City Manager's Report:  Public Safety Power Shutoffs; Art Exhibit; Planning Commission Vacancy

City Manager’s Report August 6, 2019

Planning Commission Vacancy

Applications are being sought for an unexpected vacancy on the City of Lakeport’s Planning Commission. The successful applicant will complete a term expiring December 31, 2022.

The Planning Commission consists of five members who serve four-year terms. The commission currently meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Qualified applicants must be residents of Lakeport.

The Planning Commission reviews matters related to planning and development and is the advisor to the City Council on land use planning. The commission considers issues such as the General Plan, rezoning, use permits, subdivisions, architectural and design review, planning policy and interpretations.

Contact Hilary Britton, Deputy City Clerk, for more information, (707) 263-5615, ext. 102, hbritton@cityoflakeport.com. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on September 3.

New Art Exhibit at City Hall
Lake County artists featured in a new exhibit displaying prints, mixed media and tempura painting participated in RESTORE, a fire recovery project initiated by the Middletown Art Center (MAC) in response to the Valley Fire of 2015, and to other wildfires in Lake County and in the region, including the Mendocino Complex Fire of 2018 which occurred mid-project.

RESTORE offered Lake County residents the opportunity to participate in low-cost art classes in sculpture, mixed media, creative writing and printmaking. The project is culminating with public exhibitions indoors and community spaces outdoors, as well as poetry readings and a book of poetry. Support from the California Arts Council and Lake County organizations, businesses and individuals contributed to the goal of addressing a community’s collective healing through both individual and collaborative group work.

Featured artists are Mary Daly, Alicia Farnsworth, Erica Felton-Parisi, Holly Green, Erica Kinsel, Georgina Marie, Elen V Marsh, Darina Simeonova, Jane Thanx, Emma Wakefield, and Kim Baughan Young.

Most of the artwork is for sale. More information about the Middletown Art Center is available at www.MiddletownArtCenter.org, or by calling (707) 809-8118.

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)
PG&E Service Territory

Working together as a community is key to being prepared for extreme weather and wildfires. All of us could be impacted by emergency events and we need to have a plan and be prepared.

Learning about the Public Safety Power Shutoff program and creating a Personal Safety Plan will help in these efforts. See links on the City’s website at https://www.cityoflakeport.com/public_safety_power_shutoff.php.

While preparing for the PSPS, many have asked if they will have municipal water service when the power grid is shut down. The answer is YES: the City of Lakeport’s water system will remain operational as we will utilize diesel-powered generators to maintain water supply and distribution. We will ask customers to minimize water use to allow the water system to maintain storage levels for continued service and provide fire suppression capabilities if needed.

Reducing water use will also minimize the load on the sewer lift stations throughout the City and help avoid sewer spills. The City of Lakeport’s sewer system includes 8 lift stations that will also rely on diesel-powered generators during PSPS events.

Please contact the Lakeport Public Works Department, 263-3578, PWinfo@cityoflakeport.com, if you have questions or concerns about the provision of water and sewer services in Lakeport.

Margaret Silveira, City Manager