PUBLIC AGENDA: Avenidas expansion, storm-drains fees, bed bugs


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Oct. 19.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council will meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with its fire and police unions, the Service Employees International Union, Local 521, the Management, Professionals and Confidential Employees group, and the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The council will then consider contributing $5 million toward the expansion of Avenidas; discuss a potential 2016 election to raise storm-drains fees; consider revising the zoning-code provision relating to preliminary review procedures for developments; and consider a colleagues memo about increasing accessory-dwelling units. The closed session will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The rest of the meeting will follow in the Council Chambers. Read the agenda here.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to continue its discussion for the Transportation Element of the updated Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the new Government Accounting Standards Board pension reporting standards, known as GASB 68; and consider a staff recommendation to issue a request for proposal to explore options for delivery of aquatic programs and services for the city. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a report about recent instances of bed bugs in libraries; consider an outreach plan for commission meetings; and discuss the 2016 joint meeting between the commission and the council. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Midtown Room in the Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road. Read the agenda here.

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