Almanac

News - April 3, 2013

Briefs: Menlo Park adds part-time budget director

by Sandy Brundage

Larry Lisenbee, San Jose's former budget director, has joined Menlo Park part-time, according to a memo sent to city staff.

Mr. Lisenbee will be "working for us part-time on all things budget, both current and future," said Assistant Starla Jerome-Robinson in the memo, dated March 27. In addition to serving in San Jose for 21 years, his experience includes 10 months last year working as interim budget director for Stockton.

Mr. Lisenbee will work 20 to 30 hours per week on the 2013-14 budget and recommend ways to revamp the budget process, including policies and procedures, the city said.

He was contracted through Management Partners, which will be billing Menlo Park $150 per hour, the city said.

Another new face around city hall may seem familiar — the city has also brought back former finance director Uma Chokkalingam to fill in after the recent departure of Carol Augustine. According to the memo, the city hopes to hire a permanent replacement by summer. She'll earn $87 an hour for a contract that expires June 30, according to the human resources department.

Marsh Road resurfacing

Menlo Park started resurfacing the portion of Marsh Road approximately between the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks and its intersection with Scott Drive on Tuesday, April 2. According to the public works department, the project could cause traffic delays until it's complete at the end of April.

Menlo Park Kiwanis

win Facebook grant

Facebook's local community fund has awarded $5,000 to the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club, according to an announcement on March 28.

The club plans to use the funds for its college scholarship program for students graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School. Now in its 28th year, the program has given more than $131,000 in scholarships during the past three years alone, club representatives said.

Scholarships are awarded based on the student's record of community service, academic performance and financial need.

Free compost

Time to fertilize? Menlo Park is giving away compost on Saturday, April 6.

Bring a shovel, proof of residency, and containers. Then help yourself to the large pile of compost at the entrance to Bedwell Bayfront Park, near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road. Each resident can claim about six full garbage cans' worth of fertilizer. The event lasts from sunrise to sunset or until supplies run out.

Call 330-6720 or email recycle@menlopark.org for more information.

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