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Step 1: Make sure you are not running any water inside or outside your home.Step 2: Locate your water meter (in the ground by the entrance to your driveway and adjacent to the sidewalk). The cement lid to your meter box has a hole in the middle of it. Stick a large screwdriver in the hole at an angle to lift up the lid, and set the lid to the side of the box. The top of the meter extends out on one side so you can lift the cover and view the numbers on the digital screen underneath the cover. If the numbers on the far right of the digital screen are increasing when you are not using any water, you have a leak.Step 3: If you have a leak, your next step is to figure out if it is inside or outside your home. You can do this by turning off the water valve to your house (frequently located on the front of the house near your hose) and going back to your water meter. If the numbers have stopped increasing, your water leak is inside your house. If the numbers are still increasing, your water leak is outside of your house.Step 4: Turn the water valve to your house back on, put the meter cover back down and put the cement lid back in place over the meter box.Step 5: Identify the exact location of the leak and repair it to prevent further damage and/or water waste. Additional Water Leak information
The more flexible land use possibilities that the Specific Plan would allow include commercial, office and limited residential. Currently, the zoning in this area allows for light industrial and limited commercial businesses only. Project Area Map
Over the years, the Specific Plan area has experienced economic challenges as the demand for light industrial-type businesses declines and demand for commercial-type uses increases. While the City has worked extensively with property owners and managers to help place tenants through the City’s economic development efforts, current zoning constraints prevent staff from allowing commercial type businesses to move into the area.
The purpose of the Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan will be to provide a policy and zoning framework that will allow for additional land-use flexibility in the project area. The City’s goal is to encourage current and future property owners to invest in their property to take advantage of these new development options. This new flexibility will not only allow property owners and businesses to continue to operate as they do today, but will also provide a design framework in which a community activity center district could be created through private investment.
Another purpose of the Specific Plan is to foster the creation of a “Fountain Valley” scale main street experience for residents. This main street environment would provide a gathering place for families and all residents where they can shop and dine.
It is possible that if the Specific Plan is adopted and more retail businesses move into the area and are successful, there will be addition sales tax revenues generated, a portion of which will add to the City General Fund.
In 2015, the City received approximately $2.2 million is sales tax revenue from the businesses within the proposed Specific Plan area. Currently, property owners are limited in the retail businesses that are allowed under the light manufacturing zoning. By allowing more retail businesses to exist in the proposed Specific Plan area the sales tax revenue will be able to increase. Also important to note regarding retail businesses is that the Strategic Market Analysis performed by The Concord Group found that there is demand in the City for an additional 500,000 square feet of retail space. But the retail space is unlikely to be realized if there are not enough customers during all hours of the day and week to patronize the businesses. For this reason, the Strategic Market Analysis found and recommended that a limited amount of residential land uses are also important to include in new vision for the proposed Specific Plan area.
Also in 2015, the City saw approximately $550,000 in property tax revenue. It is important to note that the new Hyundai building, which only makes up 18-acres of the 155-acre Specific Plan area, generates approximately $200,000 in property tax revenue alone. This demonstrates the large difference in the contribution to the City’s tax revenue between properties that have received new investment and properties that have not. The Strategic Market Analysis found that in the future there will be about 350,000 square feet of new office space desired in the City.
The proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan generally adds the ability for property owners to lease their property to more types of businesses than they can under the current light manufacturing zoning. The proposed new flexibility in additional businesses that are allowed would increase the value of the property for the property owner. Additionally, retail businesses payer higher rents than light manufacturing businesses do. Therefore property owners would also be able to receive higher rents if they chose to as well.
The City has also considered the costs of providing services if the proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan is adopted and properties eventually start seeing new commercial, office and limited residential land uses. These services include police, fire, water, sewer, road maintenance, etc. In this assessment, it was found that the services would not need to be increased significantly and any increases in costs of services for the proposed Specific Plan area would be minimal.
There is no general fund spending involved in this project. Funding sources for the project include former Redevelopment Agency unused bond revenue and a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The bond revenue is money that can only be spent on projects such as this Specific Plan and cannot be used for general fund spending (i.e. police, fire, and administration operations). The grant obtained from SCAG is funding that is awarded to communities that pursue plans and projects that coordinate land use and transportation actions, demonstrate excellence in planning and design, and improve mobility, livability, and prosperity of the region.
The City of Fountain Valley is not funding any land acquisition or offering construction incentives related to the FV Crossings Specific Plan. The only funds being expended through the City are related to the above noted planning consulting teams.
How to comply:a) Implement a recycling program with Rainbow Environmental Services and save money by calling them at (714) 847-3581.b) Continue with your current trash collection procedure and receive no cost savings from recycling.c) Donate, sell or self-haul to an authorized recycling facility. Scavenging does not qualify for compliance purposes.
For complete information, go visit Rainbow Environmental Services at http://rainbowes.com/espartners.php.
See Section 8.53.110.
See Resolution 9341 for fees related to security, maintenance and registration for properties in foreclosure.
See Section 8.83.100 for penalties.
See Section 8.53.040 for Maintenance and Monitoring of Vacant Buildings.
See Section 8.53.60 for Security and Maintenance Requirements for Property in the Foreclosure Process.
If the property is vacant and/or abandoned, see Section 8.53.30 for Required Boarding and Maintenance of Vacant Buildings.
As an example, the Fountain Valley Municipal Code authorizes the police chief to set staffing levels at whatever level the chief feels appropriate. Courts have recognized this discretion rests solely with policy makers such as a police or fire chief or an elected City Council.
Don’t police officers or firefighters have any duty or responsibility? Of course they do; it’s called a “public duty doctrine”. This legal duty does not involve setting staffing at a particular level. A police officer’s duty to act affirmatively to, for example, perform CPR or make an arrest- is only mandated if a “special relationship” exists, which is a high standard to meet.
In summary, cities are not required to set staffing at given levels, even for first responders, and are under no threat of liability in this scenario.
The Police Department’s overtime results from staffing basic functions such as Patrol, Traffic, 911 or Detectives. The Police Department currently has 62 funded positions and only 60 filled, with at least one pending service retirement. In addition, over the last 18 months, there have been 5-8 officers off duty at any given time due to injuries. In order to fulfill staffing requirements officers are required to either come in early or stay late. Without these expenditures, enough officers or dispatchers would not be deployed. This means that cases would go unresolved or calls not timely handled; even with overtime expenditures the department's response time to priority one calls has gone up almost 30 seconds since 2014. All overtime expenditures reflect tasks completed which the Department deems essential to core functions.
The Fire Department’s overtime for this fiscal year are due to the following circumstances:
1. An employee becomes sick mid-shift 2. An employee is attending training 3. An employee sustains a long-term injury 4. There are vacant positions within the workforce 5. Crews are assigned to a long-term mutual aid deployment (often reimbursed by the State) 6. Vacancies created by employees on vacation.
In many cases, paying existing employees’ overtime is just as economical as having full time employees working. According to data supplied by Fountain Valley’s Finance Department, the cost is the same to pay an existing tier one employee overtime to fill vacancies in caparison to hiring an additional full-time employee. The savings are achieved because existing employee benefits are not enhanced when paid overtime. Overtime is based on the department’s needs and all overtime worked are monitored by staff to assure public safety employees are not overworked.
The "Crossings" is the nickname given to the aging industrial area at the south end of town (around Fry's, Mike Thompson and the former Staples).
The city wants to help encourage the landowners in this 155-acre industrial area to someday think about using their properties for other purposes, such as retail, restaurants, the arts, offices and housing.
But the area is not currently zoned for all that, so the city is looking at the entire industrial park and is suggesting adding zoning categories (shopping, retail, etc.), and then setting some specific guidelines in place to regulate building heights and setbacks.
That way, if a current or future landowner would like to build, say, an office building, the landowner would have both the permission and guidelines already in place to do so.
The end result: The land becomes more valuable for resale because it's now more usable, and there will be specific guidelines already in place so any future development is done in an orderly manner.
If the City’s water restrictions are not enforced, the City can be fined up to $10,000 per day by the State. Both the City and its water customers will be held responsible for these water restrictions. We’re all in this together.
The punitive aspects of the drought ordinance are due to the fact that the State has the ability to fine the City $10,000 per day if the City doesn't achieve the 10% reduction. The enforcement structure for the City is:1st Violation - Warning2nd Violation - $100 Fine3rd Violation - $200 Fine4th Violation - $500 FineAdditional Violations - $1,000 Each
The goal is voluntary compliance. The fines are for those who continue to ignore the restrictions or have a general disregard for the severity of the drought.
"Per day" refers to assigned watering day. It does not mean every day.
Therefore, each station can be watered for up to 15 minutes per assigned watering day.
If you are experiencing runoff, reduce the amount of time that you are watering. If the area needs more water, try watering for a short amount of time in the early morning (between midnight and 7 a.m.) and in the late evening (7 p.m. to midnight) on your assigned watering day. Just make sure that your total watering duration per station per watering day is not more than 15 minutes. You will probably find that you need less than 15 minutes per station per watering day.
Overspray is different than runoff. Overspray is when sprinklers reach beyond the area being watered and spray hard surfaces, such as streets, sidewalks and driveways. This can be controlled by turning down sprinklers and/or adjusting the sprinkler heads to better direct the water. If you would like to replace your old sprinkler heads with more water efficient rotating sprinkler nozzles, rebates are available at www.ocwatersmart.com.
The strip of grass between the sidewalk and the curb is called the parkway. It is within City right-of-way, but it is the maintenance responsibility of the homeowner and can be watered on the same schedule as the rest of the outdoor landscaping. If you would like to remove turf in this area and replace it with synthetic or artificial turf or other drought tolerant landscaping, you may do so by requesting an encroachment permit from our Public Works staff. Please know that turf removal rebates might be available through the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC). If you would like more information about available rebates, please visit www.ocwatersmart.com.