A lot of you are working hard to save water. We recognize the sacrifices that you are making to preserve our water supply. I understand that conserving water can be a challenge and I appreciate your efforts.
If you save water, a 20 percent decrease from last year, you are eligible to enter our ‘Water Wise’ raffle. You could win a high efficiency toilet, front loading washing machine, or a smart irrigation system. To learn more about how to enter the raffle, tips to save water, report water waste, and learn about current water restrictions, visit www.rpcity.org/conservation.
Thank you for your patience as road improvements continue on Keiser Ave. The road improvements include widening and re-paving of Keiser Ave. between Snyder Ln. and Kerry Rd. In the coming weeks you can expect traffic control signs to close Keiser Ave. to through-traffic between Snyder Ln. and Kerry Rd. That section of Keiser Ave. will be open to residents only (and community garden visitors) – those vehicles will need to access the area from Snyder Ln. only. Residents of the Redwood Apartments will have access from Petaluma Hill Rd. and Kerry Rd.
Access will periodically be impacted by the construction activity. Make sure to allow time for the contractor to accommodate your vehicles when you are entering and exiting the area. For your safety, be aware of work crews and equipment, and observe all traffic signs and any flagger instructions.
Construction activity is anticipated to continue through the end of October. The current work will be followed by installation of new asphalt, lane lines, and bike lane striping, which are expected to be completed by November. The end result will be a smoother, safer roadway for you, your neighbors, and others who use the street. Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
In addition to staying abreast about construction activity, I’d like to remind you to sign up to receive emergency alerts. Consider signing up and utilizing multiple warning systems. SoCoAlerts provide the option to receive alerts through landline calls, cell phone text messages, or pre-recorded verbal messages and email. The system also works with telephone devices for the deaf. Call (707) 565-1369 or sign up online at www.socoemergency.org to receive email or text messages with alerts and advisories.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is a federal system that works exclusively by sending a text message to your cell phone, much like an Amber Alert. A WEA message is accompanied by a special warning tone. To activate this alert, make sure your cell phone settings are set up to accept these emergency and public safety alerts.
Nixle community information service, managed by Rohnert Park Public Safety Department, sends email and/or text message notifications related to public safety (notifications are not delivered by phone call.) There are three types of Nixle notification - alert, advisory and community. Customize what types of notifications you receive at nixle.com. Text your zip code to 888-777 or register online at nixle.com.
The city communicates with local news broadcasters to provide updates during an emergency. Tune your radio to 1350 AM, 103.5 FM, 100.1 FM, 89.1 FM (bilingual), 98.7 (Spanish) and/or watch your preferred local TV news channel.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is available for purchase at a relatively low cost. When properly programmed, the National Weather Service can remotely turn on these radios and send basic alerts, including those for wildfire. The message may be accompanied by a warning tone, depending on the model of radio you purchase. Sonoma County residents may tune their NOAA radio to frequency 162.475. These radios have battery backups and work even when cell phone systems are down.
More information about alerts and notifications can be found at rpcity.org/emergency. Stay safe and informed.