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The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Law enforcement funding approved

The council unanimously approved the 2013 allocation of $100,000 to partially fund one full-time police officer position.

According to a city staff report, the funds stem from the state’s Citizens Options for Public Safety (COPS) fund, which appropriates more than $100 million annually to help fund law enforcement agencies.

The state then allocates COPS funds to counties – like Santa Clara – with established Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funds. Funding for counties and cities in the state is based on a proportionate share of the state’s total population.

The grant funds, the report states, can only be used to supplement law enforcement services – specifically frontline police services.

As in past years, the city will use the $100,000 COPS grant partially to fund the salary and benefits for one patrol officer position in the department’s field services division. The actual cost for the position, salary and benefits combined, is $170,125.

Sewer upgrade completed

The council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution accepting the completion of annual sewer main repairs and a collection system upgrade project.

The upgrades and repairs included the installation of new liners in 11 pipe segments of trunk sewer mains located along Marich Way, El Camino Real, Del Medio Avenue, Alma Street and San Antonio Road.

The final construction cost for the projects totaled $787,449, approximately $6,000 more than originally anticipated. A staff report attributed the cost overrun to the contractor encountering “unknown utilities during excavation, which required additional work.”

The report also noted that despite the slight increase in construction costs, the projects’ combined total costs – which include contingency funding as well as anticipated inspection, testing and documentation costs – came in at $878,469. That total, the report states, is approximately $195, 000 below the city’s approved budget of $1,074,000 for the projects.

– Diego Abeloos

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