February 21, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs
Fremont News Briefs
Submitted By Cheryl Golden
Morrison Canyon Road closed
Due to recent storm-related damage, potential landslides from the expected storms, and time needed for repairs, the City of Fremont has closed Morrison Canyon Road. The closure will remain in place until approximately the beginning of March or when weather passes and repairs can be completed. A soft closure is in place at Canyon Heights Drive to provide access to the resident along Morrison Canyon. A hard closure (road will not be opened except for emergency vehicles) is in place immediately past this driveway, approximately 1,300 feet east of Canyon Heights Drive, and at Vargas Road. If you have any questions, please contact City of Fremont Maintenance division at 510-979-5700.
Fremont Continues to ÔGo GreenÕ
Over the past year, the City of Fremont has busy approving and implementing climate action initiatives to reduce the CityÕs carbon footprint, conserve valuable resources, and reduce operational costs. New and continuing sustainability projects include:
The installation of over 15,000 LED streetlights and park lights, high-efficiency facility lighting and plumbing fixtures, weather-based irrigation controls for City parks, and energy conserving pumps at Aqua Adventure Waterpark. At project completion, the City will save 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 8.7 million gallons of water, and 12,000 therms of gas annually. The project will also reduce the CityÕs greenhouse gas footprint by 976 tons of carbon.
The installation of eight dual-port, Level II electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the CityÕs Development Services Center, Central Park Boathouse, and along Capitol Avenue between State Street and Fremont Boulevard to encourage EV adoption. An additional nine EV charging stations along Capitol Avenue between Paseo Padre Parkway and State Street will be added this spring.
Installation of a solar panel carport structure this spring at the CityÕs Maintenance Center will offset the facilityÕs entire electricity usage, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 tons of carbon. The system will be pre-wired for future EV charging stations for City fleet vehicles. Together with the solar already installed at the Aqua Adventure Waterpark, Fremont Police Complex, and Irvington Community Center, this will amount to more than 1.5 megawatts of power, the equivalent of 422 Fremont homesÕ annual electricity use.
Installation of solar panel systems with energy storage units at three Fremont fire stations this coming spring. These projects, part of a ÒmicrogridÓ energy demonstration for the California Energy Commission, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 tons of carbon, as well as increase the resilience of those facilities by providing them with stored energy power in the event of a utility outage.
The addition of buffered bike lanes along the CityÕs main roads, pedestrian countdown signals at all intersections, green-striped bike lanes in the City Center, and a protected bike lane along Grimmer Boulevard. These projects create a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community, aligning with the CityÕs Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and the Vision Zero 2020 Action Plan.
The rollout of a carshare pilot program with Zipcar outside the Fremont BART station and Centerville Train Depot, offering alternatives to individual automobile ownership and enhancing public transportation options.
To learn more, visitÊwww.Fremont.gov/CityUpgradesÊandÊwww.Fremont.gov/VisionZero2020.Ê
City Building Permits Allow for Safe Construction and Peace of Mind
If youÕre thinking about remodeling your kitchen, installing a new water heater, or replacing your backyard fence, donÕt forget that City building permits are required before you build, alter, repair, or demolish any structure. This includes remodeling projects, re-roofing projects, replacing water heaters and windows, building fences over seven feet, and other similar projects. Check out the different types of permits required atÊwww.Fremont.gov/BuildingPermits.
For more information, call the City of Fremont Plans and Permits division at 510-494-4460 or visit the Development Services Center at 39550 Liberty St. in Fremont.
Giving Hope ProgramÕs Crab Feed Fundraiser
This Crab Feed means two things: supporting a noteworthy cause and an all-you-can-eat crab feast! The Niles Main Street Association and the City of Fremont will host a Crab Feed fundraiser on March 11 that will benefit the CityÕs Giving Hope Program and the Niles Community. You wonÕt want to miss it! By participating in this fundraiser, you will have the opportunity to help out local families and seniors in need, while enjoying a full spread of all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad, garlic bread, and dessert.
But the fun doesnÕt stop there! After dinner enjoy the no-host-bar and live music, authentic Irish dancers, comedy from three local comedians, bid on auction items, keep the silent auction bidding going, take photos, and dance if the music moves you.
The event on Saturday, March 11 will take place at the Fremont VeteransÕ Hall, 37154 Second St. in FremontÕs Niles District.ÊThe doors open at 6 p.m.Ñgrab your table and enjoy the first hour mixer.
Tickets can be purchased online atÊwww.niles.org/crab-feedÊor stop by KeithÕs Collectibles, the Nile Cafˇ, or JoeÕs Corner bar to purchase paper tickets.
Additional donations and sponsorships are always welcomed. Please contact Han Trinh atÊhntrinh121@gmail.comÊor Jane OÕHollaren atÊjohollaren@fremont.gov.
Now Recruiting Teen Police Explorers
The Fremont Police Department is currently accepting applications for the teen Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is a fun and safe way for teenagers to learn more about the field of law enforcement and get community service hours. Explorers donate between five and 20 volunteer hours each month by participating in a number of department activities includingÊride-alongs, traffic control, building tours, and special events. All new Explorers are required to attend a one-week Explorer Academy in Southern California in August 2017.
If you are between the ages of 14 to 18 and think that you might be interested in learning more about becoming a Police Explorer or having a future career in law enforcement, please visitÊwww.FremontPolice.org/Explorers.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. For more information contact Community Services Officer/ Volunteer Administrator Lauren Baca atÊ510-790-6691.