|City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending February 4th, 2011
February 8, 2011
Mayor and Councilmembers:
This is the weekly report for the week ending February 4th, 2011.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15th. Enjoy the week off.
The Community & Economic Development Agency Director/ Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Steve Duran and Redevelopment Director Alan Wolken attended state senate budget committee hearings on Governor Brown's proposal to end Redevelopment in California. The legislative analysts report reinforced the Governor’s proposal. Over 100 cities and redevelopment agencies were represented. Staff, along with our lobbyist, was also able to meet privately with Senator Loni Hancock and with Assembly Member Nancy Skinner to discuss ideas on how to preserve redevelopment, and at the same time, provide $1.7 billion to the state from redevelopment agencies in fiscal year 2011-2012.
The City’s Food Ware Ordinance went into effect in August 2010. The ordinance prohibits the use of styrofoam containers in Richmond food establishments. To date, City staff has visited more than 30 percent of Richmond food providers, including restaurants, food trucks, and organizations that provide food to the public, providing information about the ordinance and sample containers. Outreach has included business mailers, community meetings, and assistance with finding compostable products.
Many Richmond food establishments have switched to to-go containers made out of paper, aluminum, or other plant-based materials. After use, aluminum can be rinsed and put in the recycle bin, and paper and other plant-based food ware can be put in the green cart for composting, as part of the City’s residential organics collection and composting program that began in July 2010.
On Friday, January 28th, at Peres Elementary School, a gardening revitalization project was led by the Parent Coffee Club school parents and the school counselor. Some of the tasks that were initiated included planting seeds, pulling weeds, general clean up and adding compost to raised planters. City staff from the Health and Wellness working group supported the event by aiding in outreach efforts, coordinating the lending of gardening tools, and working on the garden the day of the event. This initiative is located in the pilot project neighborhoods in which the City of Richmond Health and Wellness element is being implemented.
Carlson Boulevard Project: The contractor will complete Phase 1 (northbound lane #2) of this project next week. This will result in the re-opening of the side streets and the local neighborhood to limited Carlson Boulevard access along the easterly side of the project. Last week, Engineering Services met with the Richmond Annex Neighborhood Council (RANC) to review the project and to discuss the various options for the next phases of construction. The result was a unanimous recommendation by RANC to delay the beginning of Phases 2 & 3 of the project until the end of wet weather. The intended result is to minimize the length of time of neighborhood disruption by constructing during dry weather without interruption. Depending on the weather, the project would re-commence toward the end of March with a completion target of mid-June. The contractor has agreed to this schedule without additional cost to the City.
A public meeting is scheduled to solicit input on the draft Traffic Safety Study in the Civic Center Plaza’s Richmond Room on Thursday, February 10th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. In addition to the general public, targeted invitations to the public meeting include the Traffic Safety Study's online Survey Monkey participants and all Neighborhood Council presidents. The project consultant will be available to answer questions on the selection process of project locations, and the pros and cons on the adoption of different types of improvements. A similar presentation is scheduled with the upcoming February RNCC meeting.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.
Have a great week!
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