Author: Chris Churchill

Beach Drive Wastewater Plant.

 The Beach Drive Wastewater Plant will need replacing, or the residents served by this plant will need to be connected to the NWWWTP.  I believe it is important to start exploring alternatives to manage this transition.  The project will require significant funding, and the complexity of the project will require a long-term plan.  I will work with city staff and outside sources to advocate for such a program.

A YES Vote for Mayor Kott Means Moving Rio Vista Forward.

ACTION not words. FACTS not empty promises.

I HAVE IMPLEMENTED A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO UPGRADE THE AGING CORE WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE.  Remember when Rio Vista was on the brink of bankruptcy and couldn’t pay for major sewer and water repairs? As a result, in 2010, the City was forced to initiate a major increase in water and sewer rates.  Over the last few years and for the next five years, reserves have been established, which enabled the City to initiate a program to upgrade this infrastructure.  There have been no rate increases in 10 years.  Our rates are at the low end of other cities and agencies in the area. 

  • Ms. Gollinger proposes to lower your water and sewer rates but offers NO PLAN on how to upgrade the aging infrastructure. She is promising lower rates for political gain and kick the can down the road.

I HAVE BROUGHT HEALTH CARE TO RESIDENTS: I have worked with our EXISTING infrastructure to bring free flu shots to the residents of Rio Vista. Also, I arranged for Kaiser Permanente to bring a mobile health unit to Rio Vista in this coming Fall.  

  • Ms. Gollinger has NO PLAN to bring health care services to Rio Vista. NONE. Creating a committee to think about medical facilities isn’t a plan. It just creates more bureaucracy.

I WORK TO SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES: I have created 100+ NEW jobs in the business park. In addition, I work closely with the Chamber of Commerce to attract new business to the City. When fully occupied in 2021, the business park will produce over $2,000,000 annually in tax revenue and 200 jobs. THIS is real support for working families!

  • Ms. Gollinger has NO PLAN to enrich the lives of working families. NONE. She is promising “free daycare,” which is nothing more than a campaign slogan. It is not fiscally or legally possible for Rio Vista to allocate funds for free daycare. If Ms. Gollanger has a plan to make this happen, she should state what that plan is.

CULTURE CHANGE. When I took office, the City’s finances were in shambles, the City’s water and sewer systems were dilapidated, and the police department needed help. Under my leadership, the City’s books have been audited and brought in order, the sewer and water systems have been fixed, and I outsourced the police department to the Solano County Sheriff’s Department, which shields Rio Vista from endless lawsuits while providing a better level of service. 

  • Ms. Gollinger does have a plan: She wants to dismantle what’s working in our City government and replace it with committees, made up of people with no experience running city government, which will waste time and resources trying to reinvent the wheel.  Please keep in mind that Ms. Gollinger has served in only two roles of City government: Parks & Rec coming and the Planning Commission. She quit the Planning Commission after six months, saying that she could not work with her fellow Committee members.  This is not someone with the temperament to be Mayor.



Progress, McCormick Is Getting Paved!

Great news: Over the last two years, I have been working with Solano County and the Solano Transportation Authority to make the paving of McCormick Road a reality. The breakthrough came when I worked with City staff and STA staff to obtain advance funding of our annual SB1 allocation. This advance helped the City of Rio Vista meet its obligation to pave the 0.42 miles that lie within city boundaries. The first phase will improve the .42 miles located in Rio Vista and 1.08 miles from Rio Vista boundary to Canright Road. The County will manage the project, and the City will fund its share of the construction costs, $602,000. While it does not provide a paved direct access to highway 113, it does provide a bigger alternative route to Highway 12. This is a great win for the City of Rio Vista because the project was receiving little traction but where there is a will there is a way and the first phase began on the 28th of September. More updates to come!

Flu Shot Update

I got my free flu shot yesterday at the airport flu shot clinic with Walt Standish. If you’re enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or almost any private plan, your provider will cover the cost of the flu shot entirely. That’s right, no copayment for your appointment, just protection from the flu—whether you’ve hit your yearly deductible yet or not. Here are some resources to find flu shots:

Albertsons/Osco/Savon PharmaciesStore locator
Flu shot info
CVS Pharmacy®
including CVS pharmacies in Target stores
Flu shot info and locator
CVS MinuteClinic®
(Non-Medicare PPO plans only)
Flu shot info and locator
CostcoStore locator
Flu shot appointments
RalphsFlu shot info and locator
Rite-AidFlu shot info and locator
SafewayStore locator
Flu shot info
VonsStore locator
Flu shot info
WalgreensFlu shot info and locator
WalmartStore locator
Flu shot info

Free Flu Shot for Rio Vista Residents!

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, I, Mayor Ron Kott, have made arrangements with the Solano County Dept. of Health and Social Services to conduct a flu shot clinic. The clinic will at the Rio Vista Municipal Airport, located on Baumann Road. The clinic will start at 9 AM and extend to Noon. The shots will be free and open to all over the age of 6 months. The flu shots will be the standard dose as the state has not provided the high dose shot at this time. Another clinic is planned, likely in November. At that time, high dose shots may be available. The clinic will follow safe, distancing protocols. A drive-through option is being considered, but not a hundred percent yet. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You For The Kind Words and Endorsement!

From Bill Guggemos

Due to his leadership, foreword thinking and positive outlook that Ron exudes how can you not vote for him? The town is in pretty good shape. The airport is practically at full capacity in the hangers and business office space, approximately 150 new jobs in town, because of proper business planning tax revenue is at an all time high, selling the City’s property to businesses in the industrial park which in turn gets more local jobs, more business and more jobs can bring more planned controlled growth and housing for new workers and new opportunities for our City, infrastructure upgrades throughout the City, pay increases for employees, good relationships with the County Sheriff’s Office for our police protection, new equipment for the Public Works and Fire Departments, the boat ramp rebuild, and much more tangible plans and real futures for this City then what the opposition is spewing and promising by throwing everything up against the wall and see what sticks for their ideas.

Let’s help Ron finish what he started. Vote Ron Kott for Rio Vista Mayor on November 3rd!

Bill Guggemos

Mayor Ron Kott Gets the Job Done!

I am proud to announce we won two awards for financial excellence this year.  Our current budget is now a useful financial planning tool, helps the Council in making policy decisions, and recently won the Operating Budget Excellence Award for 2019-2020. Click here to view the City’s 2020-2021 budget and learn more about what we are doing with this year’s budget. Transparency is paramount for my administration and there is nothing to hide. Your concerns are my concerns. Because I’ve seen a lot of misinformation about the City’s budget on social media these days, please take the opportunity to access the facts, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I’d love to hear from you! 

I am happy to be able to make clear and concise information regarding the City’s finances available to our residents and to everyone working for our City. Early in my term on the City Council that information was not easy to access. Staff reports on issues before the City Council often contained inaccurate financial information. I worked with the City Manager and the finance staff to establish guidelines as to how best to presentation of financial information in staff reports. Financial information in staff reports is now detailed and precise, enabling Council members to evaluate alternatives better and make informed decisions. The awards we receiving now are a testimony to the changes we made years ago. As a consequence, Rio Vista City financial audits are current, and for the last few years, have been timely and with a “clean” opinion after years of neglect.