CITY MANAGER’S UPDATE
Brian Dossey, City Manager
Looking for ways to save on home energy costs? HomeIntel can help. Through the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, HomeIntel is an energy efficiency program that is provided at no cost for PG&E and Peninsula Clean Energy customers. It’s a combination of Smart Audit, a web based smart meter analysis tool and energy coaching from a member of the HomeIntel team. HomeIntel focuses on low cost, high impact solutions that will not only save on energy use, but also save on your monthly bill. For more information please go to www.hea.com.
With the transition from winter to spring, what better way to celebrate this beautiful weather than by going for a bicycle ride? May 10 is Bike to Work Day and the Town will be staffing an Energizer Station for the sixth year in a row! Also, if needed we have our bicycle fix-it station available on Hillside Boulevard in front of the Community Center. Participating bike riders can stop by for encouragement and refreshments. If riding your bike to work is an option, give it a try. You may register to win prizes at commute.org. It is really fun and really good for you and our planet! If riding your bike to work is not feasible, consider using two wheels instead of four when doing your weekend chores. It will become a habit before you know it.
Finally, join in the community fun and sign up for our Town Wide Clean Up Day. The Town Wide Clean Up Day, held this year on May 19 from 9 am to 2 pm, is your opportunity to take pride in Colma by helping fellow residents and staff in cleaning up the streets of this wonderful Town, including areas around the Colma Creek. All participants will receive a giveaway and an awesome BBQ lunch. Volunteers need to register for the Town Wide Clean Up Day at the Colma Community Center by May 18, 2018.
PLANNING DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Michael Laughlin, City Planner
The Planning Department is currently working with consultants on Serramonte Boulevard and Collins Avenue corridor study. This master plan will make recommendations for future street improvements and landscaping that would benefit the corridor. Colma residents can see ideas and provide input at a lunch meeting at 11:30am on May 30, 2018 at the Colma Community Center. If you are able to attend, please contact Michael in the Planning Department to RSVP. The City Council will hold a study session on the project on the evening of June 13, 2018 starting at 7pm at the Colma Community Center.
In spite of our late rains, California will continue to face water challenges in the years ahead. We appreciate the efforts of our businesses and residents in not increasing or reducing water use! As an ongoing incentive, the City Council has authorized rebates for residents for new water saving toilets, dishwashers, fixtures and washing machines purchased in Colma. Drought tolerant plant materials and drip irrigation supplies purchased in Colma are also eligible. The rebate is for 25% of the purchase cost, up to $500 per household. So, if you are in the market for these appliances or fixtures, please buy local and remember that the rebate is available. Applications are available at our office or can be found on the Town’s website (Sustainability tab: colma.ca.gov/departments/sustainability).
Construction on the Colma Veteran’s Village project on Mission Road continues with the pouring of the foundation. Once framing starts, the project will be a dramatic change on Mission Road!
As always, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at (650)757-8888 if you have questions about upcoming projects in the Town.