Tonight: Atherton revisits park events issue


Should Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park be re-opened to weddings and other special events beginning later this year?

The Atherton City Council will revisit that question tonight (March 21) after deciding in December to close the park to special events that were not town-related.

The matter is being brought back to the council at the request of Mayor Bill Widmer and Vice Mayor Elizabeth Lewis.

In December, Mayor Widmer voted with council members Kathy McKeithen and Jim Dobbie to end the practice of allowing outside parties to rent park facilities for special events and conferences.

A staff report based on the assumption that, should the council decide to allow the events, a private contractor would be hired to manage the bookings estimated that the town could gross $81,000 during fall and winter of 2012, netting about $12,300.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of a recommended overhaul of rules and procedures for town commissions and committees. The recommendation, by Interim City Manager Theresa DellaSanta, includes reinstatement of the Environmental Programs Committee, which was suspended late last year while an investigation of some of its activities was conducted.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton.


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Posted by ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

No brainer! Atherton's financially under water, and Hol/Palmer Park is a great wedding spot! But I don't get how Gross can be $81K and net can only be $12K. If I was running the project the net would be about 70% of gross. That is WAY too little to net... something is fishy.
Also we could have many other sources of revenue if citizens would get into the 21st century. Annex a few businesses on El Camino for sales tax revenue, etc. Been brought up dozens of times. Council is stuck in the 19th Century. Sigh.......

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