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Feb 22

That's A Wrap! - February 21, 2024

Posted to City Manager's Blog by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap HeaderCouncil Meeting Date: February 21, 2024 (full Agenda link)
Video Link:
Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative and meeting videos are uploaded once they are fully compiled.

The City Council met for the Regular Meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 pm. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Presentations and Public Comments(~6:05 pm)  There were no presentations or public comments. 

Following Public Comments, the Council moved on to Departmental Reports. 

ReportDepartmental Reports (~6:09 pm) are prepared monthly as part of the City Council's Regular Agenda. 

In addition to current reports from the City Manager, it typically includes departmental updates on the various happenings around Town such as reports from Administration, Community Services, Planning, Police, and Public Works.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing Departmental Reports, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 1 through 6 (~6:10 pm). 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 and claims, minutes, professional services agreement for the Alameda de las Pulgas Project, annual report on military equipment, budget amendment resolution, and an event management RFP.  Following an opportunity for comments and questions, the Council approved the items on the Consent Agenda.

Public_Hearing_ImageNext was Public Hearings.
Public Hearings are typically held for Ordinances, Budget Adoption, Fee Adoption, and Land Use approvals. There were four (4) scheduled Public Hearings.  

Item No. 7 was Introduction of an Ordinance related to Pool Fencing (~6:11 pm). Following a staff report, questions, and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the various requirements for pool safety. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for 1st Reading. 

Item No. 8 was Adoption of the Fee Resolution (~6:14 pm). Following a staff report, questions, and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the specific changes to the Fee Table, largely related to clean-up language, and annual adjustments. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Fee Resolution.. The new fees are effective March 22, 2024 (Link to New Fee Table). 

Item No. 9 was consideration of changes to the Heritage Tree Standards and Ordinance (~6:24 pm). Following a staff report, questions, and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed issues related to tree species, standards in other communities, desirable trees, Heritage Tree definitions and rationale of the Planning Commission's recommendation, as well as the opinion of the Town Arborist. Following discussion, the Council opted not to change current Tree Protection Zone requirements and directed that staff instead review with the Planning Commission the Town's Heritage Tree Ordinance to identify specific opportunities for improvement directly related to tree species and specific tree protection zones by species. 

Item No. 10 was Introduction of an Ordinance related to Accessory Dwelling Units (~6:47 pm). Following a staff report, questions and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the provisions of the new ADU Ordinance, requirements of HCD, screening provisions, and amendments to the Bonus ADU Program related to minimum required rental period. Following discussion and recommendation for amendments to the Bonus ADU provisions, the Council introduced the Ordinance for 1st Reading.  


Next up was the Regular Agenda.

The first item on the Regular Agenda was Item No. 11, Approval of Project Plans and Solicitation of Bids for the Fair Oaks/Lloyden Street and Crosswalk Improvements (~7:05 pm). Following a staff report, questions, and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed issues related to add alternates (sidewalk on east side of Lloyden), rapid flashing beacons, design of crosswalk, safe crossing areas, additional signage and striping for added safety, and project green infrastructure. Following discussion, the Council approved the project plans and authorized solicitation of bids. 

The last item on the Regular Agenda was Item No. 12, Approval of Additional Funding for EV Charging Stations at the Park (~7:32 pm). Following a staff report, questions and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed issues related to use of stations, need, timing, cost, alternative designs and financing models. Following discussion, the Council opted to wait on providing any additional funding and directed that staff investigate alternative EV charging solutions for the Park. 

The last items on the Agenda were Council Reports and final Comments. 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:02 pm, that as they say - was a wrap! 

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting on February 26 at 4 pm. This is a spillover Special Meeting Study Session. Items on this agenda include a Report on Options for Reach Codes, an overview of Updates to the Town's Safety Element, and an Informational Report on Town Events and Activities. 

For more information and calendar of events, visit the Town's website.

GeorgeThanks for reading!
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton

Jun 05

Town Center Update - June 5, 2020

Posted to Town Center Project Activity Blog by grodericks grodericks

Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

Construction continues in earnest on both City Hall and the Library. Floors have been poured for the new City Hall - both 1st and 2nd floor. Work continues now on installation of the utility systems, roofing systems, and fire systems. On the Library, most of the work is dedicated to the new rammed earth walls. 

Live webcams for Library
and City Hall/PD Building are active on the Town's website. There is also a project progress photo gallery

Naming and Donation Opportunities

New_RoadConstruction funding for City Hall, Police Building and Site Improvements ($28.7 million) consists largely of donations and the Town's General Funds. To assist with cash flow during the project's construction timeline, the Town issued a Certificate of Participation (COP). COPs are a short-term funding tools for projects and are used mainly for large, multi-year infrastructure projects. The Town would like to retire this short-term debt sooner than it would be obligated to do so (10-years). To do so, additional donations toward the project would be required.  

Recently, the City Council mailed a Naming and Donation Opportunities letter to all Atherton residents - this is available online as well. The Council invites the community to become a part of Atherton's history by donating with a Naming Opportunity. The Council identified unique Naming Opportunities connected to the project - some of which have already been selected but there are plenty more opportunities! The City Council considers awards of naming opportunities at their regular meetings as donations are received. 

Donations will assist the Town in reducing or eliminating the need for a short-term COP to bridge the revenue flow gap during construction. The opportunities for naming have various ranges with the most significant being the ability to name a new road that will connect Fair Oaks Lane to Ashfield Road and run next to the new Town Center. 

It is very exciting to see this long-awaited new Town Center and Library come to life. The projected opening is Fall 2021, absent delay associated with COVID-19. For more details on naming opportunities and donations and how to enhance your current donation or become a part of history by making a new one, visit the donation website.

City Hall and Police Building

The image below is from today as interior utility work continues on the City Hall Building. The Building is taking clear shape.   
City Hall June 2020

On the right of the image is the single-story Council Chambers portion of the Building. The Council Chambers also serves as the Town's Emergency Operations Center and connects directly to the Police Building. The second floor of the Police Building is set back from the first floor and includes the break room, training room, locker rooms and offices. The lower floor of the Police Building includes the briefing room, interview rooms, and evidence storage. 

Along the left side of the image on the lower floor is the lobby area and on the second floor is the walkway across the lobby to Community Development (Building, Planning and Public Works Offices). Administration is on the lower floor on the left. 

In the near portion of the image, you can see vehicles in the temporary Police Parking Lot. This area will eventually become the Civic Court of the new facility. 
Below is a Site Plan for the full project. 


Historic Town Hall

Historic Town Hall InteriorMost of the interior work of the Historic Town Hall building is further down in the project timeline. There is currently no activity on the Historic Town Hall.

This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and french doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. 

Library Building

The image below is from this week. Work this week focused on the forming of the new rammed earth walls for the Building.
Library Shotcrete  

Site Work

Site work continues for utilities and other required site improvements. 

Here's a view of the new entrance to City Hall coming in off of Fair Oaks Lane. Administration Offices are on the right. The first floor will be Town Administration and the Post Office. The second floor is the Building, Planning, and Public Works Departments. The bottom and top floors on the left are the Police Department. Secure Parking Lot entry is off to the left of the main building. 

The Look Ahead

Work Areas for the Week of June 8
  • Installation of Fire Service and Water Lines
  • Installation of Power and Communication Conduits
  • Exterior Wall Layout/Deflection Clips
  • Install Steel at Mechanical Platforms
  • Installation of Utility Ductwork 
  • Installation of Overhead Plumbing and Piping
  • Rough-in Fire Protection
  • Install Stair 2-3
  • Place Forms and Shotcrete for Rammed Earth Walls
Work Areas for the Week of June 15
  • Exterior Wall Layouts
  • Installation of Utilities, Plumbing and Piping
  • Form Interior Curbs
  • Frame Coordinated Walls
  • Install Door Frames (Ancillary Building)
  • Place Forms and Shotcrete for Rammed Earth Walls

Project Financials

 Payment Request Period Town Share Library Share Total
Payment Request #1 June 2019 $983,533 $538,622 $1,522,155
Payment Request #2 July 2019 $540,673 $587,037 $1,127,711
Payment Request #3 August 2019 $605,478 $972,754 $1,578,232
Payment Request #4 September 2019 $997,235 $638,317 $1,635,551
Payment Request #5 October 2019 $969,456 $252,633 $1,222,089
Payment Request #6 November 2019 $1,318,002 $341,692 $1,659,694
Payment Request #7 December 2019 $1,346,738 $555,978 $1,902,716
Payment Request #8
January 2020
$1,289,498 $480,925 $1,770,423
Payment Request #9 February 2020 $1,042,792  $342,867 $1,385,659
Payment Request #10 March 2020 $1,242,721 $440,645 $1,683,366
Payment Request #11
April 2020
$309,292  $248,412 $557,694
Payment Request #12
May 2020
$1,391,401  $713,524 $2,104,924
Totals   $12,036,809 $6,113,406 $18,150,215
Initial Project Bid   $28,701,034 $18,375,966 $47,077,000
Net Change Orders   $41,168 $73,803 $114,971
Updated Project Cost   $28,742,202 $18,449,769 $47,191,971
% Complete based on $   42% 33% 38%
Target Based on 25-Month Schedule   48%

At 38% completion, approved change orders for the project are at 0.24% - $114,971 of $47.1 million. 

George Rodericks
City Manager