July 17, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update

July is Parks and Recreation month!  If anyone reading this has not yet visited the Wetlands Edge trail (heaven forbid!), July is the time.  The Napa River Bay Trail system includes 8 miles of wide, clear trail suitable for all users.  Bring your doggie along for a walk (on a leash, please).  If it is hot outside, bring a full water bottle because there is no drinking fountain out there yet.  Yet?  The American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation, the City's parks and recreation partner, has set their sights on raising funds to install a water fountain this summer.  Like, really soon.  Do you use the trail?  Like the idea of a water fountain?  Now is a good time to make a pledge and get the fountain installed before the heat of summer passes.  More info here.

What is a Unit of Water?

With all the buzz lately about the drought and water conservation, we have been getting some great questions. "Why do the water bills show units and how much water is a unit?"  The water meters measure in cubic feet, 1 unit is actually 100 cubic feet of water. To help put it in perspective, 100 cubic feet is equivalent to 748 gallons of water.  The "average"  household in American Canyon uses 9 units, or 6,732 gallons of water per month.

On the Agenda... 

The City Council is taking a much deserved recess on July 21st and the next City Council Meeting will be August 4th.  Information about this agenda will be included in our next Update.

Since our last City Manager's update, the City Council held a long but very productive meeting on July 7th.  The Council approved a $3.4 million construction contract to begin work on improvements at Kimberly Park.  The work begins this month and will include new soccer fields, a restroom, drainage, a bigger parking lot, a trail around the park and landscaping.  The community has been waiting a long time for this project, we are all very excited to see the progress.  Construction should be completed by April, 2016.


The City Council also discussed problems facing the Water Fund and the effects of the ongoing drought.  The City does not have its own water source and must purchase 100% of the water the community buys.  Over the last four years the cost to purchase water has steadily risen.  Additionally, revenues have fallen because water conservation efforts have been successful and you are buying less water from us. The City Council discussed this very complex issue and directed staff to take steps to add a drought surcharge to water rates.  The surcharge will be $2 per unit of water consumed.  Special notices were mailed to all customers and property owners today explaining the surcharge and the procedure to protest the surcharge.  A public hearing will be held on September 1st, 2015 at the City Council meeting.


You can watch the complete video of the July 7th Council Meeting. 


And don't forget that every City Council meeting has a time set aside to hear from the community on any topic of interest.  This public comment time is scheduled very early in the meeting, so plan on arriving at City Hall at 6:30 PM for City Council meetings.  Finally, your Mayor and City Council can be contacted by email or by calling City Hall at 647-4360.  Contact information for all city managers can also be found on the website.
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Fire District News

Click here for the latest news from the Fire District. 

Coming Soon on the Vine Trail! 


Construction of a 10' multi-purpose trail and pedestrian bridge within Vintage Ranch is scheduled to begin in the middle of September.   This project will fill the gap along the Vine Trail between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail.  More information to follow. 

National Night Out 

National Night Out is one of the biggest events in American Canyon.  Don't miss out on the fun! To schedule your block party contact Officer Ryan Woolworth at 707-551-0605. Click here for the flyer.

Development Updates  

Click here for the latest update on Community Development Projects. 

Recycled Water News

Many good things are happening on the recycled water front. 


Soon you can pick up free recycled water for landscaping.  

At the beginning of August, a new recycled water line at the City Corporation Yard will be made available to our residential water customers. Recycled water can be used to hand water lawns, gardens and landscaping.  Recycled water should not be consumed or allowed to run off into the storm drains.  The fill station will be available during the week, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM and prior to using it for the first time, you must read and fill out a Residential Recycled Water Use Application/Agreement and receive training on the proper use of recycled water.  Forms will be available on our website in about a week.  You'll need to bring your own container, minimum size of 1 gallon and the maximum fill per trip is 300 gallons.  Since 10 gallons of water weighs more than 80 pounds, probably not very many vehicles could handle 300 gallons!  More information will be available soon.


City parks and medians continue to be converted to recycled water.

The City continues its effort to save as much potable water as possible.  In the near future Shenandoah, Silver Oak and Tower parks will be converted to recycled water.  Next comes the medians in La Vigne, followed by the medians along American Canyon Road, east and west.  Since there isn't a recycled water line close enough to use along American Canyon Road, the turf will be removed and replaced with drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation. Finally, the fountain area in Vintage Ranch will be switched over to recycled water and the fountain will be removed.  All of this work is expected to save 320 million gallons of water this year.

Several commercial customers are converting too. Kudos to Canyon Corners, Hess Winery and Biagi Brothers for doing their part!  All three customers will now be using recycled water for landscaping.

Another Successful Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July was all day fun for the whole family! All events were very well attended and nearly 3,000 people watched the fireworks at the end of the night.  Please tell us what you thought of the entire day's activities by completing the survey HERE

Parks and Recreation News

Program and Event Highlights 

Have fun in the sun at the Lance Corporal Phillip West Memorial Water Carnival this Saturday, July 18th from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  We'll have games, prizes, free hot dogs, and a huge waterslide! View our flyer for more information.


Bring your family and join your friends at Movies in the Park, Friday nights this summer.  Tonight, July 17th, we are showing Big Hero 6 (PG).  Thank you to our generous sponsors, American Canyon Orthodontics for providing free snow cones and Foothill Christian Church for having free popcorn and a bounce house.  


Check your mailboxes the first week in August for the Fall/Winter Activities Guide.  Learn about our exciting classes and events happening in September 2015 through March 2016.  Program highlights include the return of Seals, Sharks, and Orcas advanced swim classes, and brand new Outdoor and Environmental programs at the Napa River Bay Trail and Newell Open Space.  General registration opens on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (Seals/Sharks/Orcas registration opens 8/3/15). 


Upcoming activities:   




Activity Date/Time




Movies in the Park


All Ages


Friday nights 

July 17th 

Big Hero 6 (PG)

Showtime at Dusk
See Flyer for Schedule





Main Street Park

 Seals, Sharks and Orcas Advanced Swim Classes 


Seals 6-12

Sharks 9-12

Orcas 9-18 



Seals: M/W/F

 3:30-4:15 PM

Session I: 


Sharks: T/TH

 3:30-4:45 PM

Session I:


Orcas: M/W/F
4:15-5:45 PM
Session I:



Registration Opens 

Monday, 8/3/15


Seals: $100/Session

Sharks: $125/Session

Orcas: $150/Session 



Phillip West Aquatic Center/100 Benton Way

Summer Day Camp

(Please register in person at the Parks & Rec Office)

Canyon Kids Grades: Entering

Camp Take Charge for Teens
Grades: Entering

Registration Now Open!
All 9 weeks of Summer: 6/8/15-8/7/15
Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-5 PM
(Early Bird & Late Owl Care Available)

Canyon Kids: Residents: $80/Week(Full Camp Rate: $600)
Camp Take Charge:
Residents: $60/Week
(Full Camp Rate: $480)
*Non-Res Rates Vary

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way


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