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City Manager's Weekly Update May 1, 2020
The Mayor’s Message
Beginning Monday, May 4, the Shelter-in-Place rules for Belmont and San Mateo County will change. Without describing all the detailed changes in this message, there will be many who can once again begin work as construction activities, landscaping, and certain other activities are allowed to resume. As such activities are resumed, please remember to maintain social distancing, and follow all required protocols.
It is so easy to take many of the things that make living in the Bay Area so enjoyable, for granted. For example, it can be easy to forget that local, fresh fruits and vegetables (and much tastier than from other areas, of course) can be obtained from local farmer’s markets. As I spoke with relatives and friends on the east coast, the ease with which we are able to buy such produce was viewed with envy. Anyone who has tried fresh Mandarin juice knows exactly what I am talking about. Add to that the incredible blueberries, strawberries, (is a currant scone a fruit or a vegetable? I am sure that the mango scone qualifies as a fruit), eggs, broccoli, and all sorts of other food items that are available. I am getting hungry as I write this. With two local farmer’s markets still open on weekends – Belmont’s farmer’s market (at the Caltrain Station) is open on Sunday and San Mateo’s market (at the College of San Mateo) is open on Saturday – you can even go back if you forget something the first time. With the warmer weather approaching, or, is it already here, shopping outside at these markets makes for a spectacular time.
This week, I had the opportunity to hike on some of our trails with our Parks and Recreation Director and some of Belmont’s residents. It was good to see so many of you taking the opportunity to enjoy our natural resources; it was even better to see so many wearing face coverings. While wearing a face covering may not be the most desirable way to enjoy a hike, a run, or a bike ride, I hope you can take comfort in remembering that we all do it to show the respect we have for the safety and well-being of others. Except for a single cyclist, everyone we met along the trail was polite and courteous, hikers and cyclists alike.
These are challenging times for us all; to give everyone a much-needed respite in nature, we need our parks and open spaces to remain open. That requires cooperation, patience and mutual respect from everyone. Please do your part.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend and good fortune in the coming days. Remember, communication is key; you can’t be too considerate. Please, stay safe and healthy!
Revised Shelter-In-Place Order Extended to May 31- Some Restrictions Eased
On Tuesday, April 28, the governor released a four-stage plan for how the state will eventually ease out of the stay at home order. The big question, of course, is when. On that topic the mantra seems to be “weeks not months,” and timing is largely dependent on our ability to continue to slow the spread, among other factors. Please open this link to see how the new order affects Belmont.
You can view the complete state roadmap for reopening that was presented during Tuesday's state news conference online here. Here’s a quick overview of what each of the stages includes.
Please Remember as we Continue to Flatten the Curve - Dispose of masks and gloves the right way
After you remove masks and gloves, please be sure to throw them in the trash. Or, better yet, use a face covering that can be washed. Not only can these items become a new source of litter on our streets and sidewalks, they could actually spread the coronavirus and other germs left on their surfaces. Thanks for helping to keep our city safe and healthy, while protecting our environment.
Fourth Quarter 2019 Sales Tax Results
As you will gather from the most recent results, the City was on strong footing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s revenue consultant, HdL, has provided the attached sales tax report summarizing the fourth quarter of 2019 results. Specifically, Belmont’s sales tax receipts from October through December were up 15% from prior year fourth quarter results. The City experienced strong winter sales activity by multiple auto-transportation vendors, while a one-time allocation temporarily spiked the business and industry sector. Measure I generated an additional $521,827, which represents a 5.7% increase over last year. Taxable sales for all of San Mateo County grew 3.5% over the comparable time period and the Bay Area was up 3.9%.
Everyone Counts – Do Your Part Complete the Census Today
San Mateo County currently has the highest response rates in the entire state of California at 65.4%. However that means there is still another 34.6% of our households that need to be counted! Without everyone being counted, we could lose federal funding for our most critical programs like health care, schools, food assistance, and emergency services. It only take 10 minutes and affects the next 10 years. There are three ways you can respond: online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail. Let’s all do our part and help our communities because #EveryoneCounts!
City Council Meeting April 28th - Video now available
Due to technical difficulties, the first part of the April 28 City Council meeting did not get broadcast relative to the special presentation by SAMCEDA describing the efforts of the SMC Strong Fund. The backup copy of the meeting video has now been uploaded to the meeting link and can be viewed in its entirety. In addition, the Power Point Presentation has been uploaded to the agenda.
Recology Resumes Bulky Item Collection
Recology San Mateo County (RSMC) will be reinstating the Bulky Item Collection (BIC) Program beginning Monday, May 4th. This decision was made after reviewing the updated Shelter-In-Place Order from the County of San Mateo, which includes the easing of some restrictions, such as construction and outdoor business activities.
As part of the reinstatement process, RSMC Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) will contact the original customers who were put on a priority waitlist when their previously scheduled BIC was put on hold. CSRs will also contact the additional customers who requested a BIC after the suspension of the program and were put on a separate waitlist. These two lists total approximately 1,500 customers. All new requests for BICs will be scheduled beginning the week of May 11th, unless space is available sooner. See Recology Website for phone numbers and other info.
Carlmont Student Giving Back - Community Volunteer Support for Belmont Senior Community
Carlmont junior Jon Standlee has started a local chapter of "Zoomers to Boomers" which allows seniors who don't want to leave their homes to go to the grocery stores a safe and reasonable opportunity to have groceries brought in by our younger generation.
"Zoomers to Boomers: Free, Fast, and Safe Grocery Delivery
Jon Standlee recently founded a local chapter of Zoomers to Boomers. Zoomers to Boomers a Nonprofit organization that delivers groceries to those who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 and immunocompromised. After handling over 1,000 international deliveries they are now able to deliver groceries to residents in San Mateo, San Carlos, Belmont, Redwood Shores, and Northern Redwood City. “If you have any neighbors, friends or family who may be interested feel free to refer us.” Said Jon.
Visit our website use https://www.zoomerstoboomers.com
Submit a grocery order here: https://forms.gle/4TkwHLAppSmmhZZ67
Questions or concerns contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We are generation Z and we are here to help!"
Congratulations Carlmont Seniors!
In a normal spring semester Carlmont Seniors would showcase their college acceptance pride by wearing prospective college apparel to campus. These students did not let current events stop them from responsibly showcasing their accomplishments and their future. Congratulations to all High School, College and University Grads, along with your families the greater Belmont Community applaud you for your hard work thought out the year and your resilience through these difficult times. Congratulations!