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Oct 18

That's A Wrap! - October 17, 2018

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 1:38 PM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: October 17, 2018
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Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative. 

The City Council met their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 17 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. The Police Chief presented Mayoral Proclamations to the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT) and former Police Sergeant Sherman Hall. Following the proclamations, the Chief introduced the Town's newest Sergeant, Sergeant David Gomez and then introduced the community to the Town's 2-member K-9 Unit.

The presentation scheduled by CalWater was postponed to the November 14 City Council Meeting.

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. 

After the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 8 through 16. Item No. 12 on the Consent Agenda was removed from the Agenda entirely and will be returned to the Council for consideration at a future date if needed. 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, authorization of a Scope of Work for Tetra Tech for 20% Design of a Water Capture Project at Cartan Field, authorization for MIG to move forward with environmental review of a Water Capture Project at Cartan Field, adoption of an update to the Ordinance regulating Holbrook-Palmer Park, authorization to release a Request for Proposal for a Green Infrastructure Plan, award of contract for resurfacing of tennis courts, and authorization to advertise for bids for janitorial services. The Council approved the Consent Agenda, as presented, with the exception of Item No. 12.  

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda. Item No. 17 was a review and approval of an E-Citation Solution for the Police Department. Following the staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the proposed technology - life span, efficiencies, records management, warranty, use by code enforcement, officer safety, customization, other clients, document retention requirements, replacement cost, and any downsides to use of the new technology. Following discussion, the Council authorized staff to move forward with 3 E-Citation units. 

Item No. 18 was an Award of Contract to Central Valley Environmental for demolition and abatement of the Town's Library Building and approval of a Task Order for Interwest related to the Civic Center Project. Following discussion and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the engineering estimate for the project, construction/demolition bids, market timing, tiles on the old building, and next steps. Following discussion, the Council awarded the contract for demolition and authorized the scope of work for Interwest to proceed. 

Item No. 19 was the last item on the Agenda, Introduction of an Ordinance Amending the Contract between the Town and CalPERS for Employee Pickup of a share of the Employer Pension Obligation. Staff gave a brief staff report for the item and answered questions related to the various pension plans and employee organizations at the Town as well as the requirements and maximums under the law for employee and employer contributions. Following public comment, the Council discussed issues related to pursuit of local legislators for consideration of expansion of the ability of employee groups to contribute more toward the employer share of the pension obligation. Following discussion, the Council . Following the staff report and public comment, the Council approved the Ordinance for adoption. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:07 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!

The next meeting of the City Council will be the Regular Meeting of November 14. This will be a Special Meeting as it is rescheduled from its original date of November 21. Tentative items for the Agenda include a presentation/report by CalWater, a presentation/report by the Library, a presentation/report from ADAPT, committee appointments, and discussion/update on the Town's Refuse Franchise Agreement negotiations. 

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton