Insect Threatens Trees
The City is continuing in its efforts to battle a new insect that is threatening Claremont’s Urban Forest. The Polyphagus Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) surfaced in California just a few short years ago, and has now made its way into Claremont with the potential to kill many of Claremont’s stately trees. The insect carries a pathogenic fungal disease that can kill trees. There is a wide host of trees that the borer goes after, but the most susceptible trees that are of concern in Claremont are the California Sycamore and Coast Live Oak trees.
The potential devastation to Claremont’s Urban Forest is tremendous if action is not taken now. On January 10, City Council entered an agreement with RPW Services for the treatment of trees that are infested as well as those that are susceptible to PSHB. Staff will begin marking trees to be treated with either blue or yellow dots this week. Treatment, by trunk injection, is tentatively scheduled to begin January 17.
In effort to stop the spread of the PSHB, it is essential privately owned trees are inspected for the PSHB and treated properly, if needed. The City is partnering with Sustainable Claremont and the Tree Action Group to assist with identification of PSHB in privately owned trees. Please contact Sustainable Claremont directly for assistance at 909-625-8767, ext. 238 or by email email@example.com.
For more information contact Community Services at 909-399-5431.
Street Striping Projects - RAIN DELAY
Two street striping projects are scheduled for next week, weather depending. The first project will be re-painting of the parking stalls on First Street between Indian Hill Boulevard and College Avenue and Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue. There will be no parking on First Street from Indian Hill Boulevard to College Avenue and Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue during this time. As a reminder temporary “NO PARKING” signs will be posted at least 72 hours in advance. Additionally, street striping will occur on Indian Hill Boulevard from the railroad tracks to San Jose Avenue. Striping is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 through Friday, January 20, 2017, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Streets will remain open during this time, but temporary/rolling closures could occur during the project. Should it rain all striping projects will be delayed to a future date.
Please contact Community Services at (909) 399-5431 for additional information.
Sewer Condition Assessment - UPDATE
The City has contracted with Tunnelworks Services, Inc. (TWS) to clean and perform a condition assessment of the City’s sanitary sewer system. The work will consist of a complete cleaning, video recording, and assessment of the sanitary sewer system. Data collected during the assessment will provide the City with a summary of the sanitary assets and identify deficiencies in the system. This information will be used to develop a long term improvement and repair plan, along with a plan to accommodate growth in the City. The project will take approximately one year to complete.
TWS started in September 2016, in the north east corner of the City (Mt. Baldy Road and Padua Avenue). TWS is currently working in the area south of the 210 FWY from the westerly City limit to the easterly City limit.
For more information please contact Community Services at (909) 399-5431 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Planting Event
Sustainable Claremont and the City have scheduled the final phase of planting at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP). The group will plant additional trees and shrubs on the west side of Mills Avenue, across from the south parking lot. The planting will take place on Saturday, January 21st from 9-12 pm. Parking will be available at Cahuilla Park (Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps Drive) with a shuttle transporting volunteers to and from the CHWP. Everyone is welcome to join in the planting. If you plan on attending the event please RSVP with Sustainable Claremont-Green Crew at email@example.com.
For more information please contact the Community Services Department at 909-399-5431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/15/16 - Sidewalk Repairs
Last year, the City employed a contractor to survey the condition of the sidewalks throughout the community. A number of locations were identified in need of repair. Staff has initiated the next phase of the project and has begun to mark off and prepare select locations for repair. To prepare the various work locations, staff will need to mark the required work locations with paint to delineate the areas that need repair or replacement. As a result, you may see markings appear on the sidewalk throughout the community over the next several weeks. If there are any questions or concerns about these markings or the project, please call the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431 or by email email@example.com.
Community Services is composed of Administration, Motor Fleet, Sanitation, Maintenance/Landscape, and Cemetery divisions. It oversees Claremont's parks, maintenance operations, Oak Park Cemetery, and refuse/recycle collection services.
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The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park opened in 1996 with 1,440 acres. The 2008 incorporation of Johnson's Pasture increased the park to 1,620 acres. The park was dedicated as a City Nature Park in 1997. Park boundaries include Marshall Canyon to the West, Angeles National Forest to the North, and San Bernardino County line to the East. Park elevation varies from 1,800 to 3,000 feet.
Since 1897, Oak Park Cemetery has provided a serene and beautiful resting place for residents of Pomona Valley. Oak Park offers a quaint and peaceful environment rarely found among modern cemeteries, featuring tended lawns and mature oak and sycamore groves.
Street sweeping helps remove debris from the gutter and roadsides that would otherwise go into storm drains, causing water pollution. This is just one of the many preventative measures that can help reduce water pollution.
A comprehensive dial-a-ride program is available to residents. It includes two general public services for travel within City limits, and a third service specifically for senior citizens and disabled individuals for travel outside City limits.
The City's Community Services Department provides trash collection and recycling services to all residents and businesses in Claremont.
The City has long been a leader in providing innovative solid waste disposal programs. Curbside recycling began here in 1983, years before most other cities even considered providing collection of recyclable materials.
The physical sewer collection infrastructure is owned by the City and consists of 2,966 miles of gravity sewer lines, associated private laterals, related sewer manholes and/or clean-outs. The sewage collected from the City’s sewer collection system is transported to a collection/interceptor main owned by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, District 21. The City is solely responsible for the operation, control, and maintenance of the City’s sanitary sewer system.
Claremont is a community which recognizes its trees as one of the most valuable public resources. The preservation of our community forest is one of our citizens' highest priorities. It is for this reason that we have enjoyed a long-term partnership with our residents in caring for the City trees.