We start the evening with a closed session regarding the City Manager’s annual performance evaluation. This is followed by a presentation on the status of the High Speed Rail project, which should be interesting.
The general session starts with a couple of special orders. We’ll be recognizing the outgoing and incoming Vice Mayors. We’ll also be recognizing the launch of Sunnyvale Working Scholars , a program that enables Sunnyvale residents to earn a bachelors degree.
The consent calendar includes the first step in vacating portions of three roads in support of the Water Pollution Control Plant rebuild, re-appropriation of unspent public safety grant money, an increase to an existing contract for temporary safety engineers, acceptance of a $2.4m grant towards Safe Routes to Schools projects, rejection of a bid for traffic survey services that is deemed to no longer be necessary, and a contract for rehabilitating the Serra Park and Washington Park auxiliary restroom buildings.
Item 5 is a contract amendment for the Mary & Evelyn grade separation study to include rail depression alternatives for both locations. Staff recommended against this due to a likely prohibitive cost for doing rail depression, but Council requested that this option be brought back, due to public interest and perceived benefits to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Item 6 is what’s called a TEFRA hearing which is a necessary step before a developer can move forward with a tax-exempt bond issuance for a partially affordable housing project at Poplar and El Camino. 20% of the new units are intended to be affordable, and the developer intends to use the bonds to finance those units.
And finally, item 7 involves funding a study to look at increasing the quantity of housing in the Peery Park Specific Plan.