Napa City Update

Napa City Update

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Water Wise Landscaping workshops begin Sept. 16

Napa’s upcoming Water-Wise Landscaping Workshops will help residents save water by sharing the latest techniques in sprinkler scheduling, drip irrigation, lawn removal, rainwater capture and garden design.

Napa has experienced a very dry year, according to Patrick Costello, Water Resources Analyst for the city of Napa, with only 3.5 inches of rain since Jan. 1. This serves as a reminder that outdoor conservation remains the key to a reliable water future.

The city is teaming with the Napa County Resource Conservation District and Napa County Public Works in presenting this educational series, which runs  four consecutive weeks beginning Sept. 16. The Monday evening sessions will be held in the Little Theater on the Vintage High School campus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., along with two Saturday morning hands-on sessions Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 beginning at 10 a.m. centered around the developing new Vintage High School Rain Garden and Water-Wise Landscape.

The series features expert presenters, free water-saving tools, literature, and door prizes, and information on current local rebate incentives. Workshops are free, but residents are urged to register for specific dates by calling 707-252-4188 ext. 116, or emailing frances@naparcd.org.

Clerk announces board, committee and commission openings

The city clerk is accepting applications for two seats on the Bicycle & Trails Advisory Commission, one seat on the Building & Fire Code Board of Appeals, two seats on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizens’ Committee, two seats on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, two seats on the Senior Advisory Commission, and two seats on the Tree Advisory Commission.

Descriptions of the requirements and responsibilities related to these appointments can be seen at CityOfNapa.org. Deadline for submission of an application is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Interviews and appointments by the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Applications are available at the City Clerk office at City Hall, 955 School St., or select  “Boards,  Commissions,  and Committees” from the Quick Links menu at CityOfNapa.org and see Current Vacancies. For more information contact Dorothy Roberts, City Clerk, at 707-257-9503.

Public comment sought on housing report    

The city of Napa has established a 15-day comment period that began Aug. 30 to receive comments on the 2012-13 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER lists accomplishments made by the city of Napa and progress made by local community organizations jointly in achieving the housing goals set by the One Year Action Plan that was approved by the Napa City Council on May 8, 2012.

Copies of the CAPER are available for review at the City of Napa Housing Division, 1115 Seminary St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Copies are also available at the Napa City County Library and the City of Napa website at cityofnapa.org/housing.

Any person having questions relative to this CAPER or wishing to submit written comments may contact Joseph Wiencek, Housing Division, 1115 Seminary St., P.O. Box 660, Napa, 94559-0660 or by email to jwiencek@

cityofnapa.org.

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the CAPER on Sept. 17 at or after 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School St.

Parking garage renovations underway

Renovations at the Clay Street garage have been delayed by nesting birds. Work is anticipated to resume in mid-September, and when it starts the parking facility will be closed for three to four weeks while the work takes place. While the Clay Street garage is closed, all-day parking will be permitted throughout the Pearl Street garage.

Down payment assistance available for first time home buyers

The city of Napa has a Down Payment Assistance Program available for first time homebuyers. Workshops have been scheduled to educate first time homebuyers on the home buying and mortgage loan process, and to inform them about the city’s Down Payment Assistance program eligibility criteria. The next available workshops will be held Sept. 12 and  17 at 6:30 p.m. at the city of Napa’s Housing Authority office located at 1115 Seminary St. 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 and attend 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 more 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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