Want to make a difference in your community? Do you have expertise you could share? The City Clerk is accepting applications from Napa Residents to fill one vacancy to serve on the Civil Service Commission. Deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2016.
Applications are available online for submission at www.cityofnapa.org and choose Boards Commissions & Committees from the Quick Links bar.
A friendly reminder that City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Police and Fire will be, as always, available.
On Sunday, December 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, the City of Napa, Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD), and County of Napa are sponsoring a hands-on workshop about laundry-to-landscape greywater systems. In general, greywater systems can direct water from clothes washers, bathroom sinks, and showers/tubs into mulch and soil basins in your yard where the water can benefit landscape plants and recharge our groundwater. This workshop will focus on the simplest of the greywater systems, teaching participants how to route clothes washer greywater to provide irrigation for landscaping. Laundry-to-landscape systems can help recycle the 5,000-8,000 gallons of water that the average family uses for laundry annually. A laundry-to-landscape system is inexpensive, easy to build yourself, saves water and money, and may be installed without permits.
The workshop will be led by a professional greywater consultant who will help participants learn by doing. Participants will assist in the installation of a complete laundry-to-landscape system and take home the information and experience to start work on their own greywater system immediately.
To register for the workshop, participants must pay a $40 fee in advance and fill out a form via the Napa County RCD website. The workshop will be held at a private residence in Napa, the location of which will be provided upon registration.
For more details, visit NapaRCD.org or call (707) 252-4189 ext. 3124.
The City of Napa has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) from all artists who have demonstrated experience in designing and producing, and/or overseeing the production of, site-responsive public art. Through this RFQ process, the City will select an artist (or artist team) to design, fabricate, and collaborate with the local community, to install artwork upon the City’s Corporation Yard fence. This project will be unique in that it encourages a professional artist (or artist team) to utilize members of the community (i.e. young people, seniors, or other groups) to help produce the artwork at the project site.
To learn more, you can view the full project description and RFQ here.
Please feel free to share this opportunity to any artist you think might be interested!
The next leader of the Napa Fire Department will be a familiar face.
Napa City Manager Mike Parness has chosen Battalion Chief Steve Brassfield to take the helm as Fire Chief of the Napa Fire Department when current Chief Mike Randolph retires at the end of the year. He will step into his new role on January 1, 2017. It was announced in September that Randolph would retire on December 31, 2016, after nearly 28 years of dedicated service with the department. “Steve is mission-oriented and relationship-driven,” said Parness, “with an emphasis on providing leadership focused on the future and meeting the changes and demands of fire service. I know he will continue to uphold the legacy of the Napa Fire Department.”
Brassfield spent over 5 years as an emergency medical technician and a paramedic before starting his career in fire service here in Napa 22 years ago, as a firefighter and paramedic. After less than six years, he was promoted to fire captain, serving as a training officer and a truck captain, then shift battalion chief in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed to Administrative Battalion Chief. Brassfield brings with him an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and an MBA in Public Administration.
Brassfield is also currently part of the 30th class of Leadership Napa Valley. Napa Mayor Jill Techel says, “Steve is prepared to take on the new challenges that are ahead, and his constant drive to improve, learn and grow will continue to benefit our residents, our city and our fire department. I am thrilled to welcome him to his new role as Chief.”
Dedication to serving the community was Brassfield’s main driver in his decision to go into fire service and continues to this day. “His commitment to our citizens, as well as our city council and staff, is apparent in his work ethic,” said Fire Chief Mike Randolph. “I am confident that the department will be in good hands when I pass the torch to Steve after my retirement.”
In his current role with the Napa Fire Department, Brassfield manages the City of Napa’s Disaster Preparedness and Reserve Firefighter Programs, and serves as mentor and coach as part of the Workforce Development Program, among many other responsibilities. He lives in Napa with his wife, Carina, and they have two grown children, Katelynn and Tyler.
“I feel blessed to be a part of and serve the Napa community. Our fire department will continue to do great things and maintain the excellence our community expects of us,” Brassfield said. “I am thankful for this amazing opportunity.”