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Special Edition
November 22, 2013


Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday.  I love to bake, and the fall season opens up all sort of great opportunities for pumpkin bread, pecan pie, molasses cookies any number of apple delights.  That scent of baking bread in the kitchen - I can't wait!  I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving and take time to pause and consider all the blessings we have here in American Canyon.  In order to allow our employees to enjoy the holiday, and because we will be closed for a couple furlough days, City Hall and other city facilities will be closed all week next week.  We will reopen for business Monday, December 2nd. 


Recology Franchise Agreement Changes


The City of American Canyon contracts with Recology American Canyon for the pick-up and disposal of solid waste and recycling in American Canyon.  The contract with Recology is up for renewal, and the City has been negotiating for some changes that improve services, but will also increase rates.  The City Council will consider these changes at their meeting on December 3rd.  If you look here, you'll find a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand the proposal. Also, go here to see the entire City Council agenda package in more detail.


On the agenda...


The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM at City Hall.  In addition to consideration of changes to Recology services and rates, the City Council will consider prohibiting pawnshops, cash-for-gold, check cashing, and similar businesses.  Check out the entire City Council agenda here.




Trash the Can - Not the Pipes! 

While households enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, the City of American Canyon's Wastewater Treatment Plant will be busy treating your wastewater.  Most people think of FOG as a frequent weather pattern, but the folks at the wastewater treatment plant have a whole other definition:  Fats, Oils and Grease.  When not disposed of properly, FOG will form thick layers inside our sewer pipes, constricting flow which can result in sewage spills and overflows.  Sewer blockages and overflows can be very unpleasant. Besides the mess, untreated sewage can cause health hazards and threaten the environment. A few simple steps can make a difference!  Scrape plates and pans into waste containers before washing or putting into the dishwasher.  Cool down your cooking oil, grease and fat and pour them into a can - not down the drains.  Trash the can - not your pipes. 


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