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Napa City Update -- May 2015

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Informational meeting on water quality topics on Wednesday

Water customers in portions of downtown Napa, Browns Valley and the west end of Darms Lane have received a notification letter from the city of Napa Water Division about the presence of disinfection byproducts in their drinking water. The particular byproducts involved are trihalomethanes (THMs).

The notification has led to around 30 inquiries to the Water Division for information. Water Division staff have spoken at length with many customers about the complex nature of the new water quality regulation (called DPBR-II, or Stage II of the Disinfection Byproduct Rule), the presence of THMs, causes of THMs, and the steps the water division has been taking to prevent their formation as well as future plans for prevention of THM formation.

To continue the process of providing public information, the Water Division will hold a public meeting to discuss water system operations and preventative measures and answer questions.

Dr. Bruce Macler, a drinking water toxicology specialist from EPA Region IX, will be on hand along with city staff. This meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School St., in Napa.

City pavement condition gradually improving

Data released in mid-April by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) show the overall pavement quality on the Bay Area’s local streets and roads unchanged for the sixth consecutive year – but the city of Napa’s pavement quality has improved consistently over the last three years, thanks in large part to the city’s “10 miles a year” paving program for neighborhood streets launched in 2009.

Bay Area-wide, the average pavement condition index (PCI) score was 66 out of a maximum possible 100 points last year, as calculated on a three-year moving average basis. The city of Napa scored 64 for 2014, up from a score of 62 in 2013 and 60 in 2012. Streets scored from 60 to 69 are considered “fair” but this ranking also indicates that the asphalt shows serious wear and likely will require rehabilitation soon.

For comparison, some other North Bay jurisdictions received PCI scores in the “poor” range including Petaluma (45), St. Helena (45), Vallejo (47) and unincorporated Sonoma County (45). The three largest cities in the region were at or below the Bay Area average, with San Jose at 62, San Francisco at 66 and Oakland at 59, dropping into the “at-risk” category.

The complete 2014 Bay Area Pavement Conditions in all Bay Area counties and cities is available at www.mtc.ca.gov/news/street_fight/pci_2014.htm.

Curbside Food Composting Program underway

Napa residents can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper in their brown compost cart along with yard waste. While Napa Recycling & Waste Services customers have begun receiving kitchen compost pails, there is no need to wait for the pail; food scraps and food-soiled paper can go in the brown cart right away. All food scraps, including meat and bones, dairy, bread, fruit and vegetables will be accepted. Food-soiled paper, coffee cups, paper towels and napkins, and coffee grounds, filters and tea bags should also be included. Food composting will significantly reduce what we send to the landfill and help us take another step toward achieving waste diversion goals. For more information, visit NapaRecycling.com.

Hands Only CPR training offered

Napa City Fire Department and Napa Parks have teamed up and set a goal to have 5,000 citizens trained in Hands Only CPR. The next learning opportunity is Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at Playground Fantastico on Old Sonoma Road. Hands Only CPR (sometimes called Community CPR or Gorilla CPR) uses no rescue breaths, confusing ratios or numbers. Click on “Hand Only CPR Initiative” in the Quick Links menu at CityOfNapa.org for information and additional training dates and times.

Get action, stay informed

When you see something that needs attention — a broken sign, a pothole, a tree in need — use our online Service Center to submit a Service Request. The Service Center can be used from any computer, tablet or smartphone (the app is available for the iPhone from the Apple App Store and for the Android from Google Play. A Windows version of the app is in development). Service Requests can be made in 27 categories, adding a photo if desired. The Service Center also offers a database of Frequently Asked Questions.

To receive short-form information of interest to city of Napa residents, connect with the city on social media. Find the city of Napa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofnapa or follow city of Napa on Twitter at @cityofnapa. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for NextDoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, at Nextdoor.com. To register for public safety advisories and alerts via text message and/or email, go to Nixle.com. To sign up for the weekly city of Napa NewsWeekly by email, contact Barry Martin, community outreach coordinator, at bmartin@cityofnapa.org or call 707-258-7843.

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