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Town of Atherton
ATHERTON RAIL COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, August 9, 2022
This meeting is being held virtually and in-person at the Council Chambers located on
80 Fair Oaks Lane, Atherton, California 94027
This meeting is being held via teleconference pursuant to Government Code section 54953(e)(1)(B) and in compliance with the Brown Act. Section 54953(e)(1)(B) permits the Town to hold a meeting during a proclaimed state of emergency via teleconference in order to determine whether as a result of the emergency meeting in person would present an imminent risk to attendees' health or safety. The public may participate via: Zoom Meeting.
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Meeting ID: 935 1700 0963
Remote Public Comments:
Meeting participants are encouraged to submit public comments in writing in advance of the meeting. The following email address will be monitored during the meeting and public comments received will be read into the record.
1. ROLL CALL
Committee Members: Alex Keh (Chair), John Maulbetsch (Vice Chair), Jack Ringham, Greg Conlon, Paul Jones, Jim Janz, James Massey
Councilmember Liaisons: Robert Polito
Staff: Robert Ovadia
2. PUBLIC COMMENTS – For items not on the agenda.
(This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Committee on any matter on the agenda that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Rail Committee. State law prohibits the Committee from acting on items not listed on the Agenda.)
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – June 14, 2022
Recommendation: Approve minutes for June 14, 2022
4. PRESENTATIONS – None.
5. REGULAR AGENDA
5a. Election of Chair and Vice Chair (10 min)
The Committee will discuss the positions and duties of Chair and Vice Chair. The Committee will act to appoint a Chair and Vice Chair for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
5b. Watkins Avenue Safety Improvements (5 min.)
The Committee will receive a brief report on the status of the status of the design of the Watkins Avenue Safety Improvements project being implemented by The Committee will have the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming issues and activities as well as related items. Not an action item.
5c. Caltrain Update (5 min.)
The Committee will receive a brief report on current issues associated with Caltrain including the Peninsula Corridor Electrification project, governance changes, and other related items. The Committee will have the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming issues and activities as well as related items. Not an action item.
- San Mateo Daily Journal News Article June 22, 2022: Caltrain governance deal OK’d
5d. High-Speed Rail Authority Update (5 min.)
The Committee will receive a brief report on current status of High-Speed Rail. The Committee will have the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming activities as well as related items. Not an action item.
- San Francisco Examiner News Article June 21, 2022: California High-Speed Rail finalizes plans for segment from San Francisco to San Jose
- CalMatters Article July 7, 2022: Will a new oversight position help California’s high-speed rail plans get on track?
- San Francisco Examiner News Article July 19, 2022: Millbrae sues High-Speed Rail Authority over proposed station
5e. Rail Activities - Neighboring Jurisdictions Discussion (10 min.)
The Committee will have an opportunity to various activities associated with the rail corridor in neighboring jurisdictions as they relate to the peninsula rail corridor, as well as related items. Not an action item.
5f. Rail Committee Designation (20 min.)
The City Council, at their June 15, 2022, meeting briefly discussed the continued role of the Rail Committee. It was suggested that perhaps the Committee could serve as group independent from the Town, similar to the Tree Committee. The Tree Committee is not a formal Council-appointed Committee. The group does have the occasional support of staff; and, as part of the Town’s “Designated Groups” has the ability to use Town space for meetings. Prior to formal consideration by the Council at a future meeting, the City Council is seeking feedback from the Rail Committee regarding the potential change in designation. The Committee may act to provide feedback to the City Council regarding committee designation.
1. Staff report regarding Rail Committee designation
6. COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBER COMMENTS
7. PUBLIC COMMENT
8. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
9. NEXT MEETING – October 4, 2022
Next meeting is scheduled for: October 4, 2022
Please contact the City Clerk’s office at (650) 752-0500 with any questions. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 752-0500. Notification of 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Town to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (29 CRF 35.104 ADA Title II)