Pleasanton City Council members are poised to debate construction of the proposed Meadowlark Trail project at their regular council meeting Tuesday.
A number of residents in the Foothill Road neighborhood opposed the new route after building notices were issued late last year for the project, which has been idle for more than a decade, citing issues including the environment, public safety and the view on the crest.
In 2006, the City Council approved the 30-acre Preserve at Meadowlark as part of the proposed unit development consisting of eight lots surrounded by 22 acres of open space.
One of the conditions for the plan’s approval was the requirement that applicants fund a path in the open space area, as determined by the Director of Parks and Community Services.
For the same reason, the Planning Commission approved a preliminary subdivision map in 2007, subject to permit conditions. However, no effort was made to begin development for many years, although the card has not expired due to extensions granted for various reasons by city and state legislatures.
The property was sold in 2016 and the new owner started fulfilling the development permit conditions.
The trail improvement plans and a $57,379 payment to build the trail were accepted by the city council in March 2020. The construction contract was awarded to the American Ramp Company with the lowest bid of $59,500.
The construction of the path has been rejected by many residents in recent months who complained about a lack of public information. In response to the neighbors, a neighborhood meeting was held in March this year to discuss path alignment. Most residents who attended the meeting spoke out against the construction of the road.
The staff recommends that the council review the history of the project and provide staff with directions on the project: either build the trail project using trail construction funds provided by the developer in accordance with permit terms as of 2021, or determine that The construction of hiking trails is no longer a desired or necessary feature and directs staff to submit an amendment removing the permit condition to the Planning Commission for consideration.
Estimated total expenses for this project are $65,933. If the city council directs employees to halt construction of the trail, employees must 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 paperwork required before construction after construction are required project has been awarded.
The city council meets on Tuesday (May 17) at 7 p.m. for its regular session. Read the full agenda here.
In other shops
* The council will review the city’s legal framework with a focus on the 2022 areas and determine the city’s legislative positions on select bills. Also, city officials are being asked to monitor the remaining legislation throughout the year and determine if the city needs to take a formal 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 on behalf of the city’s interests. Within this framework, annual focus areas are identified to guide the city’s legislative positions.
The City Council Legislative Subcommittee, which includes council members Kathy Narum and Julie Testa, met last month to review and discuss the city’s 2022 focus area regulatory framework, including a discussion of selected bills and consideration of recommendations on those bills for the year.
The subcommittee and city staff recommend adoption of the framework and are urging city staff to monitor the remaining legislation during the 2022 legislative cycle to determine if and when the city council should take a formal position on additional legislation. This will have no financial impact.
* Council will provide direction for the allocation of funds to the Special Revenue Fund related to revenue from the Pleasanton Garbage Service rate.
The previous garbage collection agreement between the City of Pleasanton and PGS allowed the company to accumulate a franchise reserve and certain franchise deficits. As part of the current franchise agreement with PGS, this was eliminated and a rate reserve agreement was entered into, which set out the process for distributing the franchise rate reserve.
In February 2020, the city council approved the calculation of the PGS rate reserve of $5,342,285 and authorized the payment of $2 million to the city’s general fund and the payment of the remaining $3,342,285 to a special revenue fund and allocation at a later date.
The City Council’s Waste and Recycling Subcommittee, which included Mayor Karla Brown and Council Member Jack Balch, met earlier this month to review the allocation plan prepared by city staff.
The subcommittee and city officials recommend that an amount of $3,438,201.61 be used under the allocation plan adopted by the council beginning in 2022-23 and each subsequent fiscal year as needed until the special fund is depleted. Expenditure was estimated at $563,400.
* Passing a resolution certifying a waiting period of 180 days for the appointment of an additional assistant is also under discussion in order to retain the services of Brian Dolan, who will retire in June this year.
Its retention will ensure the efficient and effective transition to a new permanent city manager, Gerry Beaudin, according to city officials. Additionally, it will help provide direction in the preparation and adoption of the city’s mid-term operating and CIP budget for fiscal year 2022-23. This appointment is temporary, beginning June 6 and ending no later than June 30.
The interim position will continue at an hourly rate consistent with Dolan’s current employment contract. The total cost of the services is not expected to exceed $21,175. According to the staff, there are sufficient funds in the city manager’s budget 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 at the City Hall at 123 Main St.