Mar 16 2019

CIP Review Committee Agenda Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.   City Hall Conference Room, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

What is being considered for City expenditures?

The CIP meeting is open for public participation. Minutes and recordings are not made of the meetings, and there are no broadcasts of the meetings.  Meeting materials, staff reports, citizen requests have not been publicly distributed. Attendees at the meeting, and thereafter, all individuals have a right to view and obtain copies of all information distributed to the Committee. Meeting attendees may make recordings of the meetings, as long as the meeting is not disrupted by the recording device.

The March 19 meeting agenda includes:

  1. Update on Public Safety Projects from Police Chief Jeremy Bowers
  2. Review of Revised Work Schedule and Tasks for the CIP Review Committee for Fiscal Year 2019-20
  3. Review of Proposed Projects

Materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the CIP Review Committee are available for public inspection in the Public Works Department during normal business hours. 

As of this writing (3/17/19) PCA has not received agenda information materials for the 3/19/19  meeting. When information is submitted to PCA, it will be published here. 

New CIP member, Recreation Commissioner Conna McCarthy, was chosen to serve on the CIP Review Committee, as the representative from the Recreation Commission.

Mar 16 2019

Piedmont Recreation Commission Agenda Wednesday, March 20, 2019   7:30 p.m.  City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

AGENDA:

There 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 Commission.

  1. Approval of Minutes – January 16, 2019
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Director’s Report
  4. Update on Recommendations from the Subcommittee on Tennis Court Use and Pickleball
  5. Update on Conceptual Master Plan for Improvements at Coaches Field – [See information below.]
  6. Update on Recreation Center Tennis Court Renovations
  7. Update on Capital Improvement Projects Review Committee (CIP)
  8. Next meeting date – Thursday, April 25th

Draft Jan. 16, 2019 minutes include the following public participation regarding Coaches Field proposals.

“Public Testimony was received from: Mike McConathy, Edward McNulty, Lynn Nelson, and Rich Saykally expressed support for the proposed conceptual master plan. Speakers questioned the need for field lighting and expressed concerns about the possible delay its consideration might cause. Speakers commented on the poor condition of the existing field, suggested additional accommodation for spectators, and suggested that the current skate park location might be a suitable location for pickleball.

“The Commission thanked staff and the consultant for their work on this proposed plan, indicating support for additional public outreach and input. Ms. Lillevand indicated that additional public meetings will be held, including a meeting with neighbors on February 13th at 7PM in the EOC of the Police Department.”

Announcements, old business and consideration of future agenda items Adjourn

The March 20 Recreation Commission meeting is open for public participation.  Broadcasts of the meeting can be found live on Cable Channel 27 and on the Piedmont website under videos – Recreation Commission. 

Materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the Recreation Commission are available for public inspection in the Recreation Department during normal business hours.

READ the entire Agenda and prior meeting minutes > March Recreation Commission Meeting

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk at (510) 420-3040. Notification at least two business days preceding the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [28 CFR 35.102-35.104 ADA Title II]
Mar 15 2019

The City decided to extend the deadline for Heritage Tree nominations of noteworthy trees in our public open spaces from March 11 to March 18.

Who can nominate? Individuals and groups

What are the criteria? aesthetic, educational or historic value.

Submit the Heritage Tree Application 2019 no later than Monday, March 18th at 5 pm to Nancy Kent, Parks and Project Manager via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov or in hard copy to: 120 Vista Avenue.

Nominations will be reviewed by a subcommittee composed of Park Commissioners and Public Works Staff.  The tree or group of trees selected for this year’s designation will be announced at the April 3, 2019 Park Commission meeting.

Click to read the policy regarding Designation of Heritage Trees on City Property.

Completed nomination forms should be returned to Nancy Kent, Parks and Project Manager via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov or in hard copy to: 120 Vista Avenue.

Questions should be directed to Ms. Kent at (510) 420-3064.

Read the original PCA > article

Mar 8 2019

Deadline for proposals: Tuesday, March, 19, 2019

The Capital Improvement Projects Review Committee (CIP) is soliciting proposals for new city projects which would enhance our community. Ideas submitted by individuals, community organizations and City Staff are all considered. If you have a great idea, the committee would like to hear from you.

Download the > Proposal Form. Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, March 19th at 5:00 p.m.  Completed forms should be returned to the Department of Public Works, 120 Vista Avenue.

All applicants/residents that have submitted proposals will be personally invited to attend the CIP meeting scheduled on April 9, 2019.  At this meeting, applicants will be asked to briefly describe their projects to the CIP Review Committee. The CIP Review Committee will then determine which projects will require a site visit.

The April 9 meeting is a public meeting.  All interested individuals are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting proceedings.

The CIP Site Visit Tour will be scheduled for a Saturday in early May. The tour will commence at City Hall at 9:00 am and then will proceed to CIP tour stops located throughout the City. At each of the tour stops the CIP Review Committee will see the locations for proposed projects first hand.

At noon, a working lunch will be provided at City Hall for Committee members, city staff, and interested citizens. At this working lunch the CIP Review Committee will attempt to compose their list of 2019-2020 CIP projects that they recommend as a part of this year’s budget process. The CIP chair in conjunction with CIP Review Committee members will be asked to prepare a list of recommended projects and narrative that will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration in the budget process.

If you have questions regarding the CIP process, please contact Nancy Kent Parks & Project Manager, at (510) 420-3064.

CIP Committee Roster as of 3/7/19

Michael Henn

Susan Herrick

Bobbe Stehr

Jeffrey St. Claire

PBF Representative – Nancy McHugh

Park Commission Representative – Jim Horner

Recreation Commission Representative – TBD

Mar 8 2019

At the Capital Improvements Project Review Committee (CIP) meeting a request concerning City funding for better court surfaces at Piedmont Middle School (PMS) was made by Rick Schiller, Pickleball enthusiast.

At their March 5, 2019 meeting, the City Council appeared positive concerning new asphalt at PMS. The Tennis/Pickleball sub-committee report contains the specific recommendation for Pickleball.  Sub-committee Chair Steve Roland spoke in support for City funding of new asphalt and Pete Palmer, in charge of Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) facilities, stated PUSD has no issue with this,  but the School District has no funds to pay for resurfacing of the courts.

“While bids are not finalized, about $60,000 gets us a new asphalt surface – no cracks! – with new poles.  About another $85,000-$90,000 gets a tennis court quality overlay. The three courts at each of the three PMS venues are too cramped and the best option is likely striping two Pickleball courts parallel to the three badminton courts, if that can be worked out. The green on white striping at Oakland’s Bushrod courts works well.”  Rick Schiller

Traditionally past projects approved by CIP have had partial private funding.

The Eight month trial at Hampton and Linda-Beach Courts will have a neighbor survey in 4 weeks from the start of Pickleball usage.

Mar 5 2019

The Piedmont Park Commission on March 6 will consider  consultants’ work reducing the landfill stream originating from Piedmont public activities.

In 2018, the City hired Abbe and Associates using money from ratepayers waste removal charges to provide outreach and technical assistance for waste reduction, recycling, and composting to reduce the landfill stream.  The consultants have been working with City staff, Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) staff and students to streamline and improve waste reduction, recycling, and composting at City and School facilities.  Purpose of the consultants work is to:

  • To increase the City’s and PUSD’s rate of diversion from landfill to 75% by working with staff and students.
  • To educate about proper sorting habits to reduce contaminants in recycling and organics.

[Read the report Abbe Environ EXHIBIT A piedmont evergreen ]

On Wednesday, March 6, Laura McKaughan of Abbe and Associates will report on the progress achieved from July through December, 2018, the first six months of the program.

Civic events in Piedmont generate significant waste.

Another focus of the consultant work was the challenge to bring large celebrations and civic events –Harvest Festival, Turkey Trot, and Christmas Tree Lighting – into less wasteful patterns.

In 2018, the Harvest Festival achieved an 87% recycling rate (1635 gallons of waste material generated at the Festival was recycled or composted and only 245 gallons went to the landfill).  The 2018 Turkey Trot achieved a 96% recycling rate (548 gallons of waste material generated at the race was recycled or composted and only 24 gallons went to the landfill).  Preferred foodware options were identified for use at other events and even staff meetings.

The consultants work with the Piedmont Unified School District to reduce waste going to landfill.

The consultants worked with Piedmont Unified School District personnel by making site assessments of the High School and Middle School.  New outdoor recycling containers were installed at the High School with additional installations planned at all school campuses.

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Piedmont Park Commission Meeting Agenda: Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m., in City Hall:

  1.  Approval of Park Commission Minutes for February 6, 2019
  2.  Update on Olive Ave. Street Tree Replacements
  3.  Report from Abbe and Associates: Piedmont Evergreen Team  Abbe Environ EXHIBIT A piedmont evergreen
  4.  Consideration of New Trash, Recycle and Green Waste Containers for Outdoor Public Spaces
  5.  Update on Heritage Tree Nominations for 2019
  6.  Update on Arbor Day 2019
  7.  Monthly Maintenance Report

The meeting will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 27 and on the City website for the Piedmont Park Commission meetings  http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/video/.

For additional information, contact Nancy Kent at NKent@piedmont.ca.gov

Mar 5 2019

The Piedmont City Council at their March 4 meeting approved the eight month trial dual use of tennis courts at Linda Beach and Hampton Parks for pickleball. The times and locations for pickleball are in the attached notice. The striping and other work needed will be done in about four weeks.

Numerous pickleball supporters spoke enthusiastically to the Council to encourage the trial period.  There was some opposition from court neighbors concerned about additional noise emanating from the courts.

1-16-19-RC-Public-Notice-Pickelball-Trial (1)

 

Feb 25 2019

The City Council of Piedmont is looking for talented Piedmont volunteers for vacancies on Piedmont commissions and committees. Interested Piedmont voters may > apply online or download the > Application for Appointive Vacancy.

Applications are due to City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue, on or before the deadline of Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.mPostmarks will not be accepted for paper applications.

All applicants and appointees must be qualified voters residing in the City of Piedmont.

You can read about the duties of the commissions and committees by clicking here.

Interested candidates may view more information on the City’s website at http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.

Interviews with the City Council for these positions will be scheduled for the evening of Monday, March 25, 2019.  

Importantly, no Council appointments will be made without a Council interview.

The vacancies are as follows*:

Commission/Committee

No. of Vacancies

No. of Incumbents Eligible for Reappointment

Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee

3 Regular 1 Alternate

2 Regular 0 Alternate

CIP Review Committee

2

1

Civil Service Commission

2

0

Park Commission

3

3

Planning Commission

2 Regular 1 Alternate

1 Regular 1 Alternate

Public Safety Committee

3

2

Recreation Commission

3

3

* Updated 3/7/19

Residents with questions are invited to contact the City Clerk’s office at (510) 420-3040.

Feb 17 2019

Beginning on Monday, February 25th, the City of Piedmont will conduct an emergency removal of four mature Eucalyptus trees and one Monterey Pine tree located in upper Dracena Park near the intersection of Park Way and Dracena Ave. These trees are being removed because they pose a significant fall risk and could endanger public safety. This removal was recommended in the report of an independent arborist which assessed seventeen Eucalyptus trees in Dracena Park. The report provided an assessment of tree health and structural conditions, assessment of tree risk, and management recommendations for these and other trees in the park. The Park Commission was notified of the pending removal at its regular meeting on December 2, 2018.

The work is scheduled to begin on February 25, 2019 and will last for approximately two to three weeks. To ensure the safety of the surrounding neighborhood and park users, a section of upper Dracena Park will be closed for the duration of the project. Though inconvenient, this closure is necessary to ensure public safety during the tree removal.

Tree removal work will be undertaken weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The removal is expected to generate substantial dust and noise. As part of the removal process, a tree chipper and crane will be on site and our contractors will need to maintain safe zones around the equipment. In addition, to allow safe operation of equipment related to the tree removal, Dracena Ave. between Park Way and Blair Ave will be closed to through traffic and parking will be prohibited on this block during work hours. Street parking will also be prohibited on Park Way adjacent to Dracena Park. Signs will be posted to define no parking zone. Traffic controls will be in place and staff will be on site to assist residents with access to their homes.

Please drive carefully in this area and respect all traffic instructions as this will assist us in completing the project as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this or have any special circumstances that the City should be aware of, please contact Parks & Project Manager Nancy Kent at (510) 420-3064 or (510) 406-6342 or via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov. You may also contact Public Works Supervisor Dave Frankel at (510) 207-2114 or via email at dfrankel@piedmont.ca.gov.

Jan 17 2019

Council to Consider Adoption of Linda Beach Conceptual Master Plan

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd – 7:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers

The Piedmont City Council will consider adopting the Linda Beach Conceptual Master Plan at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont.

Based on input from the many previous community meetings and two joint Park Commission and Recreation Commissions meetings, city staff and Groundworks Office, Landscape Architects have revised the proposed conceptual master plan, which will be presented to the City Council.

View the staff report and schematic plan HERE.

Public comment is invited and encouraged for this meeting. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov or by US Mail to City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA  94611. All comments submitted will become part of the public record.

You are invited to attend this meeting and express your opinion. The meeting will be televised live on KCOM-TV, Channel 27, the City’s government TV station and will be available through streaming video on the City’s web site www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/video

For further information, contact Recreation Director Sara Lillevand via email at slillevand@piedmont.ca.gov or via phone at 510-420-3070.