Coming up this week in Elk Grove January 11, 2022

From the City of Elk Grove

All aboard? Elk Grove Rail Station Project Update
The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Elk Grove Rail Station is available for review at City Hall, local libraries, and on the Commission’s website at sjrrc.com. A virtual community workshop to address questions and receive public comments on the draft EIR is scheduled for January 11, at 5:30 p.m. Register to attend.
Learn more about the effort to introduce a new passenger rail service between Stockton and Sacramento. 

What is a feasibility study?
In September 2021, the City and Sacramento Zoological Society entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) to evaluate the feasibility of developing a modern zoological park in Elk Grove. Part of that process includes preparing a feasibility study. A feasibility study is a written report that tells the reader whether or not a proposed project is feasible from a physical, operational, and financial perspective. In the broadest sense, it outlines the potential viability of a project. A feasibility study for the zoo project is being prepared by RS&S (Relevant Strategies and Solutions), a leader in zoo facility planning, under contract to the Sacramento Zoological Society. The City, along with its own team of financial and zoological consultants, will provide extensive input on the plan. Learn more about what’s included in a feasibility study.
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Everybody Counts. Assist with the Elk Grove Point in Time CountThe Sacramento region conducts a count of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness every other year, as mandated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Led by Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF), this Point-In-Time (PIT) count provides valuable data on the number of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, as well as trends in subpopulation demographics such as veteran status, chronic homelessness, and transition age youth over time.

The PIT count is a community-wide effort made possible by the incredible support of many volunteers and partners. Your help is important in capturing this crucial community data. Help in Elk Grove is especially needed for community canvassing, but other positions are also available. Register to join the count.

Make sure to specify on your registration form that you want to join the Elk Grove count scheduled on January 27.
For more information, visit the SSF website. For questions, please contact the PIT team at sacpitcount@sacstepsforward.org.

Tree Recycling? Yes, please! Let’s reduce the waste going to the landfill. Holiday trees can be recycled for mulch and other purposes.

Place your tree curbside, minus the stand and décor, next to your green waste container by 6 a.m. this week or January 24. Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut into 3-foot or shorter pieces and placed in your green waste container. Artificial, flocked, or “live” trees with root balls will not be accepted.

Want it gone now? Drop it off for free at either the Special Waste collection Center (9255 Disposal Lane) or Elder Creek Transfer and Recovery Station (8642 Elder Creek Road).

What Mandatory Organics Recycling Means for Elk Grove ResidentsIn a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants like methane, all jurisdictions are now required to implement mandatory organic waste collection programs. Beginning July 1, 2022, Elk Grove residents will be required to throw food scraps or other organic material in the green waste bin, mixed with your yard waste. This bin will become your “organic waste bin” and will be serviced weekly, along with your trash bin. 

Food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. This decomposing waste produces methane, a naturally occurring gas more powerful than carbon dioxide at producing climate impacts. Reducing organic waste in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crises. 

After July 1, all residents will receive new solid waste carts, including an organic waste cart for food scraps and green waste. Up to 2 additional carts may be requested for no additional charge. Learn more about the changes coming in July 2022 at elkgrovecity.org/recycle

Get active at The PreserveIs getting more exercise a goal of yours in 2022? You don’t need to join a gym to get a good workout. Many local parks have outdoor fitness equipment and there’s miles of trails to explore in Elk Grove. You can find both of those features at The Preserve at District56. This 28-acre nature area located off of Big Horn Blvd and Lotz Parkway features an outdoor fitness court and a network of trails around the 4.3-acre lake. Download the fitness court’s mobile app to get instructions on the equipment and even create customized workouts! Learn more 

Gear Up for Restaurant Week 2022Restaurant Week 2022 invites you to experience delicious local dishes, amazing flavors and great cuisine. Explore Elk Grove through both indoor and outdoor dining or grab take-out to dine at home; it’s up to you!

You have a great reason not to cook from January 14-23, 2022. Instead, use your Elk Grove Restaurant Week pass to check-in and redeem discounts at your favorite locations. You’ll unlock exclusive deals and prizes as you support local restaurants! 
Visit ElkGroveRestaurantWeek.com to sign up early for your pass.

City Calendar
01/10 Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
01/11 Youth Commission Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
01/11 Elk Grove Rail Station Community Workshop (5:30 p.m.)
01/12 City Council Meeting (6:00 p.m.)01/13 Regional Trails Network Webinar (10:00 a.m.)
01/17 City Hall Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/18 Diversity and Inclusion Commission Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
01/19 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
01/20 Planning Commission Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
01/20 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

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