Apr 28 2019

The Piedmont Park Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located in City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable Channel 27 and on the City’s website.

Park Commission Agenda for May 1:

  1. Approval of Park Commission Minutes for April 3, 2019
  2. Receipt of a Report on Magnolia Avenue Tree Assessment
  3. Update on Lower Grand Avenue Triangle and Median Landscape Improvements
  4. Consideration of New Trash, Recycle, and Green Waste Containers for Outdoor Public Spaces
  5. Update on Hall Fenway Spring Plantings
  6. Update on Arbor Day 2019
  7. Monthly Maintenance Report: Park, Open Space, and Street Tree Update for the Month of April, 2019

READ the full agenda, minutes, and reports below:

FINAL-Park Commission Agenda-May 1, 2019

Apr 19 2019

At the April 3, 2019 Piedmont Park Commission meeting­, Nancy Scott from the Piedmont Garden Club and Chairperson of their Civic Projects program, presented Mayor Bob McBain and Park Commission Chairperson Betsy Goodman with a generous donation of $5,000 to be used towards installing new light strings in the courtyard of the Piedmont Community Hall in Main Park.

Nancy Scott, Mayor Bob McBain, and Park Commission Chairperson Betsy Goodman

The City is in the process of upgrading the electrical controls for the exterior pole lights at the Community Hall. When Phase 1 of the lighting improvements is completed, the City will start Phase 2 and will be  working with lighting consultant Thomas Skradski of Lumen Works and the Electrical Contractor, Mark Schulkamp of Mark W. Schulkamp Electric Co. to design and install new light strings that will be suspended from the four pole lights in the courtyard. The pole lights will be designed to accommodate the new string lights. Once the new string lights are installed, the courtyard illumination will offer an option with the new, festive string lights.

The Piedmont Garden Club on April 18tharranged for members and friends to deadhead the hundreds of daffodils in Blair Park.

From left to right: Sharon Hom, Mary Wood, Sandy Hagglund and Nancy Scott.

The Piedmont Garden Club https://www.piedmontgardenclub.org/  has a long history of contributing their time and generous donations to the City of Piedmont.

Double click on photos to enlarge.

Apr 19 2019

City of Piedmont

CIP Review Committee Agenda Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:00 p.m.

City Hall Conference Room, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

  1. Review of Preliminary CIP Wish Lists, Resident Proposals, and Criteria for Evaluating Proposed Projects
  2. Presentation of Resident Proposals
  3. Consideration of Project List for CIP Review Committee Site Tour on Saturday, May 4, 2019

The meeting will not be recorded or broadcast.  The public is welcome to attend and participate. 

Apr 16 2019

Extensive New Recreation Projects May Call for a New Piedmont Tax Measure

Projects being considered by the City are the Aquatic Center with expanded new pool and facilities, Coaches Field reconfiguration and night lighting, Linda Beach Park improvements, and updating of the Recreation Building and Veterans Hall.  

Volunteers with support primarily from sports and recreation enthusiasts may be knocking on your door to learn about your funding ideas for the numerous recreation projects through a voter approved bond measure.  Door knocking, a common election tool used to estimate specific approval or rejection of potential ballot bond measures, is underway in Piedmont. 

Some Piedmont leaders have indicated gaining more knowledge about Piedmont voter preferences for recreation facilities is needed to learn where support or opposition lies. The volunteer knocking on your door may be a neighbor. 

Larry Tramutola, a Piedmont resident and widely known political consultant on taxing issues involving cities, special districts, school districts, etc., volunteered to advise on methods for approaching and convincing voters to support a new recreation bond measure.

Consultants, planners, recreation enthusiasts, commissioners, and the City Council have for years been fashioning various plans for improved or enhanced recreation facilities throughout Piedmont. The City has expended a significant amount of money and time towards the plans.

To date, no bond proposals have reached the City Council. 

Consideration of voter acceptance of a bond measure was studied by the Council over a year ago resulting in insufficient voter support by polled voters for bond funding of the recreation projects. For approval, the bond measure would require approval by 2/3rds of those voting on the measure.

New Internal Revenue Service laws may impact Piedmonters willingness to further tax themselves, as there is a recent limitation of $10,000 on deductibility of state and local taxes.

Apr 9 2019

City announces:

On Wednesday April 10th, upper Dracena Park will be reopened after emergency tree removal operations that began in late February. The entirety of the path running from Artuna Avenue to Park Way will be reopened. A small section of path which runs parallel to Park Way is still under construction. Until that area can be regraded and the new path installed, temporary fencing will remain around that small section of the path until weather conditions allow for installation to be completed.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Parks & Project Manager Nancy Kent at (510) 420-3064 or via email at nkent@piedmont.ca.gov.

Apr 9 2019

Piedmont Arbor Day 2019

The community is invited for information, music and refreshments.

Thursday, April 11th – 5:00 – 7:00 PM 
Piedmont Community Hall

The City of Piedmont and the Park Commission cordially invite the community to the 2019 Arbor Day Celebration which will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Community Hall in Main Park.

This year’s keynote speaker will be will be Piedmont’s new Fire Chief, Bret Black, who will discuss forest management and fire safety. Park Commissioner Jim Horner will be announcing this year’s Heritage Tree nominations and, along with Mayor McBain, will be discussing the unique characteristics of these trees and their historical significance in our urban forest.

Representatives from Republic Services, East Bay Community Energy, and Piedmont Evergreen will be available to answer residents’ questions about their programs and services.

The Piedmont High School Jazz band will provide musical entertainment and light refreshments will be served.


Apr 7 2019

Where will Piedmont’s money go?

Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Review Committee Agenda Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:00 p.m.

City Hall Conference Room, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

The meeting is open to the public, however broadcasts and recordings of the proceedings will not be made. 

  1. Review of Preliminary CIP Wish Lists, Resident Proposals, and Criteria for Evaluating Proposed Projects
  2. Presentation of Resident Proposals

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 at 120 Vista Avenue, City Hall.

Read prior PCA article on the CIP Committee and citizen proposals.

  • Middle School courts repaved for Pickleball purposes
  • Change Wildwood Gardens street from a two-way to one way street
  • Construct a public Path and Stairway between Oak Avenue from Wildwood Gardens
  • Fencing and improvements to Blair Park along Moraga Avenue 
  • Improvements to Witter Field drainage and various enhancements
  • Construct a Water fountain in Piedmont Park near Witter Field for dogs and people

Read the submitted projects and other prior proposals here.  See the project spreadsheet here.

The CIP Committee reviews proposals and makes funding recommendations to the City Council; the recommendations will be  considered and acted upon by the Council through their annual budget review process.

Apr 1 2019

Park Commission – Wednesday, April 3, 2019 5:30 p.m.  City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Agenda:

Presentation of Piedmont Garden Club Civic Projects Donation

  1. Election of Chair and Vice Chair of the Park Commission
  2. Approval of Park Commission Minutes for March 6, 2019
  3. Update on Landscape Maintenance Contract
  4. Update on Dracena Park Tree Removal, New Tree Planting and Path Restoration
  5. Consideration of Heritage Tree Designations for 2019
  6. Update on Arbor Day 2019
  7. Update on Street Tree Planting Projects
  8. Monthly Maintenance Report: Park, Open Space and Street Tree Update for the Month of March 2019

Read the full agenda and staff reports, plus draft meeting minutes by clicking below:

Park Com 4:3:19

The April 3rd meeting will be broadcast live on Cable Channel 27 and from the City website under videos/Park Commission. 

Mar 28 2019

At a special meeting on March 25, 2019, the City Council interviewed applicants and made appointments to fill vacancies on commissions and committees. Drawing on the talents of twenty two applicants for twenty vacancies, the City Council made the following appointments:

Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee

Chris Kwei

Christina Paul 

Maya Rath

Frank Ryan

*

CIP Review Committee

Michael Henn

John Lenahan

*

Civil Service Commission

Claudia Harrison

David Hobstetter

*

Park Commission

Betsy Goodman

Jim Horner

Brian Mahany

*

Planning Commission

Rani Batra

Yildiz Duransoy

Douglas Strout

*

Public Safety Committee

Shanti Brien

Lori Elefant

Lynne Wright

*

Recreation Commission

Glyn Burge

Jeffrey Dorman

Vincent Fisher

Congratulations to all and thank you for serving Piedmont!

Mar 27 2019
  • Middle School courts repaved for Pickleball purposes
  • Wildwood Gardens streets changed to one way
  • Stairway to Oak Avenue from Wildwood Gardens
  • Fencing and improvements to Blair Park along Moraga Avenue 
  • Improvements to Witter Field drainage and various enhancements
  • Water fountain in Piedmont Park near Witter Field for dogs and people

The purpose of the CIP Review Committee and citizen proposed projects can be read by clicking below:

> CIP 2019

Revised Proposal worksheet can be read by clicking below.

> 2019 Proposal sheet revised

Various City Wide projects are: Aquatic Center, Linda Beach Park, Recreation Center and Veterans Hall improvements, Coaches Field improvements including lights, and Public Security Cameras.

The Committee meetings are open to the public and any resident that wants to attend is welcome. The next meeting is scheduled for April 9th at 7 pm in the City Council conference room to the left as you enter Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.  Recordings of the meeting are not made and there are no broadcasts or minutes of the meetings. 

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