Opening of Public Comment Period on Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

The City has established a 15 day comment period beginning August 26, 2016 to receive comments on the 2015-16 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER lists accomplishments made by the City of Napa and progress made by local community organizations jointly in achieving the goals set by the One Year Action Plan that was approved by the Napa City Council on May 5, 2015.

Copies of the CAPER will be available for review beginning on August 26, 2016 at the City of Napa Housing Division, 1115 Seminary Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Copies will also be available at the Napa City County Library and the City of Napa website at: www.cityofnapa.org/housing.

Any person having questions relating to this CAPER or wishing to submit written comments may contact Stephanie Gaul, Housing Division, 1115 Seminary Street, P.O. Box 660, Napa, CA 94559-0660 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on the CAPER on September 20, 2016, at or after 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 955 School Street, Napa, California.

Public Art in Napa

PROGRAMMATIC OVERVIEW

The City of Napa supports the placement of public art in the community through a variety of different programs created to contribute to a more livable and visually stimulating environment. Public art first appeared in Napa in the 1970s, when the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency commissioned five sculptures that were placed in the downtown to enhance its image and encourage people to walk and shop in the area. 

A number of murals were also painted or installed on buildings primarily in the downtown.  Most of these murals were funded and installed by community organizations such as the Napa Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, private businesses and property owners began installing public art on their own properties.  Many of these artworks are separate from the City's Public Art Collection.

While Napa has a variety of artwork visible in the public realm, the City’s Public Art Collection consists of early artworks commissioned by the former Redevelopment Agency along with newer artworks that have been created and installed since the development of the City’s Public Art Ordinance and Public Art Master Plan.  To view and download a copy of the City's Public Art Registry, which includes all city-owned art, and art installed as part of the Public Art Ordinance, please click here To access a map of this collection, please click here.

PUBLIC ART ORDINANCE

In 2010, the Napa City Council enacted a Public Art Ordinance (please see Chapter 15.108 Public Art in the Napa Municipal Code).  The Public Art Ordinance is intended to integrate public art into new non-residential private and public development projects throughout Napa. If applicable to the proposed development project, the ordinance requires developers to contribute to the public art program in one of two ways:

  1. by installing on-site public art of equal in value to 1% of the construction costs of the development project. With this option, the public art is required to be integrated into the development plan whenever the plans are first drawn, or
  2. by making an ‘in-lieu’ contribution to the City’s Public Art Fund, which equals 1% of the construction cost of the project, for projects with a value of $250,000 or more. These funds are placed into the City’s “Public Art Fund,” which is used to select and install public art throughout the city.

The 1% public art requirement is administered by the Planning Department.  For more information on this requirement, contact planning staff at (707) 257-9530.

PUBLIC ART STEERING COMMITTEE

The Public Art Ordinance also established the City's Public Art Steering Committee.  The Public Art Steering Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on city-owned public art projects that can be undertaken using the Public Art Fund. For more information on the PASC, its meetings, or membership, please click here.

PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN 

The Public Art Master Plan outlines the vision, goals, and core values of the City’s public art program. The plan also provides important administrative guidelines for determining how public art is selected and where it is placed. For more information on the Public Art Master Plan, please click here

PRIVATELY INITIATED PUBLIC ART

In addition to the City's public art program, many private property owners have initiated public art installations.  For example, the Napa Valley Vine Trail organization has installed several murals along their "Rail Arts District" which is part of the Napa Cross Commuter Path.

For those wishing to install art on private property (i.e. a mural, sculpture, etc.), the City of Napa has a design review permit that must first be obtained from the Planning Department.  Regulations pertaining to the the design review process can be found in Chapter 17 of the Napa Municipal Code. Chapter 17’s regulations also cross-reference the “Criteria for Selecting Public Art” section in the Public Art Master Plan.

NAPA ART WALK

The Napa Art Walk is the City’s rotating sculpture program, which began in 2009. This program is funded by the City’s General Fund and private donors and exhibits temporary public art throughout Downtown Napa. The work included in each 2-year program is selected by a jury of professionals.

Artists from CA, OR, WA, AZ, CO and NV are invited to apply. Since the art is only temporarily placed, the program does not fall within the purview of the City’s Public Art Master Plan. However, the Napa Art Walk program demonstrates how temporary public art can also enhance a city and contribute to the overall public art program relevance. For more information on this program, please visit www.napaartwalk.org.

 

Today is 8/11, a Natural Reminder to Call 811 Before Digging

Today is Aug. 11 (8/11 on the calendar), which serves as a good reminder to everyone to call 811 a few days before digging to identify the approximate location of underground utility lines.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, and we at the City of Napa, as well as the Napa Fire Department, do not want anyone to become part of the statistic.

Utility services that your family depends on, such as cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, electric, gas, water and sewer, are buried underground in many communities. Striking one of these lines can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or someone else, and repair costs.

When you call 811 a few days before you plan to start your project, a local one-call center representative will collect your information and notify the affected local utility companies of your intent to dig. A professional locator will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of all underground utility lines with paint, flags or both. Once your site has been marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.

No matter the type of project – installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, planting trees or shrubbery, building a patio or deck, or excavating a new garden area – make sure to call 811 several days prior to digging to have your site properly marked, and remind our customers, as well as your friends and family, to do the same. Always call 811 before you dig and know what’s below.

City of Napa’s 5th Citizens Academy now accepting applications for Fall 2016

On September 7, 2016, the City of Napa will kick-off its fifth Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a free, nine-week program designed to help City of Napa residents learn about their city government. The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the session beginning at 6:00 p.m. The last session on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This session will include a citywide bus tour, followed by a graduation ceremony and reception.

Participants will:
• Meet City Council members, department heads and staff
• Learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate
• Enjoy comprehensive overviews of departments, programs and services
• Discover the current status and future plans for Napa's development and expand their knowledge and become more informed on current issues and proposed projects within the City
• Participate in lively discussions, role-playing and other fun interactive activities
• Tour city facilities
• Become an informed, involved citizen

Register now
The City is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 session. The academy is free to City of Napa residents 18 years and older. Apply now as class size is limited and spaces are expected to fill up quickly. Visit www.cityofnapa.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and registration. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, August 19th. Applicants who do not get scheduled for this session will be placed on an enrollment list for future sessions.

City of Napa announces a Call for Bids for Fire Station #5 construction

The City of Napa announces a Call for Bids for Fire Station #5 construction. Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Director of Public Works, Community Services Building, 1600 First Street (PO Box 660), Napa, California, until 3:00 p.m. on August 2, 2016. You can view the Notice to Bidders here as well as Addendum No. 1, Addendum No. 2, and Addendum No. 3.

The work will generally consist of the construction of a new fire station located on a 0.53 acre site at the southwest corner of the Browns Valley Road and Laurel Street intersection (3001 Browns Valley Road). The project includes the construction of an approximately 5,145 square foot fire station structure, parking areas, drive aisles, frontage improvements, boundary fencing, all utilities and other site and building improvements. The project engineer's estimate is $3.2 million.

Per Addendum No. 1, a pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the City of Napa's Community Services Building, 1600 First Street, Napa, California. This pre-bid meeting is not mandatory. The deadline for project-related questions is July 25, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the City of Napa Public Works Department at (707) 257-9520 or visit the Public Works Department homepage