The theme of the April 7 Menlo Park City Council meeting appears to be money. Votes are expected on fee changes for some services, and on a work plan that includes a $1.3 million renovation of city hall, pay raises and new staff positions.
The council has already approved a remodel of city hall, but the cost has been a source of contention. Council members had asked for more data to support the amount, which in June 2014 was estimated at $1.2 million. According to the staff report for tonight's meeting, the price tag is now $1.3 million.
As for hiring, managers are asking to add about eight new positions, with most going to public works for project reviews and infrastructure analysis, according to the report. The $1.2 million annual cost is projected to be mostly offset by increased development revenue.
The city is also looking to increase fees for services such as recreation programs and childcare, including the Menlo Children's Center preschool programs, which would see a 2 percent increase. In total, the proposed changes would contribute an additional $183,784 to annual city revenue.
The complete agenda is available online.
The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. It will be streamed live.