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City Manager's Weekly Update May 22, 2020
City Staff will not be available on Monday May 26, in observance of Memorial Day
San Mateo County's Shelter in Place Order Remains in Effect - Everyday Precautions
As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, we want you to know what to expect (it’s by no means back to normal), and we do want you to remain vigilant. But, we also want you to feel like it’s okay to be excited about this milestone. It’s significant. We would not have gotten here without your support. Every day you have made choices – to walk in your own neighborhoods or local park, to catch up with friends online instead of in person, to check in on elderly neighbors and offer to do their shopping for them.
As new rules come out allowing more and more activities, it hasn’t been lost on anyone that some of the rules seem a little inconsistent or confusing.
Here’s the bottom line, the county cannot possibly list every single activity in its health order. Some of the rules that seem contradictory to you have a reason behind them that we just don’t know. The rules aren’t perfect, but they have worked. Please continue to follow them, and please have respect for the people making them. They’re doing their best to keep us safe under very difficult circumstances.
The fact that more and more of the health restrictions are easing doesn’t mean the basics are no longer important. It’s the opposite. They are more important than ever. These include:
- Staying home except for essential needs/activities.
- Bring a face covering with you when you leave home and putting it on when you can’t maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying away from other people if they or you have symptoms.
- Following guidance from public health officials.
Enjoy the holiday weekend but please remember to recreate responsibly, bring a face covering and practice social distancing. San Mateo County's Shelter in Place Order remains in effect with some easing of restrictions, but beach parking lots remain closed.
Read the entire order & FAQs at www.smcgov.org/shelter-place-faqs
City of Belmont Resources at www.belmont.gov
Learn what County Parks & services are open at parks.smcgov.org
Meetings and Town Hall
City Council Meeting, Tuesday May 26, 2020 (Virtual)
Online Wildland Fire Preparedness Town HallWhile we are all still sheltering in place due to COVID-19, wildland fire season is upon us! The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department would like to invite the Belmont community to an online Wildland Preparedness Town Hall meeting on May 28 at 6PM, via Zoom. Speakers will include Fire Chief Ray Iverson, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall, and other members of the SMC Fire Team. Topics will include changes to state law affecting buildings in wildland areas, what is the risk and how to prepare. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period. Please join us!
Please join with ZOOM webinar: https://zoom.us/j/92842894734?pwd=d3RZUTRQNGluM2Z6QjFKNksxTlpNUT09
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16699009128,,92842894734# or +12532158782,,92842894734#
Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Webinar ID: 928 4289 4734
60th Annual National Public Works Week
This week May 17th to the 23rd 2020 the marks the 60th annual National Public Works Week.
Public Works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of Belmont. The men and women of your Belmont PW department deserve particular commendation for their service as critical infrastructure workers who have continued to work diligently and professionally during this unprecedented time of the Covid-19 public health emergency.
Infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers, maintenance staff, and employees from state and local governments and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, improving and protecting our nation’s transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential for our citizens. If you see on of our men in orange give them a wave.
PW Maintenance staff complete asphalt repairs on Lyon Ave in response to citizen requests for repairs.
PG&E will be working on westbound Ralston Avenue between El Camino Real and 6th Avenue starting Tuesday, May 19th and continuing thru Friday, June 5, 2020. Work hours are from 8:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday. Traffic control will be in place as one lane will be closed during construction.
Please drive safely through the construction zone. There will be no work on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day holiday.
Sanitary Sewer Easement Project:
The week of May 11th City’s contractor EPS, Inc. will conduct pipe installation and restoration in the easement between 1100 block of Academy Drive/1600 block of Robin Whipple Way.
The week of May 26th EPS, Inc. will be conducting trenchless pipe replacement (pipebursting) in the easement between 2500 block of Carmelita Avenue and 2400 block of Casa Bona Avenue.
Residents have been notified. Traffic control will be in place.
Refer to the PW website for project updates and traffic advisories.
Celebrating the 2020 Public Works Art Contest!
Congratulations to all the talented and inspirational young artists who participated in the 2020 Public Works Art Contest! You have all represented your schools, the City, and the Belmont community exceptionally well! As a community, we are all certainly proud of your remarkable achievements!
Quarterly Home Sales History – 2020 Q1
The City’s revenue consultant, HdL has provided an update regarding Q1 home sale trends. For Belmont, median home prices are up in Q1, but the average id down. There is a noticeable drop in volume for home sales in California from both the previous quarter and year as the COVID-19 pandemic began, especially in the last weeks of the month as the state’s stay-at-home order was put in place. The report shows the number of detached single-family residential sales (by quarter) and the median sale price for those properties.
Belmont Parks & Recreation Department
Parks and Open Space
Get out of the house and help your local parks! Grab a bucket and help us out by clearing weeds on our parks, trails, and open spaces. Be sure to share before-and-after photos of your work. *Don't forget to maintain social distancing and recommended safety measures when out and about.
More volunteer options here: www.belmont.gov/volunteer
A Hand for Heroes
On Wednesday, May 27th, the Youth Advisory Committee is holding an event to thank essential and healthcare workers. From 5:00 pm to 5:05 pm, all of us will be clapping from the front of our houses, alongside the rest of our neighborhoods. We’d love to have widespread community participation, please spread the word amongst your own friends and families.
Park Staff and Fire Crews at Water Dog Open Space
Parks maintenance staff will be working in conjunction with Calfire Fire Safe crews in Water Dog Open Space periodically over the next several weeks. Fire Safe crews will be onsite the weeks of May 25-27, June 9-11, and June 16-18 and will focus along sections of John Brooks Trail and open space areas adjacent to Hallmark Drive. The project will focus on establishing defensible space and will include tree trimming, ladder fuel and understory brush removal. Invasive species and poison oak will also be eradicated. Where possible, the cut vegetation will be removed altogether from the project area.
Belmont’s Poet Laureate Hosts a Poetry Night via Zoom!
Nancy J. Morales, John Johnson, and Terry Ehret presented poems of renowned contemporary Mexican poet, Ulalume González de León to over 40 guests via Zoom! This was the largest virtual gathering to date of poets and poetry curated by Jacki Rigoni, Belmont’s Poet Laureate. Thank you to all who participated.
Congratulations 2020 Graduates!
What an unprecedented time for you to celebrate your achievements. Ralston, Carlmont, ND High, IHM and NDNU Class of 2020 the Community salutes you!
San Mateo 101 Express Lanes Project
Freeway Ramp Closures: Temporary ramp closures will occur during the night in/near Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, and South San Francisco, as well as during the day in San Mateo. Ramp closures could occur in both the northbound and southbound directions of the freeway. However, consecutive interchanges for northbound and southbound ramps will not be closed at the same time.
Caltrain's 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project- Hillsdale Station
On May 16th, Caltrain’s Hillsdale Station in San Mateo temporarily closed for up to six months as part of the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project.
During the closure, trains will not serve the Hillsdale Station. Passengers are advised to utilize the Belmont Station instead. To accommodate San Mateo riders, Belmont Station parking will be free of charge for Caltrain customers until the newly constructed Hillsdale Station opens in the fall. For more information on station access alternatives, including free connecting SamTrans bus and shuttle service, visit www.caltrain.com/HillsdaleTempClosure.
Due to the shelter-in-place order and low ridership, Caltrain continues to operate with reduced weekday service with all trains making local stops. Weekend Baby Bullet service will move from Hillsdale to the Belmont Station. Departure times at all other stations will remain the same. Updated weekday and weekend timetables effective May 16.
Customers are advised to plan accordingly as the temporary station closure may add additional time to your commute. Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.