June 17, 2016
About two years ago, as we started to ponder a new Farmers' Market, we surveyed all of you to see if there was sufficient interest to sustain a healthy market.  Nearly a thousand residents said they would visit the market at least once a month, and nearly 700 said they'd visit every week.  Are you shopping regularly at the Farmers' Market?  Opening day was a great success, drawing more than a thousand people.  Since then, attendance has dropped off, with fewer than 400 people stopping by last weekend.  The market is new and Sundays are busy family days.  But market success depends on two things:  vendors selling and customers buying.  It's a conundrum for sure:  shoppers won't come without a good selection of vendors and vendors won't come if there are no shoppers.  Let's keep up our end of the deal by showing up and supporting the vendors.  We are working hard to find new vendors and create fun reasons to be there (watch our Facebook page!), but it all comes down to us.  Make Sundays at the market part of your weekly routine.  

Hey is your Dad a little on the nutty side? We know that home-made lawnmower, garage DIY makeover, or grilled gluten-free dinner attempt may not have been the best idea, but we love them for trying! To celebrate Dads (and their adorable nuttiness), the American Canyon Farmers' Market will be giving the first 25 dads at the market this Sunday a 1/4lb of almonds or pistachios from Winter's Tree and Nut Farm. Stop by the info booth to pick up the free coupon and then make your way to the Winter's Tree and Nut Farm Booth. 
On the Agenda....
The City Council will meet on June 21st, at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, to consider several business items.  First, the City Council will consider adopting the Lighting and Landscape Assessment District annual assessments for Vintage Ranch, La Vigne and Napa Junction.  The Council considered these at their meeting on June 7th, as well, and will finalize the assessments on Tuesday.  The Council will also her a presentation about the 2016-2021 Urban Water Management Plan that has been in the works for six months.  This plan compares projected water demand to our known water sources to determine if we will have sufficient water to satisfy our needs in future years.  The reports concludes that we do have sufficient water to meet our needs, as long as we keep being water wise.  Next, the City Council will consider providing funds to support the Valley View affordable rental project for seniors and veterans.  This project has been planned for several years, but struggled to find funding for construction.  With some additional funds, the project could break ground in 2017.  Finally, the City Council will hear a report and consider adoption of our five-year capital improvement plan.  This plan addresses water, wastewater, and street infrastructure, identifying projects planned for the next five years and beyond.  The agenda is very full.  You can get more information about all these items, and more, here.

At the Last Meeting...
The City Council met on June 7th and took action on two important items.  First, the Council adopted annual operating budgets for the 2016/2017 fiscal year for both the City of American Canyon and the American Canyon Fire Protection District.  Secondly, the Council reviewed a report describing the potential fiscal impact of the Watson Ranch/Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens project on the City's budget.  This project, which includes 1,250 new homes plus commercial businesses, a hotel, parks, a school, restaurants, trails and more will generate revenues for the City in the form of property taxes, sales taxes, hotel tax, and more.  Conversely, the City will incur expenses to provide law enforcement, parks maintenance, street maintenance and other services to this area.  The analysis reviewed all of this information and concluded that the project will be a net benefit on city finances.  You can read more about both of these items hereClick here to watch the meeting video.

Future Meetings...
All meetings held at 6:30 PM at City Hall. Check here a few days before the meeting for the full agenda.

Joint Parks & Community Services Commission/Open Space Advisory CommitteeMonday, July 25th (tentative)
Planning CommissionThursday, July 28th
Open Space Advisory CommitteeWednesday, August 3rd
Parks & Community Services CommissionThursday, August 11th 
Economic Development Town Hall

Are you curious about what encourages businesses to land in American Canyon? Would you like to learn more about the types of businesses we should expect here in the future, and how residents can help the development process?

American Canyon is a young, growing community. As we grow, interest in supporting our own needs locally also increased. More and more we want to shop local, support our own businesses and help our neighbors succeed. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free community town hall discussion on economic development to answer these and other questions on Saturday, June 18th from 10 AM to noon at the Boys and Girls Club, 60 Benton Way.
Pavement Condition Results

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released the 2015 Pavement Condition Index for Bay Area Jurisdictions. This report was the subject of a June 15th Napa Valley Register article, "Report shows what Napans know: Roads need work." The Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is an assessment of local street condition with scores ranging from 0 (completely failed streets) to 100 (brand new pavement).  In 2015, American Canyon's average PCI increased by 2 points (from 67 in 2014 to 69 in 2015), in the "Fair" category. The increase in points is due to the pavement rehabilitation that occurred on Newell Drive, Donaldson Way West, and Flosden Road last year. Had these projects not been completed, the PCI would have decreased from 67 to 65. Later this summer, the City will be undertaking a special effort to physically evaluate each street utilizing the expertise of specialized consultants funded largely by a grant from MTC's "Pavement Technical Assistance Program". This new data will be entered into the model and will help us set priorities for future pavement repair projects.  This is especially important as the City increases the amount of pavement repairs over the next five years, including marked increases beginning in summer 2018 when additional funding from Measure T (half-cent sales tax) becomes available.

Construction Updates

Eucalyptus & Main Intersection Improvements
Construction of safety improvements at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Main Streets has been delayed till July.  Watch for updates in the coming weeks.

Napa Junction III
The contractor completed construction of the recycled water line to Napa Junction phase III this week and officially "turned on" the water.  This recycled water will be used for all landscaping at the Napa Junction shopping center and Main Street Park.

Construction continues to widening east Napa Junction road.  You will continue to see traffic delays and closures north of Walmart.  Please use Main Street or Eucalyptus to enter and exit Walmart parking lot. 
Vine Trail Gap Project
The Vine Trail Gap Project will fill in a 1/4 mile gap in the Vine Trail system between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail and is expected to be completed at the end of the summer. This week the contractor has graded and placed base rock along the new trail.  In preparation for the installation of the pedestrian bridge the abutments have been excavated and the concrete work will begin next week.  
Community Calendar

It's time to bid farewell to the American Canyon Umpqua Bank.  They have been a wonderful community partner not only to City Hall but also to many other local community groups.  A Farewell Reception will be held at the bank, 3417 Broadway, Suite J-2, tonight Friday, June 17th from 5 - 7 PM.  Stop by to say thanks you for all the local support and to wish them well.  See here for more information.
Relay for Life is the world's largest fundraiser event to end cancer.  Teams camp out and participants take turns walking or running around a track to earn money for the cause while entertainment, music and fun activities keep things lively.   Relay for Life of American Canyon is scheduled for June 25-26 9:00 AM to 9:00 AM at Donaldson Way Elementary School.  For more information contact Event Lead, Vincent Lin or Online Chair, Denise Mortimore. The American Canyon City, Police & Fire Relay for Life Team will be hosting their Annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser on Thursday, June 23rd at noon in the bays at the Fire Department. Click here for more info. 

You can find these events, and others on the Community Calendar. Interested in adding your event to the community calendar?  Click here for more information.                        
Money Available!

First time homebuyers are encouraged to check out an opportunity for down payment assistance to purchase single-family homes, condos or mobile homes within American Canyon.  Repayment of the loan is deferred for 30 years and carries a 1% simple interest rate.  Check here for more information.
Low interest loans are also available for home rehabilitation.  1% loans with payments deferred for 30 year are available for home repairs, seismic retrofitting or energy efficiency upgrades.  Check here for more information.
American Canyon High School Summer Hours & Fall Registration Information

Summer office hours for ACHS are Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:30 AM and 1 - 3:30 PM through Thursday, June 30th. Office is closed July 1 - August 1. (707) 265-2710.

Student work permits and transcripts may be obtained from June 15th through August 1st at the NVUSD District Office/Department of Instructional Services located at 2425 Jefferson Street in Napa (707) 253-3815 ext 4802.

Fall Registration Information
Fall Registration is mandatory for all enrolled students. Packets will be mailed home with your appointed time late July. Any family needing to enroll a student must contact the school office to schedule an enrollment appointment. Fall registration dates: Wednesday & Thursday, August 10 & 11. Pre-registration address verification will take place August 3, 4 & 5 from 7 - 11 AM. An express pass for registration will be given for completed address verification forms submitted at pre-registration. Visit www.amcanhs.com for more information.
Meet Chewie! 

Hi, I'm Chewie, and I've been at the shelter for 214 days and counting. No one knows why I haven't been adopted yet. I arrived at the shelter in November as a stray. I'm very house trained and an all around sweet boy. $150 of my adoption costs have been sponsored! I walk great on leash, know sit and I'm great with children. I'm very friendly with everyone I meet. I was recently at the Napa Farmer's Market adoption event and was perfectly behaved. I passed out tail wags and kisses to everyone. I take treats like a true gentleman, very gently. I'm very well-behaved in the car too. I'm very quiet and calm in my kennel so I'm sure I'd be wonderful in the house. Please come ask for Chewie and see for yourself why I'm a volunteer favorite. Click here to find out more about how you can adopt me.

Did you know there are brand-new, high-tech bike lockers available at the new park-and-ride lot next to the library? You can ride your bike from home, leave it safe and secure while you carpool or take public transportation.  Check them out!

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