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February 6, 2018 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Centerville Train Depot Paid Parking
The City of Fremont is proposing a paid parking program for the Centerville Train Depot to address the current unauthorized use of the parking lot. The proposed paid parking program would reinforce the use of the parking lots for transit users.

Proposed parking fees are $2 weekdays, from Monday 12 a.m. through Friday, 11:59 p.m., good for 24 hours from the time of purchase. Parking would remain free on weekends from 12 a.m. Saturday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday and on holidays. Daily parking fees paid on Friday would be valid for 72 hours.

Free two-hour short-term parking would be allowed in designated areas available to customers of nearby businesses along Fremont Boulevard and surrounding streets.

City of Fremont staff will be available at the Centerville Train Depot on Thursday, February 22 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions from the public about the proposed paid parking program. The Centerville Train Depot Paid Parking Program is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Fremont City Council on March 20, 2018, 7 p.m. at Fremont City Hall Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave. If approved, improvements to the parking lot would include marking parking spaces with stall numbers and identifying the spaces for use as daily or short-term parking, installation of payment kiosks, and the opening of an interim overflow parking lot at Dusterberry Way and Peralta Boulevard. Implementation of the paid parking program would be scheduled for summer 2018.

For more information about the proposed paid parking program and updates, please visit www.fremont.gov/TrainDepotParking or contact Alina Kwak at akwak@fremont.gov or (510) 284-4014.


Resident Input for 2017-18 Mid-year Budget Review
Calling all Fremont residents! As the City prepares for its Mid-year Budget Review in early March, members of the community are encouraged to share their input on investment priorities for any remaining available funds for the second half of the fiscal year. The City Council will consider feedback from residents along with City staffÕs analysis of current budget performance as it plans expenditures between now and June 30.

City staff will present the Council with information on national and local economic trends, any revised General Fund revenue or expenditure projections for the current year, and a preliminary General Fund forecast for the next three years. Based on this information, the City Council will evaluate results and consider making mid-year adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Adopted Operating Budget should there be available resources.

Fremont residents can join the conversation via Fremont Open City Hall, the online civic engagement forum. After reviewing spending categories, respondents have the option to classify each initiative as Ôhigh priority,Õ Ônormal priority,Õ or Ôlow priority.Õ

Investment categories include the following:

¥ Social services grants to community organizations
¥ Downtown community center and plaza enhancements
¥ Online/mobile customer service system for residents and businesses
¥ Traffic safety improvements
¥ Parks/recreation facilities improvements
¥ General Fund operating reserves

Feedback is welcome via the Fremont Open City Hall forum at www.Fremont.gov/OpenCityHallBudget. The topic closes March 2.

More information on the CityÕs Fiscal Year 2017-18 Adopted Operating Budget can be found at www.Fremont.gov/FY1718AdoptedBudget.


Fremont Energy Prize Competition
In recent years, the City of Fremont has made great strides in reducing municipal and community energy consumption and improving overall environmental sustainability. As one of 50 semifinalist competitors in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) competitionÑa two-year long national competition among small- to medium-sized communities to reduce per capita energy usage in the residential, municipal, and public school sectorsÑFremont committed itself to implementing innovative, replicable, and scalable models of energy efficiency during the 2015Ð2016 timeframe.

With a final GUEP ranking of 20th nationally, Fremont reduced energy consumption in homes by about 15 percent and in City operations by over 23 percent between 2013 and 2016. To achieve these savings as well as demonstrate continued commitment to the CityÕs climate action goals, Fremont has promoted energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations for both local residences as well as public facilities.

Fremont residents have not only reduced their energy consumption; they are also producing their own clean energy. In 2015, Fremont partnered with Bay Area SunShares to launch a residential solar group purchasing program. The SunShares program, which just completed its third year, offers residents a limited-time, pre-negotiated discount on solar photovoltaic systems from reputable Bay Area solar vendors. Hundreds of Fremont residents have participated in solar educational workshops, with a total of 77 homes utilizing the SunShares program directly to install rooftop solar. The City has also improved solar permitting processes, provided access to property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, and supported the local clean technology sector. In fact, these efforts earned the City top designation as a SolSmart Gold community at the end of 2016 from the U.S. Department of Energy for encouraging solar market transformation. By late 2017, a total of 29.1 MW of solar generating capacity had been installed on 3,441 homes and 85 non-residential facilities throughout Fremont, with more than half of those installations occurring in just the past three years alone.

To learn more about energy upgrade and climate action opportunities, visit the Fremont Green Challenge at www.Fremont.gov/GreenChallenge.


New Emergency Alert System, AC Alert
On February 1, 2018, the City of Fremont transitioned to a new mass notification service, AC Alert, to replace the CodeRED¨ system. The AC Alert system, powered by Everbridge, is Alameda CountyÕs Emergency Notification System that covers Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, and unincorporated areas. It provides community members with both emergency alerts and non-emergency notifications to targeted geographic areas, the entire city, or county, depending on the scope of the emergency situation.

The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Fire Department will use the new AC Alert system to notify residents and businesses of situations that pose imminent threats to life or health.

A major benefit of AC Alert is its ability to use the nationÕs alert and warning infrastructure, Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS), which provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using public alerting systems from a single interface.

To register, visit www.ACAlert.org and create a profile to enroll landline telephone numbers, cell numbers, and both email and physical addresses. Emergency 911 data and commercially obtained white pages landline numbers will be uploaded into the system and refreshed twice yearly. The AC Alert system uses the 911 database, opt-in subscribers, and Nixle subscribers (Everbridge owns Nixle and the two systems are integrated). The Fremont police and fire departments will continue to use Nixle for non-emergency notifications. The data collected will only be used for community alerts and notifications. Please note that standard text messaging charges apply.

The transition to AC Alert exemplifies the CityÕs commitment to keep everyone in the community connected and safe. It is essential that all individuals who live, work, or learn in Fremont are updated on any pending emergency situations, as well as any protective actions that may need to be taken.

For more information about the new AC Alert system, visit www.Fremont.gov/CommunityAlert.

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