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The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 26 meeting.

Council OKs new Bus Barn agreement

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved a new five-year shared-facility use and cost agreement with Bus Barn Stage Company.

The agreement allows the company to continue using Bus Barn Theater at 97 Hillview Ave. The new pact calls for the theater company to continue its reimbursement of 70 percent of all utility and janitorial costs to the city – an average of $3,400 per year.

According to the proposed contract, the city will waive theater rental fees and give the stage company the use of one room at Hillview Community Center as rehearsal space at no charge.

The theater group has called the theater home since 1995, when the stage company was established through grant funding from the Los Altos Community Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Bus Barn Stage Company typically produces five plays and a summer festival annually, averaging 8,700 attendees.

Approximately two-thirds of the company’s annual subscribers are Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents.

City approves sewer-rate increase

Councilmembers unanimously approved the adoption of a city ordinance allowing an inflation-rate adjustment of 3.86 percent to residential sewer rates. The adjustment – the first in four years for the city – effectively increases sewer-rate charges from $3.03 per unit to $3.25 per unit.

According to a city staff report, the increase is needed so that the city’s sewer-fund revenues can cover increased treatment plant costs, capital project needs and other operation and maintenance expenses. The increase is expected to provide the city with an additional $305,000 in revenue for its sewer fund each year.

– Diego Abeloos

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