George Rodericks

City Manager's Blog

The City Manager's Blog is an online educational tool to provide general information to the community in open communication style. Periodically, the City Manager will post articles of general interest covering topics such as the Town's budget, budget process, capital projects, upcoming meetings, community issues, public safety, and general Town operations.

Articles in the blog are not designed as press releases or Town publications, rather, they are written in more of a conversational style. The Blog does not have a comments feature but readers are free to respond to the Blog and its entries view email directly to the City Manager.

Sep 17

That's A Wrap! - September 16, 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 11:45 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: September 16, 2020
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 for the September Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call and Report out from Closed Session the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations and Public Comments.   

The Council presented Proclamations to retired K-9 Quancy and former ADAPT President Normal Fogelberg. The Council also recognized the ADAPT Board and Area Coordinators for their outstanding efforts in support of the community's safety.  

ReportFollowing 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.   

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 7 and 16. 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 minutes of various meetings, bills and claims, Notices of Completion for the 2020 Overlay and Patching projects, adoption of a Resolution designating voting delegates to the 2020 League Conference, a Resolution accepting COPS Grant Funding, a Resolution approving an application for Per Capita Grant Funds, Ratification of the Continuing Emergency due to COVID-19,  and acceptance of the 4th Quarter Treasurer's Report. The City Council removed the League Delegate Item (approved under Regular Agenda Items) to request that the League Resolutions be considered by the Council at the October 7 Study Session.

Public_Hearing_Image Next up was Public Hearings.

Item No. 16 was a Public Hearing to Introduce an Ordinance Amending the Atherton Municipal Code Chapter 17.52 related to Accessory Dwelling Units. After the Staff Report, questions and public comment, the Council discussed the draft ordinance. The Council discussed issues related to legal non-conforming structure replacement, inclusion of language to address enforcement of the owner occupancy requirements, impact of parking requirements, and setbacks. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for its 1st Reading (2nd Reading and Adoption to be scheduled for October 21). The Council expressed displeasure at the State mandated requirements related to the proposed amendments, its potential impact on the character of the Town, and directed staff to incorporate language in the Ordinance's preamble articulating the Council's concerns about the State's overreach. 
 

Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 17 was discussion and direction regarding the Town's participation in the HEROES Project. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the Town's participation in the project. Following discussion, the Council opted not to participate in the project. 

Item No. 18 was direction to staff regarding next steps on withdrawal from the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to current cost, future costs, risk of continued SBWMA membership as it relates to future costs, public comment issues raised by Recology, and the Town's continued membership in the SBWMA. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff move forward with finalizing negotiation of a franchise agreement with Greenwaste Recovery to begin January 1, 2021, authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement on behalf of the Town and directed the City Manager to facilitate the Town's exit from the SBWMA.  

Item No. 19 was consideration of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Operation and Maintenance of a proposed Library Cafe. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to operation of the cafe, non-profit versus for profit operators, opportunity for partnership with an event manager for the Park, minor corrections in the RFP, and size and opportunity of the space. Following discussion, the Council asked that staff return the item, with edits as directed, for consideration at the October 21 Council Meeting. 

Item No. 20 was consideration and direction of the million-dollar donor naming requests. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to recognition levels, opportunities, and guidelines. Following discussion, the Council accepted the naming requests of the million-dollar donors as presented by Atherton Now and directed staff to connect with Atherton Now to advise of the Town's recognition guidelines (8 1/2" x 11" plaque, placement considerations, etc.). 

Item No. 21 was direction regarding potential revisions to the City Council Handbook and Rules of Procedure. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed various provisions within the Handbook and Rules of Procedure and discussed possible revisions. The Council provided feedback with respect to the creation of Ad Hoc Subcommittees, representation of the Town and Council's direction by members of the Council, and engagement by other members of the Council on issues once a Subcommittee has been formed to address those issues. Staff will make the directed revisions, as well as other minor corrections, and return the Handbook and Rules of Procedure for consideration at the October 21 Regular Meeting. 

The last item on the Agenda, Item No. 22 was an update on the Town Center Project, direction regarding future fountain design and placement, approval of a Scope of Work for WRNS, and approval of a settlement with S.J. Amoroso regarding CPE#13 and CPE#51. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council directed staff continue to move forward with the proposed fountain design and placement and approved both the Scope of Work with WRNS and the Settlement Agreement with S.J. Amoroso.

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 10:37 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting/Study Session on October 7 at 3 pm. On the Agenda is consideration of appointment to the Finance Committee; discussion and direction regarding the League of Cities Legislative Resolution; Consideration of an Agreement with Caltrain for closure of the Atherton Rail Station; direction regarding event management services at Holbrook-Palmer Park; and Review and Direction Regarding the Bayfront Canal Project MOU and Project Terms.  

GeorgeThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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



Jul 16

That's A Wrap! - July 15, 2020

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 8:09 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: July 15, 2020
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 for the July Regular Meeting on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call and Report out from Closed Session the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations and Public Comments.   

ReportFollowing 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. The Council discussed issues related to the Building Permit Reports with a request for additional information in order to compare Fiscal Years.   

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 6 and 13. 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 minutes of various meetings, bills and claims, Notice of Completion for the 2019 ADA Ramp Maintenance Project, Resolution of Public Assistance Cost Recovery under OES, Award of Contract for the 2020 Slurry Seal Project, Ratification of the Continuing Emergency due to COVID-19, Resolution for Election Statements of Qualification, and Authorization for the purchase of 2 police vehicles. The City Council removed the item on police vehicle purchase for discussion and approved the balance of the Consent Agenda. After approval of the items, the Council briefly discussed the purchase of the 2 new police vehicles, discussing the condition of the vehicles, the types of vehicles to be purchased, viability of the exiting vehicles, and the funds to be used. Following discussion, the Council approved the item.   

Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 14 was Consideration of and Appointment to the Transportation Committee. Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council appointed Joseph Davis to a term on the Transportation Committee expiring June 30, 2021. 

Item No. 15 was consideration of acceptance of a donation naming request from a specified donor; and follow-up and direction on prior naming requests. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council was advised that correspondence to Atherton Now regarding the recognition proposal for the $1 million donors to the Town Center Project had been delayed and that the discussion should be continued to September. The Council concurred and this portion of the item was continued to the September Regular Meeting. Following that discussion, the Council considered the request of a specified donor for naming of a conference room within the Library and the theming of that room. The Council discussed the request and opted to postpone a decision until the Council can have a fuller conversation around reduction of donation naming amounts and specific themes for the Library conference rooms. Staff will return with a staff report at the September Regular Meeting for discussion of the preceding. 

Item No. 16 was Authorization for the Refuse Services Subcommittee to negotiate on behalf of the Town for exit from the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the current status of withdrawal from the SBWMA, the potential cost of that exit, timing of a new potential franchise with GreenWaste Recovery, and the process required to exit the SBWMA. Following discussion, the Council authorized the Subcommittee to negotiate on behalf of the Town.  
 
Item No. 17, Knox Playschools' request for Rent Waiver under COVID-19 Operational Guidance. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the current operations of Knox Playschools, impacts of COVID-19 on current and continuing operations, intent for continued operations into the new school year, and possible frameworks for the payment of rent. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff return at the July 27 Special Meeting with a proposal for consideration by the Council. 

The last item on the Agenda, Item No. 18 was an update on the Town Center Project and discussion and direction on future fountain design and locations. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the possible placement locations of fountains, work required by the project contractor, options for design, and overall potential cost. Following discussion, the Council directed that the City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee (Mayor/Vice Mayor) work with two former members of the Civic Center Advisory Committee Project Management Team to develop a rough recommendation for where to place the fountains and what the fountains should look like. The Council directed that that recommendation return to the Council at a future meeting. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 9:15 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting on July 27 at 2:30 pm. This will be a Special Meeting to discuss award of a Refuse Franchise Agreement to GreenWaste Recovery and a discussion of a lease solution for Knox Playschools. The City Council will be DARK for the month of August. The next Study Session of the City Council will be September 2 at 4 pm.  

GeorgeThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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



Jun 18

That's A Wrap! - June 17, 2020

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 2:35 PM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: June 17, 2020
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 for the June Regular Meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call and Report out from Closed Session the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations and Public Comments.   

Presentations included a Proclamation to the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission proclaiming June as LGBTQ Pride Month; and a presentation by Atherton Fiber on local deployment of their local fiber network. 

ReportFollowing 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. The Council discussed issues related to the Fire Services Subcommittee and asked that the item be agendized for discussion at the July 1 Study Session.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 7 and 12. 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 minutes of various meetings, bills and claims, 2nd Reading and Adoption of a Food Ware Ordinance (becomes effective July 17), a Resolution joining Employment Risk Management Authority for Liability Coverage, and approval of an Amendment to Agreement for Animal Control Services via the County. The City Council approved the Consent Agenda.  

Public_Hearing_ImageNext up was a Public Hearing - Item No. 13, a Conditional Use Permit, Density Bonus and Tree Protection Zone Exception for Menlo College. Following a staff report, applicant presentation and public comments, the Council discussed issues related to the tree protection zone, condition of trees, replacement trees, transportation demand measures, enrollment caps, campus noise and parking, building height, density approvals, traffic and entry ways, tree mitigation measures, and monitoring. Following discussion, the Council approved the Conditional Use Permit, Density Bonus and Tree Protection Zone Exception, with conditions related to a Transportation Demand Management Program and Tree Mitigation Monitoring. The Council and Project Applicant also agreed to establish a Neighborhood Collaboration Subcommittee to work with the Town and surrounding neighbors to address any ongoing issues on a regular basis. 
Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 14 was Appointment to various Town Committees and the Planning Commission. Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council appointed Walter Sleeth (3-year term) and Kate Scolnick (4-year term) to the Audit and Finance Committee; Sriram Iyer (4-year term) and Tom Owen (4-year term) to the Transportation Committee; David Jones (4-year term) to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee; Jim Janz (4-year term) and Jack Ringham (4-year term) to the Rail Committee; Matt Baker (4-year term) and Frank Merrill (2-year term) to the Park and Recreation Committee; and Nancy Lerner(4-year term) and Eric Lane (2-year term) to the Planning Commission.

Item No. 15 was adoption of the Town's FY 2020/21 Operations and Capital Budget, Approval of the Salary & Benefit Resolution, GANN Limit Resolution, and Salary and Classification Table. Following a brief staff report, the Council adopted the Budget and accompanying resolutions. 
 
Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 9:56 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be July 1 at 4 pm. This will be a Study Session of the City Council. Items on the July 1 Agenda include a discussion of the Fire Services Subcommittee and a Public Safety Report on Police Reforms, Policies and Practices. 

GeorgeThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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