- Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Following is a roundup of issues discussed at the Feb. 28 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.
The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 21 in the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.
Town explores path to net-zero-energy homes
In its annual report to the council, members of the Environmental Initiatives Committee summarized recent accomplishments and their goals for 2013. Among the committee’s current initiatives are growing enrollment in the High Energy Homes Assessment program, updating the town’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, making recommendations for revisions to Fast Track Sustainability Guidelines and planning a path to net-zero-energy residences by 2020.
The 11-member committee advises the council on ways to meet strategic environmental goals and spearheads initiatives to encourage residents to become more environmentally responsible. Committee meetings, scheduled 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Center, are open to the public.
Emergency preparedness classes now enrolling
The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled Personal Emergency Preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training. To register or for more information, visit lahcfd.org/calendar/categories.
Private roads study session rescheduled
Due to a scheduling conflict, the town postponed its public study session on private roads from Thursday to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at town hall.
The council organized the study session to determine the best solutions for residents struggling to find the resources and neighborhood cooperation necessary to resurface or upgrade their aging private streets.
Sheriff’s Office monitors motorists on Page Mill
In response to two accidents near the intersection of Page Mill and Arastradero roads, as well as a number of complaints about speeding from local residents, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office plans to watch for irresponsible drivers.
“We plan to do some focus enforcement … to remind people that they need to drive the speed limit, come to complete stops at stop signs and overall be courteous and appropriate when driving through the roads of Los Altos Hills,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of the West Valley Division.
New sewer agreement in the works
Malfunctioning flow meters that have proven stubborn to fix since the town installed them in 2009 prompted Los Altos Hills to request that the city of Los Altos amend their sewer agreement.
Since 2007, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have operated under an agreement that charges Los Altos Hills residents for sewage waste based on the amount of flow measured at several locations in town.
Los Altos Hills City Engineer Richard Chiu said that because the town doesn’t expect the flow meters ever to function properly, the town would like to return to its previous payment system.
If the Los Altos City Council approves an amendment to the sewer agreement, rates would be calculated at 300 gallons per day per connection – approximately the amount of flow measured currently, according to Chiu’s estimation.
In addition to pursuing the sewer agreement amendment in the next several months, Chiu said Los Altos Hills plans to initiate a sewer rate study to examine current and future costs.