Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell and incoming City Councilmembers Sarah Aquino and Mike Kozlowski will take the oath of office at a special City Council meeting on Monday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow the special meeting.
Get into the holiday spirit with friends, neighbors, and Folsom police and fire personnel! Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit neighborhoods throughout Folsom December 9–13. Santa’s elves will collect non-perishable canned goods to help stock the Twin Lakes Food Bank for the holidays. Follow Santa’s route at www.facebook.com/FolsomPOA.
A magical winter wonderland awaits guests at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s ninth annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event. Thousands of bright and colorful lights, sparkling ornaments and trees, lighted animal figures, and seasonal displays transform the Zoo Sanctuary with holiday spirit. The very talented technical theater students in the Folsom High School drama department created a Sierra snowscape that’s on display at the canid deck.
Here are a few simple holiday fire safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.
PG&E has been working to relocate underground gas lines to make way for Folsom's new trail undercrossing. Nighttime closures of East Natoma Street between Fargo Way and Prison Road are currently in effect from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. PG&E moves into an accelerated construction schedule, with work taking place in the overnight hours Sunday through Friday through December 14, 2018 (weather permitting).
The closures will affect both eastbound and westbound traffic on East Natoma Street. Marked detours will be in place to route motorists around the overnight road closure.
The City of Folsom Public Works Department has been busy clearing gutters and storm drain inlets of fallen leaves. When leaves accumulate on the street, it is challenging for street sweepers to pick up the leaves, which can clog storm drain inlets resulting in localized flooding. Here’s how residents can help:
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) and the City of Folsom has formalized an annexation agreement that will officially bring the City of Folsom into the District as a member entity effective Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Per the Sacramento County Public Health Officer it is advised to not use masks, such as the N95, due to wildfire smoke in the area as the health risks of the mask outweigh the benefits.
The Folsom Fire Department is recommending people stay indoors as much as possible and to keep doors and windows closed. This precautionary advisory is effective through November 16th due to smoke from the Camp Fire that is impacting our local air quality.
The Sacramento area, including Folsom, will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Monday morning. The City of Folsom Fire Department urges its residents and business owners to remain extra vigilant during this time and to report fires to 9-1-1 immediately.
Intersections can be dangerous areas for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially during peak commute times.
More than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Inattentiveness, reckless driving, and speeding can all lead to a serious accident at an intersection.
The City of Folsom has long benefited from the active involvement of residents in many civic activities and one of the many ways that our residents can be involved is by serving on one of the City’s commissions and committees. There are a variety of opportunities available and residents are encouraged to take part in helping develop city programs. For more information on the available opportunities and applications visit the City of Folsom Website.
Fall is the perfect time to redo your yard and add low-water use plants great for our climate. The soil still holds summer's warmth, which encourages root growth, but new plants don’t require as much water because the days are getting cooler instead of heating up.
When spring rolls around, your fall plantings will have established root systems and be ready to start their growth spurt and be better prepared for the heat of summer.
The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016, making voting more convenient and accessible. Ballots are now mailed to all voters, and you may choose to vote via mail, drop-box or the new Vote Centers. Vote Centers open October 27 through Election Day, November 6, and any voter may visit any Vote Center.
If you need to contact 9-1-1 for emergency services, you can now do it by text anywhere in Sacramento County, including Folsom.
Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region announced Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. This means all 9-1-1 public safety dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from citizens.
In October 2017, the City of Folsom celebrated the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail. The 2.5-mile paved trail provides cyclists and pedestrians with a scenic journey through open meadows and mature native oak woodlands, and views of the American River. The completion of the Johnny Cash Trail also makes it possible to travel a full circle around Lake Natoma entirely by trail, and provides connections to Folsom’s Historic District.
An 18-month schedule of infrastructure, road and safety improvements that started south of Highway 50 in the spring of 2017 is now complete. That first phase of work included sewer, water, streets, streetlights, and utilities as well as the reconstruction of East Bidwell Street between the first portion of the new Alder Creek Parkway and White Rock Road. More than 3.5 miles of sewer pipe were laid and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District built a substation to serve the area with electrical power.
This project broke ground in late June and creates Folsom’s first Class IV bike trail, for exclusive use by cyclists. The first phase of construction is nearing completion with a new sidewalk for pedestrians and a 12-foot-wide dedicated bike path in Folsom’s Historic District along Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.
Construction begins the week of October 1 for the new bike/pedestrian undercrossing that will connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone on Natoma Street between Fargo Way and Prison Road.
The Folsom Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Academy. This 12-week academy starts January 9 and provides an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments and other city services. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and class size is limited.
The Folsom Aquatic Center will be undergoing a major renovation project on the 50-meter side of the facility. The project begins the week of October 1 and includes replastering the 50-meter pool and replacing approximately 12,000 square feet of existing pool deck. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.
Work to connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail near East Natoma Street and Prison Road begins the week of October 1. This project will create a tunnel directly under East Natoma Street and provide a seamless and safe route for trail users to transition between the two trails.
Proceeds from the sale of the collectible will help fund “Cash’s Pick,” the first two public art installments along the Johnny Cash Trail.
Purchase a commemorative plate on the Johnny Cash Art Trail Donor Wall and show your support for this unique, world-class public art project!
The City of Folsom created a temporary land art installation in May 2018 to celebrate hosting the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s race start. The large-scale banner was installed near the corner of East Natoma Street and Folsom Lake Crossing, the future site of the Legacy Park. The banner depicted an artist’s rendering of “The Man in Black” statue that is a future planned work of public art for the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience. The Stage 6 route started riders on the Johnny Cash Trail and continued onto Folsom Lake Crossing; the race stage ended in Lake Tahoe.
All City of Folsom intersections have been upgraded to LED lighting, which improves safety conditions and saves energy and money
For the first time, the City of Folsom, Visit Folsom, and Palladio at Broadstone are proud to host this mass participation bike ride open to the public and to road cyclists of all skill levels. The scenic rides are designed by Le Tour de France directors and provide cyclists with challenging courses comparable to an Alps mountain stage of the world’s most well-known bike race. The event includes a Cycling and Lifestyle Expo Saturday, October 27 at the Palladio.
Progress on the Broder Family Homestead Park parking lot, at East Natoma Street and Bowen Drive, continues with an expected completion date of November 2018. Once parking lot construction is complete, construction on the 4.7-acre Broder Family Homestead Park will begin.
The Folsom City Council unanimously voted to approve the Folsom 2035 General Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report at the August 28 City Council Meeting. The General Plan provides a framework for the long-range physical development of Folsom, and it guides policy decision-making about land use, transportation improvements, public services, economic development, housing, and other important issues. It is a document required by the State of California that serves as a blueprint for how Folsom will grow and develop, and sets a vision for goals and policies for the future of the community. Folsom’s last General Plan was adopted in 1988.
To further increase public safety and prevent crimes, the Folsom Police Department launched a new bike patrol program on Folsom’s trails.
The City Council will consider the proposed 2035 General Plan and the Draft and Final EIR prepared for the 2035 General Plan at its meeting on Tuesday, August 28.
In support of the 5th Annual Community Service Day, the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms are collecting items for overseas military troops. A one-day donation drive will be held on Friday, August 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Aquatic Center at 1200 Riley Street in Folsom.
The City of Folsom is committed to establishing and maintaining an accessible community and wants all residents to enjoy the city’s programs, services and activities. The city has a designated ADA Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the city’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The American Public Works Association has selected the Orangevale Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project for a 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award in the historical restoration/preservation category.
As the school bells ring in August and students head back to class, it is important to remember it is everyone’s responsibility to keep Folsom’s kids safe. Here are a few tips from the Folsom Police Department to remember this back-to-school season.
Learn how the Folsom Fire Department is working to prevent and respond to wildland fires within the Folsom community while assisting with statewide firefighting efforts.
Thousands of volunteers will complete nearly 50 service projects on Saturday, September 15 at the fifth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. Community members can now register to volunteer for projects.
Everyday summer activities such as gardening, home improvements and washing cars can negatively affect local creeks and streams. Help keep our waterways clean by following these tips on dealing with common around-the-house pollutants this summer.
The public is invited to the grand opening celebration for the City of Folsom's new neighborhood park Thursday, July 12 at 1900 Parkway Drive North. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a free hot dog dinner followed by the dedication and ribbon-cutting at 7:30 p.m. After the ceremony, enjoy refreshments, sports demonstrations, a history walk, and learn about activities and volunteer opportunities from a variety of community groups.
The Folsom City Council approved a $206 million balanced budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year starting July 1, marking the end of an annual process of evaluating the city’s fiscal health, community priorities, infrastructure needs and daily operations. The budget represents a $4.2 million increase over last year’s adopted budget.
Fourth of July fireworks are a favorite Folsom tradition, but did you know more fires are reported on this day than on any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of these fires are caused by fireworks. The good news is you can enjoy the festivities and fireworks with just a few simple safety tips.
The Folsom community is uniting again for the fifth annual Community Service Day on Saturday, September 15. This major citywide event mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete dozens of projects throughout Folsom that make a positive, lasting impact. Organizers are seeking additional community-based projects for this year's Community Service Day event.
Thousands of volunteers will complete nearly 50 service projects on Saturday, September 15 at the fifth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. Volunteers are needed to lead one of the following projects.
The City of Folsom Animal Services Department is offering a low-cost rabies clinic for residents Wednesday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford Street. The clinic provides an easy and affordable way for pet owners to rabies vaccinate, microchip and license Folsom’s four-legged residents.