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Grant Road sewer work set to start Monday

The city of Los Altos is slated to begin sewer-main replacements Monday on a small stretch of Grant Road.

According to Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the project will replace and upgrade approximately 400 linear feet of 50- to 55-year-old 15-inch pipes with new 18-inch piping to increase capacity. The work – between Portland and Miravalle avenues – is scheduled to take approximately three weeks to complete. The project is identical to work completed by the city earlier this year on segments along El Monte Avenue.

Gustafson said the work would include an aboveground bypass pipe and pumping system that will run down the middle of Grant Road while that segment of underground piping is being replaced. However, that setup will prohibit left-hand turns by vehicles in the immediate construction area for the duration of the project.

“Some drivers may have to go farther up the road, make a U-turn and come back down Grant (to reach their destination),” said Gustafson, who added that open- trench digging in the construction area will be restricted to between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The segment is part of the larger south sewer-main replacement project identified in the city’s 2005 Sewer Master Plan.

The Los Altos Environmental Commission is seeking the public’s help in a bid to establish information forums covering a host of issues.

Commissioner Gary Hedden said the establishment of the educational series for Los Altos residents is part of the council-appointed volunteer body’s 2014 work plan. Commissioners are slated to host a booth at the July 24 downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market in an effort to determine which topics interest residents the most.

“One of our primary objectives is public outreach so that residents can learn more about sustainability,” Hedden said.

Suggested topics outlined by the commission include forums on electric and alternative-fuel vehicles, solar energy, green building, water conservation, eating sustainable foods and tips on saving energy at home.

“We want to know what they care about. … This will allow us to be more efficient and focused (in developing educational programming) in the coming year,” said Commissioner Joe Eyre, who added that the first educational forum would likely be scheduled sometime in the last quarter of the year.

Eyre noted that the educational series could eventually take on several forms –lectures, workshops or more hands-on activities – depending on the topic in question. He added that the commission might also include some educational segments for children.

Eyre said the commission’s work is in line with the city’s bid to reduce greenhouse gases – noting that the council unanimously approved the Los Altos Climate Action Plan in December. The plan aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 17 percent by the year 2020.

– Diego Abeloos

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