Following are highlights from the Nov. 5 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.
Town finalizes hazard mitigation plan
Councilmembers approved an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan last week, with the goal of ensuring peace of mind.
While not required under state or federal law, the plan enables the town to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency matching grants that could fund flood control, fire prevention and/or seismic retrofitting measures.
Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill noted that though the $15,000 plan carries no immediate financial obligations, it will guide the town in determining whether additional research or financial investment is needed to protect critical public infrastructure.
Approximately 140 residents contributed to the updated plan by completing a public survey.
Railroad ties remain for another year
When the Fremont Road Safe Route to Los Altos Hills Schools project reached completion last spring, the project’s design aesthetics drew mixed reactions, specifically the choice of wood railroad ties to line the pathway. Some residents thought the ties looked unattractive, and cyclists expressed frustration about the ties limiting their escape routes should cars veer near them.
Despite the objections, the council decided that it’s too early to determine the fate of the landscape element.
Originally installed to protect vegetation along the pathway, the railroad ties protected young plants as intended, and also deterred parking along the path. Councilmembers agreed to allow the landscaping to mature for another year and resurrect the discussion in fall 2014, with recommendations from the Traffic Safety and Pathways committees.
Arastradero trail project opens
Neighbors in Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto now have one more way to connect after the $1.9 million Arastradero Trail Improvement Project opened Nov. 1.
The Stanford University-funded project included widened trail segments along Page Mill Road, bike lane striping and construction of new walking path segments along Arastradero Road that connect the trail across Interstate 280 to Purissima Road.
After receiving approval from the council in May 2012, the six-month project broke ground last spring, enabling enhanced access to open spaces along the Skyline Trail.
– Ellie Van Houtte