City Manager's Update: December 23, 2019
As we are nearing the end of 2019, I want to wish you a very happy and joyous holiday season! The new year always represents a hopeful time. Not only is it a time for us to reflect on the past accomplishments and challenges, but also a time for us to recognize there are days ahead with endless possibilities.
I will return with a new City Manager’s Update on January 7, 2020. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season!
Wishing you many blessings,
Highlights In This Issue
- Noon Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Eve on Myrtle Avenue
- Public Works Corporate Yard to Close on Monday, December 23
- Water Bill Policy Changes
- Rebates from Air Quality Management District
- Trash Pickup / Street Sweeping Schedule Changes for Holidays
- Concrete Work on Myrtle Avenue
- Christmas Tree Recycling
Noon Year's Eve
On Dec. 31, gather in Library Park for Noon Year’s Eve! Since midnight may be too late for young children to stay awake, Noon Year’s Eve was created to celebrate New Year’s Eve during the daytime. Activities include story time, live music, arts and crafts, inflatable obstacle course, games and a special countdown to Noon Year's Eve! All ages are welcomed to participate in family fun activities. This event is completely free to the public and will take place in Library Park at 321 S. Myrtle Ave., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Year’s Eve on Myrtle Avenue
On Dec. 31, the City of Monrovia, along with the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board and the Old Town Merchants, are set to present the annual New Year's Eve on Myrtle Avenue beginning at 7:00 p.m.
There will be live music, a wide selection of restaurants offering an enhanced outdoor dining and drinking experience and a celebratory ball lighting at midnight!
For those who will be joining the celebration, please note:
- Through GoMonrovia, those traveling to the event, within City boundaries, can request a Lyft ride for a $5 Classic ride or $1 Shared ride.
- Parking in Old Town Monrovia is free, but limited due to the event's size. We encourage carpooling and arriving early. Visit the City online to learn more about parking options.
- Childcare services will be provided, at the Monrovia Community Center, at the cost of $25/child for residents and $50/child for non-residents.
- Admission to the event is free to the public.
Public Works Corporate Yard to Close on Monday, December 23
Due to a scheduled power outage on Monday, December 23, the Public Works Yard will be closed to the public. If you need assistance, Public Works’ representatives will be available at City Hall, at the Community Development counter, to help customers. The Public Works Yard will resume normal service on Thursday, December 26. View the full list of holiday closure.
Water Bill Policy Changes
On Dec. 17, the Monrovia City Council adopted a resolution to amend the City’s Discontinuation of Water Service for Non-Payment Policy. In 2018, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 998, which protects customers from losing water access due to an inability to pay without sufficient notice and time.
Beginning February 2020, Monrovia water customers will be granted a 60-day delinquency period before water is shut off. Along with the extension on the delinquency period, the following implementation will also go into effect:
- Implementation of a process to appeal a bill
- Creation of deferred payment plans or arrangements
- Updated policy to be translated into Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Korean
Rebates from Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
South Coast AQMD is the regulatory agency responsible for improving air quality for large areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley.
South Coast AQMD offers a broad range of programs for businesses and community that help to achieve cleaner air quality for all.
- Commercial Electric Lawn and Garden Equipment Incentive & Exchange Program
- Residential Electric Lawn Mower Rebate Program
- Furnace Rebate Program
- View more information on AQMD Rebate Programs.
City Services Schedule Changes for Holidays
- Street Sweeping and related parking restrictions will be suspended for the two holiday weeks and resume on January 8, 2020.
- All trash collections scheduled for Tuesday, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve will remain as scheduled.
- Trash collections scheduled for Wednesday, Christmas and New Year’s Day will be rescheduled to the following day for a Thursday pickup.
- Dial-a-Ride Operation Hours on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Dial-a-Ride will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
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. All microsurfacing and street work has been completed. For the week of December 23, street swiping and the repainting of address numbers will commence. Crews will continue working on punch list and general cleanup items in the project area.Please note that no work will take place on Wednesday, December 25.
General Construction Cleanup
As major construction activity is winding down in the Monrovia Renewal work areas, construction crews will be focusing on clean-up activities and punch list items that include, removal and cleanup of all construction materials, restoration of any damaged areas of streets, sidewalks, and parkways and general housekeeping. It is our goal to ensure that when construction is complete the work area is in better condition than when we began work. Please be sure to email our Public Works Department or call (626) 932-5575 if you have any questions or concerns or items that need to be addressed.
Concrete Work on Myrtle to Take Place in January
During the week of January 6, crews will complete concrete restoration in the areas of the completed underground utility that took place earlier this fall on Myrtle Avenue and Walnut Avenue. Work will be completed by Friday, January 11. Please be mindful of all posted signage. Please contact the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575 should you have any questions or concerns regarding this work.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling will be available from December 26 - January 11. Please place your tree curbside on your regular trash collection day. In order for your tree to be picked up, all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights, and plastic or metal stands need to be removed. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575.
Sandbags are available!
During the rainy season, sandbags are available to residents at the Public Works Yard, Monrovia Fire Station 101, and the Community Center. Gravel to fill the bags is located in a bin at the Skate Park parking lot: 847 E. Olive Avenue. Residents are asked to bring their own shovel, gloves, and eye protection for use in gathering the needed gravel. Visit Monrovia Prepares for More Information.
Measure K Update
On September 17, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2019-52 outlining the formation and duties of the future Measure K Citizen Advisory Committee, including:
- The committee shall consist of five members, with the Mayor and each member of the City Council eligible to appoint one member to the committee.
- Committee members shall be appointed for 4-year terms.
- Committee members shall not be compensated for their service.
- The committee shall meet on at least an annual basis, and shall discharge its advisory duties to:
- Receive and comment on annual reports from the City each fiscal year on revenues and expenditures from the sales tax,
- Review and comment on annual spending plans prepared by City staff for the funds raised.
- All meetings of the committee will be open and public meetings, and this committee will be a standing committee for the purposes of the Brown Act.
At an upcoming meeting in the new year, the City Council will be forming the Measure K Citizen Advisory Committee by appointing five members of the community. Anyone who is interested in serving on this committee, or who would like more information, should contact a City Councilmember or visit MonroviaMeasureK.org for additional information.
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, January 16, 2020. 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.
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!
Neighborhood Watch Report
Visit the Police Department’s Weekly Report webpage for the latest crime information in Monrovia.