May 1, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update


Some of you know that my husband and I don't have children, so we are largely unfamiliar with the finer points of things like AYSO, Boy Scouts, summer camp and "Frozen."  So when a Little League mom pitched team sponsorship to me, I decided that would be nice, paid my fee, and didn't think much more about it.  Until I learned that there are about a dozen Tigers out there with my name on their shirts!  Oh my.  But I have since learned what fun this can be!  The parade was big time, and the Tigers are playing their hearts out twice a week at the Little League field with family and friends.  Don't have a youngster in Little League?  It doesn't matter, show up anyway.  It is a fun, and free, way to relax for a couple hours.  Rumor has it that the snack bar sells the best garlic fries around.  Generally, American Canyon Little League teams play Tuesday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Little League fields through the first week of June.  Check out the complete schedule at HERE.  I will be there Thursday rooting for the Tigers...hope to see you there! 

New Water Restrictions


The sun is out in all its glory but that doesn't mean it's time to crank up the irrigation.  The community did such a good job last year, reducing consumption by 17%  over 2013.  This year the City needs to reduce consumption over 2013 (note this says 2013, not 2014!) by 20%.  That means keeping up your efforts.  A detailed explanation will be included in your utility bill this month but here is a sneak peak.  Please check our website for ways we can help you to save water - we'll even pay you for some of them!  We will include water news and updates in every Friday Update throughout the summer. 


Effective immediately the following new restrictions are in place.

  • Landscape irrigation
    • on the WEST side of Highway 29 is allowed ONLY on Monday and Thursday
    • on the EAST side of Highway 29 is allowed ONLY on Tuesday and Friday
    • with sprinklers is allowed ONLY from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM
    • on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday is prohibited city-wide
    • that results in runoff into a gutter, sidewalk or the street is prohibited
  • Water may not be used to wash cars, equipment, sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios, or other paved areas (except to alleviate immediate fire hazards)
  • Filling a new pool is prohibited but you may top off an existing pool to prevent health and safety hazards

See a water waster? Report it on SeeClickFix, use the form on our website or call 647-5382

Dew Drop By

Mini Water Workshop

Saturday, May 9th  10 AM - 2 PM

Mid-City Nursery

3635 Broadway Street

American Canyon

City staff will be at Mid-City Nursery on Saturday, May 9th to provide information about water conservation and the new regulations.  Stop by to learn how Cash for Grass works and to see some examples of attractive yards that removed all or part of their turf.  Drought tolerant plants and hardscape options will be displayed as well.  Questions about your sprinkler system or showerhead? We can provide information on that too - and if you stop by City Hall we will even give you a water efficient showerhead for FREE!  Many other conservation opportunities will be shared. 

Improvements at Water Treatment Plant 

Your drinking water is treated at the City's Treatment Plant using a highly technical membrane filtration process.  The membranes use a vacuum driven separation process that works like a big straw, sucking out anything too large.  The membranes need to be replaced every ten years or so and we just completed upgrading ours.  The project took 8 days and the result increases our treatment capability substantially.

On the Agenda...


The next regular City Council Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 PM.  The agenda and staff reports are available HERE.  This week Councilmember Mark Joseph, who also sits on the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Board will make a presentation about TBID's Strategic Plan for the coming year.  

Quick Links
In This Issue
Did You Return Your Survey?


Random households in town were selected to receive one or both of the surveys currently being conducted.  We really appreciate your participation!  The results from both surveys will help the City Council and City staff to plan the future.  More information about the surveys is available here. 

Coming Up!

Kids to Parks Day
Family Day Hike

Saturday, May 16th

8:30 AM

Newell Open Space

Hosted by ACCPF 

See Flyer for information


Napa County Library Commission

American Canyon Library

May 7, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Questions? 644-1136


Update to Plan Bay Area

Thurs., May 7th, 6 - 8 PM

Elks Lodge

2840 Soscol Ave, Napa 


Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 14th

See Flyer for Information

We're Listening 


If you have something you want to tell us, we're listening!  A new feedback form is located on the top of our website and in the top of these newsletters. We will keep your information confidential and if you request a reply, you will get one.

You are invited to participate in the 
Community Wide Yard Sale
Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
  • Encourage Recycling 

  • Participate 1, 2 or 3 Days

  • Free!

  • Earn Cash for You or Your Organization

  • Unclutter Your Garage

  • Keep the City Shipshape

It couldn't be simpler! You sign up and the City will advertise and prepare maps listing all locations. Contact us at 647-5327 or email.


Click here for more info.

New Boys & Girls Club! 


For the past twelve years, Boys & Girls Club has been providing after school and summer programs to more than 145 kids every weekday in American Canyon. The building has become too small and outdated prompting a campaign to build a wonderful new facility.  The new building will offer expanded programs, an early childhood center and a community center to meet the civic needs of the City.  This is an extremely important resource for the community.  63% of the $3.9 million cost has already been pledged but more is needed.  Please consider donating - Great Futures Start Here! 

Photos from Around Town

Top: Gateway Award Winners Shanda Neumeier and Chris Eagle, 2015 Community Recognition Ball;  Top-Right: Park & Ride Project at the Library; Middle: Theresa Ave Sidewalk Project; Bottom-Left: Canyon Oaks 1st graders touring the American Canyon water tank; Bottom-Center: 1st grade water conservation class presentation at Canyon Oaks Elementary School; Bottom-Right: Earthquake Preparedness Event at the Public Safety Building

Parks and Recreation News

 Program and Event Highlights

American Canyon's 16th Annual Community Recognition Ball, sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners, honored Shanda Neumeier and Chris Eagle as winners of the prestigious Gateway Award.  Awards were also presented to Brian Farmer of Farmers Insurance as Business of the Year, American Canyon High School senior Zach Pacheco as Youth of the Year, and several Organizational Awards and Certificates of Appreciation.  The Gateway Award is the community's top honor acknowledging long lasting and impactful community service in American Canyon.  View the full list of Award Winners.


Bring the whole family and join the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation for a hike in honor of Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 16th!  Activities begin at 8:30 AM at the Newell Open Space Trail Head, and include a family hike and nature crafts for kids!  Visit the ACCPF website, for more information.


Join us, you will?  We are excited to host "May the 4th be with you - Star Wars Night", a brand new event, on Monday, May 4th from 6:30pm-10pm. Sponsored by Eagle Vines Realty and Dr. Jeffrey Nichelini of American Canyon Orthodontics, this night is all about Star Wars! Bring the whole family for a night of FREE family fun. We will show the movie "Star Wars - The Clone Wars", play games, and have food and drinks. Your best Star Wars costumes are highly encouraged!


The fun doesn't stop there, plan on attending our 1st Annual Nerf War the following Saturday, May 9th. The Community Center Gym will be transformed into a battlefield, with tunnels, bunkers, and other obstacles to negotiate. Entry is FREE and all you need to do is bring your own Nerf gun, and we'll provide the darts. View our flyer for time breakdown per age group.




Upcoming activities: 





Activity Date/Time



May the 4th be with you - Star Wars Night

All Ages

Monday, May 4th

6:30-+10 PM


Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way


1st Annual Nerf War

5 and up

Saturday, May 9th
3-8:45 PM
(See flyer for age group schedule)



Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

Kids to Park Day!

All Ages

Saturday, May 16th
8:30 AM


Newell Open Space
Trail Head


After School Girls Soccer


Session II: 5/5-5/28

Tue: 3:30-5 PM
Thurs: 3:30 - 5 PM

Registration Deadline:



ACMS Field

300 Benton Way

Swim Lessons


School Age:

Resident Registration begins: 5/13/15
Non-Resident Registration begins: 5/20/15
Swim Lessons that begin in June 2015
(view guide for session dates & times)

Residents: $40/session

Non-Residents: $50/session

Phillip West Aquatic Center/

100 Benton Way


For more information contact us at: (707) 648-7275