City of Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Week of December 23,  2018
Happy Holidays Morgan Hill!

On behalf of the Morgan Hill City Council, the City Leadership Team and all Morgan Hill teammates we sincerely wish you and your family warm and wonderful holidays! We look forward to serving the community in the year ahead and wish all of you a prosperous 2019!

A reminder that city offices will be closed for the holiday furlough beginning Monday, December 24 through January 1, 2019.  City offices will open again on Wednesday, January 2.  All essential and emergency city services will be available as usual throughout the furlough.

The next City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2018.

This will be the last Weekly 411 of the year.  We'll  be taking the next two weeks off.  The first Weekly 411 for 2019 will be available, Sunday, January 13, 2019

Make it a great  few weeks ahead! We look forward to your ongoing engagement and participation in all aspects of community life and local government in Morgan Hill in 2019. Happy New Year!
IN THIS ISSUE
Morgan Hill City Hall 
Office Hours
Hours: 
8AM - 5PM
Monday - Friday
Phone: 
408.779.7271
Address
17575 Peak Ave 
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Elected Officials


County Supervisor
District 1: 

California State Assembly District 30: 
Robert Rivas

California State Senate District 17: 

U.S. Congressional District 19: 

City of Morgan Hill
Advisory Commissions:

City of Morgan Hill Advisory Committees:
City of Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Fire logo

 



  
County of 
Santa Clara
and 
Santa Clara Valley Agencies
   

 

State of California

 







Education
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Energy/Water/
Wastewater




  Recent City Council Actions
December 19, 2018 City Council Meeting

The City Council accepted grant of  $140,249.80 from the State of California Hazard Mitigation Program to assist in the purchase an emergency backup generator for the Centennial Recreation Center.

The City Council accepted a donation from the Community Law Enforcement Foundation in the amount of $25,439, for the purchase of ballistic plates and carriers for first responders, enhanced communication equipment for our tactical team, and integration costs for a community engagement and evaluation program.

The City Council approved the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's funding agreement for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District TFCA grant program for up to $65,100 towards the construction of the Main Avenue Bike Lane and Sidewalk Project.

The City Council continued the approval of the HDR Engineering Inc. contract for grade separation study to a future meeting.

The City Council approved the Magical Bridge Morgan Hill Playground concept design.

The City Council continue this item to a future meeting.


Video of Full Meeting
  Butterfield Tree Planting
The City of Morgan Hill has contracted with Mike Davis Landscape Services to plant and install irrigation to 221 new oak trees along the southern end of Butterfield Blvd and along Railroad Ave.

The project began on December 5, 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The trees were provided to the City of Morgan Hill through two awarded state grants. 178 of the project's oak trees are funded by CAL FIRE as part of the California Climate Investments Program. The remaining 43 oaks are provided by the California Natural Resources Agency's Urban Greening Program.

The selected trees will cool the community, provide a safer environment for residents and visitors, reduce air pollution, and create a more pleasant area to view from home or in passing. Oak varieties planted include Valley, Coast Live, Holly, Oregon White, and Blue.
 
For more information please contact Christina Raby at 669-253-4251 or christina.raby@morganhill.ca.gov.
 
  Morgan Hill Police Department Accepts a New Public Safety Mobile Command Vehicle
On Friday December 21st, the Morgan Hill Police Department took delivery of its new public safety command vehicle.

Emergency events, such as wildland/urban fires, floods, earthquakes and other large-scale events require a multi-agency response that can include mutual-aid from fire, police, sheriff and state and federal emergency groups. The public safety command vehicle will provide the south county residents with a rapid response to such events and provide the incident commander with the tools needed for communication, coordination and control of an emergency.

Additionally, the command vehicle will be utilized regionally during large public events such as the Taste of Morgan Hill, Mushroom Mardi-Gras and the Gilroy Garlic Festival to provide public safety support and communications. 

  Morgan Hill's Holiday Lakes Estates Homeowners Association Earns National Recognition
Efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire have earned the Morgan Hill's Holiday Lakes Estates Homeowners Association, the Firewise Communities/USA® recognition status from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Firewise® is a nationwide initiative that provides formal recognition to communities for taking actions to protect people and properties from the risk of fire in the wildland/urban interface (WUI). It's a framework for communities and neighborhood associations that take strides to create resiliency against wildfire by adopting and implementing the Firewise® program's criteria.

The Holiday Lakes Estates Homeowners Association worked with the Morgan Hill Fire Department and CAL FIRE to complete a community wildfire hazard assessment and developed an action plan that produced risk reduction benefits to the residents and their homes. Implementation of their plan has begun and will continue as part of the program's annual renewal requirements

  Notes From Coffee with Mayor Tate and His Guest, Mayor Elect Rich Constantine
November 10, 2018
10:00AM - 11:30AM
 
  Notes From Mayor Tate's Lunch with the Seniors
December 7, 2018
11:30AM

MEETINGS AND
OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE
  Monday, December 24 & 31, 2018
St. Catherine Church Community Supper on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
6:00-7:00pm
17400 Peak Ave
St Catherine Church invites you for a free, hot meal with your neighbors on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in the Parish Center.

All are welcome! 

St. Catherine's Church, in partnership with Martha's Kitchen in San Jose, serves a hot meal every Monday evening in the Parish Center from 6 to 7 pm. Suppers are open to all who'd like to join for a good meal and good company.
SAVE THE DATE
  Saturday, February 2, 2019
Amateur Radio Licensing and Testing
8:00am-4:00pm: Tech/General class
1:00pm-3:00pm: Testing all Levels
Training room, Morgan Hill Police Dept.
16200 Vineyard Blvd
There will be a Ham Cram and Exam opportunity on February 2nd, 2019 in Morgan Hill. It will be held at the Morgan Hill Police Department Training Room.

This is the class for the Technician or General level license followed by the test. A test-only option is also available for all levels: Technician, General or Amateur Extra.

Please see the flyer for details.
PUBLIC PROJECTS AND 
MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES
 
WATERING IS LIMITED TO
WEDNESDAYS ONLY

Water is always a precious resource in Morgan Hill and with this in mind, our permanent watering restrictions have been designed to best manage the City's potable water supply. These restrictions will help us avoid or minimize the effects of drought, climate change and the unreliability of the imported water infrastructure that serves the City of Morgan Hill.
From November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, watering is limited to Wednesdays only.
 
  • Irrigation is allowed before 9 AM or after 7 PM
  • Watering is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station 
  • Watering returns to the three day a week schedule on April 1, 2018
Complete rules and restrictions can be found in   Water Waste Ordinance No. 2236. Customers can report water waste  online or by calling the Water Waste Hotline at 408-310-4195. For more information, visit  mhvalueswater.com, email  environ@morganhill.ca.gov or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water!  
CITY OF MORGAN HILL 
RECREATION ACTIVITY GUIDE

CITY OF MORGAN HILL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Whether you are looking for an entry or management level position, Morgan Hill employees have a lot in common. We are all hard working individuals who respect each other and value teamwork to deliver services. 

We excel at meeting challenges and work hard to exceed our customer's expectations. We work for an organization that encourages innovation, provides opportunities for professional growth, and recognizes the contributions of each employee.
If you share these core values, we invite you to apply for one of our open positions.

CITY OF MORGAN HILL 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Have you thought about getting involved, but not sure where to start? 
The City of Morgan Hill has many volunteer opportunities that could allow you to give back to your community and have an impact, develop a new skill,  meet new people, stay connected, explore a new career, or just help you grow individually as a person.  

Research indicates that volunteering not only benefits and strengthens your community and the organization you are volunteering for, it can have significant health benefits.  Apply to become a volunteer today by  completing this form .

Questions and Comments: 

PARTNER AGENCIES' NEWS

Santa Clara Valley Water District is Recruiting Water Ambassadors
The water district's first Water 101 Academy launches this spring and they're looking for community leaders who can help others understand local water issues and water projects.

Check out the Water Ambassador flyer
  2019 Point-in-time Homeless Census and Survey Needs Volunteers

The 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Census and Survey will take place in Morgan Hill on Tuesday, January 29th from 4:30am - 10:00am, and we are looking for volunteers to help count!

What is the Point-in-Time Count?

All jurisdictions receiving federal funding to provide housing and services for homeless populations through McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a biennial Point-in-Time count of unsheltered and sheltered homeless individuals and families. The count must happen within the last ten days of January and all data must be tied to one night.

Why does the Point-in-Time Count matter?

Point-in-Time Count data are the primary data used for federal funding allocations and national estimates of homelessness. The numbers reported by your community are used by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and all federal departments including Housing and Education. PIT Count numbers are also most often cited by local strategic plans, state, county and city government and the media.

Register to Volunteer
  Morgan Hill Unified School District Announces a Vacancy on the Board of Education


As announced on December 7, 2018, a vacancy will be created on the Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Education when Board Member Teresa Murillo's resignation becomes effective on January 31, 2018.
The Board will be accepting applications to fill this position at the district office daily starting December 17, 2018 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and ending January 15, 2019. Interested persons must submit a letter of no more than 200 words expressing interest in the Board position. A complete copy of the application will be available at the office of the Superintendent, Morgan Hill Unified School District, 15600 Concord Circle in Morgan Hill. Please note, the district office will be closed December 24 until January 2, 2019.

  Morgan Hill Library


Effective Monday, December 3, 2018, the library is open on Sundays and expands its hours to:

Mon-Wed: 12-9
Thur-Sat: 10-6
Sun: 1-5

 
VTA Connections Newsletter
December 2018


Valley Transportation Authority.  
Solutions that move you. 
 
Santa Clara Valley Water District News: November 2018


Water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship for Santa Clara County.  Click here to view the Santa Clara Valley Water District's newsletter for November 2018!  
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSET 
OF THE MONTH
 
Asset #39 - SENSE OF PURPOSE
 

Tips to Help You Implement Asset #39: Sense of Purpose
  • Ask your youth what matters to them, what gets them excited about each new day? What are their dreams, interests and passions?
  • Give them the opportunity to explore different types of sports, art and music classes, community service, trips to different schools and colleges, etc..
  • Talk about family values and the purpose of each family member in the home.
Click here for more information about this month's developmental asset! 
 
Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help youth and teens thrive. Young people with high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices, while those with lower asset levels are more likely to get involved with negative or risky behaviors like violence, trouble in school, drug and alcohol use and more. The Search Institute of Minneapolis created the developmental assets framework. For more information, visit