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Los Altos City Council Agenda Packet – March 27, 2012, Planning & Transportation again

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Overview

The highlight of this Los Altos City Council Agenda is the draft ordinance language creating the roles of the Planning&Transportation, Design Review, and BPAC. Some BPAC authority is to be handled by the Handbook, not the ordinance. Also, sewer rates may double over 10 years.

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The Agenda with Our Summaries

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012 7:00 P.M. – REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
City Council Chamber, Los Altos City Hall
One North San Antonio Road, Los Altos, California

ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Northern California Property Officer of the Year Award to Keith Hurley

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA

 

CONSENT CALENDAR – unless a member of the public or council member “pulls” a consent item from the consent calendar, all items pass by a single unanimous vote by council. Can be approved by 7:05 pm. Items pulled usually go to the end of the Discussion Items.

 

1. Council Minutes
Recommendation to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2012 study session and regular meeting

Council Minutes

 

2. Los Altos Parks Plan
Recommendation to adopt the final Los Altos Parks Plan

Los Altos Parks Plan

LALAHPOLITICO: Revisions to the document are highlighted in the beginning.  Skateparks are still “aspirational.” Skate Elements will be added to schools with city funds however.

 

3. Council Redwood Grove Committee Expected Outcomes
Recommendation to approve the Council Redwood Grove Committee expected outcomes

Council Redwood Grove Committee Expected Outcomes

LALAHPOLITICO: Some neighborhood citizens in this ad hoc Council Committee will be able to review and weigh in on all the PARC and staff recommendations for Redwood Grove, for example the idea of adding permanent restrooms to Redwood Grove. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?

 

4. Revised 2012-2013 Senior Commission Work Plan
Recommendation to approve the Revised 2012-2013 Senior Commission Work Plan

Revised 2012-2013 Senior Commission Work Plan

LALAHPOLITICO: Senior Commission work items seem informational.  No cost to the city at this time to execute on them.

 

5. State Safe Routes to School, Project 09-06
Recommendation to:
A. Appropriate an additional $2,615 from the Capital Improvement Funds to the State Safe Routes to School, Project 09-06; and
B. Adopt Resolution No. 2012-07 accepting the completion of the State Safe Routes to School, Project 09-06, and authorize the Engineering Services Manager to record a Notice of Completion as required by law

State Safe Routes to School, Project 09-06

LALAHPOLIICO: Just approving $2K of cash to pay for a slight overrun on the $636,000 project.

 

6. Rosita Park Playground Equipment, Project 12-15
Recommendation to adopt Resolution No. 2012-06 accepting completion of Rosita Park Playground Equipment, Project 12-15 and authorize the Engineering Services Manager to record a Notice of Completion as required by law

Rosita Park Playground Equipment, Project 12-15

 LALAHPOLITICO: The City is paying the bill of installer of the last bit of playground equipment added to Rosita. The total playground project was $100k, but it came in under, so $25K is being returned to the Capital Improvement Program fund.

 

7. Consent to Sublease Agreement between County Fire Department and Rural/Metro
Recommendation to:
A. Approve Consent to Sublease Agreement between Santa Clara County Fire Department and Rural/Metro Corporation for housing of paramedical ambulance units; and
B. Authorize City Manager to execute Consent to Sublease Agreement

Consent to Sublease Agreement between County Fire Department and Rural/Metro

LALAHPOLITICO: A contract formality.  The county is transferring a sub-lease to a different paramedical provider than before.

 

8. NPDES Compliance, Project 10-17
Recommendation to:
A. Accept Association of Bay Area Governments grant funds in the amount of $22,366; and
B. Appropriate the $22,366 grant funds to NPDES Compliance, Project 10-17 to replace an equal amount of Capital Project Funds

NPDES Compliance, Project 10-17

LALAHPOLITICO: An agency is providing a bid of money to offset the costs of installing new “full trash capture devices” on all City storm drains to comply with Regional Water Quality Control Board requirements.

 

9. AB 939 Fees on Disposed Solid Waste
Recommendation to receive information concerning use of AB 939 fees

AB 939 Fees on Disposed Solid Waste

LALAHPOLITICO: Seems Routine. However, we learn the interesting fact that the city gets about $800,000, collected from Mission Trail, in order to offset costs of the city’s solid waste program management. It gets put in a Solid Waste Fund.

 

DISCUSSION

 

10. Planning and Transportation Commission
Recommendation to direct staff to schedule a Planning Commission public hearing to consider the zoning ordinance changes

Planning and Transportation Commission

LALAHPOLITICO: This item contains  the language of the actual ordinances (laws).  The plan is to have the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee’s authority over Safe Routes to School, handled in Handbook language, rather that in an ordinance. Once approved or amended, the ordinances (and handbook?) go to the Planning Commission.  They don’t become law till May 22. The City will study how to hire an architect to assist the P&T and develop a scope-of-work and cost estimates. Avoiding conflicts of interest is a concern

 

 

11. Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Sewer Rate
Recommendation to direct staff to apply the Consumer Price Index as allowed by Los Altos Municipal Code Section 10.12.230 to the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 sewer rate calculation

Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Sewer Rate

LALAHPOLITICO: Fee per parcel has dropped from $38 a year to $27 a year because of people’s water conservation.  The city is beginning a 10 year build-out of sewer repair and improvements ( new connection to Palo Altos service facility). The staff wants to conduct a 6 to 9 mo. long study of how to revise rates.  The need is thought to be for a rate that increases 8 percent annually over 10 years. That approximately doubles the rates over the 10 years. Our understanding is that sewer improvements of the 50 year-old system have been deferred for a long time.

 

COUNCIL REPORTS AND DIRECTIONS ON FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

 

ADJOURNMENT

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About the author

lalahpolitico

Norma Schroder is an economics & market researcher by trade and ardent independent journalist, photographer and videographer by avocation. Enthralled by the growth of the tech industry over the decades, she only became fascinated with business of local politics only in the past couple of years.