Economic Development a topic on radio show

Tuesday February 24, 2009

The topic was "How Government Supports Business" on Today in the Wine Country - Napa Chamber Edition, Friday Febraury 13, 2009 on KVON Radio. Hosted by Chris Templeton of Influence Interactive and Healthcare, the program featured Dana Smith, Assistant City Manager for Development Services, Jennifer LaLiberte, Senior Project Coordinator in the Economic Development/Redevelopment Department, and Barry Martin, Community Outreach Coordinator. Full audio of the broadcast can be heard here. 

Hatt to First Floodwall and Promenade receives honors

Tuesday February 24, 2009

The Napa River-Napa Creek Flood Protection Project received the Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association-Northern California Chapter at a ceremony in Berkeley on February 20, 2009. The award, under the “Structures” category for projects costing $5 million to $25 million was made to the “Hatt to First Floodwall and Promenade” portion of the Flood Project.

“Those of us here in Napa know this piece of the Flood Project, including the new Veterans Memorial Park, is a great addition to Downtown Napa,” said Flood Board member and Napa Mayor Jill Techel. 

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Message to Napa Water Customers

Monday February 23, 2009

A Message to Napa Water Customers
From Phil Brun, City of Napa Water Division General Manager

Nearly everyone in the community endured the taste and odor issues in the City’s water system last week and over the weekend.  We in the Water Division recognize the disruption and inconvenience this event caused and apologize to residents and businesses.  Despite the water being safe and meeting health regulations, we did not meet our goals of delivering a high quality product to our customers.  I want to take a moment to describe what happened, how the City reacted, and what we are doing to avoid future issues.

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City monitoring weather conditions and stream levels

February 22, 2009 11:30am 

A meeting including the City Manager, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Public Works Director and other key staff was held at 11am Sunday, February 22, 2009, to assess weather conditions and the forecast in regard to the threat of flooding.

During the meeting, a call was made to the National Weather Service, and City officials were informed that there are no current advisories, watches or warnings posted for the Napa area. Rainfall is expected to continue in the form of showers throughout the day and diminish tonight.

As of 11am, the level of Napa Creek at Highway 29 was at about 5 five, which is 3.5 feet below the monitor stage and 5.5 feet below the flood stage. 

City officials will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day.

City addressing Water taste and odor complaints

Thursday February 19, 2009

Water meets all health and safety regulations and is safe to drink.

The City of Napa Public Works Department is addressing taste and odor complaints affecting the City’s drinking water.

The City has been operating the Edward I. Barwick Jamieson Canyon Water Treatment Plant, which uses North Bay Aqueduct Water (NBA), to conserve water storage in Lake Hennessey.  Runoff during the recent series of storms caused an increased concentration of organic carbon in the NBA water.  Organic carbon is decaying organic materials such as leaves and plants.  During treatment, the increased organic carbon apparently created the taste and odor problems.

“Water being delivered to customers is safe to drink and meets all health and safety regulations,” said Water Quality Analyst Erin Farnand.  "The 'earthy' or 'musty' taste and odor is an aesthetic issue and does not pose any health concerns.”

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