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Los Altos Hills City Council meeting preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. In addition to the agenda items listed below, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is slated to give a presentation on burglary prevention.

Council may renew solar-panel incentives

To help Los Altos Hills meet its long-term energy conservation goals, the council may vote to renew a recently expired incentive program that awards bonus development area to residents who incorporate roof-mounted photovoltaic systems in their home designs. The Environmental Initiatives Committee and Planning Commission recommend renewing the program’s through July 2016.

According to a staff report, approximately 82 homeowners, 18 percent of the 457 solar permit applicants, have used the town’s Development Area Bonus since the council enacted the program in 2006. For every square foot of solar panels installed, applicants are eligible for one additional square foot of development area. Although the maximum bonus was previously set at 500 square feet, the town’s Planning Commission recommends it be reduced to 400 square feet.

Crosswalk modifications needed

To make crossing Fremont Road safer for local students, the council is considering a number of possible improvements to the crosswalk at Fremont Road and Fremont Pines Lane. Responding to a request submitted to the town in May by parents of children attending Gardner Bullis School, councilmembers hired a traffic consultant to study the situation and propose solutions. Under current conditions, the town notes that glare from the sun and shade covering the crosswalk may make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians on the crosswalk.

The council is expected to discuss the consultant’s recommendations – ranging from the relocation of the crosswalk to the eastern side of the intersection to the installation of flashing School Crossing signs activated by push-buttons – and direct the next steps. Town staff estimated that the project would cost between $12,000 and $25,000, which would come from the town’s 2014-2015 Street Capital Project Fund.

Sign review study proposed

Agitated by the proliferation of signs cropping up in town, councilmembers directed staff to solicit proposals for a sign review study last month. After reviewing two contractors’ submissions, staff recommended that the council approve a $13,000 proposal that would be funded by the 2014-2015 Street Operating Fund.

If councilmembers approve the proposal submitted by Hexagon Transportation Consultants, the firm would create an inventory of existing signs in Los Altos Hills, review signs for conformity with standards in the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and produce a report that presents sign documentation and recommendations for sign modification, relocation, replacement or removal. According to the consultants, the work would take approximately three weeks to complete after a contract is signed.

Other subjects on the agenda include:

• An update on the Stanford Perimeter Trail project and proposed parking on Coyote Hill Road.

• A public hearing on a proposal for lighted tennis courts at Fremont Hills Country Club.

• A review of guidelines and procedures for the town’s community service grant program.

• A presentation by Westwind Community Barn Manager Victoria Dye.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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