September 2, 2016

Time for an update on the Boys and Girls Club project. Did you know the local Boys & Girls Club provides after-school programs to more than 400 kids every day in American Canyon? Chances are you have a friend, family member or neighbor who benefits from the great programs offered at the Clubhouse. Parents count on the Club while they are at work to be a safe place for their children to learn, grow and have fun. But have you seen the Clubhouse on Benton Way at Community Park 2?  It's too small and pretty worn out.  Seriously, our kids deserve a better facility.  And they have 50 families on the waiting list.  So, more than a year ago, the Boys and Girls Club launched a fund raising campaign to raise $4.6 million to construct a new club house at the same location. They have $4 million (with gratitude to many donors, click here), and with just $600,000 to go, they are planning on breaking ground before the end of the year. If everyone in the community gave a little, we'd reach the goal lickety-split.  It's not just about building walls and doors; they need tables, chairs, technology, study materials, art equipment and supplies, and much more. It's a great project that will make American Canyon a better place for our families.  You can learn about the campaign by visiting and watching the video.
Since our last update
The City Council met on August 16 with a full agenda.  First, the Council introduced Suellen Johnston, our new City Clerk; heard updates from students at ACHS; and received presentations from the Arts Council Napa Valley and Visit Napa Valley about their programs and plans for the coming year.  You can watch the presentations here.  Later in the evening the City Council entered into two agreements with PG&E:  one for the design of underground utilities for the Green Island Road Reconstruction project and another to convert 420 City street lights to LED.  The LED conversion will save the City around $25,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs.  Finally, the City Council reviewed their Strategic Plan, confirming priorities items with staff. 
On the Agenda
The City Council will meet next week, September 6th, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, starting at 6:30 PM.  The Council will hold a public hearing to consider allowing developers of the Valley View Affordable Senior Housing project to issue bonds for construction.  The bonds are not an obligation of the City - they are only an obligation of the developer - but require City approval.  The City Council will also consider the pending conversion of City electricity accounts to MCE "Light Green."  Staff is recommending selection of "Light Green" for the remainder of this fiscal year, then considering a change to "Deep Green" next year.  The Council will hear a report about the City's progress toward meeting our affordable housing goals, and award two construction contracts:  one for a slurry seal of several City streets (see the list here) and a second to replace an aging and undersized sewer line near the PG&E substation.  Read the entire agenda here.
Market Matters 

This Sunday is National Wildlife Day and we've invited some special guests to help us celebrate!
Come meet the folks from the Napa Wildlife Rescue Center and their Ambassador Animal, Posey the Possum.  The SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of American Canyon will also be joining us as well as the American Canyon 4H club.  Sounds like fun!  The kids booth will focus on special animal activities and we'll be raffling off five nice prizes for all ages.  Stop by the City booth with your purchases before leaving the market - we'll give you one raffle ticket for every vendor that you purchased from (you won't need to be present to win).  The vendors this week will be posted on American Canyon Farmers' Market Facebook page  later today.

Community Calendar

Fun activities are everywhere on Saturday, September 10th. American Canyon Veterinary Hospital is hosting their 4th Annual Dog Dayz Festival from 10 AM to 3 PM, with donations benefitting Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch. Click here for all the detailsThe Kiwanis are fundraising for the American Canyon Emergency Food Pantry with their 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off from 10 AM to 4 PM. Click here for more information. We'll also be hosting the Kick-off Celebration for Kimberly Park. See more about that later in the update.

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

Why is the Farmers' Market on Sunday - Saturday seems to be the best day? If it has to be on Sunday why can't it be later in the day so we can come after church?
We think most people would agree, Saturday is the ideal day for a farmers' market.  Vallejo and Napa figured that out many years ago and each have very successful markets on Saturday.  Unfortunately, there just aren't enough farmers to go around and the farmers are busy on Saturday mornings at other markets.  Just like any business owner, farmers will go to the markets where they can be most successful -that means big markets with consistent crowds.  We initially set the hours of our Sunday market to run until 2 PM, exactly for the reason you cite.  But, nonetheless, there were very few shoppers after 1 PM.  Instead of the farmers packing up and leaving early, we felt it best to officially change the hours to let shoppers know they needed to arrive before 1 PM if they wanted to buy produce.  Maybe if our market grows over time we can attract farmers to come to a Saturday market, but for the time being, they are happy to be here on Sunday.

Got a question? Email City Staff here.
Meet Latte

I do believe I am bunny rabbit perfection (or is that furr-fection?) and I'm looking for lots of affection. Get it? Perfection? Affection? Mine is a simple agenda: a BFF, some treats, time for playing and snuggling. All the best bunny behaviors on board. Click here to adopt me.

Check Registers and Sales Tax Update
The City of American Canyon and American Canyon Fire Protection District issue accounts payable checks every week. Check registers are generated detailing payments to vendors which include check number, check date, invoice number, payment amount and a brief description. To view the check register, click hereView the quarterly sales tax report for the first quarter of 2016 here.             
Visions of the Wild in the City

"Wild in the City," will take place from September 15th through 18th. The festival is a celebration of the plants and animals that live in our urban and suburban settings. Events will include film screenings, field trips, art exhibits, guest speakers and cruises, all taking place in Vallejo and American Canyon. Click here for the details.

American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation Blog

The American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation has a great blog full of content we're sure you'll find to be of interest. Most recently is a very informative blog article about the wetlands and a few great interviews with local people who are members of the foundation. Check it out here.
Public Works Updates 

Vine Trail Project

Vine Trail 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 in the next few weeks.  The contractor has completed the walkway and the wooden fencing is currently under construction. Stay tuned for details about the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 

450 Green Island Road  
A new warehouse is under construction at 450 Green Island Road.  The contractor has completed relocation of the existing potable water main and reclaimed water main to give clearance for new storm drain piping. They continue work on grading of the site. Stay tuned to follow the project's progress. 

450 Green Island Road
450 Green Island Road
Water Leaks
The City Water Distribution Crew is doing a great job finding and fixing leaks throughout the City.  In August they repaired 11 business/residential services, 2 meter leaks and 2 hydrants.  This very important leak detection work will continue. 
Development Updates 

Broadway District Specific Plan
In July, the City Council unveiled a draft plan that breaks the 2-mile long corridor into specialized land use districts for a downtown, business park, shopping areas, and residential areas.  The plan includes ideas to make new development more attractive with better architecture and landscaping.  The plan includes solutions to make Broadway more attractive and safer for pedestrians, and bicyclists.  We expect to return to the Council with additional plans in October.
Canyon Estates
The Canyon Estates project was approved earlier this summer for 32 large lot single family homes.  The property owner has been working with State and Federal agencies to obtain environmental permits needed in order to develop the site. 
Napa Junction III
There's been a lot of activity at the Napa Junction III site lately.  The apartments are going up quickly.  The new Tractor Supply store is taking shape with the outside wall framing well on its way.  The new Dunkin Donuts and Quickly Tea stores should be ready for business this fall.  A new Taco Bell restaurant will be under construction soon and talks are underway between the property owner and businesses for two additional building sites.  
Watson Ranch
The project will hit another major milestone next Tuesday when the comment period on the environmental review closes.  We received several comment letters and they will be answered in time for hearings that are anticipated to begin in November.  Also, this week the project developer and NVUSD reached agreement on school construction plans, timing and funding.  This is an important step forward for the project as well.
Napa Logistics Park
The Napa Logistics Park's first warehouse building is nearly complete.  This building is bigger than 11 football fields and one of the largest in Napa County.  A second and even larger building is in the review stage with construction anticipated next spring. 
Napa Airport Commerce Center
This project includes 5 industrial buildings near the auto dismantler off S. Kelly Road.  The review period for its environmental document closed on August 16.  We anticipate this project will go to the Council for approval later this fall.
Green Island Warehouses
There are two new warehouses proposed off Green Island Road.  The first 258,000 square foot warehouse, at 450 Green Island Road, recently broke ground.  A second one at the end of Jim Oswalt Way is 114,570 square feet.  This project is expected to go to hearing early in the New Year.
You can stay up to date on all the current development projects around the City by checking out our monthly updates.  Click HERE.  
Kimberly Park Kick-off Celebration

In 1998 Napa County Voters passed Measure A which funds Napa County improvments to flood protection, water suppy and the health of the watershed.  Thanks to this cent sales tax the City was able to build a flood control basin and modify the storm drain system under Kimberly Park to help prevent flooding in the area during the rainy season.  The project also provided a nice renovation of the park. 

A Kick-off Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 8-11 AM in conjunction with the first day of the American Canyon AYSO soccer season. Please come out and enjoy this special day full of family fun, games, giveaways and refreshments in your beautiful new park. Click here for the flyer. 
9/11 Remembrance and Memorial Dedication Ceremony

In 2009, the City of Napa and American Canyon Fire Protection District obtained approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to receive pieces of remnant steel from the World Trade Center. The memorial statue was designed and constructed by local Napa artist Gordon Huether. Construction from the recovered remnants of the World Trade Center and laminated glass honors the victims of terrorism and all who gave their lives to save others. The monument attests to the triumph of human dignity and affirms our unwavering commitment to our community and our nation.

Please join us for the 9/11 Remembrance and Memorial Dedication Ceremony. Click here for the invitation and details.
Job Fair in American Canyon

The American Canyon Family Resource Center and Double Tree Hotel are sponsoring a Job Fair on Thursday, September 15th, 4 - 7 PM at the Double Tree, 3600 Broadway, in American Canyon.  Businesses representing retail, hospitality, transportation, banking, and apprenticship opportunities will be on hand. Job seekers should bring their resume and be prepared to interview on site. Click here for the flyer. 
Parks & Recreation Updates

Upcoming Events:

Health Fair - Growing Into Wellness
Friday, September 30th, 9 AM - 12 PM at the Senior Multi-Use Center (2185 Elliott Dr)
Get healthy and have fun at our upcoming health fair!  You will have access to free hearing tests, blood pressure checks, and medicine recycling. We will also have train your brain activities, yoga, music, food and more! Please stop by and take advantage of these great resources in American Canyon.  Click here for our flyer.

Fall 2016 general registration is now open!  
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.
Upcoming activities:

Activity Date/Time


Mondays: 4pm-5pm
Wednesdays: 2:15pm-3:15pm


Senior Multi-Use Center

Junior Warriors Winter Basketball League


Practices Start in December with Games starting in January
Registration is now open for residents!
Non-resident registration opens 9/26/16
No online registration available. Please visit the Parks and Recreation Office for in-person registration.

Residents: $65
Non-resident: $85

Community Center Gym


Mommy/Daddy & Me:
 5 -5:30pm
Tot/Pre Soccer: 4:15-4:50 PM
Soccer 1: 3:30-4:15 PM
Soccer 2: 2:45-3:30 PM

Residents: $104
Non-residents: $109

Silver Oak Park

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