Palo Alto officials have scheduled a closed session for Monday night to discuss a possible lawsuit by Public Works Director Glenn Roberts against the city.
The city is scheduled to discuss the possibility of litigation at the end of its Oct. 18 meeting.
The City Clerk's office sent out a revised agenda late Thursday afternoon adding the closed session to the council's agenda. Most administrative offices in City Hall are closed today (Friday, Oct. 15) and city officials weren't available to comment on the potential litigation.
The council agenda cites the city's "significant exposure to litigation" and names Roberts as the subject of the discussion.
Roberts attracted criticism last year after Public Works authorized the felling of 63 holly oaks on California Avenue in September 2009 without properly notifying the public. He repeatedly apologized and promised to improve the department's outreach efforts.
The City Attorney's Office has not received a claim from Roberts against the city, Assistant City Attorney Don Larkin said. City officials scheduled the closed session to discuss a "threat of litigation," he said.
His department is also at the center of the city's heated debate about the future of the city's landfill in Byxbee Park. A coalition of environmentalists is calling for the city to reserve a section of the landfill for a future anaerobic digestion plant. Others want the landfill to be quickly filled and capped, so that the area can be converted to parkland.
Roberts is also scheduled to update the council's Finance Committee on Tuesday about the status of the landfill. According to a new report, Public Works staff will recommend that the city fill the landfill as fast as possible.
The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.