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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.

Jun 20

That's A Wrap! - June 19, 2019

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 10:49 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: June 19, 2019
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 their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 19 beginning at 7:15 pm with Open Session. A Closed Session was held at 6 pm. The Council discussed the City Manager's 360-Evaluation and provided direction to the Mayor and Vice Mayor for discussions with the City Manager. 
 
Following Roll Call, the Council moved to Presentations. During Presentations, by Proclamation, the City Council recognized Jim Massey for his contributions to the community over the years. 

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. The Council received Oral Reports from the City Manager and staff on various issues contained within the City Manager's Report.

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 10. 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 approval of a Lease Extension with Knox Playschool. Following brief comments on the lease extension, the the Council approved the items on the Consent Agenda. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 11 was Consideration of and Appointments to Various Committees and the Town's Planning Commission and the assignment of staggered terms. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council appointed 4 members to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee; 2 members to the Environmental Programs Committee; 4 members to the Park and Recreation Committee; 1 member to the Audit and Finance Committee; 1 member to the Transportation Committee; and 2 members the Planning Commission. Following the appointments, staff drew appointee names randomly to assign staggered terms to all new appointees and members of the Town's Rail Committee. There remains 1 vacancy on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and 1 vacancy on the Environmental Programs Committee. 

Item No. 12 was Adoption of the FY 2019/20 Operations and Capital Budget, Salary and Benefit Resolution for Unrepresented Staff, Memorandum of Understanding for the Atherton Police Officers Association; 2019/20 Salary and Classification Schedule, and the GANN Limit Appropriations. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the Town's revenue projections, Police Officers Association MOU and Capital Improvement Budget. Following discussion, the Council adopted all necessary Resolutions to adopt the Budget as presented.

Item No 13 was discussion of the General Plan Update and Initial Study/Negative Declaration, as well as the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. Following a staff presentation and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to street classifications, levels of service, hazard mitigation plans, fire hazard plans, aircraft noise and frequency, freight noise, quiet zone designation, noise contours, and the Grand Boulevard Initiative. The Council provided comments back to staff for future discussion on the General Plan and asked that it return for future consideration. 

Item No. 14 was a Review of Fees and Penalties, including the prior Road Impact Fee and Construction Time Limit Penalty; and provide direction to staff. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the merits of a fee study; the ability to adjust fees based on new hourly rates; the addition of a penalty for working without a permit; modifications to the construction time limit penalty to eliminate the 30-day grace period and remove the cap on the penalty amount; and the possibility of a future development tax on construction. Following discussion, the Council asked that staff return with modifications to the Construction Time Limit Ordinance to remove the maximum cap on the penalty amount; a recommendation on elimination of the 30-day grace period; implementation of a working without a permit penalty; and proposed fee adjustments to account for increases in hourly rates for the Council's consideration. The Council asked that staff schedule further discussion on the possibility of a development tax.  

Next was Item No. 15, Consideration of a Professional Services Agreement with R3 Consulting Group for Solid Waste Procurement Assistance. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the submittal by R3 Consulting Group. Following discussion, the Council authorized the award of the Professional Services Agreement to R3 Consulting Group.

Last up was Item No. 16, Civic Center Update and Ratification/Authorization for various project task orders, approval of a Consent Agreement and Exchange in Real Property Interest Agreement with the SFPUC, and ratification of the City Manager's Proposed Change Order process. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the various task orders related to electrical service work for the temporary facilities in the Park; extension of timeline for services for Mack5, Construction Management; approval of subcontracts via Mack5 for Asbestos Removal Monitoring and Storm Water Monitoring and Inspection Services; approval of a task order for Interwest for Information Technology assistance; and approval of the Consent Agreement and Real Property Exchange with the SFPUC. Following approval of these items, the Council discussed the Change Order process proposed by the City Manager. The Council asked questions related to the various possible sizes of change orders, the intended process to be used for review and approval, and the magnitude of change order potential for the project. Following discussion, the Council ratified the process with the caveat that no individual change order over $250,000 may be approved by the City Manager without Council review. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 10:07 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!



The next meeting of the City Council will be July 17. The July 17 meeting will be a combined Study Session and City Council meeting as the meeting on July 3 has been cancelled. The July 17 meeting will begin at 5 pm at the Pavilion in the Park. The meeting tentatively includes a review of Cash Flow Planning for the Civic Center Project; Review and Approval of various General Plan Updates; Feedback on the Town's Townwide Traffic Study; Adoption of the Town's Green Infrastructure Plan; and Review and Consideration of changes to the Town's Integrated Pest Management Policy.

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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






May 17

That's A Wrap! - May 15, 2019

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 1:35 PM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: May 15, 2019
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 their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 15 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. A Closed Session was held at 6 pm. Direction was provided to the City Manager on Labor Negotiations and the Council discussed the City Manager's Evaluation process.
 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. During Presentations, the City Council recognized Gino Gasparini in honor of his retirement from Recology; and presented a Certificate of Recognition to Luca Medici as a "Trash to Art" contest winner.

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. The Council received Oral Reports from the City Manager on various issues.

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 10. 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 adopting a program for managing PCBs in Building Materials during Building Demolition. Following comments and brief discussion on the the minutes, removing minutes from the January 22, 2019 Joint Meeting with the Fire District for modification and brief questions regarding the Resolution, the Council approved the items on the Consent Agenda, except the January 22 minutes. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 11 was Approval of a Resolution Governing Town Committees; Setting a Distribution of Staggered Terms; and Adjusting Committee Charter and Membership Detail as Deemed Appropriate. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the various staggered term scenarios and discussed the merits of continuation of the Civic Center Advisory Committee. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution as presented and given the current status of the project and the desire for the full Council to be involved as needed, opted to discontinue the Civic Center Advisory Committee. The Council directed that should staff need the direction of the Civic Center Advisory Committee Project Management Subcommittee, that staff should return to Council for consideration of reconstituting the subcommittee on an ad hoc basis. The Council asked that staff send letters of appreciation to the members of the Committee thanking them for their service to the Town. 

Item No. 12 was Authorization to Release a Request for Proposal for Procurement Assistance for Solid Waste and Recycling Services. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the request for proposal, the staff time involved in putting it together and suggested that staff amend the review criteria. Following discussion, the Council authorized release of the request for proposal amending the firm qualifications and project understanding review criteria. 

Item No. 13 was adoption of a Resolution approving the issuance of up to $64 million of solid waste enterprise bonds to refinancing outstanding bonds of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the intended use of the bonds by the SBWMA; the impact on the Town for long-term liability as a member of the SBWMA; the impact on the Town's decision-making for an alternative service provider; and the impact of the Town's decision with respect to the issue on the SBWMA. Following discussion, the Council voted to oppose the adding of additional debt to the SBWMA long-term financial obligations; but expressed support for the refinancing of the SBWMA bond obligations without such additional debt.

Item No. 14 was the Civic Center Update and involved Authorization for the City Manager to execute an Agreement with Wong Electric Inc. to provide electrical services for the Temporary Trailers at the Park; and provide feedback regarding a cost proposal with S.J. Amoroso for a temporary pedestrian pathway during construction of the Civic Center Project. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to wayfinding signage and safety along the pathway. Following discussion, the Council approved the agreement with Wong Electric, Inc. and expressed support for the execution of Change Order No. 1 to add the temporary pedestrian pathway. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, 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 Goals Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 12 pm in the Main House at the Park. Following the Goals Meeting, the Council will meet again in Study Session on June 5 at 4 pm at the Pavilion in the Park. This meeting will include a review of the full 2019/2020 Budget and input into the Town's Draft Green Infrastructure Plan.

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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






Apr 18

That's A Wrap! - April 17, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: April 17, 2019
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 their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. A Closed Session was held at 6 pm. Direction was provided to the City Manager on Labor Negotiations and the Council directed the City Attorney to move forward with a facilitator to assist the Council in conducting a 360-Evaluation of the City Manager.
 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. During Presentations, the City Council recognized the Menlo College Women's Wrestling Team and the Menlo School Girls' Basketball Team. The Police Chief conducted an Oath of Office for newly promoted Sergeant Jason Bollendorf and read a Proclamation for Police Week.

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. The Council received Oral Reports from the City Manager on various issues and noted upcoming community events:

- Atherton Town Center Groundbreaking, Tuesday, April 23 @ 3 pm
- Atherton Arbor Day & Memorial, Thursday, April 18 @ 9:30 am 
- Atherton Public Safety Community Meeting, Tuesday, April 30 @ 7 pm

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 11. 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, revisions to the Town's Investment Policy, and a resolution for Road Maintenance Projects under SB1. Following comments and brief discussion on the the minutes and SB1 resolution, the Council approved all items on the Consent Agenda. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 12 was Endorsement of the Proposal to form the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency Agency and allocation of $25,000 per year for three years to fund the Agency. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to governance, exiting the Agency, commitment of the $25,000, local benefit and local projects, the Town's future drainage projects and how the Agency could help, short and long term projects and solutions, and ways the Town can be involved in governance and representation. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution of Endorsement.

Item No. 13 was receipt and feedback on the Alameda de las Pulgas Corridor Study and the Local Traffic Flow/Long Range Planning Solutions StudyFollowing a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to signalization of the specific intersections, peak hour traffic flow, overall philosophy of traffic movement through or around Town, cut through traffic, emergency routes, "road diets" on El Camino Real, various traffic control devices, street classifications, and overall Town solutions. Following discussion, the Council asked that staff return to a future study session to allow the Council to focus on the data and report and discuss overall philosophy of traffic flow through and/or around the Town's major thoroughfares. 

Item No. 14 was the Civic Center Update and Approval of the Testing and Material Inspection Services Contract. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council approved the Agreement for Testing and Inspection Services related to the Project. 

Item No. 15 was Discussion and Direction regarding the Amended and Restated Franchise Agreement between the Town of Atherton and Recology. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the Town's Franchise Agreement with Recology and JPA Agreement with the SBWMA. The Council discussed issues related to bond refinancing, service delivery, options for service delivery, commitment to waste delivery to the SBWMA facility, cost of services to residents, as well as future cost escalation potential, and process for looking at and evaluating alternatives. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff return at a future meeting with a Request for Proposal to hire a consultant to assist with putting together a bid for refuse collection services. 

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 16, Approval of an Ordinance approving an amendment to the Town's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council approved the ordinance.

 Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 9:51 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!



The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session on May 1 at 4 pm at City Hall. This meeting will include the 2019/2020 Budget Study Session on Special Funds and Capital Projects. This meeting will also include a Report Out by the various City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittees.  
GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

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




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