The Marysville Monthly - June 2020

Upcoming Council Meetings*:
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm

*Council Chambers will re-open for the July 7, 2020 City Council meeting with limited seating capacity; Social distancing and facial covering will be required.

Coffee with a Cop:
Due to Covid 19, meetings are cancelled until further notice.
While City Hall has remained closed to the public since Tuesday, March 17 due to the Covid 19 pandemic, City Hall will re-open on Monday, June 22 with limited hours from 9:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Social distancing and facial covering requirements will be in place in order to enter City Hall.

In the mean time, please do not hesitate to contact City Departments should you have questions regarding any city services, completing and submitting applications, and making payments. Please contact City Departments via phone and/or email at the following numbers and email addresses:

Administration and Finance Departments
Phone: 530-749-3901

Community Development and Public Works Departments
Phone: 530-749-3902
Email: Ellen Culver,

Fire Department
Phone: 530-741-6622
Email: Bri Anne Ritchie,

Police Department
Phone: 530-749-3908  (non-emergency dispatch)
PD can also be accessed via its call box at 316 6th Street.

To stay up-to-date on the Covid 19 pandemic and the regional response to this public health crisis, please visit the following websites:

The City of Marysville, along with all California cities and counties, is required to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community, and to update its Housing Element (HE) every four or eight years. The City’s current Housing Element will expire in January 2021.

Recently City staff circulated a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify qualified firms, Individuals or organizations that could update the HE. Based on the qualified responses, City staff recommended PlaceWorks and the Council approved executing a contract with them.

The final HE document will be used to update zoning codes to promote new infill development. The new regulations will streamline housing development and encourage investment in Marysville.   
The old brick building on the north west corner of 9 th & B streets has been vacant for more than a year. Formerly an old Boy Scout Hall, it was converted to a bank some years ago and most recently was acquired by River Valley Bank. The Bank is completely renovating the inside and should be complete later this summer. The business will help to reduce vacancies and blight in this modest commercial shopping center.
Mescher Door Company - established in Marysville for more than 40 years - has nearly completed construction of its new warehouse and office located at 10 10 th Street. Working closely with the City's Building Division, Mescher Door Company has continued to make progress on the project even during the pandemic.

In May, the Community Development Department processed 38 Building Permits, conducted 44 Building Inspections, initiated 23 Code Enforcement investigations, issued 7 Transportation Permits and 7 Encroachment Permits.
FY 2020-21 BUDGET
On June 16, 2020, the Council will receive its third and final budget workshop regarding the FY 2020-21 Budget. At this meeting, the final draft budget will be recommended for Council action and approval.

In May 2020, the Finance Department processed 386 accounts payable and receivable, 23 animal licenses, 138 business licenses, and 321 cash receipts.
While Covid 19 delayed completion of the engine, the new "first out" fire engine arrived in Elk Grove on June 8, 2020. The next phase of inspections are underway prior to final delivery to Marysville in early July. COVID-19 delayed completion of the engine. Over the next months, staff will work rapidly to get the engine into service as the fire season gets ramped up.
The Fire Prevention Division has completed 10 inspections, eight of which were for new business license inspections and the other 2 were annual business license inspections. The Department has started compiling a list of all the commercial sprinkler systems within the city limits and ensuring that they are current and compliant with proper system certifications. 

On June 1, the Division also started preparing for weed abatement. The Fire Prevention Officer will contact and remind those property owners who have yet to abate that time is of the essence to eradicate vegetation overgrowth. The next weed abatement deadline is August 15, 2020. As of today, all property owners, except for 12, have abated their lots.
Water competency skills improve water safety for everyone by avoiding common dangers, developing fundamental water safety skills, and learning how to prevent and respond to drowning emergencies.

When undertaking recreational water activities, consider the following important safety factors:

  • Know your limitations including physical fitness and medical conditions;
  • Do not swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present;
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size and the water activity. Always wear a life jacket while boating, regardless of swimming skill;
  • Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in, such as river currents, water temperature, shallow or unclear water, and underwater hazards (e.g., vegetation, animals);
  • Pay close attention to children or weak swimmers you are supervising in or near water;
  • Be aware of the signs of drowning; learn ways to safely assist such as "reach or throw, don't go;" and
  • Learn CPR and First aid
"Flood fighting" equipment was recently stolen from the Marysville Levee District. Shortly thereafter, the Marysville Fire Department stumbled upon the stolen items while fire crews were on the scene of a medical aid in Hollywood Park. Staff spotted the large stolen 20-foot timbers tucked into the brush and realized they might be related to the stolen items. 

The Marysville Police Department was notified and helped identify the stolen goods listed in the Levee District's filed police report. The Levee District was contacted and confirmed that the items found belonged to the District and were stolen.

Since the incident occurred after normal business hours, the Fire Department borrowed a trailer from Habitat for Humanity to load the 13, 20-foot long timbers and return them to the station for safe keeping until they could be returned to the Levee District. The estimated value of the lumber is approximately $1,800. The timbers would normally be used during an emergency flood situation when railroad crossings must be blocked off to hold back the flood waters.

In May, the Marysville Fire Department responded to 261 calls for service. The Department received 194 Rescue and Emergency Medical Calls, 14 Fire Service Calls and 53 other calls. Comparatively, the Department responded to 238 calls for service in May of 2019. In May 2020, the Department experienced 43 concurrent calls, which equals 16.23% of the 911 calls. Current call total from January through May 31 of 2020 are at 1496 calls. Comparatively, 1206 calls were received during that same time period in 2019 resulting in an increase of 290 calls. In 2019, from January through May, the Department experienced 250 overlapping calls and 317 during the same time frame in 2020.
On May 14, 2020, Marysville Police Officers assisted with an anti-ICE protest at the Yuba County Jail. There was a 'roving vehicle protest' (e.g., people driving around the jail and courthouse honking their horns).

On May 31, 2020, the Police Department participated with Megan Anderson (Marysville resident) and more than 120 other members of the community in a solidarity march from Yuba Park to Ellis Lake. The March was focused on bringing awareness to the George Floyd tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis recently and to bring the Marysville community together in support and solidarity. A second march took place on June 13, 2020 to continue bringing the community together and improve communications between law enforcement and communities of color.
Officers conducted periodic day/night drone trainings throughout the month.

Officers deployed the drone to take videos/photos of the B Street property and surrounding area for the Community Development Department.

On May 21, 2020, Officers used the UTV and ATV to patrol the outer parts of the city that are not easily accessible with patrol vehicles. Officers located and recovered several stolen vehicles. Using the MATV, several vehicles were removed from areas of the City that tow trucks could not otherwise access.

On May 31, 2020, officers deployed the drone to monitor the protest march from Yuba Park to Ellis Lake (e.g., see photo above).
A new Chevrolet Colorado was put into service for Animal Care Services recently secured a new Chevrolet Colorado. Compared to the prior ACS vehicle, the new truck is more fuel efficient and the newer box contains a fan system to keep animals cool during transport. 

During the month of May, Animal Care Services responded to 52 calls for service, including reuniting two dogs and one chameleon with their families.

Due to Covid-19, the weekly and overnight TNR program continues to be suspended until further notice.

This past month, a total of three public nuisance properties were abated.

The full-time CSO responded to 10 calls for service and 19 self-initiated calls for service. Out of these, nine crime reports were produced and filed.

The part-time CSO responded to 47 calls for service and 80 self-initiated calls for service. Out of these, 26 crime reports were produced and filed.

There were also 10 additional graffiti locations identified; and several locations have already been covered by Graffiti Busters.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Community Service Officers have been assigned to assist Patrol with Covid-19 related issues, as well as general patrol support for open and closed businesses.
Due to Covid 19, the Marysville Police Department held off on OTS traffic deployments for the month of May, but are preparing for deployments in the coming weeks.

Officer(s) completed five (5) Tobacco Education/Compliance deployments at 27 locations throughout the city.

With recently awarded grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department also acquired a 2020 Polaris UTV. The UTV will be used for levee and river bottom patrols, as well as during special city events.
Marysville Police personnel held a Police Officers Standard and Training (POST) Patrol Rifle course. Four Officers from Yuba College Police Department and two Deputies from the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department participated and were trained.

Despite Covid 19 constraints, Marysville Police Department personnel will continue POST training courses in July.
Due to Covid 19 constraints, K-9 Rocky and Jake continued in house training.

On May 24, 2020, K-9 Rocky was deployed at the State Theater for a burglary. He cleared the building and found that no suspects were hiding inside.    
Should you wish to report an illegal cannabis grow operation, please contact Sgt. Daryl Shackleford at or (530) 749-3958.

In May 2020, 1,859 calls for service were received, 283 reports were prepared and processed, and 68 arrests were made. In Dispatch, 1,205 9-1-1 emergency calls were received, and 5,900 non-emergency calls were processed.

  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvement Project (Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant): The project scope includes bicycle lane striping, bike racks and sidewalk improvements in select areas of the City. Currently, 50% of the design and engineering phase is complete.
  • Residential Street Reconstruction (Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)): The project scope includes approximately 17,000 lineal feet (e.g., 3.3 miles) of residential street reconstruction including bike paths, accessibility ramps, curb and gutter, and sidewalk improvements in Northeast Marysville. Project Design is complete.

  • 17th Street Storm Water Project (FEMA): The 17th Street Storm Water Outfall Replacement Project is 95% designed and engineered. Construction will begin soon. This project is the result of damage to the Outfall during the 2017 damage to the Oroville Dam spillway.
  • Ellis Lake Fountain Pump and LED lighting Upgrades Project: This project is 90% complete; pump repairs will be paid for with a grant from the Yuba Water Agency.

  • Ellis Lake Aeration Project: This has been an ongoing pilot project for the past two years to improve water quality in the lake and as part of a compliance agreement with the State Water Resources Board. It is finally 95% complete; and the City's reporting requirements to the State for this project will be finalized and complete in July 2020.

  • New Park Well Construction Project: Construction bids for the first pilot well construction at Gavin Park are being reviewed. Once the contract is awarded, construction will begin shortly thereafter. Concurrently, City staff are preparing to submit a grant application to the Yuba Water Agency to fund park well construction at two more City parks. By constructing irrigation wells at a total of three parks, the City will save on its water bill by using groundwater for park irrigation instead of relying on the City's current water purveyor, Cal Water Service.

  • 5th Street Improvement Project: Thus far, the City has completed 90% of the Project's design and engineering. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021.

  • PG&E Energy Audit (EcoGreen): PG&E is currently conducting an energy audit of city facilities and infrastructure in an effort to seek potential cost saving improvements and energy efficiencies.
Should you experienc an after-hours emergency (e.g., major sewer system backup), please contact the Marysville City Police Department Dispatch Center at (530) 741-6621 to request on call Public Works Department services.
To request services from the Public Works Department including pothole repairs, street tree trimming and sidewalk repairs, please contact the Public Works Department at 530-749-3902 or complete the City's online Service Request Form.
To request sewage services (e.g. new service), please complete the Utility Management Services online "New Service Request" form.

In May 2020, the Public Works Department processed 10 Public Service Requests including work orders for tree trimming, pot hole repairs, street maintenance, street light repairs, sewer/storm drain unclogging and repairs, and general city infrastructure maintenance.