Aug 12 2011

Undergrounding Policy will be Discussed August 23

Final draft report released by Audit Subcommittee

The Piedmont City Council Audit Subcommittee will discuss a final draft report on utility under-grounding on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30pm in the City Council ChambersThe report extensively details contract administration and policy issues encountered by private utility under-grounding districts.  This meeting will also provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the draft.

The report, initially prepared in 3 parts but now combined, will be reviewed and discussed by the Committee members collectively for the first time on August 23. 

The draft states: “Because of the restrictions and requirements of the Brown Act, the Audit Sub-Committee members could not discuss any conclusions or conduct any deliberations except in open public meetings.”

“The Brown Act also prohibited the members of the Sub-Committee from jointly compiling their final report. Therefore, this task was assigned to Interim City Clerk John  O. Tulloch, who merged the three reports. No substantive changes to any finding or recommendation were intended.  Duplicate and/or redundant text was omitted and minor clerical and grammatical changes were made. As the Brown Act prohibits the use of ‘…personal intermediaries, or technological devices that is employed by a majority of the members of the legislative body to develop a collective concurrence as to action to be taken on an item by the members of the legislative body,’ (G.C. § 5495.2(b)), none of the members of the Sub-Committee have had any input on the compilation of the final report.”

At the end of the August 1 City Council meeting, Mayor Dean Barbieri and Vice Mayor John Chiang, both members of the City Council on the Audit Sub-Committee, indicated they planned to red line parts of the report.

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