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Main library set to close for repairs

The Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, is scheduled to close for repairs toward the end of this month. The library is set to close 6 p.m. May 23 and reopen 10 a.m. June 1.

All services will be closed, including the book drop.

No materials checked out at the library will be due during the closure, according to supervising librarian Cynthia Wilson.

Los Altos’ Woodland branch will be open extended hours while the main library is closed. Woodland, located at 1975 Grant Road, is slated to be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24-26 and 31, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 29 and 30.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org.

LAH council reviews water district

Los Altos Hills resident John Harpootlian asked the city council to review the Purissima Hills Water District, prompted by a recent vote to increase rates. Councilmembers agreed at their April 19 meeting to examine the district’s work.

“(The water district) should welcome this, because they alone are not going to overcome the negative PR,” Councilman John Radford said.

Councilwoman Ginger Summit said precedent had been set by establishing an ad hoc committee to explore problems with the fire district.

“We’re following through and doing the same thing with water,” Summit said. “We’re not singling out the water district.”

At the same meeting, city engineer Richard Chiu reported that construction on a Fremont Road bike path and safe route to school should begin mid-summer. The Arastradero Road pathway project returns to the town council next month for approval, as will work on Buena Vista Drive’s intersection.

Finance Director Nick Pegueros reported on the town budget in his last meeting before departing for Portola Valley, where he’s accepted a job as town manager. Pegueros noted that while the town’s low-risk investment policy had protected their principal during the recession, the downside was that “we’re continuing to experience decreases in our investment income.” The town’s coffers were at a notably low level this year – a general-fund balance of approximately $3.5 million, compared with $5.8 million in 2010. The reduction is due in part to several large one-time payments to lower existing debts that carried high interest rates, including the $1.4 million outstanding construction loan for the new town hall.

Councilmembers also voted to consider beginning meetings 30 minutes earlier at 6:30 p.m., in an attempt to ameliorate late-night meeting end times.

Regulators renew Lehigh’s permit

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District renewed Lehigh Southwest Cement’s Permanente Plant’s Title V Permit April 17, following a review process by local, regional and federal environmental regulators. The comprehensive Air Quality Permit for Lehigh’s manufacturing facility remains valid until 2017.

Lehigh is located in the Cupertino hills, bordering Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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