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City Manager's Weekly Update July 2, 2020
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With the July 4th holiday right around the corner, we would like to remind everyone that the sale, possession and use of all fireworks are prohibited in the City of Belmont. This includes the "safe and sane" variety of fireworks that may be legal in other areas of San Mateo County.
Please be extremely careful during the Fourth of July holiday season and throughout the summer months with all outdoor activities. The abundance of dry grass and brush in the area, coupled with the on-going California drought, has created extremely dangerous fire conditions.
To report the use of fireworks, please contact the Belmont Police department at 650.595.7400. Happy Fourth of July!
Construction during Holiday Weekend
The City of Belmont has comprehensive noise control regulations in Belmont City Code Section 15-102 that restricts sound levels from all sources, including human voices, powered equipment, and construction activity. In regard to construction, section 15-102(f) limits construction activity to 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. No work is permitted on Sundays and major holidays.
Construction is allowed on Friday, July 3rd from 8 am to 5 pm
No work is permitted on Saturday July 4th in observance of the Holiday.
Please have a safe holiday weekend.
Message from the City ManagerAs we head into a holiday weekend known for neighborhood get-togethers and backyard barbecues, COVID-19 cases are increasing more quickly than ever. New restrictions are being put in place across California. To date, 19 other counties have already reached this point.
The State of California has established a Resilience Roadmap with four stages: State Resilience Roadmap. The State determines, based on various public health criteria, when and how each county may reopen. On June 16, 2020, the State approved San Mateo County’s attestation, which allows San Mateo County to move with the State as it allows additional activities and businesses.
However, the state has six triggers or criteria it’s monitoring to flag counties where additional health precautions may be needed:
- Average case rate of more than 150 per 100,000 in population, based on a seven-day average.
- Average case rate of more than 100 per 100,000 in population, based on a 14-day average.
- Average of more than 25 new cases per 100,000 in population and an 8% or higher rolling seven-day average of cases compared to number of tests.
- Increase in hospitalizations of 10% or more (this is calculated by taking the average of the past three days and comparting it to the average of the three days before that).
- Less than 20% of staffed ICU beds are available.
- Less than 25% of ventilators are available.
Diseases take time to incubate, and they spread exponentially. The cases we see today were likely contracted two weeks ago, some from people who didn’t even realize they were contagious. It’s imperative we do everything we can in the coming days to slow the spread. To monitor San Mateo County COVID-19 and Other Health Data go here.
As we have seen in the past three months, we CAN slow the spread of COVID-19. If we each do our part, case numbers will once again go down, lives will be saved, more businesses will survive and fewer people will lose their jobs.
- DO NOT gather with friends yet. It’s too soon
- Don’t let your teens get together with friends; don’t arrange play dates for your kids.
- Don’t just bring your face covering with you when you leave home, have it visible, around your neck, so people start to see that this is expected
- When in doubt, put it on, and always wear it when you enter a business, take public transportation and any other time when you might come within 6 feet of someone not from your household
- Wash your hands often (and bring sanitizer with you); don’t touch your face
- Become familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 (this list is getting longer as health experts learn more)
With the holiday weekend coming up, please take this to heart. We know it’s hard. We want to see our friends again. We miss our extended families. But the stakes are high, and we need to stick close to home and follow all the recommended health precautions.
Thank you for supporting the city and our community during this time. Your individual actions make a difference! Have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!
Updates on County’s COVID-19 Response Now Twice Per Week
Beginning Tuesday, June 30, the San Mateo County’s EOC news update will move to twice a week until further notice. Press releases will still be distributed as needed and residents should continue to check www.smcgov.org and the Joint Information Center for updates regarding news and a list of community resources.
Residential Eviction Moratorium Information On-line
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 23, extended an emergency countywide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for failure to pay rent if they have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If a tenant does not make a rent payment when it is due, and the landlord wishes to move forward with an eviction for failure to timely pay rent, the landlord must first send the tenant a copy of "Notice Re: San Mateo County Emergency Regulation 2020-001” available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Tagalog at https://housing.smcgov.org/covid-19-smc-eviction-regulations
The regulation is effective through July 28.
As we cautiously begin the reopening of our City, I want to remind you that the health and safety of our community remains our highest priority. The City is working to continue keeping our public areas healthy, safe and clean. We must continue to be prepared for any future health or catastrophic emergency by maintaining effective 911 emergency response capacity and updating our public safety emergency communications systems.
Over the last few months, we have been working with our residents and local businesses to ensure our most vulnerable and those in needs have received the City services and support that they are relying on, now more than ever.
Our one-stop COVID-19 webpage is still available for our residents and local businesses seeking resources at: www.belmont.gov/our-city/city-news/health-and-safety.
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Belmont Home Sales Update
The City’s revenue consultant, HdL, has provided an update on the first look at home sale trends related to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis since the State’s Stay-at-Home Orders were put in place. Overall, countywide sales volume seems to be about 40-60% lower compared with April 2019 and median sale prices seem to be holding steady from prior months and don’t seem to have taken any significant negative turns in May. However, surprisingly, for Belmont, home sales numbers are on the rise during the pandemic. In fact, for the first time, Belmont has outpaced San Carlos on home sales and has a higher median market value than our neighbors to the south.
This is only a small snapshot of the events unfolding that will continue into the fall and winter. Further updates will be forthcoming as significant events occur. The attached report shows the countywide sales value and the median sale price for those properties, as well as data for Belmont and other neighboring cities, for comparison value.
Public Works Operations
Removed 17.5 tons of failed roadway on the 1300 block of Talbryn Dr. This work is in advance of a slurry coat which will be applied in the not too distant future.
Upgraded 2 traffic signal heads at Alameda de las Pulgas & Ralston Ave. from 8 inch to 12 inch. This transition will allow for improved visibility translating to a safer intersection.
Information and Updates from our Community Partners
San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department
The month of June marked the fourth month under the San Mateo County Covid-19 stay at home order. In early June, San Mateo County applied for and received a waiver to transition in alignment with the state order. Aligning itself with the state’s order has allowed the county to deploy a more aggressive reopening strategy than our neighboring Bay Area counties. We are now in phase 3 of Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan. With our entrance into phase 3, we have initiated our own steps toward completing our return to normal plan. Read more…
From SVCW Manager
We at SVCW continue to respond to the ongoing challenges that face us and our local, regional, and national society. We continue to treat our service area’s wastewater safely and efficiently regardless of the pandemic, its resulting economic turmoil or the persistent calls for racial justice. At the same time, we recognize that our Plant’s operation continues because of the hard work and effort put in by the people: our staff, contractors and consultants.
We need to be resilient. Coming from all walks of life and being a part of our society at large, we face significant adversity. Now more than ever, we need to respond calmly, responsibly, and effectively. Read more…
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.
**Note: Caltrans anticipates both daytime and nighttime closures of the Northbound Dore Avenue Off-Ramp in the City of San Mateo throughout the week, from Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 10th.
Construction Update – Week of July 5th
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; installing storm drainage systems and sign foundations; sewer pipe reconstruction; 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. More information is provided online.