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News - March 13, 2013

Budget, repair project on Atherton council agenda

The Atherton City Council will meet in a special session on Wednesday, March 13, to discuss mid-year budget adjustments and repairs to the Atherton Channel. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The budget news is good: The general fund is being adjusted upward to the tune of $967,102, according to a staff report from Finance Director Robert Barron. About $558,500 of that amount is a result of property tax revenue that the county expects to rise by about 8 percent.

The town for some time has been studying options to address concerns with the Marsh Road portion of the Atherton Channel, which "has deteriorated and is in need of repair," according to a staff report by Gordon Siebert, the town engineer.

The council will review a report by the structural engineering firm Biggs Cardosa Associates, which analyzes the channel and presents four preliminary designs for a retaining wall and repair project. The staff report identifies two alternatives as superior "based on their ability to implement repairs at least cost." The projected cost of those alternatives is about $2.1 million.

The meeting will be in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.

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