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Mayor’s Update

April 2015


Dear Residents,

The City of Watsonville strives to provide excellent customer service. We are committed to providing programs and services that will create a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly community.

Here is a short list of the many exciting things happening in Watsonville:

Corralitos Creek Water Filter

The City recently secured a $3.2 million State Emergency Drought Grant to complete the Corralitos Creek Water Supply and Fisheries Enhancement Project. The improvements would double the amount of water produced at this facility and also provide a critical habitat for the South-Central California Coast steelhead, a federally threatened species. The construction and design cost will be fully funded by this State grant and we are excited to break ground on the project this spring.  For additional information contact Tom Sharp at 768-3076.

Pedestrian Safety is a Two-Way Street

The City is working on a new project to improve pedestrian and traffic safety for our residents. The approximate cost of improvements is $400,000, with $305,000 being funded through a State Grant – Safe Routes to School Program. This project will include crossing upgrades to 31 intersection locations near 13 middle and elementary schools throughout our town. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. Together we can create a safe, pedestrian friendly community. For additional information contact Maria Esther Rodriguez at 768-3100.

New City Manager Search

The City is currently conducting a search for a new City Manager. Ralph Anderson & Associates has been chosen as the consulting firm. There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, April 7th from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor. Residents may give input into the selection process and what qualities they would like to see in the new City Manager.

Catering Trucks

City staff is in the process of developing on educational program to be sure all food trucks are in compliance with the current ordinance. All trucks must have a: health certificate; business license; and a traveling merchant permit. Letters will be distributed to catering truck vendors in the very near future.

Street Sweeping

Street sweeping signs have been posted on various streets of the community as we implement Phase 1 of the Street Sweeping Program. Garbage and debris must be kept out of the storm drains as part of the Clean Water Act. All residents are required to comply with the signs. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Water Services Division

With leaks throughout town as well as new service connections to be installed, the Water Services Division has been busy prioritizing its work. New service connections include the Tractor Supply Company that will be located on Auto Center Dr., and the new alternative school being built on Green Valley Road. The Water Division has resumed work on the College Road Project with the end of April as the new expected completion date.

Keeping Up With Watsonville

Earth Day/Day of the Child: The event will take place on April 26, 2015 at Ramsay Park, located at 1301 Main Street from 12:00-4:00 p.m. José-Luis Orozco, bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist will perform at the 13th Annual Earth Day/Day of the Child. Call 768-3107 for more information.

Garage Sale Permits Required: A garage sale permit is required within the City of Watsonville. Permits ($21) can be obtained at the Police Department, 215 Union St., Mon. – Thurs. 9am-4pm. Citations: Minimum fine of $50 will be issued for no permit or if signs are posted off property. Call 768-3381 for more information.

Time for Spring Cleaning! Drop off your extra garbage at the Waste & Recycling Drop-off Center located at 320 Harvest Dr., Gate 4, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Household Hazardous Waste is accepted on Tuesdays & Wednesdays and the 2nd Saturday of each month. This service is provided for City residents only. Call 768-3133 for more information.

I love to hear from our community, so please feel free to email me directly at: nancy.bilicich@cityofwatsonville.org.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nancy Bilicich

Mayor