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Government Watch
November 13, 2012, 05:00 AM

City government

• The San Mateo City Council will hold a special meeting to consider whether to initiate a hearing to determine if the market use at 501 N. San Mateo Drive is a legal non-conforming use in accordance with city code. A 7-Eleven is currently being constructed on the property but neighbors in the area have rallied against the project. The council meets 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, City Hall, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo.

• The San Carlos City Council will consider authorizing a $154,966 agreement for professional design services and preparation of bid documents for the Crestview Park renovation project. The actual construction costs of the renovation is estimated at $1.61 million. The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.

• The Millbrae City Council will get an update on the progress of testing shared fire services.

In 2011, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame and Hillsborough gave the go-ahead to continue exploring shared administrative services. One of the first steps was creating a temporary station. Under the proposal, stations on Hillside Drive in Burlingame and Crestview Drive in Millbrae would be closed. A new station would then be placed somewhere within the three-mile distance between the two stations. The site chosen for the temporary station is on Skyline Boulevard, just south of Trousdale, in Burlingame. The plans are scheduled to go before the Burlingame Planning Commission Monday, Nov. 26.

The temporary station would run for about a year which would allow staff to collect data to be shared with the city councils in 2013, at which point further consolidation could be considered.

For Millbrae, the partnership could result in $450,000 in savings annually. A fire assessment tax in Millbrae generates $1.4 million annually. However, the tax is scheduled to end in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at City Hall, 621 Magnolia Ave., Millbrae.


• On Wednesday, the Redwood City Elementary School District Board of Trustees will consider approving uses for Measure W. The $67 annual parcel tax, which voters passed in June, is expected to generate $1.5 million for the district. During this school year, each of the district schools will receive a baseline of $17,000 plus about $133 per student, according to a staff report. That means districts will get between $71,000 to $138,000 from Measure W.

The board will look over the proposed uses of those funds. Schools are proposing to use the funds to hiring reading teachers, tutors and bilingual instructional aids; pay for ongoing professional development; extend library hours; provide intersession opportunities for children; and increase access to technology.  

The board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the District Office, 750 Bradford St., Redwood City.

• Burlingame schools have seen much growth in recent years. Those children will slowly move up into middle school. In preparation, the Board of Trustees will discuss a facilities master plan.

The board meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the District Office, 1825 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame.

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