Happy New Year! In this week’s column I’d like to spike your interest on what’s in store for Rohnert Park and offer suggestions to help you stick to your resolutions.
A few improvements on our 2020 New Year’s resolution list include, commencing construction on Fire Station 3, replacing water lines along Commerce (near Golf Course Dr.), and restoring the main sewer line that runs from our western city limits to the Laguna treatment plant. Plans also include rehabilitating portions of East Cotati Ave., Country Club Dr. and State Farm Dr.
For those that would like to be more punctual in the New Year, you’ll be happy to note that we are continuing to expand our traffic management program to more intersections throughout the city. The traffic management program makes sure that traffic keeps moving and adjusts timing to alleviate congestion. We are also working on fixing operational problems at several signals along Rohnert Park Expressway: San Simeon, Country Club, northbound 101 and southbound 101. If you’re running late and you’re turning left, keep an eye out for the addition of more yellow flashing arrows. We’ll be converting the current left-turn-on traffic signals to the flow friendly yellow flashing arrows. Please do make sure to always yield to oncoming traffic.
If you’d like to add more drama to 2020, great entertainment continues at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. A few of the upcoming performances include Seussical Jr., Urinetown, Galatea and Matilda. Don’t forget to ask about our 2019/20 season passes.
Adding sports and fitness to your daily routine is easy at Callinan Sports & Fitness. The community center recently launched new sports and fitness packages to better serve your needs. Packages include discounts for fitness, sports, enrichment classes and camps. Access to our pools and even guest passes are now included in some packages. Packages range from $18 per month for an individual to $85 per month for a family of six. Speaking of fitness, keep an eye out for construction work commencing on the trail to Crane Creek Park. Our feasibility study for a pedestrian and bicycle over/under crossing across 101 (from the east side of town to the west) kicks off too.
If you’re a senior with a goal to thrive at home, we’re excited to announce that SHARE Sonoma County, senior house-sharing program, is partnering with the Senior Center in 2020. SHARE has had success keeping seniors in their homes longer in both Petaluma and Sebastopol. The program is welcomed with open arms to Rohnert Park. SHARE will be at the Senior Center on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. to acquaint seniors to the program and assist with filling out applications.
If your goal is to give more in 2020, your opportunity is tomorrow (Sat. 1/4/20) at the Bucket Brigade Blood Drive. Annually, our Public Safety Department competes with other agencies to collect blood donations for the Blood Centers of the Pacific. Stop by Fire Station 2 at 5200 Country Club Dr. from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and kick off your giving goal.
Want to be heard in 2020? This is perhaps one of my favorite resolutions. We love for our community to be engaged. I hope that you will join us at an upcoming city council meeting (2nd and 4th Tues. of each month), participate in public hearings and complete our community survey. Our fifth annual survey is scheduled to launch in late Jan., and it is a great tool to be heard. 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.
I look forward to a positive and productive year ahead.