August 28, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update

By now you have all heard enough about our water system to last a lifetime, but it is an important topic that everyone should understand, so I am going to talk about it again. In a nutshell, the city purchases every gallon of water our customers consume from other agencies - we do not have any reservoirs to collect rain or snow runoff for our use. The water we purchase is nearly all "raw" water and has to be sanitized in our water treatment plant before it is distributed out for you to consume. Because there is a shortage of water, we have asked all of you to conserve, and you have done so, more than meeting the Governor's mandatory minimum. However, whether we sell 5,000 gallons or 5 million gallons, we still have the fixed costs to maintain the water plant and water distribution system. And the price we pay for the "raw" water keeps increasing. And our revenues are decreasing because we sell less water. It all adds up to a fiscal problem. We have appropriately used our "rainy day" savings, but the drought has outlasted our reserves.

Add to this the fact that we need to explore and obtain additional water resources so we aren't so dependent on a single source of water. And, regardless of the drought, water in California is a precious commodity and is not ever going to be cheaper. Bottom line: water rates need to go up in order to have a sustainable water future for American Canyon.

Currently, our water rates are among the lowest in the region. Tier one customers pay $3.07 for a unit of water equal to 748 gallons. It's actually a pretty good deal when you compare to the bottle of Dasani water for $2.99 at the store.

Next Tuesday evening the City Council will consider adopting a resolution increasing water rates by $2 per unit across the board as an interim measure to strengthen the water fund's finances in the short term. At the same time, they will direct staff to complete a full long-term rate study to determine what our rates should be for the years to come to keep the water flowing and find long term options.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM. If you want to file a formal protest, please submit your written protest either ahead of time or at the meeting. If you have questions or comments but can't attend the meeting, please simply respond to this email and I will see that the comments and questions get to the Council. Want to know more?  There is lots of information on our website HERE.  You can see the staff report for Tuesday HERE.  
On the Agenda... 
Our next City Council Meeting will be next Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM at City Hall.  Please see the complete Agenda for a detailed list of items to be discussed. As outlined above, the Drought Surcharge will be the primary focus of the meeting.  This is a very important topic, plan on joining us for this discussion.
Since Our Last City Council Update...
During the last City Council Meeting, August 18th, the City Council approved a ban on single use plastic bags.  The ban will be effective beginning January 1, 2016.  See our website for additional information including the Ordinance and a list of FAQ's.  Need a reusable bag?  Stop by City Hall to pick one up!
Volunteers Needed!

Help run the new Visitors Welcome Center!  The Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers who want to help build the community and like talking about our City.  Complete the application and return to or drop off at the Chamber office.  Direct questions to Michelle at 707-552-3650.
Napa Logistics Park - Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Napa Logistics Park is taking shape. This 646,000 SF warehouse/distribution building will be constructed by the end of 2015. Once complete, it will be one of the largest buildings in all of Napa County.  To add perspective, it can hold eleven football fields - including the end zones!

Phase 2 (another 2,300,000 SF of industrial/warehouse/office) is currently undergoing review.  The draft environmental impact report will be available for review in September.  The City Council and Planning Commission will consider approving phase 2 later this fall.   This cutting edge development will accommodate modern, sophisticated storage, logistics and manufacturing uses; it is uniquely positioned to take advantage of train rail for deliveries of goods and finished products.  The buildings will use recycled water for non-potable indoor plumbing as well as the landscaping.
Construction Everywhere!

Things are moving right along on the Newell 4th Lane project.  On Monday, the contractor, OC Jones, will be filling in around the new storm drain inlet and removing construction debris from the area.  Atlas Peak, will also be out to test the new water main and remove an old section of Vallejo's water pipe.  Starting on Wednesday, after 9 AM, the excavation for the new lane will begin.  The contractor will be removing old material and bringing in new rock.  Watch out for the street sweeper that will be diligently working to keep the area clean.  
Quick Links
In This Issue
Free Career Skills Workshops

American Canyon Family Resource Center
3423 Broadway, 
Suite D-1
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
August 31st
Self-Management Skills

September 1st Communication Skills

September 2nd Interpersonal Skills

September 3rd    
Workforce Preparation Skills
For more information contact  FRC by Email or call 363-5085.
Turning Greywater into Green Landscape

September 20th
10 AM - 4 PM
Learn how to install a Laundry to Landscape Greywater System in your own home during this hands-on workshop.

New Electric Vehicle Charger is Up and Running
Charging your electric vehicle just got easier. A second station is now available in American Canyon at the new Park and Ride Lot on Crawford, next to the Library.  More information about hours of operation and specifications can be found at
The other station is at Walgreens, 210 American Canyon Rd.

Help Make Our City Beautiful!
Coastal Clean Up Day
Community Park 2
Saturday, Sept19th
9 AM - 12 PM
Hundreds of volunteers help clean up our City every year during international Coastal Cleanup Day.  

Want to join the fun this year?  In addition to the clean-up -  pharmaceutical disposal, confidential paper shredding and water conservation assistance will all be available for FREE!
Email or call 647-5333 for more information and to register.
Kimberly Park Renovations are in full swing. Grading will remove approximately three feet of dirt in order to construct the drainage basin.  Haul off of dirt will continue for the next several weeks.  

City Staff will be on site at Kimberly Park tomorrow morning, Saturday August 29th, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM to answer any questions neighbors might have about the project and the construction. We will be at the Parks parking lot on Kimberly. Feel free to stop by!

The 1.5 million gallon Recycled Water Tank, at the Wastewater Plant's Water Reclamation Facility, foundation is complete. Over the
next four weeks the contractor will be working on building the tank. The floor of the tank is almost done so watch for the next update to see the walls going up.

The two new Chemical Storage Tanks at the Water Treatment Plant are very close to finished.  During the summer approximately 4,000 gallons of chemicals are delivered each week to help insure the safety of our water.   

FALL 2015 WATER-WISE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP SERIES - Including "Smart Irrigation Choices", "Greywater", "Soils, Mulches and More" and "Perfect Plant Picks". Offered on Wednesday evenings in September at Kennedy Park in Napa. Details are listed on the flyer.

HOW-TO VIDEO LIBRARY Click here to learn how to check for leaks, change your irrigation system, how to perform self-audits of your water usage, and much more!

FREE Recycled Water - Pick up yours Today!  
The new Residential Recycled Fill Station has been up and running for a couple of weeks now.  We have been happy with the response.  This is a great opportunity to get some free recycled water to hand water your lawn, gardens, vegetables and trees - it cannot be used to drink, play, bathe, cook, wash your car or fill your RV's holding tanks. You will need to bring your own container with a tight fitting lid.  After a brief training, you will be allowed to pick up between 1 and 300 gallons of water, but be careful water is VERY heavy!  Ten gallons of water weighs 80 pounds and a 55 gallon drum of water weighs 900 pounds! The station is located at the City's Corporation Yard,  205 Wetlands Edge Road; the station is open on a drop in basis from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday. For more information check here. 

Parks and Recreation News
Program and Event Highlights 
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a piece in a board game?  Find out while you exercise your body and mind on our new Trivia Trail Hike at Newell Open Space. You will learn some fun facts about our beautiful preserve as it becomes your game board.  This free hike is about 5 miles, with regular breaks for water, and is being led by our new Program Coordinator, Stacey Johnson.  No need to register in advance, just meet us at Newell on Saturday, September 5th, at 10:30 AM.  We suggest wearing comfortable shoes, hat, sunblock, and bringing water & lunch. 

Jr. Warriors Youth Winter Basketball League (ages 5-14) resident registration is almost here!  American Canyon residents will be able to sign up at the Parks and Recreation office, 100 Benton Way, beginning Monday, August 31st.  Practices will be held once a week for each age group beginning Monday, December 7, 2015.  Games will be played on Saturday mornings beginning January 19, 2016.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter Activities Guide with all the classes and events happening in September 2015 through March 2016.

Upcoming activities:   
Activity Date/Time


Mon 3-5 PM
Wed 1-3 PM

Please pre-register at Parks and Rec office 

Senior Multi-Use Center
 2185 Elliott Drive


12-1:45 PM
Session 1: 
Show: 12/19/15
(no class 
11/14 & 12/5) 

$30 non-refundable materials fee paid to instructor

Community Center Gym


Session 1: 
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Session 1: 
4:30 - 5:30 PM


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

 Photos from Around Town

Top right: Executive Director James Cooper; Center and Bottom: A large crowd gathered for the big event!