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Atherton Park & Recreation Meeting - Oct 5 2011

Original post made by APOA on Oct 8, 2011

PARK AND RECREATION COMMISSION

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - Meeting - 6:30 P.M.

150 Watkins Avenue, Atherton


1. ROLL CALL: Carlson, Crittenden, Hammack, Moore, Oyster, Timpson, Wright

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2. PUBLIC COMMENTS: (only for items which are not on the agenda – limit of 3 minutes per person).

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3. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES – Regular Meeting of September 2011

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4. COMMISSION BUSINESS

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Posted by APOA, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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5. FOUNDATION REPORT

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6. DAMES REPORT

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7. STAFF REPORT - Kashiwagi

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8. REGULAR AGENDA

a. Schedules for Little League, AYSO and Lacrosse – Wright

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Posted by APOA, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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b. Hear presentation and take action on the report by the Atherton Library Building Steering Committee (ALBSC) regarding the site selection for the new Atherton Library.

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Committee Member Discussion & Questions

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on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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Public Comments

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c. Atherton Library size and E-book future - Ringham

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Committee Member Discussion & Questions

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Public Comment

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d. Recommendation to Council Discussion

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on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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e. Motion & Vote

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9. ADJOURNMENT

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Posted by APOA, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

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Since this October 5, 2011 meeting, there has been activity regarding building the Library in Holbrook Palmer Park. These updates are described in an Atherton Town Council packet:

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On October 6 the ALBSC met and considered options for proceeding with the environmental review phase of the project. During the discussion the Committee made the statements listed below:

• They were not sure based on the information available that an EIR as the appropriate
environmental document to prepare based on the amount of "public controversy" associated with the Park site alternative.

• They could not agree, based on the information provided, with the opinion of the City
Attorney, and felt they needed to gain a better understanding of the process in order to
CEQA requirements.

• They agreed that if an EIR were legally required the Committee adopted a motion requesting that "the City Council expeditiously move forward with meeting the environmental requirements identifying the Park site as the preferred alternative. The Committee stated that they were not certain of the legal requirements at the time, and therefore the action item is framed such that the Council identifies the Park as the preferred alternative site knowing that CEQA requirements must be met.

• They requested the City Attorney provide a legal opinion with citation on the matter.

• They decided to seek independent legal council on the matter and to advise the Committee on the environmental process.

On October 13, a special meeting of the Atherton Library Building Selection Committee (ALBSC) was called to develop a recommendation to City Council. The outcome of this meeting resulted in the ALBSC recommending and requesting the Atherton City Council approves Holbrook Palmer Park as the preferred site for the new library to replace the Main House pending meeting CEQA requirements.


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