Category: Campaign 2020

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.

VOTE KOTT AND KEEP RIO VISTA ON TRACK:

JOBS, GROWTH, INFRASTRUCTURE, DEVELOPMENT

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:

https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine

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

Medical Facility Update Part 1

The greatest number of inquiries I have received during my time on the city council and as Mayor concern the lack of medical facilities in Rio Vista.  I believe now is a good time to review

a bit of history and bring everyone up to date on this topic.  Due to its length, I am splitting this update into two segments.  The first will deal with the history and the second segment will address recent events and our current status.

As early as the 1970’s, Rio Vista had a least one independent primary care practitioner caring for Rio Vista citizens.  In the 1990’s, NorthBay HealthCare, through its affiliation with the Fairfield Medical Group, opened a one physician primary care office.  In the 2000’s the Fairfield Medical Group ended its affiliation with NorthBay and became part of Sutter Health.  The Sutter Health facility was located in the now vacant bank building across from the Lira’s parking lot.  During its time, it featured a primary care physician, offered physicals, did blood work and had x-ray capabilities.  In short, if was a place you could go to for routine testing and non-urgent care needs.  About 10 years ago, Sutter closed the facility saying it was not profitable and was not in line with their HMO model where its services were concentrated in one facility.  Since then Rio Vista has been underserved. 

 Over the years, various people have tried to generate a medical presence with little success.  In 2012, former Mayor Richardson arranged a town hall meeting bringing the major providers to town to discuss our needs and arrive at some solution.  Little progress resulted from this effort.  In 2014, I became involved with seeking a medical provider.  With some help from county Supervisor Thomson, councilmembers McCracken, Hampton and I connected with the Solano Coalition for Better Health.  A committee was formed with the purpose of bringing a medical presence to Rio Vista.  The committee included the major medical providers in the area; Kaiser, North Bay, Sutter, La Clinica and Solano County Family Health Care.  Over the course of many meetings, the committee visited potential sites, explored options and discussed barriers.  It became apparent that we needed better factual data in pushing for a solution, so in September, 2016 a community survey was commissioned.  We received about 1,200 responses, a meaningful sample of Rio Vista households.  The survey clearly demonstrated that there was a need for local medical services and that transportation issues were the biggest concern, especially for seniors.  However, for me, the most telling statistic was that about 55% of the respondents were Kaiser Members. 

Our objective was to have a brick and mortar facility in Rio Vista which was available to all.  Kaiser is a member’s only model and does not support satellite clinics.  There was little interest on Kaiser’s part for a local brick and mortar facility and their model only supported Kaiser members.  With Kaiser being the dominant player, the remaining providers did not feel there was sufficient economic potential from the non-Kaiser population to justify committing to a local facility.  Discussions then centered on a mobile facility but that didn’t gain much traction as a fixed site was our objective and we didn’t feel a mobile unit would be well received and therefore underused.  Other issues such as billing between providers, doctor availability and oversight seemed insurmountable.   By mid-2017, interest waned and meetings were discontinued.

Fast forward to about a year ago.  F&M Bank acquired The Bank of Rio Vista and consolidated their back office operations to a location in Lodi.  They had no need for the office building behind their Main Street bank building.  I thought that the floor plan of this facility lent itself to a medical office.  The building is located downtown with good parking.  F&M was approached and supported the concept.  Bank management felt that it would be a good opportunity for them to support the community and indicated that, together with help from the city, incentives could be provided to encourage interest from a medical provider.  Working with Lynn Hansen, we resurrected the Solano Coalition committee.  A meeting was arranged with the Solano Coalition, Kaiser, Sutter, and North Bay.  I presented the idea of all three providers sharing the F&M facility.  Each provider would operate an independent medical office within the facility to service its own members and all three would gain some economic advantage by sharing common administrative and lab services. This would solve the billing problems and physician oversight.  I also discussed the willingness to provide financial incentives and favorable lease terms to help mitigate the risk of opening a brick and mortar facility.  The participants agreed to tour the site and consider possible options. 

Next week, I will review recent meetings with providers and present our current status.

Last week I reviewed the history relating to a medical presence in the city and ended with the availability of the F&M Bank office building as the site for a facility that could accommodate all medical providers and provide our residents with primary care.

Let’s bring us up to date.  As a result of the meeting where I proposed the possibility of the three major providers sharing the F&M facility, I did get follow-up interest from Kaiser and North Bay Medical.  Let me start with developments with Kaiser.

I had several discussions with the Kaiser development team which culminated in a meeting with Nor Jemjemian, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Napa/Solano.  He stated that Kaiser would not consider a brick and mortar location unless a city had at least 10,000 rooftops.  That is about twice as many as we currently have.  He also was not receptive to the concept of sharing the F&M facility with other providers.  However, he did appreciate the transportation concerns expressed by Kaiser members and did commit to building a new medical mobile unit which would be at a Rio Vista location at least twice a week.  Local members could then coordinate services and schedule routine visits and tests at the mobile unit instead of traveling to a main facility.  After some discussion as to how members would accept a mobile unit, we discussed having Kaiser host a flu shot clinic open to all during the Bass Derby.  At that time a mobile unit similar to the unit proposed for Rio Vista would be available for everyone to tour.  They could then see for themselves that the proposed mobile unit is a first class clinic.  The flu shot clinics were held and over 500 shots administered.  Numerous people toured the mobile unit and the responses were favorable.  Mr. Jemjemian said the Rio Vista unit is being built, outfitted, and personnel scheduled with an eye to commencing operation in early summer.  While that is good news for Kaiser members, it doesn’t address the rest of us.

While discussions were underway with Kaiser, I had a follow-up discussion with Steve Huddleston, Vice President-Public Affairs for North Bay.  North Bay was interested in exploring expanding into Rio Vista.  A meeting was arranged with the North Bay development group to discuss the recent growth and potential development in the city as well as to tour the F&M site.  During this meeting, North Bay discussed a possible partnership with OLE Health.  OLE is a Federally Qualified Health Center and specializes in providing high quality primary care in underserved communities (See www.olehealth.org for more information).  North Bay has partnered with them on other projects.  North Bay would provide equipment and some financial help while OLE provided the medical staff and operations.  It seemed like a great fit.  We then arranged for the OLE team to visit Rio Vista and tour the facility and discuss the possibility of moving forward.  After the meeting I came away with the feeling that there was a good possibility of moving forward.  Unfortunately, last week I was informed that OLE decided to pass at this time.  Their decision seems to stem from two factors.  First, they are struggling to find physicians and so are cautious about extending their operations at this time.  Second, OLE Health continues to focus on geography that has the largest population and felt that due to the large number of Kaiser members, the Rio Vista market is small and OLE’s service opportunities were limited.  In summary, we are not where we want to be; however, it’s not for lack of trying.  We have been working on this for a long time but it seems that the economics and the structure of medical service providers are focused on centralized medicine.  Rio Vista is still not big enough to command local service.  We need to just about double in size to attract serious attention.  However, there are still avenues to pursue that may yield results.  Most efforts to attract a medical provider have been targeted to providers west of Rio Vista.  In the next few months I will be expanding efforts to Lodi and Contra Costa County as well as contacting other Federally Qualified Health providers operating in the Sacramento underserved communities.  On the plus side, we do have a first class paramedic emergency response in our Fire Department as well as the Holistic Health Center which continues to expand the services it offers including blood draws and some urgent care treatments.  Also, there are transportation options offered by Delta Breeze and the Solano Mobility program that offer transportation to and from medical appointments.