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News - January 19, 2011

Short agenda for Atherton council

The Atherton City Council will be asked to approve measures that include slowing traffic down to 10 mph in public works construction zones, taking the next step in planning for a new library, and accepting a donation designated for the police K-9 program at its Jan. 19 meeting.

Perhaps reflecting the philosophy of a new interim city manager, the agenda lists all items of business on the consent calendar, and no items on the regular agenda. That means there will be no discussion of the items unless a council member or member of the public requests that an item be discussed. It also means it could be an uncharacteristically quick meeting.

Also on the agenda are reports by the city manager and council members, and an item from Mayor Jim Dobbie and Vice Mayor Bill Widmer directing staff to develop a list of services, volume of services, and any measurement of quality of the services performed by the police department.

Mayor Dobbie said the goal of developing such a report during a time some residents are advocating that police services be contracted out is to provide a clear picture of what residents are getting now. "I'm not sure they know all the services our police department provides," he said, but such knowledge is important for sound decision-making on whether to continue funding a police department.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.

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