Following are highlights from the June 19 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. For details of the town’s budget discussion, see the story in the June 25 paper. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. July 16 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.
Bats keep swinging at Purissima fields
The council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League for use of Purissima Park.
Little League, which comprises 850 players from ages 5 to 14, receives priority access to the fields for practices and games year-round.
Under the terms of the contract, the town will share the costs of maintenance, operations and water with Little League up to an amount not to exceed $95,000 annually. A 15 percent increase in expenses over the past five years prompted the council to modify the contract to split water costs evenly. Little League did not previously share water costs. The town expects to save $13,750 over the 2014-2015 season.
“We’re willing to split that cost. … It’s a major upgrade to the town in terms of cost savings,” said David Rock on behalf of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League.
Although the council previously raised the possibility of exploring alternative leasing arrangements with other sport leagues that might pay more to rent the fields, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League invests 100 percent of its fees into park facilities, ensuring proper upkeep and maintenance. Over the past 16 years, Rock estimated that Little League spent $30,000 to $35,000 annually to construct batting cages, sheds and additional building structures at the Purissima fields.
The town rents the fields and equipment to other organizations when they are not in use, which is infrequent.
“We’re sensitive that field space is in high demand in this area,” Rock said. “Each year we’re competing for space and we have to turn kids away.”
Dog-park proposal moves ahead
The council approved further exploration of a proposal for a 1.64-acre dog park on town-owned property at the intersection of Purissima and Elena roads.
According to Mayor John Radford, the proposal, introduced by the Parks and Recreation Committee, is a response to input received from residents during annual surveys. By recommending a “natural, low-maintenance, off-leash” dog park, the committee calls for designating a legal space for residents to allow their dogs to roam off-leash.
The preliminary proposal includes a 0.35-acre area with a 5-foot fence, two benches, a water fountain and a water trough, an animal-proof garbage can and a Mutt Mitt dispenser. The Parks and Recreation Committee estimated installation and supplies to total $20,000.
The project must receive final approval from the city council.
– Ellie Van Houtte