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Dec 16

That's A Wrap! - December 15, 2021

Posted on December 16, 2021 at 7:26 AM by grodericks grodericks

Thats A Wrap

Council Meeting Date: December 15, 2021
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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 the December Meeting on Wednesday, December 15 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 and then Presentations. The City Council presented a Proclamation honoring Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT) President, Tom Prussing.

Following Presentations, the Council moved to the Reorganizations portion of the Agenda. (~6:14 pm) Each December, the City Council rotates the selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor. Following remarks from the outgoing Mayor Elizabeth Lewis, the Council declared the office of Mayor and Vice Mayor vacant and selected the new Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2022. The Council selected Councilmember Rick DeGolia to serve as Mayor and Councilmember Bill Widmer to serve as Vice Mayor for calendar year 2022.  

ReportFollowing Reorganization, the Council moved to the City Manager's Report (~6:32 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, PlanningPolice, and Public Works.  

Consent_AgendaFollowing the City Manager's Report, the Council moved to the Consent Agenda consisting of Items 7 through 11 (~6:33 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, 2nd Reading and Adoption of the Solid Waste and Edible Food Recovery Waste Ordinance, Approval of an Agreement amending the West Coast Arborist Agreement, and certification of the continuing emergency. Following an opportunity for questions or comments, the Council approved 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 no Public Hearings on the December Agenda. 
Regular_Agenda_ImageNext up was the Regular Agenda (~6:34 pm).

Item No. 12 was a Resolution to Adopt the 2021 San Mateo County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Following a brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the thrust of the changes to the Plan, local importance of the Plan and the Town's continued focus on ADAPT, as well as the regional nature of the Plan. Following discussion, the Council adopted the Resolution.  

Next was 
Item No. 13, Review and Discussion of the Out Year Financial Planning Spreadsheet and Providing Staff with Direction. (~6:45 pm). Following a staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council discussed the value of the spreadsheet, how it would be used during the FY 2021/22 Budget process, a renewed focus on the Town's Master Plans and Master Planning process, and provided staff with feedback related to priority projects, set aside funds, and reserve balances. 

The last item on the Agenda was Item No. 20, the 2021 Annual Goals Report(~7:27 pm) The City Manager provided an overview of the Goals Report and noted the work done by the Town over the past year. The City Manager advised that the Annual Goals Report was a new item and the expectation was that such a report would be presented to the Council and community each year. Following the brief staff report and opportunity for public comment, the Council received the Report. 

Having cleared the entire Agenda, at approximately 7:30 pm, that as they say - was a wrap!

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Special Meeting/Study Session on January 12 at 4 pm. The January meeting will include an action item to approve an RFP for Landscape Services; and two discussion items - Sites and Strategies to meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Discussion of Master Plan, Events, and Activities at the new Town Center (inclusive of the potential for a cafe).
GeorgeThanks for reading!
 George Rodericks
 City Manager

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