Napa City Update

Napa City Update

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Winter storm ‘phone tree’ discontinued — Napans encouraged to register with Nixle

In the past, the city of Napa used a “phone tree” system to provide information to business and property owners during winter storms that posed a threat of flooding. The phone trees were updated annually by the city with assistance from the Napa Downtown Association and Napa Chamber of Commerce.

The phone tree system is being discontinued now that there are more efficient methods available to provide timely information. (The risk of flooding has also been reduced by completion of portions of the Napa River-Napa Creek Flood Protection Project.) Property owners, businesspersons and all residents are encouraged to register with Nixle to receive alerts and urgent notifications. Registration is free and simply done by following these steps:

1. Go to Nixle.com.

2. Click on the big orange button that says “Sign up free!”

3. Fill in the form.

4. Click “I accept. Sign me up.”

Nixle sends text messages and emails directly to your mobile phone and email address. Nixle maintains a secure, encrypted database and the city does not have access to the phone numbers or email addresses, so neither the city, nor any other organization, will use your information for other purposes.

With this technology, information can be provided quickly over a wide area. Register with Nixle today, before winter storms come our way.

Firefighters in schools

This fall, Napa city firefighters are teaching 7,577 elementary schoolchildren about fire safety through the SAFE program — Student Awareness and Fire Education. SAFE is reaching students from kindergarten through fifth grade with the goal of educating “each kid, each year” about fire and burn safety prevention. Topics covered in the program include Stop, Drop and Roll, Cool-A-Burn, Crawl Low and Go, Hug a Firefighter, Smoke Alarms, Toys vs. Tools and How to Dial 911.

Children are also given printed information about fire prevention and safety to take home to show their parent, with the request that the family review fire safety together.

Benefits of the SAFE program include reduced anxiety levels for children so they are able to react to stressful situations, a reduction in fires, burns and injuries, and a resulting reduction in family medical and health care costs.

Streetlight conversion project moves forward

The city's LED Streetlight Conversion Project is scheduled to take place from mid-November through January. More than 4,500 streetlights will be upgraded to energy-efficient LED fixtures, and this work is expected to save about 1.29 million kilowatt hours, and more than $169,000 of the $300,000 in annual electricity costs needed to power the streetlight system.

Impacts of the installation are expected to be minor. The estimated installation time is 20 to 30 minutes per fixture. Work hours are planned to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays in residential areas, with possible night work hours along the more heavily traveled collector and arterial streets. Crews will be mobile, with traffic controls and signage.

Clerk announces Planning Commission opening — recruitment extended for Financial Oversight Committee

The city clerk is accepting applications for two seats on the Planning Commission and one seat on the Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee. The deadline for submission of an application is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Interviews and appointments are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Applications are available at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 955 School St., or online at CityOfNapa.org by clicking on “Boards, Commissions, and Committees” under the “Quick Links” heading, and then clicking on “Current Vacancies/Recruitment.”

For information contact Dorothy Roberts, city clerk, at 707-257-9503.

Down payment assistance available for first-time homebuyers

The city of Napa has a Down Payment Assistance Program available to first-time homebuyers. Workshops have been scheduled to educate first-time homebuyers on the home-buying and mortgage loan process, and provide information about eligibility criteria.

Workshops will be held Tuesday, Thursday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the city of Napa's Housing Authority office, 1115 Seminary St. Bilingual assistance for Spanish speakers will be available at the Tuesday and Dec. 5 workshops. Seating is limited. To register, call Andrea Clark at 707-257-9254 or email aclark@cityofnapa.org. Those in the market for a first home are encouraged to learn more by attending one of these city-sponsored workshops.

Stay informed

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 facebook.com/cityofnapa or follow city of Napa on Twitter: @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. For information on city of Napa projects and services, contact Barry Martin, community outreach coordinator, at 707-258-7843 or bmartin@cityofnapa.org.

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