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May 17

That's A Wrap! - May 15, 2019

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 1:35 PM by grodericks grodericks

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Council Meeting Date: May 15, 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, May 15 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 discussed the City Manager's Evaluation process.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council moved to Presentations. During Presentations, the City Council recognized Gino Gasparini in honor of his retirement from Recology; and presented a Certificate of Recognition to Luca Medici as a "Trash to Art" contest winner.

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.

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 a Resolution adopting a program for managing PCBs in Building Materials during Building Demolition. Following comments and brief discussion on the the minutes, removing minutes from the January 22, 2019 Joint Meeting with the Fire District for modification and brief questions regarding the Resolution, the Council approved the items on the Consent Agenda, except the January 22 minutes. 

Following the Consent Agenda, the Council took up the Regular Agenda.

Item No. 11 was Approval of a Resolution Governing Town Committees; Setting a Distribution of Staggered Terms; and Adjusting Committee Charter and Membership Detail as Deemed Appropriate. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the various staggered term scenarios and discussed the merits of continuation of the Civic Center Advisory Committee. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution as presented and given the current status of the project and the desire for the full Council to be involved as needed, opted to discontinue the Civic Center Advisory Committee. The Council directed that should staff need the direction of the Civic Center Advisory Committee Project Management Subcommittee, that staff should return to Council for consideration of reconstituting the subcommittee on an ad hoc basis. The Council asked that staff send letters of appreciation to the members of the Committee thanking them for their service to the Town. 

Item No. 12 was Authorization to Release a Request for Proposal for Procurement Assistance for Solid Waste and Recycling Services. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the request for proposal, the staff time involved in putting it together and suggested that staff amend the review criteria. Following discussion, the Council authorized release of the request for proposal amending the firm qualifications and project understanding review criteria. 

Item No. 13 was adoption of a Resolution approving the issuance of up to $64 million of solid waste enterprise bonds to refinancing outstanding bonds of the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the intended use of the bonds by the SBWMA; the impact on the Town for long-term liability as a member of the SBWMA; the impact on the Town's decision-making for an alternative service provider; and the impact of the Town's decision with respect to the issue on the SBWMA. Following discussion, the Council voted to oppose the adding of additional debt to the SBWMA long-term financial obligations; but expressed support for the refinancing of the SBWMA bond obligations without such additional debt.

Item No. 14 was the Civic Center Update and involved Authorization for the City Manager to execute an Agreement with Wong Electric Inc. to provide electrical services for the Temporary Trailers at the Park; and provide feedback regarding a cost proposal with S.J. Amoroso for a temporary pedestrian pathway during construction of the Civic Center Project. Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to wayfinding signage and safety along the pathway. Following discussion, the Council approved the agreement with Wong Electric, Inc. and expressed support for the execution of Change Order No. 1 to add the temporary pedestrian pathway. 

Following Council Reports and Final Public Comments, having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:24 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Goals Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 12 pm in the Main House at the Park. Following the Goals Meeting, the Council will meet again in Study Session on June 5 at 4 pm at the Pavilion in the Park. This meeting will include a review of the full 2019/2020 Budget and input into the Town's Draft Green Infrastructure Plan.

GeorgeR6824xThanks for reading!

George Rodericks
City Manager

Town of Atherton