This morning: Atherton meets on town attorney


Atherton residents interested in how the town proceeds with hiring a town attorney should grab their cups of joe and head for Town Hall at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, when the council considers a contract to retain current attorney Wynne Furth.

The meeting, announced Friday afternoon (July 30), will also include action on a legal claim filed by the Pacific Peninsula Group, a development firm that builds many projects in Atherton, for refund of road impact fees totaling $298,145. The staff is recommending that the council reject the claim.

Ms. Furth's tenure with the town became a question when her law firm, McDonough Holland & Allen, announced in the spring that it's closing. She has recently signed on with Burke, Williams & Sorensen of Menlo Park, and has submitted a proposed agreement between the new firm and the town.

The proposed rates are the same as those charged by her former firm, she said in a letter to the town.

Town staff has not made a recommendation. There is no staff report; the agenda notes that there will be a verbal report by City Manager Jerry Gruber.

According to the agenda item, the council will be asked to "review and give direction to staff in regard to the city attorney services," and discuss the option of going out to bid on a new attorney contract. If council members favor calling for bids, they will consider creating an ad-hoc committee to help with the bidding process.

Atherton Town Hall is at 91 Ashfield Road. Go to Meeting Agenda to see the agenda.

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