happens once…make it amazing.”
Corning Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) Call Volume:
The Corning Volunteer Fire Department responded to 23 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 16 medicals, 5 fires, 1 traffic collision, and 1 public service.
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 21 calls for service last week, they consisted of: 8 medicals, 4 fires, 5 traffic collisions, 3 investigations, and 1 public service.
Thank you to all who participated in our American Flag Fundraiser for the Veterans.