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June 15, 2019
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
City’s proposed spending
May 24, 2019

Following up from a recent column on the city’s budget, I’d like to provide more information on the proposed spending for our next Fiscal Year. 

One of Rohnert Park’s best features is our array of recreational amenities, including our creek and bike paths. Next year’s budget includes funding to continue improvements on 2.6 miles of these paths where repairs are most needed. We expect to repair all paths needing improvements in the next few years. We want to bring all of our paths into good or excellent condition. 

Another valued amenity is Honeybee Pool, which needs major work. We will start designing a renovation this year. We expect to re-construct it in 2020; this is a major investment of $2-$3 million. 

We will replace numerous wooden light poles in F and H sections. This will improve lighting and safety. Many of the existing poles are nearing the end of their useful life. 

We will continue funding a Rapid Re-housing program with the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS). This year we helped over 50 individuals experiencing homelessness to find housing. We are part of a county-wide effort to fund an outreach specialist to connect those individuals to housing and other services. 

Share the road. As National Bicycle Safety Month (May) comes to a close, the Public Safety department wants to encourage drivers and bicyclists to share the road all year around. Rules of the road apply to both types of drivers - stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, and not riding distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All vehicle drivers must allow at least three feet of space when passing a bicycle. Drivers should look behind them before making a turn at an intersection, especially if crossing into a designated bike lane. Use extra caution backing up or leaving a parking space. Bicyclists should make themselves visible and wear brightly colored clothing. Bicyclists are advised to use lights from dusk to dawn (front white light and rear red flashing light or reflectors). Whichever method of travel you choose, choose safety first. 

Mark your calendar. Spreckels’ performance of Cinderella runs through May 26 and tickets are available at www.rpcity.org/tickets. City offices are closed Mon., May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Come join in the 10-year anniversary kick-off event of Party On the Plaza & Farmers’ Market Fri., June 7 from 5-10 p.m. See full Party On the Plaza entertainment lineup below.

Jun 14 Blues Mothers: All Female Blues Brothers Tribute

Jun 21 HOTS: Driving Rock

Jun 28 Choppin Broccoli: 80s Tribute

Jul 5 NO MARKET | Independence Day Weekend

Jul 12 Soul Section: Rock & Soul Horn Band

Jul 19 Dirty Cello: Female led rock/blues/bluegrass Cello

Jul 26 Rock & Roll Rhythm Review: Female led Rock, Jump Blues & Rockabilly

Aug 2 Levi Lloyd & Friends: Rockin Blues

Aug 9 Country Night | Third Rail: Female led New & Old Country

Aug 16 Igniters: Classic Rock

Aug 23 Reggae Night | Un Amour Bank: Positive Reggae

Aug 30 Poyntlyss Sistars: Female Led 50s – 90s Dance Music