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Attend meetings of the City Council and participate in the council’s deliberations, but not voteCharged with the formation of the council’s legislative agenda and working with the Mayor and Council Members to identify and address issues of community-wide concernGilroy’s Director of Emergency Services, coordinating the readiness of the city to respond to natural and man-made disastersOversee City departments: Police, Fire, Community Development, Community Services, Finance, and AdministrationOversee the city’s $120 million budget and development of the annual financial statement audit
The property owner is responsible for repair of damaged sidewalks. The city’s engineering department manages a 50/50 reimbursement program. The city will reimburse the property owner for 50% of the cost of replacing sidewalks, subject to available funding. Contact the Engineering Department at 846-0223 to request information on the 50/50 program. At the time of the repair, you can have roots pruned and/or install root barriers to minimize future damage. If the tree meets the requirements for tree removal, you may request to remove the tree and plant a new tree.
The File of L.I.F.E. is Lifesaving Information For Emergencies. The File of L.I.F.E. kit is a small magnetic pouch that holds your vital medical information that can be placed on the outside of your refrigerator. This enables emergency medical personnel to quickly locate helpful information regarding your medical history in a time of crisis. It is very important that you keep this information up to date, accurate, and placed prominently on your your refrigerator.
The File of L.I.F.E is designed for people with special medical conditions such as, heart conditions, prior stroke, seizures, and respiratory conditions. This is also for people who may have a serious allergy to any medications or have any other life threatening allergies. In an emergency every minute counts. Allergies, medications and medical conditions can all have deadly consequences.
The form has three sections: Basic information, Medical History and List of Medications. Complete the form as much as you can, so in case of an emergency, the Fire Department can assist you better. The form also has more detailed instructions. Make sure you read and complete the form thoroughly.
The File of L.I.F.E. program enables emergency responders, such as firefighters, paramedics, etc. to respond quickly to an emergency situation by accessing your medical history. Emergency personnel will know to look for the File of L.I.F.E. on your refrigerator to help them access this life saving information in an emergency situation. If you are unconscious or unavailable to provide this important information to emergency personnel, the File of L.I.F.E. will give this information for you. The File of L.I.F.E. can save lives.
You can obtain the File of L.I.F.E. from one of Gilroy’s fire stations.
The Las Animas Station is located at 8383 Wren Avenue on the corner of Wren and Welburn. The Chestnut station is located at 7070 Chestnut St. at the corner of 9th and Chestnut. The Sunrise station is located at 880 Sunrise Drive.
If you are unable to pick up a File of L.I.F.E. from your local fire station, then you can send a family member or friend on your behalf to pick one up for you. If you do not know anyone that can pick up a File of L.I.F.E. for you, please call 408-846-0370 so that we can assist you.
If you have any other questions you can contact us at 408-846-0370.
You can download a form online (PDF) or you may come and pick up an additional form at one of the Gilroy fire stations.
Please do not include a sample of the medication you are taking in your File of L.I.F.E. On the form, please list the medications you are taking, as well as the dosage and how often you take your medicine. This is the kind of information that is helpful to emergency responders.
It is important to fill out your File of L.I.F.E. form in pencil, so that you can easily make changes about your medications, emergency contacts or your medical history. It is very important to keep this information current.
Use a pencil to erase the old information and rewrite the new information in its place. It is not necessary to contact the Fire Department every time that you have to make a change on your File of L.I.F.E. form. if you need another form because the form is messy or hard to read , you can always download another File of L.I.F.E from the Fire Department’s City webpage, or go to your local fire station.
The File of L.I.F.E. program is known internationally, however it may not be available in every city. We have adapted this program specifically for the residents of the Gilroy community.
Since the File of L.I.F.E. has been made available through the Gilroy Fire Department, it was intended to target residents with serious health conditions in the Gilroy community only. Unfortunately, our resources for this program only allow us to provide this program to Gilroy residents. People that live outside the City of Gilroy are encouraged to contact their local Fire Department or local health care facilities to obtain more information about whether a program like this has been developed for their area.
If you have more than one person in your residence that qualifies for this program, just keep all of the forms in the same magnetic pouch /file on the refrigerator. It is not necessary to have a pouch/file for each person. Make sure to attach a recent picture to your form to distinguish each user.
It is important to include a recent photo with your File of L.I.F.E. form to distinguish between users. Even if you live alone, it is important to include a recent photo with your form just in case you happen to have guests stay in your home. By including a recent photo you can be sure that there is no confusion for emergency personnel.
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 operator. The Gilroy Fire Department responds with adequate resources when they are responding to a citizen in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst case scenario based on the information received. It is likely that in a time critical emergency situation, requesting more units after discovering that there¹s a need after we arrive, will be too late. We have learned from experience that it is much better to cancel fire engines after we determine that they¹re not needed than it is to call for more fire engines after finding that we need more.
A structure fire requires a significant number of firefighters to simultaneously to do all of the assigned tasks that are needed to maintain firefighter and citizen safety. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention.
There are 2 reasons. First, vehicle accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials, downed power lines, and other potential hazards. Second, Gilroy firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. The Fire Department, due to its strategic station locations, is usually on scene well before the County ambulance. The fire crew will assess the situation, call for additional resources, rescue victims, and prepare them for ambulance transport before the ambulance arrives. Additionally, the county civilian ambulance service is not equipped or trained for the rescue and hazards work that firefighters provide.
Human Resources Department 7351 Rosanna Street Gilroy, CA 95020
Hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visit our Job Listing page to view open positions.
The city only accepts applications for positions that are posted and open for recruitment on NEOGOV at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofgilroy/. Resumes may be uploaded and attached to the online application. Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of an application.
All open positions with the City of Gilroy are posted at www.GovernmentJobs.com. From this website, you can obtain the required online application for each position. In addition, you can view information about each open position as well as a detailed job flyer. If you have any questions regarding accessing City of Gilroy jobs on this website, please call Human Resources at 408-846-0228.
Please refer to the City of Gilroy’s Typing Certificate Information Sheet (PDF).
Call the Human Resources department at 408-846-0228.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 408-846-0350, or come to the Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Most trees located in the public right-of-way, as explained above, are city trees. If you have a question as to whether a tree is in the right-of-way, you can check the exact dimensions of the right-of-way with the Engineering Division at 408-846-0223 If the tree does not lie within the city right-of-way, the tree is not a street tree. Trees on private streets are not city trees.
Requests for pruning, spraying, inspection and similar services can be made by calling Public Works at 408-846-0424. The support staff will take information on your request and will generate a work request for the Urban Forestry crews. Staff will inspect the tree and report to you what, if any, work is required.
The city crew’s first priority is urgent problems such as cracked limbs, trees that are at risk of falling, and downed trees. Many routine tree maintenance services are contracted out The tree crew only handles routine service requests on a time available basis. If your request is for a service that is not urgent in nature, it may be put on a work order list to be included in a future contract. It is very costly and inefficient for the tree crew to provide routine tree services on a spot by spot basis. Whenever possible, tree services that are not urgent will be held and scheduled so that the crew or contractor can take care of all the trees in a given area at the same time.
Property owners are free to plant whatever tree they like on their own property outside the public right of way. If you would like the city to consider planting a street tree in front of your home, call Public Works at (408) 846-0424 to make a request. Requests will be considered based on current tree policies and available funding. Typically, the city contracts for tree planting and the planting is done in batches 2 or 3 times a year. Your location will be placed on a list to be included in the next tree planting contract. If you wish to plant a tree sooner than the city is able to, you may request a permit to plant a street tree. There are designated tree species for every street in the city, and the tree you plant must be the tree designated on the street tree master planting plan. Exceptions to the plan can only be grantedby the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Yes, however you must obtain a permit from the City and the tree and planting methods must adhere to the City’s standards for street trees. The City’s policy requires that the tree be planted by a licensed landscape contractor.
A copy of the street tree planting detail is available from Engineering Services at 408-846-0223.
Public Works at 846-0424. All street trees are on a regular pruning schedule. Routine pruning is planned so that the crew can prune all the trees in a given geographic area at the same time. This is the most efficient and cost effective way to prune. Current funding limits routine, non-emergency, tree pruning to no more frequently than once every 11 years. If you feel your tree needs routine pruning, you can contact Community Services and the tree will be pruned in accordance with the schedule along with other trees in your neighborhood.
If there is some type of hazard, such as a cracked limb, or downed or leaning tree, staff will respond and inspect the tree and prune or remove the tree as needed to correct the hazard. Non-urgent pruning outside of the scheduled maintenance is only done on a time available basis. If the property owner wishes to have a tree pruned sooner, they may request a permit from Community Services to prune the tree.
City trees are pruned according to internationally accepted pruning guidelines that are designed to promote the health and safety of each tree. This means that the city will never "top" a tree, or simply cut off the top part of the limbs. If you believe a street tree is causing a problem with street lights, power lines, or other structures, call Public Works at 408-846-0424 to report the problem.
The city contracts for stump grinding services once per year. Please call Public Works at 408-846-0424 to request that your stump be included in our next stump removal contract.
Call Public Works at 846-0424. Root pruning is done once a year in the fall. This is the best time to prune roots for the health of the tree. Staff will take the information on your tree, and it will be put on the list for root pruning during the next root pruning cycle. See the section on sidewalks for further information.
Call Public Works at 846-0424 to have the tree inspected, pruned or removed as necessary.
Depending on availability, once a year during the Earth Day celebration, typically in April, the city will have wood chips and compost available for public pick up. Contact our Public Works Department at 846-0424 to find out when the next Earth Day celebration will occur.
If you have a high water bill, it could be from a leak on your property.
Check for leaks:
Toilets: Open the back tank. Examine the overflow and adjust the ball float if needed. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. Wait about 30 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in your toilet bowl, then you have a leak and need to replace the flapper valve or adjust the chain. Replacement parts are easy to pick up at your local hardware store. Turn off the water supply to your toilet while you are waiting for or conducting repairs.
Leaky faucets/showerheads/hose bibs: Check all of your faucets, shower or bathtubs, and hose bibs for drips. Even small drips add up.
Irrigation: Check your control valves and irrigation lines for breaks or leaks. If your system is on a timer, check that the timer is set correctly. Other common causes of leaks are water softeners (stuck valves), leaks at the water connections to sinks, and leaks in a swimming pool or pump.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers helpful water conservation guidance and tips. Visit their website at https://www.valleywater.org/saving-water/residential.
A service request form with an authorized signature is required to start or stop service, along with a copy of a photo I.D. Please use the following forms:
These forms are also available in the Finance Department at City Hall. The form can be faxed or submitted in person. The fax number is (408) 846-0421 and City Hall office hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Beyond the payment methods above, customers can also pay their utility bill through and electronic funds transfers. The form for electronic funds transfer can be found here: Electronic Funds Transfer