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.

Jan 20

That's A Wrap! - January 19, 2022

Posted on January 20, 2022 at 9:27 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: January 19, 2022
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 January Meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at 6 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Public Comments and then Presentations. The City Council heard the Annual Report from the Atherton Library (the Report was heard at the end of the Agenda at approximately 8:04 pm.)


ReportFollowing Presentations, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:04 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it typically 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 6 through 11 (~6:05 pm). 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, a resolution making modifications to Town Committees, Council Committee Assignments, adoption of a Resolution complying with Assembly Bill 481, Law Enforcement, and certification of the continuing emergency. The Council removed Item No. 8 for discussion; and following an opportunity for questions or comments relating to the size of the Finance Committee, the Council approved all items on the Consent Agenda. 

Public_Hearing_ImageNext was Public Hearings.
 
Public Hearings are typically held for Ordinances, Budget Adoption, Fee Adoption, and Land Use approvals. There were no Public Hearings on the January Agenda.
 
Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:15 pm).

Item No. 12 related to the potential modification of hours for the right-turn on red restrictions at the Middlefield Road/Oak Grove Avenue Intersection. Following a brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed staff's recommendation of no changes to current conditions. Following brief discussion related to data, the Council agreed with staff's recommendation and directed no changes to current conditions.

Next was Item No. 13, Consideration of Appointments to the Audit/Finance Committee. (~6:20 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comment, the City Council heard from the applicants for the Committee vacancy, with one applicant withdrawing application. Following discussion, the Council appointed Tom Hill to fill the unexpired term (expiring June 2022) on the Audit/Finance Committee.

The Council then moved to Item No. 14, Review and Discussion of a Town Center Master Plan Update. (~6:33 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comment, the City Council discussed issues related to the various types of activities that could be held at the Town Center both public and private, event oversight, issues and/or concerns related to public and private events, importance of the Town's cafe space, use by governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, Library oversight of Library spaces, the train station renovation and improvements to the physical plant to include but not limited to micro-grid project, addition of solar, and expansion of electric vehicle charging opportunities. The Council also discussed necessary improvements to the Town's Corporation Yard and the various ways and opportunities to improve the area inclusive of relocation of all or portions of the Corporation Yard. Following feedback, the Council directed staff to continue to shape the Master Plan - Uses and Opportunities and return it for further Council feedback in the future as the Town Center Project moves forward.

The last item on the Agenda was 
Item No. 15, Authorization to Release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Cafe Services at the Town Center. (~7:17 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the RFP with particular focus on the evaluation criteria, further guidance to proposers regarding Town review of interior tenant improvements, rent/revenue share opportunities, potential uses for the space under the cafe umbrella. Following discussion, the Council directed that further work be down on the RFP prior to release and asked that the Mayor appoint a City Council Subcommittee to work with staff to revise the RFP and then authorize its release.

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:24 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting/Study Session on February 2 at 4 pm. The February meeting will include a Mid-year Budget Report, an After-Action Report on the Town's recent Communications Drill, and Consideration of Amendments to the Town's Landscape Screening Ordinance.  
 
GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

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Dec 16

That's A Wrap! - December 15, 2021

Posted on December 16, 2021 at 7:26 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: December 15, 2021
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 December Meeting on Wednesday, December 15 at 6 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Public Comments and then Presentations. The City Council presented a Proclamation honoring Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT) President, Tom Prussing.


Following Presentations, the Council moved to the Reorganizations portion of the Agenda. (~6:14 pm) Each December, the City Council rotates the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor. Following remarks from the outgoing Mayor Elizabeth Lewis, the Council declared the office of Mayor and Vice Mayor vacant and selected the new Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2022. The Council selected Councilmember Rick DeGolia to serve as Mayor and Councilmember Bill Widmer to serve as Vice Mayor for calendar year 2022.  


ReportFollowing Reorganization, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:32 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it typically includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, PlanningPolice, and Public Works.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 7 through 11 (~6:33 pm). 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 the Solid Waste and Edible Food Recovery Waste Ordinance, Approval of an Agreement amending the West Coast Arborist Agreement, and certification of the continuing emergency. Following an opportunity for questions or comments, the Council approved the Consent Agenda.

Public_Hearing_ImageNext was Public Hearings.
 
Public Hearings are typically held for Ordinances, Budget Adoption, Fee Adoption, and Land Use approvals. There were no Public Hearings on the December Agenda. 
 
Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:34 pm).

Item No. 12 was a Resolution to Adopt the 2021 San Mateo County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Following a brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the thrust of the changes to the Plan, local importance of the Plan and the Town's continued focus on ADAPT, as well as the regional nature of the Plan. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution.  

Next was 
Item No. 13, Review and Discussion of the Out Year Financial Planning Spreadsheet and Providing Staff with Direction. (~6:45 pm). Following a staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the value of the spreadsheet, how it would be used during the FY 2021/22 Budget process, a renewed focus on the Town's Master Plans and Master Planning process, and provided staff with feedback related to priority projects, set aside funds, and reserve balances. 

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 20, the 2021 Annual Goals Report(~7:27 pm) The City Manager provided an overview of the Goals Report and noted the work done by the Town over the past year. The City Manager advised that the Annual Goals Report was a new item and the expectation was that such a report would be presented to the Council and community each year. Following the brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council received the Report. 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 7:30 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting/Study Session on January 12 at 4 pm. The January meeting will include an action item to approve an RFP for Landscape Services; and two discussion items - Sites and Strategies to meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Discussion of Master Plan, Events, and Activities at the new Town Center (inclusive of the potential for a cafe).
 
GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager

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

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Nov 18

That's A Wrap! - November 17, 2021

Posted on November 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

 Council Meeting Date: November 17, 2021
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 November Meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations. The City Council heard a presentation from Harris & Associates on the process and options for the formation of Underground Utility Assessment Districts. The presentation (preceding link) along with the video of the Council Meeting andTown FAQs will be hosted on the Town's website. Following presentations, the Council moved to Public Comments.

ReportFollowing Public Comment, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:45 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it typically includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, PlanningPolice, and Public Works.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 7 through 16 (~6:46 pm). 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, agreement with the County of San Mateo for responsibilities for disposable food service ware, approval of an amendment to the Commute.org Agreement, adjustments to the Street Sweeping Contract, release of an Request for Proposal for Design Services for the Train Station Remodel Project, acceptance of work for the pavilion restrooms and Park turnaround project, acceptance of the Treasurer's Report, and certification of the continuing emergency. Following an opportunity for questions or comments, the Council approved the Consent Agenda.

Public_Hearing_ImageNext was Public Hearings.
 
Public Hearings are typically held for Ordinances, Budget Adoption, Fee Adoption, and Land Use approvals. Item No. 17 was Introduction of an Ordinance Adding Chapter 18 Solid Waste and Edible Food Recovery - requirements of SB 1383. (~6:50 pm) Following a staff report, presentation and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to format of the Ordinance, compliance requirements for SB 1383, responsibility of the County - Greenwaste Recovery - and Town, applicability to public and private schools, reporting, and food recovery organizations. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for 1st Reading.  
 
Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~7:23 pm).

Item No. 18 was discussion of the final resolution of median street tree replacements at Tuscaloosa Avenue and at Mt. Vernon Lane; and acceptance of a donation to fund a larger tree at Mt. Vernon Lane. Following a brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the design of the median around the Tuscaloosa tree and the amount of donation from residents around the Mt. Vernon tree. Following discussion, the Council accepted the solutions for replacement and acceptance the commitment for a donation to fund the larger tree at Mt. Vernon.

Item No. 19 was an update on the Neighborhood Traffic Management Action Plan and a review of the Short Term Phase I priorities (~7:34 pm). Following a brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the proposed Phase I priorities, methodology for implementation, timing of implementation, phasing of future priorities, design of speed humps to conform with Fire District requirements for emergency response routes, proposed increases to stop sign sizes and retention of Atherton's small town character regarding sign proliferation. Following discussion, the Council accepted the Short Term Phase I priorities but directed staff to return to the Council with the specific proposals for increasing stop sign sizes for review before implementation.

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 20, Town Center Update. (~7:51 pm) The City Manager provided a brief report on the status of the Town Center Project.

Under Council Comments, the City Council Liaison to the Airport Roundtable provided an update on overflight activity from San Francisco Airport over Atherton and encouraged the Council to express their opposition for the increased flight patterns at San Francisco Airport as they affect the Town.

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 7:56 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting/Study Session on December 1 at 4 pm. The December meeting will be focused on discussions around changes to the Town's Historic Preservation Ordinance to address the Mills Act; and at 5 pm will be a Joint Meeting with the Planning Commission to report and discuss the impacts and strategies around Senate Bill 9. 
 
 
GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager

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