LiveWire — January 2019

Posted on January 2, 2019


Brian Dossey, City Manager

Each New Year gives us time to pause and reflect on the past year, to chart a course for the upcoming year (along with those pesky New Year Resolutions we never seem to keep), and to embrace the changes that a new year brings. Your Town government is no different – staff and the City Council undergo the same period of reflection as well.

At the Council level, the most significant changes occur at the December City Council reorganization. During this annual event a new Mayor and Vice Mayor are appointed by the Council as a whole. Unlike some larger cities, Colma does not directly-elect a Mayor – your Mayor is appointed by her/his peers on the Council.

Every two years the Town holds City Council elections as well, with three seats up for election in Presidential election years, and two seats up for election at the mid-point of each Presidential cycle. This year saw the re-election of Council Members Joanne F. del Rosario and Helen Fisicaro.  Council Member del Rosario was appointed as the new Mayor and John Irish Goodwin was appointed as the Vice Mayor at our December 4, 2018 City Council reorganization.

The first part of this year will be very busy for the Council and staff.  During the January – March 2019 meetings, Council will be considering raising fees for Building, Planning and Engineering services, the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan, a review of the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, approval of our Annual Audit and Mid-Year Budget review, and possible changes to our Smoking Ordinance and Parking Code.

We hope to see you at our future City Council meetings, we have a lot of Town business to conduct and it would be great to hear your thoughts and comments on the issues the City Council must consider before they make their decision.

I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and want to wish everyone a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year!


Brad Donohue, Public Works Director

A project that we are excited about is the improvements to Mission Road. The project will serve many needs, such as continuous sidewalks “accessible” on both side of the street, improve the mid-block crossing with high visibility crosswalk and flashing beacon to increase the visibility of pedestrian crossing; traffic calming features to slowdown speeding, enhanced street lighting, etc.

Input from the Mission road community (Residential and commercial) is critical! The Public Works/Engineering Department will be holding two outreach meetings with the public at large, (Refreshments will be provided)

  • January 17, 2019, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Malloy’s Tavern, 1655 Mission Road
  • January 17, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Town Hall, 1198 El Camino Real

We hope you and your neighbors can find the time to attend one of these public outreach meetings, your questions, concerns, wants and needs will help make this a project that serves the Mission Road Community a success!

A Future project coming up in the New Year is a planning/study project that will improve mobility for El Camino Real, addressing issues such as continuous sidewalks, delineated bike paths, high visibility crosswalks and traffic control features at El Camino Real and Mission Road. A future public outreach meeting and dates will be forth coming in 2019.

From the Town of Colma’s Public Works/Engineering Department, we wish all of you a New Year filled with good health and fortune!

View the rest of the January edition here: LiveWire

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