TO: City Council
FROM: Dan Martinez, City Manager
DATE: July 13, 2012
SUBJECT: CITY MANAGER’S WEEKLY UPDATE
Cooling Center Information
As we all know, it’s hot out there. The National Weather Service has issued several heat advisories over the last few days. We expanded our cooling center capability as the Indio Municipal Golf Course Pro Shop will now serve as a cooling center and the Indio Senior Center remains a cooling center. I’ve attached the latest and updated information materials. We will be sending out a press release on this item.
There is a Mexican alcoholic beverage named “Indio.” It is a darker beer recognizable for the indigenous warrior on its logo. It has been brewed in Mexico since 1893, and is now making its U.S. Debut. Heineken USA has acquired the brand and has begun rolling it out to select markets throughout the nation. Now, you can find the beverage in Indio locations. We will be reaching out to Heineken USA with the goal of exploring marketing opportunities.
Preview of Recycling Brochure
I’ve attached a copy of the recycling & conservation brochure that will be mailed out to all households in Indio. It provides an overview of all recycling, conservation and waste services available to Indio residents. This item is provided under our existing agreement with Burrtec Waste at no additional cost to the city.
Harbor Freight Opens Today
Harbor Freight Tools is planning their soft opening this Friday and will be operating within a newly remodeled 20,000 square foot building located off Highway 111 and Monroe Street. The address is 82123 Highway 111. According to the Assistant Manager they have, “quality tools at ridiculous low prices.”
June Permit Activity Report
In the month of June, the City’s building division issued permits with a job value of $4,874,051. The lion share of the amount comes from the issuance of 24 single family home permits. We’ll continue to update you on permit activity.
Art at Miles Avenue Bridge
This week city staff installed the seventh three dimensional art sculpture embedded into Miles Avenue Bridge. The program is sponsored by the City through the Public Arts & Historic Preservation Commission and provides a $500 winning design award to the local student artist. The winning artist is named Armando Barajas and is Indio High School student. Pictures are attached.
Business License Activity
In the month of June, 52 new business licenses were issued and 247 existing business license holders renewed their license. Many of them are Indio based firms.