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The City Manager's Blog is an online educational tool to provide general information to the community in open communication style. Periodically, the City Manager will post articles of general interest covering topics such as the Town's budget, budget process, capital projects, upcoming meetings, community issues, public safety, and general Town operations.

Articles in the blog are not designed as press releases or Town publications, rather, they are written in more of a conversational style. The Blog does not have a comments feature but readers are free to respond to the Blog and its entries view email directly to the City Manager.

Apr 24

That's A Wrap! - April 20, 2022

Posted on April 24, 2022 at 10:14 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: April 20, 2022
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured
Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative.


The City Council met for the April Meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm via Hybrid - (Zoom and In-Person) pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with PresentationsThe Council presented a Proclamation for National Poetry Month and National Police Officer Week. Following presentations, the Council moved to Public Comments. ?


ReportFollowing Public Comments, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:09 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically 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. There were no questions on the City Manager's Report.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 6 through 11 (~6:12 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, Adoption of Ordinance regarding Disposable Food Service Ware, Approval of a $5m payment to CalPERS, award of Contract for the 2022 Spring Patching Program, and Certification of the Continuing COVID-19 Emergency.  Following brief comment related to the 2022 Spring Patch Program, the Council approved all 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 was one Public Hearing on the April Agenda.

Item No. 12, Introduction of an Ordinance Establishing Historic Building Preservation. (~6:15 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the Mills Act, current historic properties and effective date of the Ordinance. Following discussion, the Council introduce the Ordinance for its 1st Reading with 2nd Reading and Adoption to be scheduled for the May Regular Meeting.

Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:21pm).

Item No. 13 was approval of a Services Agreement with Brightview Landscape Services for Landscape Maintenance at Town Facilities. Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to park maintenance, cost, timing, and arborist services. Following discussion, the Council authorized a Services Agreement with Brightview Landscape Services.

Item No. 14 was approval of the Park and Recreation Outdoor Facilities Memorial and Donation Policy. (~6:32 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the recommended policy changes from the City Manager, process for approval and/or acceptance of donations, size of tree plantings, number of plaques in the Park, and setting a threshold for Park and Recreation recommendation to the City Manager for approval versus donation amounts that must come before the City Council. Following discussion, the Council directed the City Manager to make the changes as discussed and return the Policy for Council considered adoption.

Item No. 15 was review and feedback on proposed fee changes for rentals at the Park. (~7 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed a fee analysis, elimination of the penalty for day use and instead favoring a set fee for same day rentals, outdoor facility stand alone rentals (50 person limits), add on rentals for outdoor spaces, and a cost of living adjustment built into the fees. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff return the fee proposal as part of the Annual Fee Resolution for adoption.

Item No. 16 was consideration of a budget for the Town Center Grand Opening Celebration on June 4. (~7:35 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the date for the Grand Opening Celebration, participation of the Library, funding support from the Library, the VIP Donor Dinner set for June 2, location for the dinner and potential list of invitees. Following discussion, the Council authorized a budget of $50,000 and asked that the Ad Hoc Subcommittee get electronic invitations out soon to the top three donor tiers as well as special VIPs.

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 17, authorization of a lease agreement for the operation and maintenance of a proposed Library Cafe with Mademoiselle Colette. (~8:06 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to the two proposals received, success of the cafe, provision of alcohol, and terms of a lease (including termination provisions). Following discussion, the Council directed that staff move forward with a lease agreement with Mademoiselle Colette as proposed, with the provision of alcohol if those details can be worked out.

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 8:35 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session on May 4 at 4 pm. The Agenda will include a review of Special Funds and the Capital Improvement Program for the FY 2022/23 Budget; as well as an Overview/Education on the Town's Pavement Management Program and Atherton Channel District. 


GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

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Mar 17

That's A Wrap! - March 16, 2022

Posted on March 17, 2022 at 8:02 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: March 16, 2022
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured
Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative.

The City Council met for the March Meeting on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with PresentationsThe Council presented a Proclamation to Sergeant Anthony Kockler for his many years of service to the Town as moves into retirement. The Council also proclaimed April 10 through 16 as Public Safety Communications Personnel Week. Following presentations, the Council moved to Public Comments. 


ReportFollowing Public Comments, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:14 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically 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. There were no questions on the City Manager's Report.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 6 through 12 (~6:14 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, a resolution authorization destruction of certain records, a cost-sharing agreement with the County for roadway improvements, 2nd Reading and Adoption of an Ordinance relating to SB 9, the 2021 Annual General Plan Implementation Report, and award of contract for the 2022 Street Overlay Project. Following brief comment related to the General Plan Implementation Report for inclusion of information on student housing, the Council approved all 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 two Public Hearings on the March Agenda.

Item No. 13, Introduction of an Ordinance to Repeal and Replace Chapter 8.14 "Historical Artifacts" and retitle to "Historic Preservation (~6:16 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed issues related to designation of historic real property, establishment of a Mill's Act process, typical property tax savings under a Mill's Act, use of that savings for historic rehabilitation, public access to historic property, timeline for completion of rehabilitation, approval and review process, historical artifact designation, process for designation and removal, and the Town's or Heritage Association's Historic Artifact/Property inventories. Following discussion, the Council directed that the Historic Artifact portion of the Ordinance that exists today be retained, that the proposed ordinance be amended to be specific to Mill's Act designation, and that staff look into a review of the Historic Artifact Inventory. The item will be amended by staff and returned at the April meeting for reconsideration.

Item No. 14, Introduction of an Ordinance repealing Chapter 8.56 of the Municipal Code related to Disposable Food Service Ware (7:28 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discuss the effective date of the proposed amendments and enforcement by the County of San Mateo. Following discussion, the Council introduced the Ordinance for 1st Reading. 

Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~7:32pm).

Item No. 15 was Certification of Continuing Emergency under Government Code Section 54953(E)(3) - COVID-19. Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed the possibility of Hybrid Zoom Meetings and the promulgation of such requirements to the Town's Commission and Committees. Following discussion, the Council directed that once the Council begins Hybrid Zoom meetings that the Commission and Committees be given the ability to operate in full Zoom or Hybrid; but that if the body choose to operate in Hybrid Zoom that that meeting must be held in the new Council Chambers. The Council also directed that if a member of the Council, Commission or a Committee is attending the meeting via Zoom, that the member must appear on video provided that their technology allows.

Item No. 16 was Approval of a Professional Services Agreement for the Atherton Rail Station Remodel Project (~7:46 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed the proposed Agreement, the budget for the project, the scope of design and improvement, the potential for a landscaping option, and process. Following discussion, the Council approved the Agreement for design only without the landscaping option, and directed that the Subcommittee work with staff and the design team moving forward on the Project.

Item No. 17 was Discussion of the Housing Element Update Strategies and Direction to Staff (~8:11 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed the various housing strategies to address the State's mandated Regional Housing Needs Analysis as part of the Town's next Housing Element Cycle. The Council discussed allocations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), lots splits under SB 9, opportunities at schools and facilities, regional housing programs such as HEART and HIP Housing, as well as various Zoning Overlays and Inclusionary Zoning Programs. The Council discussed seven (7) possible overlay zoning areas that would allow for denser development opportunities. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff refine the various allocations for ADUs, SB 9, and school/facility sites and limit the amount of overlay zoning to a property on Oakwood at 20 units per acre, 5 properties on Marsh Road and 5 properties on Bay Road to 10 units per acre. Council directed that, as part of the coming public engagement and notice process, that staff separately advise all properties in the seven (7) considered overlay areas that their properties were considered for specific overlay zoning to allow greater density as part of the Town's Housing Element Update process. More information about the Housing Element Update process and the Regional Housing Needs Allocation strategies will be developed, mailers will be distributed and public engagement meetings will be hosted in the coming months.

The last item on the Agenda was 
Item No. 18, Discussion of Possible Joint Meeting Topics for the Annual Joint Meeting with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (~9:10 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed various items for the Joint Meeting with the Fire District. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff and the City Council Fire District Liaisons meet with the Fire District to refine an Agenda for the Joint Meeting with a focus on the following three (3) items from the Town - Support for ADAPT (inclusive of emergency trailers, communication, drill participation, training, and funding), Recommendations from the Constant Awareness Associates Report, and Projects that could benefit from financial support from the District, if any.

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 9:34 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Goals Meeting on April 5 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The next Special Meeting/Study Session of the Council is on April 6 at 4 pm. The Study Session will include Review and Comment on a Draft Letter to HSR on their 2022 Business Plan; and the FY 2022/23 Operations Budget Review.

Watch your mailbox and the Town's website for information regarding Community Meetings over the coming month(s) on the Town's Housing Element Update. The Town is required to comply with the State's Regional Housing Needs Allocation and, although the community has done well with the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units, the State will not allow the Town comply on ADUs alone. As a result, the Town will have to "up zone" select properties for potential higher density development. It is important for the community to be a part of that conversation. 

 


GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

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Feb 17

That's A Wrap! - February 16, 2022

Posted on February 17, 2022 at 8:13 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: February 16, 2022
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfAtherton/featured
Details of each item can be found via the links to Staff Reports within the narrative.

The City Council met for the February Meeting on Wednesday, February 16 at 6 pm via Zoom Teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order. Following the Roll Call the Council began moving through the Agenda beginning with Public Comments. 


ReportFollowing Public Comments, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:01 pm). The City Manager's Report is typically 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 the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 5 through 14 (~6:03 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 minutes of various meetings, bills and claims, a resolution for a Mid-Year Budget adjustment, acceptance of the 2nd Quarter Treasurer's Report, acceptance of the 2020/21 Audited Financial Statements, adoption of a Notice of Intent for a Fair Oaks Quiet Zone Extension, Adoption of a Notice of Intent to comply with SB 1383, acceptance of a donation of speed feedback signs, award of contract for the overlay of tennis courts and certification of the continuing emergency. Following brief comment and an abstention, the Council approved all 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 three Public Hearings on the February Agenda.

Item No. 15, Appeal of a Planning Commission decision to deny a Heritage Tree Removal Permit at 1 Elm Place (~6:04 pm). Following a Staff Report and presentations from the applicant, the Council took public comment and then discussed the appeal. Following questions related to size of replacement trees, constraints on property development, health of the trees, placement of the trees, and safety, the Council approved the appeal.

Item No. 16, Introduction of an Ordinance amending Atherton Municipal Code Chapter 8.16 "Noise" pertaining to gas-powered garden equipment (~7:13 pm). Following a Staff Report and public comment, the Council discussed State law provisions for 2024, noise, types of equipment governed by the proposed ordinance, enforcement, use on streetscape, Spare the Air days, cost of compliance, practicality of compliance, and outreach. Following discussion, the Council opted to table the issue for future discussion, conduct additional outreach and education, and return the issue for consideration at a future date.


Item No. 17 was Introduction of an Ordinance establishing regulations and objective standards for Urban Lot Splits and Development Projects pursuant to Senate Bill No. 9 (~7:57 pm). Following a Staff Report and public comment, the Council discussed the provisions of State law, objective review criteria for application in the Town, encouraging property owners that conduct Urban Lot Splits to develop consistent with existing land use criteria, and expectations with respect to regional housing needs compliance. Following discussion, the Council Introduced the Ordinance for 1st Reading with 2nd Reading and Adoption to be held in March 2022.

Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~8:38 pm).

Item No. 18 was Approval of the 2022 Earth Day Event Work Plan and Budget as recommended by the Environmental Programs Committee. Following a Staff Report and public comment, the Council heard an update from the Environmental Programs Committee Representative and approved the Work Plan and Budget for 2022.


Item No. 19 was discussion of an Al Electric Reach Code Ordinance for the Town (~8:45 pm). Following a Staff Report and Public Comment, the Council discussed the merits of an All Electric Reach Code, with exceptions for the Town. The Council discussed the various exceptions expressing support for all electric Accessory Dwelling Units, exceptions for cooking facilities, fireplaces, pool heaters, and generators. The Council also discussed requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging in the home expressing support to go beyond the State minimums under the Energy Code. The Council discussed integrating the Town's local Reach Codes with the timeline for the new State Energy Code directed staff to return the Reach Codes to the City Council in tandem with adoption of the new 2022 Energy Code.

Item No. 20 was consideration of a Agreement with Peninsula Clean Energy for a Power Purchase Agreement for Solar at the Town Center (~9:27 pm). Following a Staff Report, Presentation and Public Comment, the Council discussed issues related to placement of the proposed solar, efficiency of the panels, aesthetic of the panels, expansion of the panels in the car port areas of the site, ownership of the panels after 20 years, financial benefit to the Town, net energy metering options, total kW supported by the site and by the project, and authorization limitations via the City Manager and/or a City Council Subcommittee. Following discussion, the City Council adopted the Resolution authorizing entering into the Agreement with Peninsula Clean Energy with assistance to the City Manager provided by a City Council Subcommittee to be determined.

Item No. 21, Review and Discussion of the Town's Master Plan Projects and the Financial Planning Model was continued to the March 2 Study Session.

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 10:24 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!


The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting on February 24 from 3 pm to 5 pm to discuss the Town's Housing Strategies. Staff and the City Council will discuss various housing strategies for the Town in order to comply with the State's Mandated Regional Housing Needs Analysis. The Town is required to provide for the development of 348 new housing units over the next 8 years. The units do not have to be physically constructed; but the Town must provide land use and zoning provisions that will allow the housing to be built. The City Council will be considering land use changes that would facilitate housing construction in or near local schools as well as consideration of a Townhouse Overlay that would be applicable to specified areas of Town. Other strategies include encouraging the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units and the facilitation of lot splits under SB 9.

Community_Safety_Meeting_2172022
Tonight, the Town is hosting a Virtual Community Safety Meeting from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Click Here for the Zoom Link or use the QR Code to enter the meeting.

(Meeting ID: 933 6832 6364, Passcode: 363626)

 


GeorgeThanks for reading!
 
 George Rodericks
 City Manager
Town of Atherton
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

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