December 8, 2019
Your December 8, 2019 Morgan Hill Weekly 411
Happy Holiday Season Morgan Hill!

We'll be getting a break from the rain this week which means it will be a great time for all of us to assist with helping to clear storm drains that may be blocked by leaves and other debris. This will greatly decrease the chance of future flooding for you and your neighbors. When we all do our part it makes a big difference.

Safety in Morgan Hill is always is a top priority. The Morgan Hill Fire Department, South Santa Clara County Fire District and CAL FIRE are asking the public to take steps to have a fire safe holiday. Holiday decoration fires are most likely to happen in the living room, family room or den. Almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles, mostly because the decorations were placed too close to a heat source. To ensure a safe and happy holiday season firefighters are reminding the public of basic safety tips .

Another safety-related program is the December 14 Gun Buy Back event, an excellent opportunity to get unwanted weapons out of homes and away from the hands of criminals, mentally unstable people, and children. Hear Morgan Hill Police's Chief Swing and Gilroy Police's Chief Smithee talk about the program and details for taking advantage of the Buy Back program.

Have a wonderful week ahead. Stay dry and enjoy the holiday season!
Quick Links
Engage Morgan Hill is a community conversation about services, funding and priorities. It will be a year-long community engagement process that will take us right through the next next two year budget development and adoption for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

The next Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 14. To date, the group has covered a budget overview, economic development, infrastructure, housing, growth and the impact of Senate Bill 330, and public safety. You can find all the information for each meeting on the City's web pages dedicated to Engage Morgan Hill.

Meetings and Opportunities to Engage
Tuesday, December 10
Planning Commission Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Visit the commission's website and view this week's agenda .

Tuesday, December 10
Holiday Caroling at the Morgan Hill Library

Seasoned carolers from Resounding Achord bring joy of favorite holiday classics and new arrangements sung in four-part harmony. Enjoy the fun, family-friendly winter holiday concert
hosted by the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library.

7:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Below Market Rate Home Orientation

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

For more information visit the House Keys  website  or  email . HouseKeys is the below market rate program administrator for the City of Morgan Hill.
Guests must register to attend.
Friday, December 13, 2019
Food Waste Survey
Friday is the Final Day to Submit a Response

The County of Santa Clara is conducting a short survey with county residents to gain a better understanding of local food purchasing, storage, preparation and disposal behaviors. Results from this anonymous survey will be used to develop outreach programs and materials for Santa Clara County.

If you are a Santa Clara County resident, please complete this short, 5-10 minutes, survey before December 13, 2019, to better help the county develop outreach programs and materials.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Michele Young at 408-282-3166 or Lisa Coelho at 925-200-7503.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Engage Morgan Hill Community Advisory Group Meeting

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
City Council Chamber
17555 Peak Avenue

This meeting will be an opportunity for the group to discuss:
  • the previous monthly presentations
  • their role and involvement in the upcoming budget development process
  • their role in helping to share information with the community

Additionally there will be a demonstration of " Balancing Act " a tool which we be introduced to the community for engagement in the upcoming budget development process.

Community members are welcome to attend.

For all information about Engage Morgan Hill visit .

Saturday, December 14, 2019
South County Gun Buyback Event

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
City of Gilroy Corporation Yard
613 Old Gilroy Street
Gilroy, CA

The Santa Clara County DA’s Office is partnering with the Gilroy and Morgan Hill police departments and others to sponsor a $50,000 gun buyback in the South Bay . The Gun Buyback, South County’s first buy back in 25 years, is aimed at getting unwanted weapons out of homes and away from the hands of criminals, mentally unstable people, and children.

On December 14, 2019, people can anonymously turn in unwanted guns at the Gilroy Corporation Yard and receive cash. No questions will be asked about whose gun it is or where it came from. 

Weapons must be functional. Guns collected will be checked for lost or stolen status, and if applicable, will be returned to their legal owners. All other firearms will be destroyed. Please transport UNLOADED weapons in the trunk of your car. No walk-ups. No ammunition. First come, first served - funds are limited. We reserve the right to limit funds to an individual, regardless of the number of weapons surrendered.

Exchange Details:
·          $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns
·          $200 for assault weapons
·          Firearms must be functional
·          Limit 5 firearms per person
Save the Date
Monday, December 16, 2019
Holiday Jazz Night at the Morgan Hill Library

Come to an evening of free, live music at the library! Listen to some festive holiday music performed by local musicians.  More information is available.

Tuesday, December 10,
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Library
660 West Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Friday, December 20, 2019
Accessible Adult Fitness Course at Galvan Park

As part of its commitment to healthy living, The Walt Disney Company has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association on Meet Me at the Park — a program that provides opportunities for new, inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families across the country. The collaboration is an opportunity to give back to the places that shape so much of our lives and inspire kids and families to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

The City of Morgan Hill received a $30,000 National Parks and Recreation Association Meet Me at the Park grant and committed $30,000 in matching funds from park impact fees to install an accessible adult fitness course at Galvan Park. The new fitness course will encourage an active lifestyle for children and their families, including individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Public Project and Maintenance Updates
Partner Agency News
Mike's Monthly Message
Get your updates from Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

Library December Newsletter
Learn more about what is happening at your libraries and find out about upcoming events

Valley Water Monthly Newsletter
Check out the most recent news from Valley Water District

VTA News Blog - Headways

Check out the most recent news from Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Volunteer Opportunities & Jobs
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:   or 408-310-4258

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 Recreation Guide
Current Watering Schedule
Wednesdays Only
November 1 - March 31
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.

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 , email Environmental Services , or call 408-310-4169. Thank you for conserving water! 
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