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City Manager's Weekly Update July 24, 2020
As we prepare for the upcoming weekend, we are all too aware of the grim realities facing so much of our country. It is all too clear that regardless of your position on the importance of testing, of how COVID-19 spreads, of whether or not you have concerns for your own health, the stark reality is that more and more of us are getting sick, more and more of us need hospital care, and more and more of us, unfortunately, are dying.
While we can take some solace that in our immediate area, San Mateo County is not yet on the state’s watch list, we also know that may soon change, [more]
Update on County Response to COVID-19
Earlier this week County officials issues a press release with updates including:
- County allocates $2M to new Child Care Relief Fund
- Extension of Countywide moratorium on residential evictions to Aug. 31
- County Health Officer statement issued 7/20 describing the coronavirus as surprisingly transmissible and warns against complacency.
Public Art Master Plan – we want to hear from you!
The City of Belmont is developing a Public Art Master Plan. While addressing COVID-19 impacts certainly tops the City's immediate priorities, the City continues to advance this vital component of the ongoing Placemaking effort, which began as a Council Priority in FY18 and continues as part of the City’s 2020 Strategic Plan. This Master Plan will provide the process framework to realize the City’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing its character and quality of life through art and expression and catalyze the city's long term economic rejuvenation. Find out more…
Please take a moment to complete the Public Art Survey to share your vision for more art in Belmont. For inspiration, here are some examples of public art in other cities:
Bike Bridge Detours
The Bike/Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 101 will be closed Tuesday July 28 and Wednesday July 29 due to Belmont Sports Complex construction.
Please use the Ralston Avenue overpass as the alternate route. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation while we implement these important safety measures.
Traffic Advisories: Monday, July 27th: Tahoe Drive @ Ralston Avenue, PG&E contractor will be replacing a deteriorated crossarm on an existing utility pole. Approved traffic control will be in place on Ralston Avenue at Tahoe Drive, work hours on Ralston Avenue are 9am-3pm. It will affect the westbound #2 lane.
Tuesday, July 28th: 2423 Dekoven Avenue, PG&E contractor will be replacing a deteriorated crossarm and insulator on an existing utility pole. There will be a street closure for this work on Dekoven Avenue between Monserat and Newlands Avenue. Approved traffic control plan and detours will be in place, work hours are 8am-5pm.
Take Part to Help Keep Our Waterways Clean
All storm drains in Belmont go directly to Belmont Creek and into San Francisco Bay. In order to keep them flowing properly and to minimize localized flooding during rain events, protecting our waterways and keeping them clear is key to water pollution prevention and flooding prevention. Residents can adopt a drain in their neighborhood by using this online application. Read more about the program
Check back for information on the August shred event and the annual Coastal Cleanup date and registration information.
Reminders From our Community Partners:
Your Feedback needed
Caltrain Equity Policy - Feedback Needed By July 28
Since the adoption of the Caltrain Long Range Service Vision in the fall of 2019, the Caltrain Business Plan has been focused on analysis related to the near- and medium-term future of the railroad. With the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Business Plan is pausing a number of activities and re-orienting our focus for the next several months to recovery planning.
One time-sensitive piece of work is an Equity, Connectivity, Recovery and Growth Policy Framework. The Framework has been developed to provide high level policy guidance on the following questions:
- What are Caltrain's guiding principles for recovery planning during the COVID Crisis?
- How can Caltrain ensure that our system benefits those who need it most?
- How can Caltrain best fulfill our role as part of an essential regional network?
- How can Caltrain accelerate our plans for equity and connectivity to meet the current moment?
- How does the current crisis relate to and inform our long-range plans for growth?
The Policy Framework was introduced to the Board on July 7, 2020 and, given the urgency of near-term operational changes, will go back to the Board for adoption on August 6, 2020. We would love your feedback on the five-page Framework by July 28th to allow time for revisions. Email feedback to email@example.com.
Previous Business Plan presentations provide background on the equity, connectivity, and service policies:
Highway 101 Express lanes Project
Nighttime ramp closures: Short-term nighttime ramp closures are possible the week of July 26th (between Sunday night and Friday morning) in/near the cities of Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Millbrae at the following locations (listed from south to north). Check changeable messages near the ramp for exact closure times and locations.
- Northbound Marine Parkway On-Ramp (Closures are possible starting at 6:00 PM at this location)
- Eastbound/Westbound Ralston Avenue On-Ramp
Nighttime ramp closures:
- Will be displayed on changeable message signs within the construction zone
- Will begin after 7:00 PM and reopen by 6:00 AM, unless otherwise noted above
- Will have detour signs posted