The last census of people experiencing homelessness in Rohnert Park counted 138 individuals in January of this year. The increasing visibility of people experiencing homelessness is one of the issues I hear about from residents. In July, the city proudly partnered with one of the county’s leading providers of services to people experiencing homelessness. The Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) established a Rapid Re-housing program in Rohnert Park. Getting the people experiencing homelessness into housing is a proven first step to addressing their challenges, including mental health issues, employment, drug addiction, and others.
In the first three months, COTS provided financial support for and helped six people find housing. They have accepted 36 more into the program and are working with them to find housing and provide financial assistance for deposits and similar expenses. By next summer we expect COTS to have found permanent housing for at least 50, who would otherwise be homeless.
I understand that traffic is a concern for many residents and we’re taking it seriously. One of the key solutions is improving the flow of traffic with a system that adjusts traffic signals automatically based on actual conditions. We’re upgrading the hardware and connections required for the system and have selected the software that will be the “brains” that will make it work. We will soon begin programming and expect to start seeing improvements in the first half of next year.
Moving along to the first phase of the Keiser Avenue reconstruction project, the installation of a water pipeline and asphalt overlay from Snyder Ln. to Kerry Rd. is well underway. To prevent construction frustration, please avoid the area and be patient as the road will be closed for some time.
We will also restripe Golf Course Dr. to adjust lanes and add a left turn lane from Redwood Dr. turning south onto Commerce Blvd. We expect to complete this next spring.
Speed limit changes
California law sets strict requirements for setting local speed limits. Speed limits in Rohnert Park were recently updated with the state’s mandatory requirements. The changes are based on surveys of driving speeds. Changes include a new, lower 35 mph limits on Business Park Dr. and Commerce Blvd. (from Golf Course to Avram), and a consistent 40 mph throughout Rohnert Park Expressway. Bodway Parkway, Roberts Lake Rd. and State Farm Dr. have increased speed limits to 35 mph, while Valley House Dr. is increased to 40 mph.
The Department of Public Works has replaced speed limit signs throughout the city. Motorists are required to obey all posted speed signs, including the new ones. Make sure to check your speed as one of the roadways you might be on could be subject to a speed limit change. Drive safely and remember that it is a speed limit, not a starting point.
Hassle-free holiday shopping for seniors
The Rohnert Park Senior Center is happy to shuttle Rohnert Park seniors to the Village at Corte Madera Dec. 6 for a hassle-free holiday shopping experience. If you are a senior or know someone that is, and might be interested in participating, the deadline to signup is November 6. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and/or signup.