Atherton: Companies bid to provide town services

Firms submit 18 bids to take over building and public works duties

Atherton town officials will be reviewing a total of 18 bids from private companies offering to provide public services to the town that are now provided by paid staff in the building and public works departments.

Layoff notices were handed out to 13 employees in those departments late last month, and plans were announced to outsource the services. But subsequently, the planned June 30 layoff was postponed until July 15, giving the town and labor representatives time to consider proposed concessions in employee compensation.

In an effort to save their jobs, employees early this month had offered about 12 percent in concessions, which represented about $167,000 in savings to the town. But they later increased proposed concessions to about $300,000 in savings, according to union representative Peter Finn, who noted that the savings to the town from outsourcing was estimated by town negotiators to be roughly $276,000.

Bids for providing the services were due in Town Hall on June 24. City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta said they have yet to be reviewed, but eight proposals were received to provide building services, such as plan examination and inspections; seven bids were submitted for the arborist position; and three bids were received for public works services, which include street and park maintenance.

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a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I hope the town council remembers that the uncalculated cost of our public employees is the cost of supporting retired employees after CalPERS no longer can. Given the CalPERS politically motivated leadership and the nowhere-near-attainable 8.25% assumed returns,we will left holding a very big ball of debt.

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Posted by Voter for Sustainable Government
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Why must public employees feel so entitled? I'm proud of the town of Atherton for working towards fiscal responsibility for their residents--that's what we need from our government. I'd be glad for any of those 13 jobs as would many other unemployed residents. It's time to take a step back from those firm commitments to your high end bargaining, unions. Many of us are chomping at the bit, ready to provide services for less.

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