Jun 1 2013

License Plate Readers, Budget, Footbridge at Council Meeting June 3

Important Council Meeting June 3, 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. 

The City Council will hold the first of two public hearings on the FY 2013-14 Budget at its Monday meeting.  The Council’s Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee (BAFPC) has been meeting for weeks,  examining the proposed annual budget, five-year projections, and the City’s overall financial health.  The Committee’s detailed report  with specific recommendations will be presented at the meeting.  

The Budget, along with fee proposals, the levy of the Municipal Services Tax and the Sewer Tax are all part of the Public Hearing. Staff Report.  Budget.

License Plate Readers in Piedmont have made Bay Area news and are supported by a number of Piedmonters.  Increasingly aggressive crimes led Police Chief Rikki Goede to recommend placing cameras at fifteen entrances to Piedmont.  Although controversial to some, the Piedmont Public Safety Committee, CIP Review Committee, and the BAFPC have recommended the City Council approve $678,613 from the CIP fund to cover the cost of the cameras for use in the project.  Staff Report.

Eagle Scout candidate, Cole Becker, has proposed overseeing and fund raising for a footbridge in Dracena Park.  The footbridge will replace a bridge demolished over 50 years ago.   The location connects a path near Park Way to a path used by dog walkers crossing over the path through the redwood canyon.  The Park Commission has recommended approving the footbridge, conditioned upon certain requirements.   Staff Report.

As an outgrowth of BAFPC recommendations, the City Council will discuss an ongoing  plan  to project future needs and to allocate funds for facilities maintenance.

For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.

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