The first step to finding Portola Valley a new town manager, soliciting proposals from executive recruiters, is on the schedule for the Wednesday, July 13, meeting of the Town Council.
Angie Howard, the current town manager, recently announced plans to retire in April 2012 after 21 years in Town Hall, including 11 leading the staff.
The recommendation the council will consider on Wednesday would give search firms 11 business days, July 14 through 29, to respond the requests for proposals.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.
Also on the agenda:
■ A recommendation to establish a formal policy requiring the town to maintain a reserve adequate to fund six months of normal operations. The town's current reserves of $2.1 million would fund nearly seven months of the projected $3.7 million in expenses for the budget year that ends June 30, 2012.
■ Increase by 2.8 percent the monthly retainer for Spangle Associates, the Menlo Park firm that provides planning services to the town. Using the consumer price index, the town would boost the retainer to $7,091 per month.