The Agenda: Intersection improvements, historic preservation rules and sewer pump fences

The Agenda: Intersection improvements, historic preservation rules and sewer pump fences

Michele Ellson

A to-be-approved design for a plaque at City Hall.

For the week of April 29, 2013

Here’s what’s on your civic calendar this week.

Zoning Administrator

The Zoning Administrator will hold a hearing at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in Room 360 of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

On the agenda: The administrator will hear a proposal from the city to erect chain link fences around 43 existing sewer pump stations in city parks and on other city property. City staffers say the fences will reduce blight and ward off potential vandals, but two residents have written letters opposing the fences, essentially saying they’ll be ugly. A hearing on a proposal to remove a tree and light standard in Leydecker Park to install a cell tower has been postponed until June 4.

More information: The agenda and materials for the hearing are on the city’s website.

Community workshop: Central Avenue/Third Street/Taylor Avenue intersection improvements

A community workshop to discuss potential improvements to this five-legged intersection is being held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in the cafeteria at Encinal High School, 210 Central Avenue.

On the agenda: The city’s public works department, the Alameda Police Department and the Alameda Unified School District are considering improvements to this intersection intended to simplify the intersection, improve pedestrian and bicycle crossings, reduce congestion and inconvenience to residents and improve student drop-off and pickup. They’ll be reviewing community concerns, presenting potential concepts for changing the intersection for participants’ review and seeking options on how best to proceed. Interested community members who can’t attend can submit their comments at the e-mail address listed below.

More information: The project page is on the city’s website, and questions can be directed to Alan Ta, at 747-7930 or by email at ata@ci.alameda.ca.us. A second community workshop has been scheduled for 7 p.m. May 30 at the Encinal High School cafeteria, and the Transportation Commission is scheduled to consider proposed changes on July 24.

Board of Education

The Board of Education will hold a special, closed-door meeting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the Neptune Conference Room at the District Office, 2060 Challenger Drive.

On the agenda: The board will discuss a performance evaluation for Superintendent Kirsten Vital.

More information: Additional information is available on the school district’s website.

America’s Cup Ad Hoc Committee

The America’s Cup Ad Hoc Committee meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in Room 391 at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

On the agenda: The committee will discuss a proposed community sailing center and ideas for discussion at future meetings that include Artemis Racing Tweeting times for boat launches, public display of racing boats, signage on San Francisco Bay ferries and additional parking by ferry terminals.

More information: An agenda and materials are on the city’s website.

Historical Advisory Board

The Historical Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

On the agenda: The board will discuss the latest proposed revisions to the city’s historic preservation and design review rules in the wake of a joint meeting in April with the Planning Board where they were discussed and also, the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society’s planned plaque program for city monuments and preservation award winners and also, interpretive plaques.

More information: An agenda and materials are available on the city’s website. The meeting will be televised on Comcast cable channel 15 and webcast live on the city’s website.