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The Redlands Fire Department fields a total of four front-line fire engines on a daily basis.  These engines are either exceeding or close to exceeding their anticipated lifespan and are showing signs of excessive wear and tear.  The reserve fleet of fire engines has dwindled down to only one.  The reserve fleet essentially is the back-bone of the fleet from the perspective that if the reserve fleet is insufficient and front-line units fail, then emergency response is jeopardized.

With the poor condition of the reserve fleet and the front-line fleet showing signs of wear the department requested the city to purchase two new fire engines to replace the aging front-line fleet.  Two of the existing front-line engines will be moved into reserve status to increase the number of reliable available reserve engines. 

Candidates interested in appointment to the Redlands City Council to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Pete Aguilar may pick up or download application packets beginning Dec. 17. Packets are available in the Redlands City Clerk’s Office at 35 Cajon St., Suite 4 or on the City’s website at http://cityofredlands.org/citycouncil.

The original application must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. No postmarks or faxes will be accepted. Only fully completed application packets will be accepted.

The Redlands Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a fire at an industrial battery manufacturing facility located at 840 W. Brockton Ave. 

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, a fire was reported in the formation area of the Teledyne Battery Products facility. Upon arrival, fire units discovered light smoke emanating from the building.

Officer Elyzabeth Green was named the Jose Rivera Officer of the Year duringthe Redlands Police Department’s annual awards ceremony Wednesday morning at the Redlands Police Annex.

Crime Analyst Amy Varela received the William C. Brummigan Award for civilian staff. Paul Smith was named Reserve Officer of the Year and CVP Gary McCormick was named Volunteer of the Year.

Three members of the community received Chief’s Commendations in recognition of their assistance to the department and several department members also received Chief’s Commendations for work above and beyond the already high standards of the department.

Most Redlands City Hall administrative offices will be closed for the week of Christmas through the New Year. Essential City services, including public safety and utilities and the A.K. Smiley Public Library will be in full operation.

City offices, including City Hall, will close on Friday, Dec. 19, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5. The Redlands Community Center, Redlands Community Senior Center and Joslyn Senior Center will close Monday, Dec. 22, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5.

In addition to public safety, utility service, solid waste and recycling pickup, the Redlands Animal Shelter, Hillside Memorial cemetery, and City parks will remain open and in operation.

The Customer Service Division for water, sewer, and solid waste services will be closed, however, utility bill payments will continue to be posted during this office closure and are due by the due date listed on your bill. Any payments not received by the due date, are subject to a late charge. To pay your utility bill, please use one of the following payment methods:

 (1) Deposit your payment in the night drop box located between Customer Service, suite 15A and the Revenue Division, suite 15B

(2) Mail your payment to PO Box 6903, Redlands CA 92375

 (3) Make an online payment through your bank (please allow adequate time for your payment to arrive by the due date)

(4) Make your payment through Western Union Speedpay, which is the only on-line service that guarantees next day delivery to the City of Redlands.  You can access Speedpay by calling 866-269-2896 or visit www.redlandscustomerservice.org .

For after-hours emergency water and/or sewer service, please contact the Redlands Police Department at 909-798-7681.

Solid Waste Collection Service (trash service) will continue to be picked-up on schedule, if your service day is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

If your service day is Thursday or Friday, your solid waste collection service will run ONE day behind for the remainder of the weeks of Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. For example, if your solid waste collection service day is Thursday, then collection service will be provided on Friday.  Any missed collections should be called into 909-798-7529. Thank you

Limited building inspections will be available by appointment on Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30. To schedule an appointment, call (909) 798-7536 the day before the inspection is needed. Leave a message with your address, permit number and a number where you can be reached. An inspector will call to confirm the date and approximate time of the inspection.

The National Weather Service in San Diego advises a Pacific storm system will move into Southern California Thursday with rain predicted overnight into Friday. Heavy rains are predicted during the day Friday.

Moderate to heavy rainfall often causes localized flooding on City streets and in the Zanja and San Timoteo Canyon area.

The City of Redlands will provide sandbags to Redlands residents at all four City fire stations. Fill sand and shovels will be available across from the City Yards on Park Avenue between Tennessee and Kansas streets.

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, to determine the process to fill a vacancy on the council left by the pending resignation of Pete Aguilar.

The Joslyn Senior Center offers several ongoing groups, classes and activities. The Joslyn Senior Center is located at 21 Grant St. Classes and groups are free and offered at the Joslyn Center unless otherwise noted.

Walkers

Join the Joslyn Senior Center’s mile walkers for a 2- to 3-mile walk for a great way to stay fit and make new friends. Walkers meet on the side parking lot of the Joslyn Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. Dress in comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. This program is free of charge.

Card Club

Join the Double Nickel / Around the World Card Club at the Joslyn Senior Center every Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is 70 cents per game, nickels and dimes only.

City employees and volunteers received special recognition at “An Afternoon with the Stars,” the City of Redlands seventh annual employee recognition held at the Civic Center.

The City’s Human Resources Department and Employee Appreciation Committee, made up of employees from various City departments planned the event, which for the past five years has been held at City Hall during most employees’ lunch hour. Local food vendors offered deep discounts, setting up a lunch time spread including burritos, pizza, chicken, cupcakes and funnel cakes.

Other businesses donated dozens of prizes for a raffle giveaway.

During the awards ceremony, Oct. 23, managers, fulltime and part-time employees and volunteers were recognized for providing service above and beyond their job descriptions. Award recipients were nominated by their peers and chosen by a review committee composed of one city employee and two members who work for other agencies.

Managers/Employees of the Year include:

Employee of the Year

Administrative: Jeanne Donaldson (City Clerk’s Office)

Safety: Corey Hunt (Police)

Technical and Professional: Cheryl Williams (City Manager’s Office)

Field: Timothy Neumann (MUED)

Part-time: Kristie Mejia (Quality of Life)

Manager of the Year:

Administrative: Tommi Ng (Human Resources)

Safety: Richard Sessler (Fire)

Field: Aaron Jenkins (Quality of Life)

Volunteer of the year

Anthony Alvarado (Fire)   

Eighteen employees received 5-year service pins; 14 received 10-year pins; 11 received 15-year pins. Eighteen employees were recognized for 20 years of service with the City and another seven for 25 years of service with the City and one 30 year.

Companies that provided food, services or donated prizes include:

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