Posted by APOA, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, 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:
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
• 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.