City Manager’s Message October 2018

City Manager’s Message October 2018

Greetings La Quinta residents! October not only marks our return to double-digit temperatures, but also the slow return of our seasonal friends from all points North. As we look ahead to increased activities during the upcoming holiday season, it’s a great to think about safety.

The La Quinta Police Department will host a Crime Prevention Expo at City Hall on October 27, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be informational breakout sessions on a wide range of topics impacting our community:

  • Traffic Laws and Safety: A general overview of traffic in La Quinta and how the Traffic Team enforces laws and investigates collisions.
  • Computer Crimes and Fraud: Explanation of common crimes committed online and how to avoid them.
  • CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design: Provides information on how to protect your home.
  • Financial Crimes/Scams: General overview of most common financial crimes and scams.

In addition to the Crime Prevention Expo, the Fire Department will be hosting an open house as part of Fire Prevention Week October 7 through 13. Fire Station #32, located at 78111 Avenue 52, will be open October 13 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Additional information about Fire Prevention Week will be available at an informational table inside City Hall October 1 through 5. Finally, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training Classes will be held at City Hall October 19 through 21. The program is 20 hours and is free to attend.

On the business front, the City is looking to engage contractors, residents, and business owners regarding the current building permit process. A survey is currently available on the City’s website. This information will be used to develop workshops to encourage active communication, and a forum for discussion with all who are in building in the City.

Finally, an update on some of the active projects around La Quinta. In north La Quinta, Measure G funded landscape renovation for the Quinterra Development is underway on the north side of Miles Avenue, between Adams Street and Los Manos Drive and at the Adams Park retention basin. This project entails converting the pathways to a desert oasis plant palette, refurbishing as well as adding a new walkway and lighting around the Adams Park retention basin, and wall cleaning at the development entrances.

The Coachella Valley Water District’s Canal Irrigation Pipeline Project is in progress to extend irrigation from SilverRock Resort to La Quinta Resort down Avenue 52, Washington, and Calle Tampico. During a two-week period, the bike lane and a single lane of westbound traffic on Avenue 52 between the Silver Rock and Washington Street will be closed. One lane of westbound traffic will remain open. The project should be complete by February 2019.

Last, the Madison Street Widening Project continues on Avenue 50 to Avenue 52, adding two vehicle lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Construction should be complete by March 2019. Project updates and road closure information may also be found on a new interactive map on the City’s website.

Enjoy the cool weather and remember to keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians as our community begins to move outside. Let’s keep La Quinta safe for everyone!

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