The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.
Atherton officials have been talking about building a facility that would help control some flooding and remove pollutants from storm water before it reaches the Bay for more than a year, since the town was offered $13.6 million through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to build the underground facility.
A drainage master plan prepared for the town in 2015 suggested detention facilities that would reduce peak storm water flows in the Atherton Channel to reduce the likelihood of flooding.
Council members have been waiting for Tetra Tech, the consultants designing the project, to come up with a preliminary design that will give them enough information to decide whether to go ahead with the water facility.
Caltrans would pay all the construction and engineering costs for the facility, but would not fund any ongoing maintenance costs. The Caltrans agreement allows the town to back out before construction begins, at no cost.
Caltrans is required by the state water board to reduce the amount of pollutants in runoff water near its roadways, so it has offered to pay for a number of such facilities throughout the state.
In the meantime, many Atherton residents have told the town they don't like the idea of putting the facility in the park. At a recent council meeting, residents complained about the disruptions construction would cause — especially as the civic center construction is underway — as well as the possible long-term costs to the town and possible side effects such as unpleasant smells.
A new wrinkle in the issue: recent news reports about contractor Tetra Tech, which has been accused of falsifying data in a cleanup of toxics in the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. Go to is.gd/TT_Examiner to see a story on the issue on the San Francisco Examiner's website.
Also on the agenda for the meeting is the approval of a letter from the town about the California High-Speed Rail Authority's draft 2018 business plan. The draft plan includes a proposal to have in place by 2027 the infrastructure needed for high-speed rail between San Francisco and Gilroy, in order "to reduce travel times for existing passenger rail systems, expand clean, electrified service, and prepare the corridors for testing and potential early high-speed rail operations."
Go to is.gd/HSR_2018 to see the draft business plan.
The council will also consider a new ordinance enacting imposition of a fee on residents who have more than two false-alarm calls to the Atherton Police Department in a year. The proposal from Police Chief Steve McCulley has fines ranging from $200 for a third false alarm in a 12-month period to $500 for each false alarm above five in a year.
The proposed ordinance would also reduce the charge for hooking up to the police department's free alarm monitoring system from $61 to $25, but add a $25 annual fee.
Also on the meeting's agenda is a discussion of changing the annual fees charged for keys to the Holbrook-Palmer Park tennis courts. A donor recently paid to replace one of the town's tennis courts with a clay court, which requires more maintenance. Player Capital Tennis, which manages the courts, had asked the council to increase the fee for Atherton residents' tennis keys from $50 to $100 a year to help pay the additional maintenance costs.
Residents with tennis keys can use the court — at no additional charge — Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Nonresidents with keys pay $30 an hour to Player Capital to use the court at other times, when it is not being used by Player Capital.
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