Sep 16 2019

To City Council:

I reviewed the Green Infrastructure Plan and find it lacking in providing a rationale for the projects it proposes.  The report on pages 14 and 15 outlines in extensive detail how potential projects were identified (“opportunity sites”, 230 in all) and then ranked, producing a list of 11.  Five of these are SWRP sites and ranked on a 14-point system while the other 7 appear to have been selected by staff and mainly only from the CIP list. In any event, the report should list all 230 sites, probably an easy tabulation. And the report should explain in greater detail what criteria staff used and how Bike-Ped projects were or were not considered.  Finally, I could not find a simple list of the 11 projects, just their location on Map A-1.  The body of the report should contain a list of these 11 projects and a brief narrative explaining their selection and a simple cost estimate.

Specific questions I think you should ask staff and the consultant:

1.        Retention area: there seems to be no project that is a simple diversion of street runoff to a retention area with the exception possibly being the Sheridan lawn. There are large areas of public property along roadways throughout Piedmont that could provide more cost-effective biotreatment than the proposed sites. Please ask the consultant what consideration was given to Hampton, Coaches, Linda Beach, Blair, and several medians in town for simple retention projects.

2.        EBMUD reservoir:  was this site considered it the opportunity analysis?

3.       Do the areas for traffic triangles on Map A-1, specifically the two in the Ramona/Ronada area and lower Grand, constitute the footprint of the actual triangle or the drainage catchment area for a smaller triangle?  If the actual footprint then these could be large expensive projects.  And are these SWRP sites or staff-selected sites?

4.       What are the costs to the city for maintaining the newly added triangles at Ramona/Ronada and Kingston?

I recommend you accept the plan Monday night but not approve it.  Give the community an opportunity to learn more about Green Infrastructure projects (the report has extensive examples) and contemplate projects for their neighborhoods. Send the report and complete Opportunity List to the Park Commission and CIP to hold meetings.   As I read the report the city has met its 2020 goal so there is ample time to allow residents to suggest projects.

Garrett Keating

Sep 16 2019

The City Council will begin at 6:30 pm in the City Hall Conference Room for a Closed Session.

a. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (Govt. Code 54957)

Regular Agenda

  1. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes for 08/19/19
  2. Consideration of a Green Infrastructure Plan for the City of Piedmont0935
  3. Consideration of a Contract with Lamphier-Gregory for Consulting Services for California Environmental Quality Act Review Related to the Coaches Field Expansion Plan in an Amount Not To Exceed $154,215.
  4. Consideration of a Resolution Related to SB2 Grant Funding.
  5. Consideration of an Agreement with Cole Pro Media for Social Media Consulting Services in the Amount of $18,000 and an Appropriation to Fund the Agreement

Staff Reports:

– Nicholas Consulting Green Infrastructure Plan

http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16008244

– Lamphier-Gregory for Consulting Services  $154,215

http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16008246

– Resolution Related to SB2 Grant Funding

http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16008248

– $18,000 Agreement with Cole Pro Media for  to assist with social media content creation, content management, and staff training

http://piedmont.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16008250

 

Sep 1 2019

The Piedmont City Council met on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue. The meeting was broadcast live on the City website and Cable Channel 27.  Recordings of the meeting are available on the City website.

Regular Agenda

  1. Approval of Council Meeting Minutes for 08/05/19

    PCA Council minutes2019-08-05

  2. Receipt of the 2nd Quarter Police Department Report from the Chief of Police 

    See crime statistics, maps, and programs in link below. 

    http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/html/govern/staffreports/2019-09-03/crimereport2nd.pdf

  3. Consideration of Authorization to Solicit Bids for Traffic Calming Measures at the Intersections of Greenbank & Oakland Avenues as well as Fairview & Grand Avenues

    APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL

    http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/html/govern/staffreports/2019-09-03/trafficcalming.pdf

  4. Introduction of the City’s New Website

    http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/html/govern/staffreports/2019-09-03/newwebsite.pdf

 

Aug 27 2019

Piedmont Taxes are agendized for the Committee to make recommendations to the Piedmont City Council.

City of Piedmont Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee

Thursday, August 29, 2019   7:30 p.m.

Emergency Operations Center, Piedmont Police Department, 403 Highland Avenue Piedmont, CA

Agenda:

This is an opportunity for members of the audience to speak on an item not on the agenda. The 10 minute period will be divided evenly between those wishing to address the Committee.

  1. Update on the Committee’s Review of the Parcel Tax Pursuant to Resolution 120-14
  2. Consideration of Scheduling Future Meetings

Staff reports are not publicly distributed before the meeting. The meeting will not be broadcast.  Minutes of the Committee’s meetings are not agendized for Committee approval.  Audio recording are made of the meetings and are available through the City Clerk.

Aug 6 2019

City Parcel Tax Renewal and Rate  –

The Piedmont Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee will meet in the Emergency Operations Center, Police Department, 403 Highland Avenue at 6 pm on Thursday, August 8.

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will not be broadcast. 

One of the Committee’s charges is to:

“Periodically examine the need for the Municipal Services Special Tax (Parcel Tax) and recommend whether this tax should be continued, and if so, at what rate. This charge shall be accomplished not later than eighteen (18) months prior to the expiration of the tax as set forth in Chapter 20B of the City Code.”

Committee minutes are not publicly available or placed on committee agendas for committee approval and public review.  Audio recordings are made of the Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee meetings and are available from the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.

Agenda:

Public Forum: This is an opportunity for members of the audience to speak on an item not on the agenda. The 10 minute period will be divided evenly between those wishing to address the Committee.

Regular Agenda

1. Update on the Committee’s Review of the Parcel Tax Pursuant to Resolution 12014. 

2. Consideration of Scheduling Future Meetings

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The Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee was formed by the City Council to review and provide comment on five year projections contained in the City’s annual budget proposal, the proposed funding and expenditures from several long term funds, and the proposed mid-year budget adjustments. It also provides a financial review of new programs in excess of $250,000 per year. The Committee also periodically reviews and comments on the long term sufficiency of several city funds as well as making a recommendation on whether the Municipal Services Special tax should be continued at and what rate. Click to read the committee’s complete > charge.

Jul 21 2019

The Piedmont Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee will meet in the Emergency Operations Center, Police Department, 403 Highland Avenue at 6 pm on Tuesday, July 23.

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will not be broadcast or recorded.  Minutes of the Committee meetings are not kept. 

Agenda:

Public Forum : This is an opportunity for members of the audience to speak on an item not on the agenda. The 10 minute period will be divided evenly between those wishing to address the Committee.

Regular Agenda

  1. Update on the Committee’s Review of the Parcel Tax Pursuant to Resolution 120-14 (No staff report was released for this item.)
  2. Consideration of Scheduling Future Meetings

Contact numbers:

Michael Szczech Finance Director mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov (510) 420-3045
Jul 21 2019

12 Remaining Beneficiaries –

The Piedmont Police & Fire Pension Board will meet Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue. The meeting will not be broadcast, however it is open to the public. Minutes are kept of the meetings. 

This board will continue as long as there are retirees or dependents who are covered by the old plan established prior to Piedmont entering CalPERS. 

 Board membership of five individuals includes representatives from both the Police and Fire Departments and one appointed position, typically Piedmont’s mayor.  The Board meets quarterly and will continue as long as there are retirees or dependents who are covered by the discontinued plan.

For the last quarter, there were only 12 remaining beneficiaries of the Piedmont Police and Fire Pension fund.  See Finance Director’s Memo 719.

“The representatives of Osterweis Capital Management reported April 24, 2019 on the Police Trust Fund Report and Fire Pension Fund which was valued at $12,773,842, which is up 9.65% for the quarter. They reported that the Other Post Employment Benefits Trust was valued at $8,576,719, which is up 10.32% for the quarter.”

Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes for 4/24/2019  Pension Board minutes 2019-04-24 DRAFT 719

2. Acceptance of Participant Report, summarizing benefits paid in the 4th Quarter of FY 18/19 and current number of beneficiaries Finance Director’s Memo 719

3. Acceptance of the 2nd Quarter 2019 Report of Pension Fund Investments by Osterweis Capital Management

4. Acceptance of the 2nd Quarter 2019 Report of Other Post Employment Benefits Investments by Osterweis Capital Management

For further information, contact:

Michael Szczech Finance Director mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov (510) 420-3045
Jul 7 2019

City Commissions Will Not Meet in July

There will be a lull in City Commission meetings throughout the month of July with no meetings of the Park, Planning or Recreation Commissions.  In addition, the standard July 15, 2019, City Council meeting will not be held.

Scheduled July meetings of the Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee and the Police and Fire Pension Board have not been cancelled.

The City Charter revision (Charter Amendment Measure BB) approved by Piedmont voters at the November 2018 election eliminated the requirement that the City Council meet twice a month.

Jun 21 2019

The Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee will meet in the Emergency Operations Center, Police Department, 403 Highland Avenue at 7 pm on  Tuesday, June 25.  The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will not be broadcast or visually recorded. Minutes of the meetings are not kept.

Background, backup agenda information has not been made available to this media outlet or the public in general. Results of the Committee’s recommendations are transmitted to the City Council via a letter from the Committee Chair.  

No minutes have been on the Committee agendas verifying Committee approval. The City website states: “Meetings of the Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee are recorded for the purposes of creating minutes. Audio files for meetings are available from the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.”

Agenda June 25, 2019

  1. Update on the Committee’s Review of the Parcel Tax Pursuant to Resolution 120-14.
  2. Consideration of Scheduling Future Meetings

The Budget Advisory Committee reviews and provides comment and recommendations on Capital Projects over $250,000, annual budget, five year projections of the City’s annual budget proposal, parcel taxes, proposed funding and expenditures from several long term funds, and the proposed mid-year budget.

The committee members per Council policy are exempted from and thus not required to provide conflict of interest statements to the City, hence public review is not available.

Committee member names as listed on the City 6/21/19 website are provided below.  Contact numbers for the Committee members are not publicly listed.

Roster 

Council Liaison: Robert McBain – rmcbain@piedmont.ca.gov – (VM) 420-3048
Staff Liaison: Michael Szczech – mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov – (W) 420-3045

Cathie Geddeis

Bill Hosler

Deborah Leland

Christina Paul

Maya Rath

Michael Reese

Frank Ryan

Chris Kwei (Alternate)

For further information, contact Staff Liaison and Finance Director: Michael Szczech – mszczech@piedmont.ca.gov – (W) 420-3045

Jun 18 2019

Based on a plan developed by Piedmont residents William Blackwell and Chuck Oraftik in 2009-2010, the City has been pursuing enlargement of Coaches Field on Moraga Avenue across from Blair Park that will allow use by baseball, soccer, and other field sports. 

To enlarge the playing surface the new plan calls for cutting into the hillside located adjacent to the Corporation Yard at Red Rock Road and Moraga Avenue, adding night lighting, and increasing the number of available parking spaces.

To view the staff report and the concept plan for Coaches Field produced by Callander & Associates, click below:

06/17/19 – Receipt of a Report Regarding the Concept Plan for the Coaches Field Expansion by Callander & Associates

With the acceptance of the design concept by the City Council, environmental work is being sought.  Click below to read the Request for Proposals.

06/17/19 – Consideration of the Issuance of a Request for Proposals for CEQA Services for the Coaches Field Renovation Project