The projects the city will prioritize in 2018 will be hashed out this afternoon by the Menlo Park City Council at its annual goal-setting session, beginning at 1 p.m..
Based on what the council identifies as its top priorities, staff will develop the work plan – considered the definitive, albeit malleable, to-do list that determines what the City Council's priorities will be during the calendar year. That list determines what will be funded in the coming fiscal year's budget.
The council has a long list of items up for consideration to add to its already lengthy work plan: coordinating with other agencies to ease congestion along the Dumbarton Corridor; making improvements to the crosswalks at Middlefield Road and Linfield Drive; annexing a triangle of residential properties in West Menlo Park; drafting a charter for the city; making the city a "quiet zone" through which Caltrain won't blare its horns; promoting public art; working on a joint powers authority to support the Ravenswood City School District; developing ballot measures to raise revenue; installing sidewalks on Sharon Road; implementing a transparency policy for council member calendars; analyzing potential cut-through impacts of the large development under construction at 1300 El Camino Real; considering a minimum wage ordinance; and considering an employee head tax to generate revenue.
In addition, public response – mainly positive – to a proposal by a new nonprofit, the Peninsula Arts Guild to renovate the Guild Theatre on El Camino Real as a venue for concerts, comedy shows, movies, author events or other community-driven programs, has been inundating the City Council's inbox over the past weekend.
Comments vary as to whether the proposed venue should be mainly used to show films, or more focused on live music. And some commenters have expressed concern about parking at the facility, or have argued that the city already has an event venue in the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, at which the city can offer programs up to 55 days a year.
The council may also update some of its procedures, such as requiring the council to vote by 11:30 p.m. if it plans to extend a meeting past midnight.
Access the staff report here to see the full list of items on the city's current work plan.
The council's goal-setting meeting starts at 1 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in the Menlo Park Civic Center and is scheduled to run until 5 p.m.