August 12, 2016

School starts next week. I waved goodbye to my school years a very long time ago (Class of 1981!), but those words still make me stressed! The lazy days of summer are over and it's back to work for students and teachers. Whether you are prepared and excited or stressed and harried, school will officially open for the year on Wednesday August 17 (except New Tech, which starts Monday). The start of school means traffic will increase - please be patient and leave early. During the first couple weeks, parents are learning or remembering how to safely drop off their children and the excited children need to be reminded to watch out for cars.  Please allow extra time for drop off and pick up for the first two weeks.  Once everyone gets used to the routine traffic will get better.
Need more info about the start of school? Check out NVUSD's back to school page HERE.
On the Agenda....

The City Council will meet next Tuesday, August 16, in the City Council chambers at 6:30 PM, with a full agenda.  The City Council will hear presentations from students at American Canyon High School, and representatives of Arts Council Napa Valley and Visit Napa Valley.  After these presentations, they will consider an ordinance temporarily prohibiting construction of wireless towers and related facilities in the public right of way.  This moratorium will allow staff time to develop guidelines for how these towers and repeaters should look and function.  Finally, the Council will consider adding a new Sustainability Coordinator position to oversee all our water conservation and sustainability programs and mandates; enter into an agreement with PG&E to retrofit city street lights with energy-saving LED fixtures; and discuss the 2016/2017 strategic plan.  See the complete agenda HERE.
Market Matters 

SPECIAL EVENTS are scheduled for the Market over the next several weeks.  Mark your calendars!

Sunday, August 14th - Back to School!
  • American Canyon Police Department is promoting bicycle safety - complete a safety quiz and get a backpack!
  • 50 insulated lunch bags to the first 50 shoppers to make a purchase - collect at the City booth.
  • Parks & Rec Staff will be entertaining the kids in Back to School style! Make your own personalized bookmark, play back to school trivia, and of course - 4 square, hopscotch and chalk art!
  • The Community Booths will host the Canyon Oaks PTO, Napa Junction PTA and Donaldson Way PTA in honor of Back to School Week!  The Friends of the American Canyon Library will also be on hand .
  • Music by the Sapphire Sisters

Sunday, August 21st - National Seniors Day
  • Special give-a-ways for Seniors 
  • Fun exercise and dance demonstrations by our Senior Center instructors
  • Kid Activity Booth - dress up like Grandma and Grandpa!
  • Ideas for easy senior meals

VENDORS back this week by popular demand!

Annie the Baker (she is bringing more cookies, hoping not to sell out so quickly!)

The final list of vendors is posted every Friday on the Farmers' Market Facebook page.  Check there for the most up to date information.

Community Calendar

Join the American Canyon Arts Foundation on Thursday, August 18th from 5 - 8 PM at SpringHill Suites Napa Valley to meet the "People's Choice" and "Best of Show" winners from this year's Art Extravaganza and enjoy their wonderful art. 

Friends of the American Canyon Library will host a book sale on Saturday, August 20th from 10 AM - 4 PM at the library, 300 Crawford Way. 

The American Canyon Welcome Center will celebrate its 1st Birthday on Friday, August 26, from 4-7 PM with music, food, beverages, games, prizes, and more. 

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

Questions from the Community

We live in a fairly new development (Waterton).  Much of the public landscaping uses reclaimed water so there is a nearby source of reclaimed water.  Is it feasible to change the private landscape watering over to reclaimed?

There are several reasons why individual homeowners are not connected to the recycled water system for use in their yards.

First, the State's rules for using reclaimed water are very complex and antiquated - many were written years ago before the current drought and they both directly and indirectly discourage using recycled water at private residences.  Please click HERE to read the rest of this answer. 

Got a question? Email City Staff HERE.
MCE Community Meeting 

MCE will host a community meeting on Monday August 15th at 6:30 at the Napa Valley College (specifically, the Community Room in the McCarthy Library). This is a great way for people to learn more about Community Choice energy options, understand the upcoming changes to their electrical supply, and get their questions answered in person. Click here for the flyer or visit MCE's website for more information. 
Citizen's Academy Graduation

The 21 members of our third Citizens Academy graduated on August 3rd.  We love graduation night - it's one of the highlights of the entire session! The City Council joins us for the evening, along with previous Academy graduates, as we celebrate the occasion with a special dinner and a fun mock council meeting. Citizens Academy is a weekly, evening, 9-week course that provides community members the opportunity to learn more about City operations, highlighting a different department each week.  Consider applying for the next session, scheduled for Spring of 2017.  Applications will become available in January, 2017

Summer 2016 Citizens Academy Graduating Class with the Mayor and City Council Members
PG&E Testing - Traffic Impacts

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will be performing pipeline testing on Flosden Road, Newell Drive, Napa Junction Road, Watson Lane and South Kelly Road in American Canyon beginning mid-August until mid-October. This work may affect traffic in the areas (lane closures, traffic control, etc.) at times. PG&E will clearly mark all work areas, and traffic flaggers will help to direct traffic. Please plan for minor delays when driving through the work areas, including around the high school. If you have questions we encourage you to contact your local PG&E representative Lindsey Knaebel at (415) 257-3145 or send an email. To learn more about PG&E's projects, click here.

Construction Updates 

Vine Trail Gap Closure Project
The Vine Trail Gap Project will fill in a mile gap in the Vine Trail system between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.  The contractor poured the final segment of the Trail path last week and on Monday morning the new bridge arrived and was put into place with amazing precision and ease.  What an amazing site to see.  

Kimberly Park
Kimberly Park is almost complete! The contractor has completed construction of the detention basin, landscaping including new turf, an irrigation system, a multi-purpose trail, new lighting, the parking lot and a restroom! There is just one item left - building a gutter across Kimberly Drive. The gutter is a concrete channel designed to carry rain water from the south side of Kimberly Drive into the detention basin. This will help alleviate the flooding problems we've had in the past in this area. We have closed Kimberly Drive between Elliott Drive and Poppyfield Drive in order to build the gutter. The road is scheduled to be re-opened on Monday, August 22nd.

We appreciate your patience in advance and are looking forward to the opening of the park in late August. If you have questions please call Public Works at (707) 647-4558.

Pavement sealing project coming in the fall
This fall we will be applying a rejuvenating seal to some of our streets. This seal helps the streets last longer before needing major, and expensive, repairs. We will be sealing West American Canyon Road, Broadway, Cartagena, Donaldson Way east, Silver Oak Trail, Via Bellagio, Newell, Wetlands Edge, and a handful of smaller streets. More details on this in the coming weeks.

450 Green Island Road
Soon there will be a new warehouse at 450 Green Island Road.  The developer broke ground last week and has started the grading operation. All work that will take place in Green Island Road will be done on weekends due to heavy truck traffic during the week.

School Projects
Click here to read the Napa Valley Register's article about many  Measure H projects starting this Fall.
Parks & Recreation Updates

Program and Event Highlights

Movies in the Park Finale Recap, THE FORCE AWAKENS 
We tried something different with our Movies in the Park Finale, we made a small event out of it and the response was great!  Thanks to everyone who came to Community Park 2 and enjoyed the food trucks, Star Wars activities, Jedi training and a light saber battle.  And, of course, what Star Wars activity is complete without Storm Troopers - we had a small battalion in attendance. Thank you for a great finale and Movies in the Park Summer Season! 

Upcoming Events:

S'mores & Meteors - Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 8 PM - 1AM
Bring your blankets or chairs out to the Napa River Bay Trail to view the best meteor shower of the year! We will have s'mores, glow in the dark games, and telescopes for getting an even better look at this amazing celestial event. 

Fall Registration
Fall 2016 general registration opens next week, Wednesday, August 17, 2016! We have some exciting new programs available for kids, teens, adults and seniors. Check out our Fall 2016 Activity Guide for details on all programs running from September through November.

Activity Date/Time

Adult Swim Program

M/W/F 7:00pm-8:00pm
SAT 7:00am-8am
Registration is open now!

August - $20

September - October

Phillip West
Aquatic Center
After School Advanced Swim Classes:


Seals 6-12
Sharks 9-12
Seals: 8/22/16-11/4/16
M/W/F 3:30p-4:15p
Sharks: 8/23/16-11/3/16
T/TH 3:30p-4:45p
Orcas: 8/22/16-11/4/16
M/W/F 4:15p-5:45p
Registration Opens Wednesday,
August 17, 2016 

Seals: $100
Sharks: $125
Orcas: $150

Phillip West 
Aquatic Center

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