FREE Concert in the Park Series presented by Kensington Assisted Living Facility

Join the City of Sierra Madre this summer for the Concerts in the Park, beginning Sunday, June 23, 2013 and occurring every Sunday through August 11, 2013. The concerts are FREE thanks to the support of Kensington Assisted Living Facility, along with numerous community hosts. Concerts begin at 6:00pm and run through 8:00pm. All concerts will be held at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. next to City Hall. Seating is on the green so remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. Spectators are encouraged to support local organizations that may provide refreshments. For additional information please contact the Community Services Department 626-355-5278.

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Results of the Special City Council Meeting on Mandatory Water Conservation

The Sierra Madre City Council held a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19th to address water customers concerns with the mandatory water conservation measures adopted on May 28, 2013. The major outcome of the meeting was the decision to consider an amendment to the Water Conservation Ordinance which, once formally adopted, will institute summer and winter conservation targets rather than an annual target. The amended Water Conservation Ordinance is scheduled for the City Council’s July 9, 2013 agenda.

The Summer and Winter Conservation Targets will each encompass 6 months (3 billing cycles). Each water customer’s use will be averaged for each of these periods to determine the customer’s average usage and seasonal conservation target. This will result in less variation in the “service target” during rainy months or extremely hot months.

As a part of the amended water conservation ordinance, the Council also provided direction to amend the Multi-Unit Residential and Commercial Unit Conservation Goals to take into consideration the number of units in the complex. The Council asked that the drafted amendment remove Code Sections 13.24.140(C) and 150 which calls for the mandatory installation of a flow restrictor for any customer who violates the ordinance more than twice; however, the financial penalties will remain. The City Council directed staff to return to a future meeting with a report regarding implementing gray water systems as a condition of new development approvals.

In the meantime, the Council has tasked the City’s soon to be established Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Commission to provide a recommendation regarding the possible future use of flow restrictors. Addressing long term conservation measures will be one of the Commission’s primary goals over the next year.

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2013 Community Yard Sale A Success!

Community Yard Sale 2013

The City of Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission hosted the 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Senior Community Commission raised $220 from sales at their booth with proceeds benefiting senior programs and services. The Senior Community Commission would like to thank the 21 different individuals and organizations who purchased booth spaces and sold their items at the sale, as well as those members of the public who shopped the sale. It was a beautiful day for a yard sale with sunny skies and pleasant temperature, and the Commission looks forward to another great event in 2014.

Special City Council Meeting Regarding Mandatory Water Conservation on June 18, 2013

The Sierra Madre City Council has scheduled a Special Council meeting to discuss the implementation of Mandatory Water Conservation Measures. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers at 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public and the Council encourages interested individuals to attend the meeting.

On May 28th, mandatory water conservation measures were implemented due to the declining supply of water in the underground aquifer that supplies 90 to 95% of Sierra Madre’s water. There are a number of reasons for the decline in the aquifer, including lower than normal rainfall, restrictions to the City’s adjudicated right to pump water, lower than normal spreading of water at the City’s spreading basins, and increased consumption by the City’s water customers.

Gymnastics Class for Youth, 6-05-2013

The Sierra Madre Community Services Department is offering a new gymnastic class for youths! Charter Oak Gymnastics has been in business for over 30 years and teaches all levels of gymnastic classes. Classes in Sierra Madre are geared for beginners from ages 2 all the way up to 12 years of age. Pre-registration is required with classes beginning on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Registration is available online at www.cityofsierramadre.com/onlineregistration or at the Community Services Office located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.