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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
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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, 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