When the city of Galt opened the Parks and Recreation office last month during unusually cold daytime temperatures and overnight freezes, its employees were following the city’s emergency plan.
The warming center provided a place where residents without heat could spend the day or night.
Details are outlined in a 28-page addendum to the emergency plan, titled “Severe Weather Guide.” Comprehensive guidelines are set as to when warming and cooling centers are to be opened.
The addendum was approved by the Galt City Council on Tuesday.
The emergency plan, originally created in 1950, is updated annually. It not only sets guidelines, but also outlines employee roles in case of an emergency.
At Tuesday’s meeting, council members also voted to partially fund one police officer position using Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funding. The position would be filled by an officer already on the force, Galt Police Chief William Bowen said Tuesday.
The funding is collected by the state through taxes and allocated annually to California cities based on population, to be used specifically for public safety. In recent years, Galt has received $100,000 per year under the 1996 legislation.
Although the funding has already been approved in the current budget, the recommended use must be reviewed by the city council and at a public hearing held regarding Bowen’s recommendation. There were no speakers at Tuesday’s meeting.
The department is currently down three officers and one sergeant, Bowen said.