UPDATE: Atherton planner Lisa Costa Sanders says that Menlo School and Menlo College have withdrawn their application for Sunday use of the Cartan Field athletic field that was scheduled to be considered tonight, Wednesday June 17.
Menlo School and Menlo College, which share use of the athletic field known as Cartan Field, want Atherton to allow them to continue to use the field on Sundays, as they say they've been doing for decades.
But neighbors say a use permit granted to the school and college in 1965 prohibits use of the field on Sundays and they want it stopped.
The matter will come before the Atherton City Council when it meets Wednesday, June 17, starting at 7 p.m. in the town's council chamber at 94 Ashfield Road. Also on the agenda is approval of the town's budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year; setting the amount of the parcel tax for that year; and changes to the town's special events regulations.
For the school and college to continue to have athletic events on Cartan Field on Sundays, the use permit governing the two campuses must be modified. The school and college applied for such a modification, but their application was unanimously denied by the Planning Commission, with Mary Widmer not participating, on May 27.
Late in 2013, the town asked Menlo School and Menlo College to stop using Cartan Field on Sundays for games or summer camps, but representatives of the school and college admit the use continued through 2014. After the town again asked for the Sunday use to stop in 2015, the school and college responded by asking to have the use permit amended.
They originally asked that the permit allow games and sports camps on Sundays, but opposition from neighbors reduced the request to simply permitting up to five baseball games a year on Sundays if games were rained out or stopped due to darkness on an earlier day of the week.
Neighbors say they want Sundays to be "a day of rest" with no organized athletic events at all on the field.
The town has also asked that the use of public address systems, also prohibited in the use permit, be discontinued.