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.

Nov 17

That's A Wrap! - November 16, 2022

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 7:21 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: November 16, 2022 (full Agenda link)
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 Regular Meeting on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 pm via Hybrid - (Zoom and In-Person) pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Public Comments and Presentations. As part of Presentations, the Council participated in the introduction of the Town's newest employee, Management Analyst II, Rachael Londer; Swearing In of new Sergeant Magami, an Audio Demonstration associated with the Noise Ordinance, and the Annual Report for the Atherton Library. 


ReportFollowing Public Comments and a Report out of Closed Session, the Council moved to Departmental Reports (~6:32 pm). The Departmental Reports are 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 Departmental Reports, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 1 through 9 (~6:32 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 bills and claims, minutes, Certification of the Continuing COVID-19 Emergency, 2nd Reading and Adoption of the Building and Fire Codes, Approval of Building Services Agreements, Acceptance of Work for Tennis Court Resurfacing, and the Treasurer's Report. Item No. 3, California Green Code, Reach Code and EV Code were pulled from Consent for discussion under the Regular Agenda. The Council approved all items remaining 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 Agenda. 



Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:34 pm).

Item No. 3, 2nd Reading and Adoption of Ordinances adopting the California Green Building Code, All Electric With Exceptions Reach Code and an EV Code. The Council took public comment and discussed the item. The Council discussed issues related to gas dryers and pool heaters. Following discussion and public comment, the Council adopted the Ordinances as presented. 

Item No. 10, Discussion of an Ordinance Amending the Town's Noise Ordinance (~6:57 pm). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to noise standards of surrounding communities, modifications of the Town's Social Gathering dBA limits, enforcement and penalties. Following discussion, the Council directed staff to return the Ordinance, as presented, for Introduction at the December meeting with minor amendments to penalties to allow for additional discretion during enforcement. 

Item No. 11 was consideration of a recommendation from the Town's Audit & Finance Committee related to OPEB Retiree Benefit Payments. (~733 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the rates of investment return, use of funds once payments are shifted to the OPEB Trust, identification of savings opportunities, actuarial report timing, review of actuarial reports by the Finance Committee, actuarial required contributions, and changes to demographic data of recipients. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff begin paying retiree OPEB benefits directly from the OPEB Trust when feasible and account for the General Fund savings "below the line" such that uses for the funds can be singularly identified as part of the budget process. 

The last items on the Agenda were Council Reports and final Public Comments. 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 7:51 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session/Special Meeting for Housing on Thursday, November 17 @ 5:30 pm. The Agenda will include review and direction regarding the Town's Housing Element. 

Ongoing Town Surveys - 

Housing Element - The Town submitted its Draft Housing Element for the 2023-2031 Housing Cycle to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its initial review. You can review the latest version of the Town's Housing Element by visiting the Town's Housing Element Webpage. The Plan relies heavily on the construction and rental of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on private property throughout Town. The Town is seeking support and input to develop a plan that encourages new ADU production and rental. Please take a moment to complete the Town's ADU Survey.

Centennial Celebration - September 12, 2023 is the Town's Centennial and we'd like to your help and input into how we should celebrate. Please take a quick moment to complete a brief, 1-question survey on your ideas for how we celebrate our Centennial

GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us


Oct 20

That's A Wrap! - October 19, 2022

Posted on October 20, 2022 at 8:15 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: October 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 October Regular Meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 6 pm via Hybrid - (Zoom and In-Person) pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations and Public Comments.   


ReportFollowing Public Comments and a Report out of Closed Session, the Council moved to Departmental Reports (~6:01 pm). The Departmental Reports are 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 Departmental Reports, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 1 through 5 (~6:02 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 bills and claims, minutes, Certification of the Continuing COVID-19 Emergency, Resolution updating the Town's Conflict of Interest Code, and a Resolution with Revisions to the Governing of Town Committees. 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. The Agenda include two Public Hearings. 

Item No. 6 was Introduction & First Reading of an Ordinance to Amend Title 15 Related to the 2022 California Building Code and Fire Code. (~6:03 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council discussed various provisions related to the Fire Code adoption. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for First Reading, with minor amendments to the Resolution of Adoption. 

Item No. 7 was Introduction & First Reading of an Ordinance adopting the 2022 California Green Code, with specifications for a Reach Code and EV Charging Requirements. (~6:18 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council discussed the various requirements proposed for the All Electric, with Exceptions Reach Code and EV Charging Reach Code. The Council discussed the various types of cooking appliances and fireplace exceptions and their applicability; and the EV Charging requirements for residential and commercial development, and applicability to new construction versus remodels and additions. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for First Reading, with amendments related to the following: clarification that for residential new construction the requirements for EV Charging were 1 Level 1 and 1 Level 2 Charging Capability; that the exceptions for the All Electric did not include newly constructed ADUs, Guest Houses, and Pool Houses as these were required to be all-electric; that non-residential office requirements should be removed for new construction; and that there needed to be additional clarification around indoor/outdoor cooking appliances and fireplaces to expand the variety and types for examples.


Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~7:31 pm).

Item No. 8, Consideration of an Appointment to the Park and Recreation Committee. Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council appointed Bob Roeser to fill an unexpired term on the Park and Recreation Committee.

Item No. 9, Consideration of a Rent Credit for Player Capital Tennis. (~7:40 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the timing and availability of courts during the renovations as well as Player Capital's expectations during the renovations. Following discussion, the Council approved a 50/50 split of the $3,166 reduction request.

Item No. 10 was Adoption of a Resolution supporting the El Camino Real Complete Streets Gap Closure Project. (~7:58 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the extent of the overall project, the project partners, improvements in adjacent communities, overall design and design intent, intent to reduce lanes of travel, rights of way, drainage, and outreach, to include partner agencies such as Fire. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution directing staff that as the Town evaluates the overall design that emphasis be placed on maintaining as many travel lanes as is feasible while still accommodating the goals to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety along the corridor. Staff was also directed to ensure that the thorough public outreach and engagement effort include partner agencies such as the Fire District.

The last items on the Agenda were Council Reports and final Public Comments. 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:25 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session/Special Meeting on Wednesday, November 2 @ 4 pm. The Agenda will include review and direction regarding the Town's Historic Train Station Renovation Project; and review and discussion of feedback from the Housing and Community Development Department of the Town's DRAFT 6th Cycle Housing Element, input and direction regarding the community outreach and engagement process, and next steps for the Housing Element submission. 

Ongoing Town Surveys -

Housing Element - The Town submitted its Draft Housing Element for the 2023-2031 Housing Cycle to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its initial review. You can review the latest version of the Town's Housing Element by visiting the Town's Housing Element Webpage. The Plan relies heavily on the construction and rental of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on private property throughout Town. The Town is seeking support and input to develop a plan that encourages new ADU production and rental. Please take a moment to complete the Town's ADU Survey.

Centennial Celebration - September 12, 2023 is the Town's Centennial and we'd like to your help and input into how we should celebrate. Please take a quick moment to complete a brief, 1-question survey on your ideas for how we celebrate our Centennial

GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us


Sep 22

That's A Wrap! - September 21, 2022

Posted on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: September 21, 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 September Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 pm via Hybrid - (Zoom and In-Person) pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with PresentationsThe Council heard presentations to swear in a new police officer, a proclamation for Suicide Prevention Month, and an introduction of the Good City Company Housing Element Team. Following presentations, the Council moved to Public Comments.   


ReportFollowing Public Comments and a Report out of Closed Session, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:23 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 4 through 9 (~6:24 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 bills and claims, minutes, Certification of the Continuing COVID-19 Emergency, adoption of a Resolution for the Citizen's Option for Public Safety Grant, acceptance of the Treasurer's Report for the 4th Quarter, and acceptance of work for the 2022 Slurry Seal Project. 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. The Agenda include a continuation of the Public Hearing Appeal to deny a Variance at 25 Isabella Avenue (~6:25 pm) - Item No. 10

Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council discussed the various issues related to the Variance request, attempts at resolution by the neighbors, and next steps. Following discussion, the Council denied the request for a Variance at 25 Isabella Avenue.  



Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:48 pm).

Item No. 11 was discussion of the Rail Committee's formal designation as a Town Committee (~6:48 pm). Following a brief staff report and public comments, the Council discussed the merits of retaining the Committee as a formal Town Committee versus an independent community committee. The Council discussed the value of maintaining the Rail Committee as a Town Committee but also expressed an appreciation for the staff time involved in serving the Committee. The Council directed staff to return a resolution to the Council to amend the meeting schedule of the Committee from 6 per year to 4 per year. 

Item No. 12 was the creation of Public Works Maintenance Manager and Associate Engineer positions and establish salary ranges for said positions (~7 pm). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council adopted the resolution approving the new job classifications. 

The last items on the Agenda were Council Reports and final Public Comments. Reports were made on the recent ADAPT Emergency Preparedness Drill, the upcoming ADAPT Zone Meeting, the recent Peninsula Clean Energy's Annual Strategic Retreat and the upcoming Community Meeting on the Housing Element (see more below). 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 7:22 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session/Special Meeting on Wednesday, October 5 @ 4 pm. The Agenda will include a presentation and recommendation by the Police Department on the use of the Paladin Drone System; and a discussion on possible revisions to the Town's Noise Ordinance to address Special Events on private property. 

Housing Element News

The Town submitted its Draft Housing Element for the 2023-2031 Housing Cycle to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its initial review. You can review the latest version of the Town's Housing Element by visiting the Town's Housing Element Webpage.

The Plan relies heavily on the construction and rental of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on private property throughout Town. The Town is seeking support and input to develop a plan that encourages new ADU production and rental. Stay tuned for more information, to include a possible community survey and commitment to produce additional ADUs. The Town will also soon receive comments from HCD on our Draft Housing Element. We will be seeking your input on strategies for response. 

Join the City Council for an overview of the Draft Housing Element and a forum for community input and feedback on Tuesday, October 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Atherton Council Chambers at 80 Fair Oaks Lane. You can participate virtually as well via the this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 873 4334 1334, Passcode: Housing)

For more details, visit the Town's Housing Webpage. To stay engaged on Town topics and issues, sign up for the Town's E-News here.

GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us