Town of Yucca Valley Community Update
Town of Yucca Valley Community Update
April 2016 
 

Welcome to the April edition of the Town of Yucca Valley's Community Update! Whether you are a resident, business owner, visitor or part of our basin family, we are privileged to serve you. As you will see through the information below, there is a lot happening in Yucca Valley. We invite you to stay engaged with your Elected Officials and with Town Staff as new decisions are considered and made with the simple goal of keeping the Town of Yucca Valley as a great place to live, work, and play. In the following update, we have highlighted many of the projects and programs underway around Town, and hope that you find the information both interesting and useful. We also include information about current issues in Town and questions we receive. As always, we appreciate your participation and feedback at any time. Visit the Town's website for contact and additional information at www.yucca-valley.org or feel free to stop by Town Hall to say hello.

Curtis Yakimow - Town Manager


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Council Continues to Look at Providing Community Choices
A sincere Thank-You is in order for all of those folks in the community who took part in the Town's recent survey effort!! Your voice is important! Following up on the Community Outreach and Strategic Planning efforts completed in the Fall of 2015, the Town Council recently began to look at the viability of presenting the Community with the opportunity to determine their preferred level of service for Public Safety and Police, Streets and Road maintenance, and Sewer cost assistance, through a potential sales tax measure or measures on the November 2016 ballot. The Council unanimously agreed to move forward with a formal survey of the Community to accurately understand the Community's priorities and interest in such an approach.

This survey effort has been completed as of the end of April, and the Town Council will be discussing the results in late May or early June. Stay tuned for the most up to date information on this topic by visiting the Town's website.
 
Mayor to Hold Regular "Coffee with the Mayor" Meetings
Yucca Valley Mayor, Robert "Bob" Leone invites the public to join him for coffee for an informal discussion on items of interest in the community. Coffee with the Mayor is held fourth Wednesday of each month from 8:00AM to 9:00AM in the Mesquite Room at the Town's Community Center Complex. The next meeting will be held on May 25, 2016.

From the Town Clerk's Office
Town Seeking Planning Commissioner

The Yucca Valley Town Council is currently seeking applicants to fill a position on the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council pertaining to land use and development. All interested Town of Yucca Valley residents may apply at the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall before May 26, 2016. Applications are available here, or at Town Hall.

The vacancy was created with the recent resignation of Vickie Bridenstine. The Yucca Valley Town Council thanks Ms. Bridenstine for her years of service as a Planning Commissioner, and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

Upcoming Election Information

The 2016 California Primary Election is just around the corner on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Election officials announce that polling places will open 7AM, however the voter's polling place may be different than previous elections. Assigned polling locations are included on the back side of the sample ballot, so be sure to check prior to Election Day.
 
Voting by Mail is easy, just fill out and drop it in the mail. To save postage, mail ballots can be securely dropped off at Town Hall during normal business hours, or at the Yucca Valley Branch Library.
 
Here are a few important dates to prepare for the upcoming election:
  • May 6           Voter Information Guides sent to voters
  • May 13         Vote by Mail Ballots distributed to voters
  • May 23         Last day to register to vote
Not yet registered? The California Secretary of State has established a safe, easy to use online option for voters at www.registertovote.ca.gov . For those individuals looking for a non-electronic option, voter registration cards are available at Town Hall during normal business hours. 
Recreation Department- Upcoming Events and Activities
Experience Yucca Valley Recreation Guide
Keep track of upcoming events with the Yucca Valley Recreation Guide !    Copies can be picked up at the Community Center and at Town Hall.  The spring/summer line-up of recreational activities organized by the Town of Yucca Valley's Community Services Department which includes special events such as the Summer Music Festival and the Aquatics Program; sports programs that include a Girls Volleyball Camp, adult softball and the Light The Night 5k Glow Run; and a selection of over twenty enrichment and leisure classes. The guide, along with online registration, is available on our website at www.yucca-valley.org ;
registration is also accepted at the Yucca Valley Community Center.    
 
Lifeguard Certification Course  
Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley Lifeguard Certification Course. This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for health emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. To enroll in the life guarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session and be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation.
The course fee of $220.00. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interview for summer positions with the Town of Yucca Valley Aquatics Program and, if hired, may be eligible for a 50% fee reimbursement. Registration is available online at www.yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 12:00PM to 5:00PM, Monday through Thursday. 
 
Youth Theater Workshop:
Join accomplished performer and instructor Bianca Stoker for a fun and rewarding Youth Theater Workshop. The workshop is designed to provide youth participants with an exciting theatrical experience and will focus on techniques for successful auditions. The class will be held at the Yucca Valley Community Center on Saturdays, May 7, 15, and 21, 2016. The workshop is open to youth ages 8-12 at 11:00AM and ages 12-17 at 1:00PM. There is a $30.00 fee for the workshop session (3 Saturdays).
  
 
 
Aquatics Program Coming to the Community Pool:
The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will begin its summer Aquatics program on June 20, 2016 at the community pool located at Yucca Valley High School. The Town of Yucca Valley conducts the summer Aquatics program Monday through Friday with an exciting array of offerings that include swim lessons, fun swim, lap swimming and water aerobics. The pool will be open through August 12, 2016. Visit the Town's website for the full line up of aquatics programming.
 

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Yucca Valley Animal Shelter and Animal Care and Control
Celebrating Our Mothers
On February 11, Animal Control responded to a report of abandoned dogs near the corner of Sunnyslope and Airway.  Upon arrival, the Animal Control Officers found two adult dogs and 6 puppies.  The adult dogs were both nursing and the puppies, which were estimated to be 3 weeks old, were going between each of the mother dogs.  The dogs were rounded up and transported to the Animal Shelter, where they were held for owner redemption.

With no owner coming forward, the dogs were held at the animal shelter to allow the puppies to grow.  Once the puppies had reached the age of 8 weeks, they were spayed/neutered and readied for immediate adoption.  Once available for adoption, the adoptions began quickly, with the first puppy adopted within one hour of the shelter opening.

The Animal Shelter is happy to report all of the puppies were adopted into permanent homes.  The mother dogs are both still at the animal shelter, patiently awaiting their adoption into a forever home.  With the loving care the mother dogs shown towards the puppies (and staff), the dogs were given unique names in celebration of motherhood; Majka Kalina Sparrow and Uma Kimia Sparrow.

The Animal Shelter is located at 4755 Malin Way, just off of Skyline Ranch Road.  The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM.  The shelter can be reached at 760-365-3111. View the shelter's adoptable pets on Petfinder.com

Uma Kimia Sparrow 
Majka Kalina Sparrow 
 
 
 
Parks Division News, Repairs and Improvements
Parks Maintenance Staff has been busy with seasonal and routine maintenance to keep Yucca Valley's parks and facility landscaping looking good.
 
At Brehm Park, a shade sail was damaged by recent high winds. A warranty replacement was installed in time for warmer weather. 

 
Damaged fencing was replaced near the Yucca Valley Community Center soccer field to keep play areas safe.
 


Streets Division News, Repairs and Improvements
Street Curbs Receive a Facelift
The Town's Street Crew painted 245 linear feet of red curbing at seven locations near Yucca Valley High School. Crews use felt paper in the process to prevent overspray onto
 other surfaces.

 
 
Updated Signage
The "Signal Ahead" sign located on north-bound Palomar, just south of Yucca Trail, was replaced with a larger 48 inch sign for increased visibility. Regulatory and warning signs play an important role in motorist safety.

 


Intersection Receives Attention
The asphalt at the intersection of Frontera Avenue at Joshua Lane need some attention prior to the upcoming annual slurry seal program. Fifty tons of asphalt was used to repair the eroded roadway.
 
 

Capital Improvement Projects
Paradise Park Improvements
The Town received a state grant award in the amount of $168,700 for improvements to Paradise Park, and the Town Council allocated $91,460 in Community Development Block Grant funds to the Park for upgrades. The improvements include construction of two new basketball courts, a pickle ball court, lighted pathways, and a new shade structure by the playground equipment.

Status:
Construction is underway, and the project is on schedule for completion prior to the end of June. These improvements will provide needed enhancements for the neighborhood and community residents.

 
 

SR62 Traffic Control Synchronization Project (Phase II)
The project consist of synchronization of 10 traffic signals on SR62 including the intersections of Sage, Dumosa, SR247, Airway, Warren Vista, Balsa, Hilton, Avalon, Home Depot, and Yucca Mesa/La Contenta. The synchronization will assist in mitigating and reducing traffic congestion and delay through improved traffic signal timing. Improve traffic flow and reduction in idling time, as well as improved air quality, will all be results from completion of the project.
Status:
The Town Council awarded the professional design contract to Albert Grover & Associates. The Design phase is approximately 90% completed. Based upon Caltrans review, final approval is expected in the summer of 2016. Following Caltrans approval, the Town Council will authorize the project to be advertised for construction bids.

 
 

2016-17 Town Wide Slurry Seal:
The Annual Town Wide Slurry/Cape Slurry Project consists of installation of slurry/cape seal, hot mix asphalt repairs and replacing street striping, markings and legends on designated streets. This years' program includes several different areas in the Town, as well as resealing of the Town's Park and Ride facility.
 
Status:
The Town Council authorized bidding of the project, and bid opening is scheduled for May 5, 2016

 
 
Jacobs Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Project:
Tennis courts require resurfacing approximately every five to seven years in order to maintain a safe play surface. Two of the Town's four tennis courts are scheduled for resurfacing in 2016.
 
Status:
The Town Council authorized bidding of the resurfacing project, and bid opening is scheduled for May 5, 2016.



Private Land Development Activity
Sage Estates:
The project consists of building a 107 single family residents on the southeast corner of Sage Avenue and Golden Bee.
 
Status:
Grading, water main, and sewer main installation is continuing on this project. Masonry installation for the retaining walls on the site is underway, as well as improvements for the flood control channel.

 
 
 
 
Yucca Valley Retail Building:
The Yucca Valley retail building, located immediately west of the Marshalls/Petco commercial retail establishments, contains approximately 7,700 square feet, and is designed for five separate tenants.
 
Status:
The building pad has been certified and construction of the building has begun. The owner hopes to complete the project prior to the end of June 2016.

 


Little Italy Restaurant:
The Planning Commission approved LUCR-01-15 on September 8, 2015, to rehabilitate an existing 2,591 square foot restaurant located at the southwest corner of 29-Palms Hwy. and Kickapoo Trail.
 
Status:
The project is under construction.

 

Arby's Restaurant:
Located at the former Taco Bell site, Arby's will soon be opening in Yucca Valley. An opening date has not been announced by the applicant.
 
Status:
The project is under construction.

 

Steak n Shake Restaurant :
Located in front of Home Depot, the project consists of a 3,000 square foot fast food restaurant. A construction schedule has not been announced by the applicant.
 
Status:
The project is in plan check, and the owner's architect is working on the construction plans.

 
 
Burrtec Transfer Station:
The project is located at the south east corner of Sunnyslope and Indio Drive. Construction of a waste management facility to include transfer station, maintenance building, administrative offices, fueling facilities, bin storage and scales is proposed and was approved by the Planning Commission in January 2016.
 
Status:
The owner's representative indicated that construction engineering and architecture is underway. It is anticipated that construction plans will be submitted to the Town for review in approximately six to nine months.

 

Hawks Ridge:
This project is an application to subdivide 60 acres into 4 residential lots. The site is located on Fairway Drive, north of Pinon Drive.
 
Status:
The application has been determined complete, and the Planning Commission public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 2016.



CUP 01-14 Spectrum Verizon:
The project consists of the construction of a 52.5' tall cell tower disguised as a pine tree with supporting equipment. The project is located on Primrose Drive, west of Airway.
 
Status:
The project is under construction.

 

CUP 03-15 VZW Cortel:
Proposal to construct a 52' cell tower disguised as a water tank. The projects located at 3450 Sage Avenue, which is the south west corner of Aberdeen and Sage Avenue.
 
Status:
The project was approved by the Planning Commission at the meeting of April 12, 2016.

 

International House of Pancakes (IHOP):
The project is located on State Route 62 in the former Carrow's building.
 
Status:
Remodel construction is underway. No formal announcement on an opening date has been provided by the owner.


 


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