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City Manager's Weekend Update



Welcome to the weekly City Manager update. In an effort to be transparent and make more information available to the general public, I will be attempting to share weekly updates of projects and activities going on with the City of Ontario. I hope you find this informative and helpful.


Friends of the Aquatic Center - The Friends group is planning a ground breaking at 3 p.m. on Presidents Day (Monday, February 19th). If you still want to make a donation to the Splash Pad, more is needed to realize the entire plan.

OPENGOV - We executed the contract with OpenGov and have a kickoff scheduled for February 1st. This software will completely open up the city's financial books to whoever would like to look at them. This is part of a greater transparency effort to provide more information to citizens and businesses.

Housing Incentive Program - Applications are now available at the Community Development Center for the $10,000 housing incentive program. Check out our web page if you are interested.
911 User Board Meeting - The 911 user board met this week. Ontario Police Chief Cal Kunz was elected as one of the Co-Chairs of the committee.
Lanterman Kiwanis Park - The Kiwanis Club is interested in doing some greater things with Lanterman Kiwanis Park. The City Manager and CH2M staff met with them to hear about their vision.
Basketball league games started Saturday, January 13, 2018.  We had a great first day - Kids were happy, parents were happy and our officials were awesome. We will have games every Saturday for the next five weeks.
Youth Soccer Registration forms will be distributed next week.
We are working with some of our other public community partners for more gym space.
School Resource Officers met with staff from the St. Peter's School and assisted them with planning emergency/active shooter procedures.
Staff conducted a car seat fitting station. Three families were educated on proper car seat installation as well as four car seats were checked. Of those four, three were found to be inadequate for the child's age/size and were replaced with new, grant funded car seats. Let Ontario Police Department help you if you have any questions about properly installing your child safety seats.
Our newest officer, Brian Cook, started work this week. He brings experience from the Idaho side of the river and a reputation as a hard worker.
Lead and copper sampling was completed last week, 60 samples were taken at approved sites throughout town. The samples were taken and shipped to our lab for analysis. These analyses will be shared with the public on our yearly water quality report published in June.
The bidding was completed on new sand filter wash arms. After a review of these bids, procurement will follow. These wash arms are critical for efficient operation of sand filters.
Fire & Rescue
This week we had a webinar on the ripple effect of suicide and case reviews with Treasure Valley Paramedics and the medical control doctor. We also had driver training and fire ground responsibilities for the staff.
The Elks Lodge had a recognition banquet for Police officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, EMT's and Support Staff. Many people from around the area, including Idaho and Oregon, were recognized and some received awards for their commitment to the community.
Many members of our staff went to Fruitland Fire Department and had our heads shaved in support of a fellow firefighter that is battling cancer. The members together donated over $1,300 dollars to his benefit fund.
This week we had a furnace fire and a small oven fire in the city and then a total loss of a farm truck with a bed load of hay. We had standard medical calls and a couple of motor vehicle crashes.
Adam J. Brown
City Manager