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News - August 1, 2012

Atherton's full plate: meetings on Little League, Town Center

by Renee Batti

After capping the month of July with a four-and-a-half-hour special meeting, the Atherton City Council is gearing up for three more special meetings over the course of seven days. The first, on Aug. 7, will be a continuation of the attempt to come up with language for two ballot measures.

The Aug. 7 meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The council will try to hammer out ballot language for a measure that will ask voters whether they support aspects of a Little League proposal for facilities in Holbrook-Palmer Park, and another measure pertaining to the plan to rebuild the Town Center.

Council members tabled the same agenda items at a special July 25 meeting after acknowledging that details of both proposed projects were so vague that neither they nor staff could figure out what they would be asking voters to decide.

Council members Jerry Carlson and Elizabeth Lewis oppose putting the two additional measures on the ballot, but the council majority asked the staff to come back with more information so the council can come up with appropriate language, which must be submitted to the county by Aug. 10.

An Aug. 9 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers to make appointments to town committees and commissions.

An Aug. 13 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers is the result of a citizens' petition signed by an estimated 250 residents requesting a hearing on four matters.

One topic has already been decided with the council's decision to put a measure on the ballot asking voters whether a library should be built in the park.

Other agenda items invite the public to weigh in on where the library should be located; whether Atherton should withdraw from a joint powers authority overseeing libraries in the county; and whether the town should prepare, with public participation, a master plan for town-owned property and all town buildings and structures, existing or planned.

The Council Chambers are at 94 Ashfield Road, in the Town Center.


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