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Tuesday: City improvements, police contract before Menlo Park council

Closed session for city manager's contract

A new contract for the Police Sergeants Association and a list of potential capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year are on the agenda for the open session of tonight's (May 19) Menlo Park City Council meeting.

The contract, already ratified by the union, would affect the police department's eight sergeants. The main changes are to healthcare benefits, at a one-time $7,500 cost to the city and an annual increased cost of $30,000, according to the staff report. The contract retains the option of using retired San Mateo County judges during binding arbitration of police disciplinary appeals.

The draft capital improvement project list includes the renovation of city hall, and sidewalk installations along Chilco Street as well as Santa Cruz Avenue. However, it also postpones construction of emergency wells for the city to a time yet to be determined. The delay in constructing emergency wells for the city did not sit well with Councilwoman Kirsten Keith at the last council meeting. She noted that the first well was approved two-and-a-half years ago, "and we seem to just be stalled."

From the staff's perspective, it's a matter of balancing more immediate priorities, such as implementing and enforcing new water restrictions, against a limited number of workers, Public Works Director Jesse Quirion responded during the May 5 meeting.

The complete agenda is available online.

Following a closed session for labor negotiations and a discussion of City Manager Alex McIntyre's contract, the regular meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. It will be streamed live on the city's

— Sandy Brundage

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