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January 17, 2019
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Year ahead
January 4, 2019

Happy New Year! We’re excited to share a sneak peek for 2019. In last week’s column I mentioned some of the local highlights from 2018. This week I’d like to give our residents an idea of what’s ahead in Rohnert Park in 2019.

To start, many big facility improvements will come to completion in 2019. The more notable projects include replacing the RP Animal Shelter roof and siding, constructing bocce ball courts, surfacing basketball and tennis courts at Honeybee, Dorotea and Sunrise Parks, replacing wooden streetlights along Golf Course Drive, installing the all-weather turf field at Sunrise Park and resurfacing some of our aging creek pathways.

To continue improving the traffic flow around town our automated traffic light timing system will be fully functional along Golf Course Dr. and Rohnert Park Expressway this year. The system constantly adjusts signals based on the traffic conditions at each intersection. Repaving a portion of E. Cotati is planned for the fall.

Great entertainment will continue to put Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Performing Arts Center on the map including Hamlet, Barbeque Apocalypse and Cinderella.

Our fourth annual community survey will launch soon. It’s always an eye-opening experience reviewing your responses. It gives me an opportunity to make sure our priorities are in alignment with our residents. Keep an eye out for its release.

The recent start of demolition of the former State Farm building is the visual reminder of the city’s downtown development. In the coming months residents can expect to see increased activity on the property, including bull dozers and heavy equipment. Building construction is scheduled to start in mid 2019 with the first occupancies by fall 2020.

False alarms

Our firefighters have had a huge number of calls for false carbon monoxide alarms. It seems like a large percentage of these were because of the age of the detectors. Our Public Safety Department would like to remind you to “beat the beep” by replacing your carbon monoxide alarm now if it’s near its expiration date.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and dangerous gas. In 2011, California required every home to have a working carbon monoxide detector. Unlike regular smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors last around seven years.  The sensor naturally degrades and must be replaced.  The expiration date is referred to as the “manufactured date” and is typically printed on the back of your detector.

Information on the different types of beeps is usually located on the back of your detector. You might only need to replace the batteries. So prior to calling 9-1-1, take a moment to figure out why your detector is beeping.  Generally, intermittent non-continuous beeps mean you need to change your batteries or your detector has expired and needs to be replaced.  If you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or an emergency exists, always call 9-1-1 and go outside to fresh air.

Keeping in tip-top shape

Getting in more time at the gym or spending more time outdoors might be on your New Year’s resolution list. We’d like to share a few of the city’s recent improvements that can support your goals.

Come work out with us at the Callinan Sports Center and enjoy renovated locker rooms and new state-of-the art cardio and weight room equipment. If you prefer to get outdoors, our freshly installed par course at Dorotea Park might be just right. The kids can come out and play on our new play equipment at Golis, Dorotea and Rainbow Parks. You’ll enjoy newly reopened bathrooms at all city parks. Check out our recreation guide for more ways to stay in tip-top shape at www.rpcity.org/rec.