Atherton's City Council meets Wednesday, May 16, with an agenda full of items that the council has seen before, including the water capture facility the town is considering installing in Holbrook-Palmer Park.
City Manager George Rodericks said the council will receive a report on the results of testing of the quality of the runoff water that would be filtered through the facility, as well as an update on negotiations with Caltrans that could put off the deadline for the council to make a final decision on the facility.
Caltrans has offered to pay the entire $13.6 million cost to build an underground water capture facility in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The town would be responsible only for future maintenance costs of the huge underground vaults and their equipment, designed to remove pollutants and trash from runoff headed toward the Bay and ease flooding dangers.
But nearby residents say they fear the project would damage the park and question whether Atherton's runoff water is really that dirty to start with. Residents also questioned how much flood protection the project would offer.
The council is also scheduled to hear about options that could be considered to offer Atherton police officers and dispatchers a place to sleep between consecutive 12-hour shifts, so they don't have to make long commutes that leave too few hours for sleep.
The council is also scheduled to consider amending its heritage tree ordinance.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.