City Manager's Update: December 10, 2019
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Highlights In This Issue
- Thank You For Attending the Annual Holiday Parade!
- Monrovia Employees Give Back for the Holidays
- Special Holiday Events & Activities in Old Town Monrovia
- Santa Tours
- Old Town Merchants Trash Enforcement
- Vacancy on Historic Preservation Commission
Thank You for Attending the Annual Holiday Parade!
As part of this weekly update, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the wonderful community turnout during our 2019 Annual Holiday Parade. We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the parade and yes, it was a record breaking year! With 108 parade entries, we smashed the previous record of 80.
During our review of the event, we have experienced a few lessons which we plan to correct in time for the next event. It is important that we hear your feedback and ensure this event remains a true community gem for years to come.
- One of our parade participants was an automobile club and cherished by many parade goers. However, one of the vehicles had risqué and quite inappropriate imagery on the exterior of the vehicle. The content was completely inappropriate for a family event. The participant is being notified this week and the City is making minor adjustments to the application process, as well as our onsite check-in and registration activities before commencement, to ensure inappropriate floats are not permitted to participate. Had City staff seen the imagery before the parade, we clearly would have pulled the participant.
- Many street vendors were selling hot dogs, light up toys and a variety of goodies. Some participants are supportive of these vendors, others are not. During permitted special events these vendors are not allowed to operate. The City does try to balance the need to provide efficient, effective public safety while also allowing businesses to vend and enjoy the holiday season. Despite our efforts to kindly ask vendors to leave, they temporarily do, only to return to the parade once City staff are no longer in the area. We’ll be reviewing this practice to determine how best to provide a quality event.
- With larger crowds comes the need for enhanced safety. We noticed crowds/spectators encroaching into the street and onto the parade route more than prior years. To avoid viewers running into the parade route, our parade policy does not permit participants to throw items into the crowd. Some entries did manage to distribute goodies. Staff will be reviewing our policies to determine what, if necessary, is needed in these regards.
We are so proud of the event. Thank you for making it such a success and we hope you have a wonderful, joyful and grateful holiday season.
Monrovia Employees Give Back for the Holidays
Working in local government, we get to serve our community every day. However, there is nothing more special than having the opportunity to serve beyond our capacity during the holidays. This year, it was incredibly heartwarming to witness City employees come together, through the Monrovia Employee Engagement Team, Monrovia Police Officers' Association, Monrovia Firefighters Association, and the Monrovia Municipal Employee Association, to further give back to those in need. I want to send a huge thank you to those who spent extra time coordinating these very special community projects:
- MEET – Project Angel
- MPOA – Thanksgiving Distribution
- MFA – Spark of Love Toy Drive
- MMEA, MPOA, MFA – City of Hope Blood Drive
Celebrate the Holidays with Events and Activities in Monrovia
Monrovia is the place to be this holiday season! There are so many different things happening throughout town, including a Holiday Sing Along, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, caroling and loads of fun events at the Library. View a full list of Holiday Events!
The ever-popular Santa Tours are set to take place during the week of December 16, when Santa Claus will be driving down every street in Monrovia! Santa Claus will be touring each neighborhood on top of a decorated fire engine passing out candy canes, escorted by a police car and a decorated public works sleigh! Everyone is encouraged to come out and wave to Santa and enjoy the Christmas carols playing over the police car's P.A. system! Those wishing to participate should assemble by 5:00 p.m., at Monrovia City Hall's back parking lot, each night the Santa Tour occurs. Remember that space is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are reminded that children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Remember, Santa's sleigh will fly in cold or rainy weather, so please bring appropriate clothing!
Monday, December 16
- City streets east of Myrtle Avenue and north of Foothill Boulevard
Tuesday, December 17
- City streets west of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard to Huntington Drive, between Myrtle Avenue and Fifth Avenue.
Wednesday, December 18
- City streets east of Myrtle Avenue, south of Foothill Boulevard, north of Duarte Road, west to east city boundaries
Thursday, December 19
- City streets west of Myrtle Avenue and North of Foothill Boulevard.
Friday, December 20
- City streets south of Huntington Drive, west of Myrtle Avenue to Fifth Avenue, north of southern city boundaries. Also include Valley Circle.
A big thank you to all of the City employees from the police department, fire department, and public works who volunteer their time to help make this program a success!
Old Town Merchants Trash Enforcement
Over the past month, the City has received an increase in the number of complaints that some Old Town merchants are not properly disposing of their trash or maintaining their trash enclosures. In response, City staff sent out letters to all merchants as a reminder of the rules and of their responsibilities. While continual violations will lead to further enforcement, which could eventually lead to citations and fines, we’re hopeful that increased education and outreach will raise awareness. Working together, we will all ensure that Old Town continues to be the face of the Gem of the Foothills. Learn more about the Code Enforcement program.
Vacancy on Historic Preservation Commission
With the recent passing of Commissioner Bruce Carter, the City has posted a notice of vacancy on the Historic Preservation Commission. Anyone interested in the position will need to submit an application by 6:00 p.m., on Monday, December 16. If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact the City Clerk's Office at (626) 932-5599. View the formal Notice of Vacancy and submit an application.
Toddler Prom: Winter Ball
The Monrovia Public Library is excited to present Toddler Prom: Winter Ball on Wednesday, December 11 at 11 a.m. Dress those kiddos in prom dresses and formal wear, parents and guardians are encouraged to dress up too! There will be a fun winter themed storytime, music and dancing, light refreshments, along with a photo booth. Children ages 0-5 and their families are welcomed to attend this special party event. View the Library's full calendar of events.
Monrovia Renewal Construction Updates
Monrovia Renewal construction activities are concluding in the North Section Project area, which is the area of the City located to the North of and including Hillcrest Boulevard, Greystone Avenue and Grand Avenue.
For the week of December 9, microsufracing street work will begin. Notices will be distributed to the respective streets, five (5) days prior to scheduled work. Residents are encouraged to be mindful of postage signage. Distributed notices will state that the street treatment will require a FULL CLOSURE for several hours as the street needs to completely dry prior to being driven on. In addition to microsurfacing the streets, crews will continue working on punch list and general cleanup items in the project area. View the full microsurfacing schedule.
Tree Trimming Maintenance to Continue in the North and Northeast sections of the City
During the next four weeks, West Coast Arborists will be performing routine tree trimming in the area of the City that is north of Foothill Boulevard and from Myrtle Avenue to the Eastern City Limits. Trimming will include all City owned trees located along the parkways. Trimming operations will take place Monday- Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please be mindful of all posted parking restriction signage. Should you have any questions, please call the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575. Learn more about where construction activities will take place.
General Construction Cleanup
Spark of Love Toy Drive
Monrovia Fire & Rescue will continue to collect toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive until December 23. If you’re interested in donating new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens, please drop the items off at Station 101 (141 E. Lemon Avenue). Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. Learn more about the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
2019 Holiday Home Decorating Contest
The very popular annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest is right around the corner! Residents who submit an application and decorate their homes for the holiday season have the chance to be recognized by the City in several decoration categories.
- Friday, December 13 – Application deadline
- Monday, December 16 – Contest Judging
- Tuesday, December 17 – Winners Announced at City Council Meeting
There are currently 5 projects in the development pipeline that staff would categorize as significant. These include the Adaptive Reuse of the Monrovia Market Building (approved on Oct. 1), the Overton Moore Pacific Self Storage Project in the former Verizon Building in Old Town (approved on Nov. 19), 127 Pomona Multi-Family Development with 310 units at Station Square (Planning Commission review continued on Dec. 11), the Alexan Multi-Family Development with 436 units at Station Square (Planning Commission review on Jan. 15), and the Arroyo at Monrovia Station Multi-Family Development with 302 units (Planning Commission review continued on Dec. 11). For more details, visit the Development Spotlight or Building Monrovia webpages.
Additional Upcoming Events
- Star Wars Day @ the Monrovia Public Library | December 14 | 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.