Tuesday: Renewable energy, downtown parking on Menlo Park council agenda


A new way for local residents to buy electricity from renewable sources, a trial project to extend free parking times downtown, and plans to prepare for flooding and storms this winter are all on a hefty agenda for the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night, Nov. 10.

The council will meet in a closed session at 6 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations with the Menlo Park Police Officers' Association. The open meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center.

In a study session, the council plans to discuss Peninsula Clean Energy, a countywide joint powers authority that could give customers the option to buy a greater proportion of their electricity from renewable sources for prices that are competitive with or lower than PG&E's rates.

In addition, the council could make decisions on these matters:

● Downtown parking. The council may pass a resolution to start a six-month trial program in January that would extend free parking time limits on downtown streets and in the plazas. The city would spend $65,000 from the downtown parking fund to pay for the changes and a study. See staff report.

● Storm preparation. The council may appropriate $200,000 from the general fund for storm preparations and may authorize the city to enter into agreements with local cities and agencies to share resources during emergencies, including flooding of San Francisquito Creek. See staff report.

● Labor agreement. The council may approve a tentative agreement with representatives of the city and the Service Employees International Union to increase pay and benefits for 148 city employees. The agreement includes a 3 percent raise and a 3 percent increase in the city's contribution to employee benefit packages. In addition, there will be negotiations to increase salary ranges for job classifications after a compensation study is released. If agreement is not reached on those negotiations, the employees would get an additional 2 percent raise. See staff report.

● Amend salary ranges and job classifications to reflect city staffing reorganizations, including in the areas of housing, economic development, finance, human resources and information technology. See staff report.

>> Here is the agenda. To watch the meeting online, click here.

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