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Atherton meets Wednesday on town facilities

A community meeting on upgrading Atherton's town hall and other facilities is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park, located at 150 Watkins Ave.

Councilman Charles Marsala is hosting the meeting to gather public input on the town's need for bigger, updated facilities for town administration, the police station, the branch library and the Pavilion.

The town already has an analysis of its space needs, but hasn't gotten much farther than that. There has been talk for years about eliminating the "temporary" trailers that house the building and public works departments, expanding the police station to eliminate its trailers, and creating a seismically safe emergency communications center, Mr. Marsala said.

"I want to get residents involved early in the process," Mr. Marsala said.

He said that Atherton residents have a long history of generous donations to the town, and that community fundraising would be key to financing any new facilities.

The meeting will feature a panel discussion of local people with some expertise in such matters. The panel will include the chairwomen of Portola Valley's new town center fundraising campaign, and council members from Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto.

Besides investigating the possibility of upgrading town hall facilities, Mr. Marsala said he would like to explore improving the library, using $2.5 million set aside in dedicated library funds, as well as upgrading the Pavilion in an effort to increase the rental income it generates.

Comments

Posted by Oh Please, a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:01 am

Atherton Police needs a bigger police station?? Why?? More room to store the newspapers they pick up?? Save the money and let the Sheriff's Office take over services. That is the smart thing to do.


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