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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
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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