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News - March 6, 2013

Menlo Park council meets on tech upgrades, duplex appeal

by Sandy Brundage

On Tuesday, March 5, the Menlo Park City Council will gather to discuss matters including approving contracts to upgrade the city's phone system and the police department's radio equipment, as well as a councilman's request that his colleagues think about reconsidering a vote taken on a proposed duplex project.

In February, the council overturned a Planning Commission approval by voting 4-1 against a proposal to construct a duplex on a 112-foot by 54-foot lot at 1976 Menalto Ave., with Mayor Peter Ohtaki casting the sole vote in favor of the project. Now, Vice Mayor Ray Mueller has asked that the council think about returning the item to a future agenda for a re-vote.

"After speaking to a majority of the members of the planning commission to gain their insight and information from their study sessions, personally visiting the parcel and neighboring parcels, and re-reviewing the materials, I reached the determination I had enough information not available to me in the first hearing, that it was appropriate to reconsider the matter in an open meeting," Councilman Mueller said.

The council will also hear an appeal of city staff's decision to let a developer build a driveway on Louise Street (see story on Page 5).

Go to tinyurl.com/cc4m9dv to review the agenda. The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., following a closed session 5:30 p.m.

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