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City Beat A Year In Review 2017 has been a busy and exciting year in Morgan Hill, filled with many new opportunities… W By: Maureen Tobin, Communications & Engagement Manager hile the year began with torrential rains and the dramatic overspill of Anderson Dam, impacts were well managed throughout our City and we didn’t miss a beat in moving forward with many important projects and initiatives that continue to make Morgan Hill a great place to live, work and play. Some of the highlights of the year included: Morgan Hill’s newest City Council Member, Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz, was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Gordon Siebert. 1 The City Council adopted the Sustainable Morgan Hill Vision as the lens through which all future decisions and initiatives will be made: Morgan Hill is a socially responsible, environmentally conscious, and economically sound community that embraces inclusiveness with participation by all. 2 In support of the winter messaging to “be prepared,” the Morgan Hill Office of Emergency Services offered a series of well-attended Emergency Preparedness Seminars Several important Master Plans were introduced and adopted: • Public Safety Master Plan 3 • Bikeways, Trails, Parks, and Recreation Center Master Plan 4 • Sewer and Water Master Plan 5 Morgan Hill’s first-ever Economic Blueprint was developed and adopted. The main goal of the Economic Blueprint is to develop a framework that will inform policy and investment decisions to ensure Morgan Hill’s long-term economic sustainability. The Economic Blueprint guides our Economic Development efforts for the next five to ten years, with a primary goal to attract jobs and investment in our community. 6 With a focus on inclusiveness, we celebrated Pride month and held a Pride flag-raising ceremony. For the first time, we participated in National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month with a series of events in Morgan Hill. The Morgan Hill Police Department held a “Coffee with a Cop” in Spanish at Saint- Catherine Church. Throughout the year we continued to work on expanding our bilingual communications and improved outreach to our Spanish speaking community. Working with our local faith-based community and the County, we were able to assist in the implementation of a Safe Parking Program, providing a safe place for several homeless families to stay overnight in vehicles or RVs. As summer began, we re-opened the Downtown Splash interactive spray feature at the Community and Cultural Center after many years of non-use. It was well received by the community with many children and families enjoying it daily as a FREE way to cool off from the summer heat. Furthering our Environmental Agenda, Morgan Hill transitioned to Silicon Valley Clean Energy which provides residential and commercial electricity customers with clean, carbon-free electricity options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. 7 Additionally, we updated our water waste ordinance calling for water conservation to be the new normal, establishing irrigation restrictions as ongoing. 8 After an extensive outreach process an ordinance that calls for by-district City Council elections and established districts was adopted by the City Council. 9 In October we completed a significant re-pavement project on Monterey Road, a major improvement on this main thoroughfare. Three beautiful downtown parks began construction and will be opened this December, completing our public parks investment in the Downtown. 10 Last, but certainly not least, we said good-bye to former City Manager Steve Rymer and welcomed Morgan Hill’s new City Manager, Christina Turner. 11 For More Info: 1 morgan-hill.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20269 2 morgan-hill.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20413 3 morgan-hill.ca.gov/1600/Public-Safety-Master-Plan 4 user-ddhj25y.cld.bz/City-of-Morgan-Hill-Bikeways-Trails-Parks- and-Recreation-Master-Plan 5 morgan-hill.ca.gov/1646/Utilities-Master-Plans 6  morgan-hill.ca.gov/1499/Economic-Blue-Print 7 svcleanenergy.org/about-us 8 morganhill.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/21483 9 drawmh.org/ 10 morgan-hill.ca.gov/1248/Downtown-Parks-and-Trails 11 morganhill.ca.gov/62/City-Managers-Bio …and these are just a few of the many things that have been accomplished this year. It’s been an amazing year and we look forward to continuing our service to the Morgan Hill community in 2018! GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN NOVEMBER/DECEM T M™Z^KB