Pleasanton City Council members are set to debate the construction of the proposed Meadowlark Trail project at their regular council meeting on Tuesday.
A number of residents in the Foothill Road area have opposed the new footpath after construction advisories were issued late last year for the project which has lain dormant for more than a decade, citing among their concerns the environment, public safety and ridge views.
In 2006, the city council approved the development of the 30-acre reserve in Meadowlark as part of the planned unit development consisting of eight lots surrounded by 22 acres of open space.
One of the conditions of plan approval was the requirement that applicants provide funding for a trail in the open space as determined by the Director of Parks and Community Services.
For the same, the Planning Commission approved a provisional subdivision map subject to the conditions of approval in 2007. But no effort to start the development work was taken for many years, although the map did not has not expired due to extensions granted for various reasons by city and state law.
The property was sold in 2016 and the new owner began the process of completing the approval requirements for the development.
Trail improvement plans and a payment of $57,379 for trail construction were accepted by City Council in March 2020. The construction contract was awarded to American Ramp Company with the lowest bid of 59 $500.
Construction of the trail has faced opposition from many residents in recent months, citing lack of public information. In response to neighbors, a neighborhood outreach meeting was held in March of this year to discuss the route of the trail. Most of the residents present at the meeting said they opposed the construction of the trail.
Staff recommends that Council review the history of the project and provide direction to staff on the project: either to construct the trail project using the funding provided by the developer for the construction of the trail in accordance with the conditions of approval from of 2021, either determine that the construction of trails is no longer a desired or necessary feature and direct staff to submit an amendment removing the condition of approval to the Planning Commission for consideration.
The total planned expenditures for this project are $65,933. If City Council orders staff to cease construction of the trail, staff will be required to negotiate a settlement with the company and pay for their efforts in the process, including the cost of performance bonds, payment bonds, insurance and other documents required before construction after the project has been awarded.
City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 17) for the regular meeting. Read the full agenda here.
In other cases
* The council will review the city’s legislative framework with a focus on 2022 zones and establish the city’s legislative positions on selected bills. It also asks city staff to monitor remaining legislation throughout the year and determine if the city should take an official position on additional legislation.
The framework guides the city’s response to pending state and federal legislation. The framework includes guiding principles, goals and strategies that guide advocacy efforts on behalf of the city’s interests. Within this framework, annual guidelines are established to guide the city’s legislative positions.
The City Council Legislative Sub-Committee, including council members Kathy Narum and Julie Testa, met last month to review and discuss the city’s legislative framework with 2022 focus areas, including a discussion of selected bills and consideration of recommended positions on those bills for the year.
The subcommittee and city staff recommend adoption of the framework and request that city staff monitor the remaining legislation throughout the 2022 legislative cycle to determine if and when city council should take a formal position on additional legislation. This will have no financial impact.
* Council will provide guidelines for the allocation of funds in the special revenue fund tied to revenue from Pleasanton’s garbage service rates.
The previous garbage collection agreement between the City of Pleasanton and PGS allowed the company to accumulate a franchise rate reserve and certain franchise rate deficits. Under the current franchise agreement with PGS, this was eliminated and a rate reserve agreement was signed which established the process for distributing the franchise rate reserve.
In February 2020, City Council approved the PGS rate reserve calculation of $5,342,285 and approved that $2 million be deposited into the City’s general fund and the remaining $3,342,285 be placed in a special income funds and allocated at a later date.
The city council’s waste and recycling subcommittee, including Mayor Karla Brown and council member Jack Balch, met earlier this month to review the allocation plan prepared by city staff. .
The Sub-Committee and City staff recommend that an amount of $3,438,201.61 be used in accordance with the Allocation Plan as adopted by Council beginning in 2022-2023 and each subsequent fiscal year as required until the special fund is spent. Expenses have been budgeted at $563,400.
* Passing a resolution certifying a 180-day waiting period to appoint additional help is also on tap, to retain the services of Brian Dolan, who is due to retire in June this year.
Retaining him will ensure an effective and efficient transition to a new permanent general manager, Gerry Beaudin, according to city staff. Additionally, he will help lead the preparation and adoption of the City’s 2022-23 mid-term operating and CIP budgets. This appointment is for a limited time, beginning June 6 and ending no later than June 30.
The acting position will continue at an hourly rate consistent with Dolan’s current employment contract. The total cost of services should not exceed $21,175. According to staff, the budget for the City Manager’s office is sufficient to cover these costs.
* Council will consider approving a proclamation recognizing June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Pleasanton by displaying the Progress Pride Flag throughout June in the Town Administration Building at 123 Main Street.