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City Manager's Weekly Update June 12, 2020
Board of Supervisors to vote on State variance
The Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Friday to consider asking the state for a variance that would allow the County to further align with the state’s Resilience Roadmap. The Board met via videoconference at 9 a.m. to vote on whether to direct Board President Warren Slocum to send a letter to the state supporting an attestation of County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow that the County has met readiness criteria to reopen certain sectors of the local economy.
Earlier this afternoon the County issued a press release regarding the steps taken by the Board of Supervisor's.
Shelter-in-place order revised to allow outdoor dining, other activities with restrictions
San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow revised the current shelter-in-place order to allow outdoor dining and charter boat operations with safety measures and other restrictions to ensure social distancing. It also amends the guidelines for funerals. The revised order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Read the full press release
Outdoor Dining Allowed Under New Health Order
The County Health Officer updated the Shelter in Place Order to allow for outdoor dining in San Mateo County effective Saturday, June 6. The updated order allows restaurants to provide dining in outdoor spaces so long as additional safety protocols are in place. There must be at least 6 feet of space between tables, those dining together must be from the same household, and groups are limited to up to six people. Additional sanitation and cleaning protocols are also required. Please see below for a summary of other requirements.
Restaurants and other food facilities that were previously licensed to provide sit-down food service, can consider providing outdoor dining per the state and county requirements. Restaurants must comply with all County regulations, as well as the State’s Industry Guidance.
To support our restaurants, the City is developing guidelines and stream-lined permitting. Stay tuned as we work out the details of providing more space for outdoor dining! If you are interested in learning more, contact our Community Development Department at Cdev@belmont.gov, or 650-595-7417.
COVID-19 Resources available
Resources for those in need of food assistance, financial assistance, mental health resources, housing, volunteers and others, are available on the city website.
Small Businesses: Enter to Win the Dream Big Awards
The Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. All eligible businesses must complete the application form by July 17, 2020. To nominate a business, nominators must complete the nomination & application form by June 19, 2020.
Covid-19: What You Need to Know About Testing
Testing is free and available to anyone without restriction, although an appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website
Prevent the Spread
As modifications of the health order allow for more activity & the interactions among people increases, the virus continues to circulate in our San Mateo County community: SMCO County Health
Here are everyday reminders on what you can do to prevent the spread of #COVID19.
2020-21 Budget Approved
Like Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, for many years we’ve operated in a culture of frugality, preferring to be hardworking ants who save for harsh winters, rather than carefree grasshoppers forced to beg for food. Sparked by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the days of necessity have arrived and the FY 2021 Budget represents the City Council’s hard work as it prepares to meet the challenges that lie ahead with the pandemic induced recession. Read more about the budget.
Belmont PD Response to 8cantwait
The tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis has galvanized community concerns regarding policing policies and training throughout the nation. We, at the Belmont Police Department, have received many inquiries regarding our policies, and whether or not they conform to the 8cantwait campaign. It should be noted that this campaign is sponsored by Campaign Zero, a group of community activists who are not expert matter experts in the area of policing or police policy development. None the less, we still believe it is important for us to re-evaluate our policies based on their concerns to ensure we are providing the best guidance possible to our officers. We also feel it is important for us to provide the public with responses to the questions posed, so that everyone knows what our policies are, and why they are in place.
Please visit our website to view our responses to the 8cantwait campaign, and view our policy manual and training manuals, see our latest training classes and public safety crime map on our transparency page.
Updates from Parks and Public Works
2020Census Kudos San Mateo County!
Congratulations San Mateo Co, as of today, we continue to hold the #1 spot, for the highest response rate by County for the state at 71.7% - San Mateo County continues to maintain the highest response rate in the State of California since April 21st. We are also well above the California average of 62.1% and National average of 60.9% Additionally, the City of San Carlos (80.9%) is identified in California's top 10 leading cities in high response rates. But we have still much more to do to ensure ALL San Mateo County residents are counted. Let’s go Belmont, let’s get ahead of San Carlos. Be counted at 2020census.gov
Caltrain Increases Weekday Service as Region Reopens
Starting June 15, Caltrain will increase weekday service as Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions begin to ease. As travel throughout the Bay Area increases, Caltrain is committed to offering faster, user-friendly travel options to returning riders. The additional capacity will accommodate more riders while also maintaining onboard physical distancing. More information in the press release.
101 Express Lane Project
Caltrans is constructing express lanes on U.S. 101 from the Santa Clara County/San Mateo County line to I-380 in South San Francisco. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
Construction Update – Week of June 14th:
This Week: Construction activities on U.S. 101 will include: continued work on the sound walls along Bayshore Boulevard (from Newbridge Avenue to just past Dakota Avenue, from Monte Diablo Avenue to Dore Avenue, and from Dore Avenue to East Poplar Avenue), demolition of the sound wall along South Bayshore Boulevard from 2nd Avenue to Monte Diablo Avenue, all within the City of San Mateo; pile driving; installing storm drainage systems, a new sewer system, and sign foundations; paving; electrical service work; and other related construction activities.
Most of the work will occur on the freeway lanes, shoulders, and ramps, while the sound wall and sewer work will occur on city streets adjacent to U.S. 101.
**Note: Extended weekend ramp closures are possible starting the weekend of June 26th. For all project information visit 101 Express Lanes