For many the holiday season is full of all our favorite things – and lots of them. Whether it be Uncle Bill’s honey-roasted ham or Aunt Edna’s eggnog, excess consumption is often the name of the game. One too many toasts of bubbly can lead to compromised decisions - the most important being the decision to drive while intoxicated. Alcohol-related collisions spike in Nov., Dec. and Jan. I encourage you to think before you drink – make plans. If you are hosting guests, make sure to make provisions for those too intoxicated to drive. If you are a guest, set a time to stop drinking and arrange for a safe ride home. Downloading ride-service Apps like Uber and Lyft to your Smartphone, prior to needing them, makes getting home a breeze.
When breezes turn into a gusty-wet storm, the City of Rohnert Park is here to assist residents with the impacts of winter weather. Rohnert Park was built on a flood plain; therefore, localized flooding happens annually. The amount and severity of flooding depends on the storm itself and conditions of the local property, street and storm water system. When applicable, the City’s Public Works Department will have free sandbags and sand (for filling the bags) available at the Callinan Sports and Fitness Center, 5405 Snyder Lane. For additional sandbag information call the Public Works Department at 588-3300. In the event of a significant storm, the city’s website will be updated with important notices and information at www.rpcity.org/storm. We also encourage all residents to subscribe to Nixle and SoCo Alerts for the most up-to-the-minute information.
You can help by notifying our Public Works Department of flooding, downed trees and potholes. Download the GORequest App from the App store and then click “new issue.” From the list of issues, select “storm activity.” Issues submitted using this application ensure the fastest response time. Submissions are tracked and automatically routed to the appropriate employee to handle your issue.
When you’re ready for an ‘old acquaintance to be forgot’ and dispose of your brown-needled holiday remnant, consider tree recycling. Start by removing lights, ornaments, tinsel and stands. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of in a regular garbage bin. If you would like to use your compost/green waste bin, make sure to cut your tree into manageable pieces so that your bin will close. Place your bin on the curb on your regular collection day and you’re done! If you would prefer to just leave your tree for curbside collection, place it curbside the night before your regular collection day for the week of Jan. 6 - 17 (residential customers only). If you prefer to drop off your tree, they are accepted at the Rohnert Park Community Center at 5401 Snyder Lane and the Central Landfill at 500 Mecham Road, Petaluma (12/26-1/17).
A final reminder, don’t let your dog leave any unwanted gifts on sidewalks or lawns. Nobody likes the gift of a soiled shoe. Picking up your pooches’ poo keeps us all happy this holiday season (and every day).