Temporary Change in Source of Water Supply

The City of Sierra Madre is preparing to temporarily change the source of water supply you are receiving. Beginning on September 16, 2013 the source of water will change from local groundwater to imported water from San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (SGVMWD). SGVMWD will provide imported treated surface water produced by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The change to MWD water supplied by SGVMWD is necessitated by the seriously reduced local groundwater levels resulting from several years of dry weather conditions. MWD is a fully permitted water system to treat and distribute treated surface water.

The change of water supply source from local groundwater to MWD water will result in changing the disinfectant in the water from the chlorine used now to the chloramines used by MWD. Chloramine treatment is not new, as chloramines have been used for disinfection purposes for many years and are considered effective disinfectants. It is encouraging to note that complaints of tastes and odors have been found to decrease in many systems after the use of chloramines begins.

Chloramines do not pose a health hazard to the general population. However, they can be a serious problem to individuals with kidney disease undergoing dialysis treatment on artificial kidney machines unless the chloramines in the treatment water are reduced to acceptable levels. We have been working with the State and County Health Department to ensure that everyone involved with the treatment of dialysis patients is alerted and that proper precautions are taken. If you are a dialysis patient receiving dialysis in your home, please contact your dialysis provider.

Chloramines, like chlorine are toxic to fish. Therefore, anyone putting fish into the water obtained from our supply should ensure that the fish are properly protected. Local pet and fish shops should be contacted to determine the best measures to cope with a chloraminated water supply. Holding the water for a period of time before using with fish may work well with chlorine, but is not a reliable procedure with chloramines which are able to persist much longer.

If you have any questions on this change in our water supply source, please contact City Water Superintendent Jose Reynoso at (626) 355-7135 ext. 813.

Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup, 8-31-2013

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Mariposa Avenue Parking Lot. From 9:00am to 2:00pm, residents are welcome to bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste items for proper disposal at no charge. Items accepted include: paint, thinner, brake fluid, household and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, fluorescent light bulbs, computer monitors, televisions, printers, and other electronic items. The Mariposa Parking Lot is located south of the downtown businesses on W. Sierra Madre Blvd., between S. Hermosa Ave. and S. Baldwin Ave. For additional information contact the Public Works Department at 626-355-7135 or the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts at 888-CLEAN-LA. Or visit www.CleanLA.com.

Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures: Opening Celebration Launching two new interactive digital storyboards at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House

Come enjoy the opening day festivities at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House on Saturday, September 28. Beginning at 10 am at Sierra Madre Public Library and continuing at 11 am at the Richardson House, this celebration highlights our grant-funded project featuring two innovative and interactive digital storyboards. Rediscover the rich history of Sierra Madre through this digitized platform displaying rare primary materials, historical images, and artifacts. Light summer refreshments will be served at each location.

Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures digital storyboard project utilizes sensacells to activate content from a portable hard drive and delivers rare and fragile primary resources to tell Sierra Madre’s story in a meaningful and engaging way. Categories at SMPL’s Local History Room include Joy Ride, Locals, Trailblazers, Disaster Strikes, Surprise Me, and Historic Hometown. Topics at Richardson House include Happy Trails, Our Museums, Bushels & Blooms, and Growing Up.

Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament 2013, Press Release

The competition is heating up in Sierra Madre for the 9th Annual Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This fundraiser benefits the Youth Activity Center through which the YMCA provides quality programs and services for youth and teens in Sierra Madre and the surrounding communities.

The golf tournament will be played at the nine-hole Eaton Canyon Golf Course as a foursome, best-ball format with an 8:00 a.m. start time and assigned tee times. The “Best Ball” format makes this event fun for all skill levels!  Golfers can sign up as a team or as an individual with individuals assigned to a team. The top team receives individual trophies and immortality on the Oktoberfest Golf Tournament perpetual trophy. NEW THIS YEAR – All Par 3’s have Hole-In-One Mega Prizes!  Win a Car, Cash, or Dream Vacation!  Also, take a chance in the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Putting contests. For those concerned with their swing, Mulligans are available to ensure a better score. Golf tournament fees are $86.00 per person or $304.00 per team of four (goodie bag and lunch included for both).

Sierra Madre Honors Awardees, 8-20-2013

Sierra Madre Honors… is the City’s opportunity to recognize and honor the true treasures of Sierra Madre, its volunteers, City Commissioners and employees. Sierra Madre Honors… recognizes all out-going City Commissioners, and awardees selected from nominations submitted to the Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Committee comprised of past recipients. The following are the awardees for 2013:

George Maurer Lifetime Service Award – Richard Mays
Presented to a person/entity that most strongly represents a commitment to serving and volunteering over the course of a lifetime, which is the true spirit of Sierra Madre.

Wistaria Award – Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
In recognition of a City/Community partnership, it is presented to a local business or organization whose major contributions to the City/Community of Sierra Madre have demonstrated a true partnership which assists in and provides services, programs or enhances the general welfare of the community as a whole.

Police Chief’s Special Award – Jesse Cazares
Presented by the Sierra Madre Chief of Police to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to duty (employee) or service (community) in resolving a community law enforcement-related issue.

Public Safety Award – Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team
Presented by the Mayor to an individual, either an employee or citizen, who took action to protect and maintain the safety of the community by taking lifesaving action.

Public Service Award – Susan Clifton & Jose Reynoso
Employee of the Year – presented by the Mayor upon the recommendation of the City Manager to an extraordinary city employee who has represented remarkable customer and public service as well as dedication to the citizens of Sierra Madre over the course of a year.

The 2013 Sierra Madre Honors… Dinner and Awards will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 2013, in Sierra Madre by invitation only. For more information contact City Hall at 626-355-7135.