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Nov 15

That's A Wrap! - November 14, 2018

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 10:03 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: November 14, 2018
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured

Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative. 


The City Council met their Regular City Council Meeting (rescheduled as a Special Meeting) on Wednesday, November 14 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. The Council heard Annual Program Presentations from the Atherton Library (Atherton Library Manager Francisco Vargas) and ADAPT (ADAPT Leader Tom Prussing).  Following Presentations, the Council moved to Public Comments. 

Report.jpegFollowing Public Comment, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report. The City Manager's Report is prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, Planning, Police, and Public Works. Staff requested that the Council consider adding an Urgency Item to the Agenda under Item No. 13 related to a Change Order for the ongoing Library Demolition that arose after the Agenda was posted and is time sensitive. The Council authorized the addition of the item to the Agenda to be discussed under Item No. 13. 

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 11. Item No. 10 on the Consent Agenda was removed from the Agenda for discussion immediately following the Consent Agenda. Items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine in nature and are generally considered in one motion and adopted by a single vote of the Council. Included in this month's Consent Agenda were bills, minutes, and a Resolution authorizing examination of Sales, Use and Transaction Tax Records by HdL. The Council approved the Consent Agenda, as presented, with the exception of Item No. 10.  

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up Item No. 10 for Discussion. Item No. 10 was Adoption of a Resolution to Establish a Section 115 Post Employment Benefits Trust for Pension Benefits. Staff answered questions from the Council regarding establishment of the fund, timing, need, and funding. Following public comment and discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda. Item No. 12 was Appointments to the Park & Recreation Committee and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council selected and appointed Marylue Timpson to the Park and Recreation Committee and Thea Henry-Hamilton to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 13, Updates to the Civic Center Project Activities and Action Related to the Library Demolition Project, Project Funding and a Scope of Work Change for the Project Architect related to Photovoltaic Panels on the Library. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to a Change Order to add the metal Public Works Building to the demolition project for $14,900, that would be offset by auction of the surplus generator and other project savings; the removal of photovoltaic panels from the Library Project so that they could become a part of a future Power Purchase Agreement for the overall project; and the various options to meet project funding needs once bid results are known. The Council discussed the priority and timing of a future Power Purchase Agreement and directed staff to return in the coming months with a Report and Proposal from a potential vendor for discussion of next steps. The Council approved the Scope of Work for the Project Architect to remove the Photovoltaic Panels from the Library portion of the Project. The Council approved the Change Order to add the metal Public Works Building to the demolition project. The Council confirmed staff's understanding of direction with respect to project funding expectations and provided further feedback on the use of Town reserves should the need arise. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:05 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!



The next meeting of the City Council will be the Reorganization Meeting (Special Meeting) set for Thursday, December 6 at the Pavilion. The next Regular Meeting of the Council will be December 19. Tentative items for the Agenda include approval of the Plans and Specifications for the Civic Center Project and Authorization to Bid the Project; a Discussion of the Potential Revisions to the Heritage Tree Ordinance; a Discussion of the Model Franchise Agreement for Refuse Collection Services; and Discussion of the Addition of Membership and Appointment to the Environmental Programs Committee. 

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us




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Oct 18

That's A Wrap! - October 17, 2018

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 1:38 PM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: October 17, 2018
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured

Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative. 


The City Council met their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 17 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. The Police Chief presented Mayoral Proclamations to the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT) and former Police Sergeant Sherman Hall. Following the proclamations, the Chief introduced the Town's newest Sergeant, Sergeant David Gomez and then introduced the community to the Town's 2-member K-9 Unit.

The presentation scheduled by CalWater was postponed to the November 14 City Council Meeting.

Report.jpegFollowing Public Comment, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report. The City Manager's Report is prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, Planning, Police, and Public Works. 

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 16. Item No. 12 on the Consent Agenda was removed from the Agenda entirely and will be returned to the Council for consideration at a future date if needed. Items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine in nature and are generally considered in one motion and adopted by a single vote of the Council. Included in this month's Consent Agenda were bills, minutes, authorization of a Scope of Work for Tetra Tech for 20% Design of a Water Capture Project at Cartan Field, authorization for MIG to move forward with environmental review of a Water Capture Project at Cartan Field, adoption of an update to the Ordinance regulating Holbrook-Palmer Park, authorization to release a Request for Proposal for a Green Infrastructure Plan, award of contract for resurfacing of tennis courts, and authorization to advertise for bids for janitorial services. The Council approved the Consent Agenda, as presented, with the exception of Item No. 12.  

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda. Item No. 17 was a review and approval of an E-Citation Solution for the Police Department. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the proposed technology - life span, efficiencies, records management, warranty, use by code enforcement, officer safety, customization, other clients, document retention requirements, replacement cost, and any downsides to use of the new technology. Following discussion, the Council authorized staff to move forward with 3 E-Citation units. 

Item No. 18 was an Award of Contract to Central Valley Environmental for demolition and abatement of the Town's Library Building and approval of a Task Order for Interwest related to the Civic Center Project. Following discussion and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the engineering estimate for the project, construction/demolition bids, market timing, tiles on the old building, and next steps. Following discussion, the Council awarded the contract for demolition and authorized the scope of work for Interwest to proceed. 

Item No. 19 was the last item on the Agenda, Introduction of an Ordinance Amending the Contract between the Town and CalPERS for Employee Pickup of a share of the Employer Pension Obligation. Staff gave a brief staff report for the item and answered questions related to the various pension plans and employee organizations at the Town as well as the requirements and maximums under the law for employee and employer contributions. Following public comment, the Council discussed issues related to pursuit of local legislators for consideration of expansion of the ability of employee groups to contribute more toward the employer share of the pension obligation. Following discussion, the Council . Following the staff report and public comment, the Council approved the Ordinance for adoption. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:07 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!



The next meeting of the City Council will be the Regular Meeting of November 14. This will be a Special Meeting as it is rescheduled from its original date of November 21. Tentative items for the Agenda include a presentation/report by CalWater, a presentation/report by the Library, a presentation/report from ADAPT, committee appointments, and discussion/update on the Town's Refuse Franchise Agreement negotiations. 

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us




#AthertonTalks
#AthertonCivicCenter

Sep 20

That's A Wrap! - September 19, 2018

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 10:03 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: September 19, 2018
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured

Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative. 


The City Council met their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 19 beginning at 7 pm.

At 7 pm, the Council convened in Open Session for the Regular Meeting. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. The Mayor and Council presented a Proclamation to Barbara Wood in recognition of her service as a journalist covering the Town of Atherton for the Almanac News and congratulating her on her upcoming retirement. The Council also heard a presentation from Atherton Fiber/Paxio on the status of their fiber network deployment throughout Town. Following presentations, the Council moved to Public Comment where there were two speakers commenting on the current status of Surf Air. Later in the Agenda, the Mayor advised that he would be sending a letter to the County on behalf of the Town asking that they take efforts to prevent the return of Surf Air to San Carlos Airport. 

Report.jpegFollowing Public Comment, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report. The City Manager's Report is prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, Planning, Police, and Public Works. 

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 18. Items on the Consent Agenda are considered routine in nature and are generally considered in one motion and adopted by a single vote of the Council. Included in this month's Consent Agenda were bills, minutes, Treasurer's Report, 2nd Reading and Adoption of a Development Agreement Ordinance, Acceptance of Work for various Town projects, adoption of a Resolution establishing speed limits and authorization of a Request for Proposal for Environmental Work in support of a Water Capture Project at Cartan Field.

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the first of four (4) Public Hearings. Item No. 19 was an Appeal of a Notice and Order Issued for 370 Walsh Road. The Council opened the Public Hearing and took comments from the appellant (property owner) and other public comment. Following the Public Hearing, the Council discussed issues related to the current condition of the property, the enforcement process, plans for the property by the property owner, concerns of the neighbors, remedies, fines, and next steps. Following discussion, the Council denied the Appeal and directed the property owner to work with Town staff over the next 30 days to bring the property into compliance. 

Item No. 20 was a Public Hearing to introduce an Ordinance amending Chapter 12.24 of the Atherton Municipal Code related to Holbrook Palmer Park. Staff gave a brief presentation noting that the proposed ordinance amended sections of the Code related to the Park in order to bring those sections into alignment with other current law. A suggested amendment was related to Section 12.24.055, Animals to ensure that approved Facility Rental Agreements were taken into consideration. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the amendments and whether or not to consider a future discussion of an off leash area. It was noted that the Park & Recreation Committee would be reviewing the possibility of an off leash area in the near future. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance, as amended. 

Item No. 21 was a Public Hearing for 2nd Reading and Adoption of an Ordinance related to False Alarm Systems and Adoption of a related Fee Resolution. Following the brief staff report and public comment, the Council briefly discussed issues related to processing of renewals. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Ordinance and Resolution.
 
Next up was the final Public Hearing, Item No. 22, a Fee Resolution Amending Fees and Charges Related to Rental of the Pavilion in Holbrook Palmer Park. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the various rental periods, comparatives to other rental venues, and the Administrative Fees charged by the Town. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Fee Resolution. 

Next was the Regular Agenda, Item No. 23 was Review and Discussion of the Civic Center Project and approval of a Scope of Work from the Project Architect for the City Hall/Police Department Building Value Engineering. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the clay tile roof value engineering option, the future installation of photovoltaic panels, project funding, and the Council Chambers. Following discussion, the Council amended the scope for the roofing to place asphalt shingle wherever there were planned photovoltaic panels and clay tile in the remainder and directed that staff move the Council Chambers to an Additive Alternate as opposed to being a part of the base bid. With these changes to the value engineering options, the Council authorized the Scope of Work for the Project Architect.  

Item No. 24 was the Adoption of a Tree Inspection and Risk Management Policy for Town-owned or Town-maintained Trees and Direction on the Continued Maintenance of Trees on Middlefield Road and the possibility of Maintenance of Trees on Marsh Road. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to tree maintenance budget, types of trees, the tree inventory, current maintenance standards, rationale for the policy, Town risk, and complaint response. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Policy and directed that staff continue to maintain the trees along Middlefield Road but continue to require property owner maintenance of the trees along Marsh Road. 

Next the Council moved on to the Staff Reports on Responses to the San Mateo County Grand Jury. Items 25 through 28 were required responses to four (4) Grand Jury Reports to Cities, Towns, and Jurisdictions in San Mateo County on various issues. For each Report, the Council heard a brief overview of the issue, reviewed the response letter, took any public comment and ultimately approved the response letters as written. There were no public comments. 

Item No. 25 was a Response Letter to the Grand Jury Report Regarding Deployment of Narcan by Police Officers

Item No. 26 was a Response Letter to the Grand Jury Report Regarding Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing.

Item No. 27 was a Response Letter to the Grand Jury Report Regarding Cooperative Purchasing

Item No. 28 was a Response Letter to the Grand Jury Report Regarding Pension Obligations

Item No. 29 was the last item on the Agenda, Introduction of an Ordinance Amending the Contract between the Town and CalPERS for Employee Pickup of a share of the Employer Pension Obligation. Staff gave a brief staff report. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council Introduced the Ordinance for adoption. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 10:10 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!



The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session on October 3. Tentative items for the Agenda include a presentation of options for Power Purchase Agreements and a presentation on options for funding related to the Atherton Channel District.  

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us




#AthertonTalks
#AthertonCivicCenter