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Jan 17

That's A Wrap! - January 16, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:14 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: January 16, 2019
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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 their Regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 16 beginning at 7 pm with Open Session. 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. Representatives from CalWater were present to provide the Council with an overview of their Capital Infrastructure Project application with the California Public Utilities Commission and the District's Water Conservation Program. 

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, Police Chief and Interwest Project Engineer for the Civic Center Project and Water Capture Project. With respect to the Police Chief Report, the Council commented on items related to the recent burglaries in Town and the upcoming January 31, 2019 Community Public Safety Meeting at the Park. The Council also discussed ways to improve the Town's subscriptions for electronic outreach. There are 1,018 residents signed up for SMC Alerts, 1,170 registered for Police News Flashes, 1,340 registered for Atherton Online, 2,843 connections with the Town's NextDoor, 323 followers on the Town's Twitter feed, 186 followers on Facebook, and 179 followers on Instagram.

The Town is a member of NextDoor and posts regularly. However, NextDoor requires that residents in each particular neighborhood select particular neighborhoods from which to see posts. Neighborhoods are created by NextDoor and are address dependent. The Town posts under the following profile: Please add the Town's profile/neighborhood to your selected neighborhoods. You can also sign-up for the Town's various email subscriptions via NotifyMe! on the Town's website - Via this link you can sign up for Atherton Online - a regular Friday publication, the emergency alert center, bid postings, and News Flashes from the various different Town departments. The Town's main webpage also has a link to CitizenRIMS. CitizenRIMS is an online crime reporting webpage - Here you can drill down on all the various crime activity in Town from alarm responses to hazard calls. You can also view the press bulletin, sign up for a vacation home check, and for security camera registration. You can even look various different Arrest Warrants with mug shots. With respect to the Project Report on the Water Capture Project, the Council commented on items related to project timing and funding. With respect to the Civic Center Project, the Council commented on items related to the Pre-Bid Conference, Contractors, and Staging and Phasing of the Project. 

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 Mayoral Committee Assignments. The Council approved the Consent Agenda, as presented. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda. Item No. 11 was Consider Rejection of All Bids for Janitorial Maintenance Services. Following a staff report and public comments, the Council approved rejection of all bids and directed staff to find an alternative service provide on a month-to-month basis while the Civic Center is under construction. 

Next up was Item No. 12, Approval of a Professional Services Agreement with Community Design Architecture for Green Infrastructure Plan Preparation. Following a staff report and public comments, the Council discussed issues related to the State mandate, cost, and timing. Following discussion, the Council approved the Professional Services Agreement.

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 13, Review, Discuss and Provide Direction on Renewable Energy Systems and Power Purchase Agreement Options for the Atherton Civic Center. Following a staff report and public comments, the Council discussed issues related to timing of a Power Purchase Agreement, tax incentives, inclusion of a microgrid in the project, and solicitation of proposals. Following discussion, the Council provided direction to staff to move forward with a Request for Proposal to solicit a Power Purchase Agreement provider.
Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 9:04 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Joint Meeting with the Fire District on January 22 at 5 pm in the Pavilion. The Joint Meeting Agenda includes the Fire Services Fiscal Review, Fire Emergency Response Routes, and Alarm Notification Systems. On February 6, there is a Study Session of the Council at 4 pm at City Hall. This meeting will include a presentation on the San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Agency and a presentation by NBS on funding options for the Atherton Channel District.

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton