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March 6, 2018 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

American Public Works Association Awards
At this year?s Project Awards Luncheon for the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), the City of Fremont was presented with two awards: the 2018 Exceptional Performance Award in Sustainability Practices for Climate Action Plan Implementation and the 2018 Public Works Project Award in Transportation for the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project (in the project cost category of $5 million to less than $25 million).

The Sustainability Practices Award recognizes the City?s efforts in implementing Fremont?s Climate Action Plan. Significant accomplishments include the widespread conversion of public street, park, and facility lighting to LEDs; installation of water-efficient plumbing and irrigation systems at City facilities; deployment of publicly accessible car sharing services and EV charging stations; construction of solar carports at City facilities; and, demonstration of a solar plus energy storage microgrid project on City fire stations.

The Transportation Award recognizes the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project and the City?s efforts in successfully navigating the challenges of replacing a seismically deficient bridge over operating Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Union Pacific Railroad tracks, while safely maintaining train operations and managing continuous local traffic. The Niles Boulevard Bridge connects Fremont to Union City and opened to the public on August 24, 2017. The replacement project was funded with state and federal grants and cost approximately $10 million.

The City is honored to receive these two prestigious awards and looks forward to integrating the lessons learned from the Niles Bridge Project into future transportation projects. The City also plans to continue efforts in promoting clean energy and creating a healthy and sustainable future for the Fremont community.

For more information on the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project, please contact the City?s Engineering Division at (510) 494-4700 or engineering@fremont.gov.

For more information on the City?s sustainability initiatives, please contact Sustainability Manager Rachel DiFranco at (510) 494-4451 or rdifranco@fremont.gov.


2018 State of the City Address
If you want to learn more about the issues and opportunities facing the City of Fremont, stay tuned! Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will be presenting the annual State of the City Address at a luncheon hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 28, noon to 2 p.m. at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.

To buy tickets, please call the Fremont Chamber of Commerce at (510) 795-2244 or visit www.Fremontbusiness.com. And in case you can?t make it, the State of the City Address will be rebroadcasted on Fremont Cable TV Channel 27, as well as posted to the City website by the end of the following week.


Youth Scholarship Program
The City of Fremont?s Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund is seeking donations for their scholarship program administered by the Community Services Department. The program is designed for children who, without financial assistance, would not have the opportunity to participate in the Department?s youth activities. The scholarship program makes enriching activities such as swim lessons, participation in the Tiny Tots preschool program, camps, reading development, art classes, etc., more accessible to low-income families by partially covering up to $75 of the cost of current registration fees for youth who qualify.

Each year, requests for assistance increase as does the need for funding. More than 400 scholarships were given out last summer and a 10 percent increase in need is anticipated for this summer. A contribution would have a direct, positive, and life-enhancing impact for families and youth in Fremont.

Children who qualify for the ?School Lunch? program are eligible to apply. One hundred percent of donations are directed toward subsidizing these classes and activities for low-income youth that need the support. For more information please contact Lance Scheetz at (510) 494-4331 or lscheetz@fremont.gov

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