Council delays green building standards
The first phase of implementing new green building standards in Menlo Park was delayed after the City Council on June 14 unanimously asked staff to revise the proposed ordinance.
The ordinance would require new construction currently subject to California's green building standards to exceed the state's required energy efficiency by 15 percent. Builders would need to test heating and cooling ducts for leaks and install cool roofs that meet certain standards for reflecting sunshine and releasing absorbed heat. The council wants the ordinance to state that alternative methods could be used for cool roofs on residential homes.
The state energy commission must approve the ordinance before it goes into effect, a process expected to take approximately three months once the city adopts it.
The ordinance would fulfill a goal stated in the city's climate action plan to exceed the state's green building standards.
According to the staff report, the City Council will review the climate action plan at its July 19 meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. The ordinance is also expected to return to council that night.
Council on hiatus
The Civic Center will be quieter than usual on Tuesday nights as the Menlo Park City Council interrupts its regularly scheduled meetings with a four-week hiatus.
The council doesn't plan to meet again until July 19, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.
Labor board hearing
The state Public Employee Relations Board hearing over union complaints of unfair labor practices in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is expected to finish on Friday, June 24, said fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.
He said they expect a ruling by the end of this year.
"At this point, that is all that we are prepared to say since the hearing is not over," the chief said.
John Wurdinger, vice president of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association, said the union had amended its complaint as a result of a contract imposed on the firefighters in April. Negotiations first broke down in 2009. He said both sides will have four to six weeks to file closing briefs after transcripts become available, and then the judge will render a decision.