Decayed Division Street elm to be removed

Monday February 9, 2009

 A contractor working for the City of Napa will remove a large elm tree at 1259 Division Street during the week of February 16, 2009, weather permitting.

Due to neighborhood concerns about removal of the tree as part of the City’s sidewalk repair program, a thorough inspection was performed to determine if the tree could survive and remain stable if some roots were removed during sidewalk work. During this inspection, it was discovered that a major section of the tree trunk approximately 30 feet from the ground was decayed and the center of the tree had rotted away. As a result, the strength of the tree has been compromised and this section of the tree could fail in a storm or wind event, as occurred with a different elm tree of the same age and species in this block in 2008. The arborist’s report recommended removal of the tree to eliminate a high hazard to pedestrians, drivers and the neighboring homes.

Workshop to introduce Draft Housing Element set for Feb. 17

Thursday February 5, 2009

After a year in preparation and a community workshop last August to discuss approaches, an 11 member broad- based Housing Committee has recommended a draft Housing Element for Planning Commission and City Council review.  A workshop to introduce the Draft Housing Element will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2009, beginning at 7pm, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street.

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Remodeling for new Kohl's store closes a parking lot

Thursday February 5, 2009

Contractors working for Kohl’s Department Store have begun interior demolition work at the site of the former Mervyn’s Department Store near Main Street between First Street and Pearl Street. In order to facilitate the work, the City has issued an encroachment permit to allow the contractor to use the City’s 52-space surface parking lot G adjacent to the building on its north side. This parking lot is now fenced off during internal demolition and remodeling work for the new Kohl’s store. This phase of work is scheduled to be completed by mid May 2009. Public parking remains available in the Pearl Street Garage and other surface lots in the area.

Council to consider urgency ordinance for preliminary flood insurance rate map changes

Friday January 30, 2009

At the evening portion of their meeting on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, the City Council will be asked to adopt an Urgency Ordinance imposing interim limitations on the development of property located in areas with pending flood insurance rate map changes. The properties involved are affected by flood risks on the Napa River, Napa Creek and Salvador Creek.

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Winter means water conservation?

Wednesday January 28, 2009

Sunny and warm, highs in the 70’s? Tempted to crank on that sprinkler system as if it’s summertime?  For the sake of your lawn, your water bill, and our local reservoirs - please reconsider.  Despite the recent stretch of warm, dry weather, it is still winter and the days are short.  With 70 percent of plants’ water needs driven simply by solar radiation, short winter days mean dormant plants. Their thirst can be quenched with even limited rains.  The City of Napa Water Division encourages its customers to embrace water-wise landscaping and irrigation principles.

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