News - March 16, 2011

Briefs: Pool, budget, travel on Menlo Park council agenda

by Sandy Brundage

When the Menlo Park City Council returns for a meeting on Tuesday, March 15, it will have to hear a word that those on the dais were perhaps hoping to not have to hear again for a while: "Pool."

At least this time the topic isn't awarding a contract to operate the city's public pools. Instead, the council will decide whether to spend $423,158 to upgrade the Belle Haven pool, which will be managed this summer by Team Sheeper, a business that already operates the Burgess Aquatics Center.

Community Services Director Cherise Brandell said the upgrades have been on the city's list of capital improvements for several years, as the fiberglass pool liner at Belle Haven is now 20 years old.

Talk will then turn to the state of the city's budget, and Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson will cap off the evening with a report on her trip to Washington, D.C.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Getting ready for an emergency

With the tragedy still unfolding in Japan, disaster preparedness is on many residents' minds. The Atherton Disaster Preparedness Team, in collaboration with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, wants to teach new members how to get ready for an emergency.

The group meets at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month in the Atherton town hall at 91 Ashfield Road. The next meeting is set for Saturday, April 2. Contact Hanna Malak at for more information.

Dancing at the library

Who says libraries and dancing don't mix? Not Menlo Park. On Saturday, April 2, the main library will host Joe Marchi from the Center for the American Musical to discuss choreography in American musicals.

The presentation starts at 11 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the library at 800 Alma St. Free van service is provided for Menlo Park seniors and those with disabilities. Call 330-2512 to schedule a ride.


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