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San Ramon council to appoint Dougherty Valley tree committee

Other committee assignments, sale of old Mudd's site, revenue enhancement workshop also on agenda

Committee appointments are set to be the main theme of Tuesday's San Ramon City Council meeting, with the elected officials to consider appointing residents to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee, Architectural Review Board and new Dougherty Valley Citizens Tree Committee.

The lead discussion will center on the newly created advisory group to focus on addressing problematic trees growing in street-side landscaping strips in Dougherty Valley neighborhoods.

The problems -- many stemming from trees being planted too close together or too close to utilities and infrastructure -- have included damage to irrigation systems, roots lifting sidewalks and roots damaging water meters in the eastern San Ramon community, according to city officials.

As part of the city's response, council members decided to form a new, short-term committee tasked with providing citizen input and recommendations during the process. They will consider formally appointing 13 residents to the committee Tuesday night.

The committee's purpose will be to "provide public input on how best to resolve the problems created by tree root damage to sidewalks, water and other utility lines throughout Dougherty Valley. The citizens committee will play an integral role in the development of the Dougherty Valley Tree and Turf Strip Master Plan," according to its proposed mission statement.

Committee members, who have to be Dougherty Valley homeowners, will work in two phases: First, they will gather information and develop expertise on the matter, and then they will recommend policies and procedures to the council for the master plan.

The city received 19 applications from interested residents by the Feb. 24 due date, and the council reviewed the submissions during a special meeting four days later, narrowing the pool down to 13. The group includes four representatives from affected homeowner associations and no more than one person per residential street.

The councilmen will decide Tuesday night how to disburse committee assignments, selecting one chairperson, 10 regular members and two alternates.

They will also choose whether to appoint a planning commissioner and/or a parks and recreation commissioner to the tree committee as well as formally approve a resolution confirming the purpose, requirements and rules of procedure for the new committee.

The short-term committee is expected to complete its scope of work, finalize a master plan and determine the level of plan implementation by July 1 and then disband, according to city staff.

The City Council's regular meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* The council will consider approving three appointments to the city's seven-member Transportation Advisory Committee for two-year terms to run through January 2019.

The city received applications from the three incumbents and five newcomers. The Planning Commission interviewed all eight candidates and recommended the council reappoint incumbents Bob DuPont and Min Tao and newcomer Atul Patel, according to city staff.

The commission did not recommend reappointing committee incumbent Sabina Zafar, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council last November.

* The council will discuss reappointing David Gates as a regular member and John Nicol as an alternate to the city's Architectural Review Board. Their new two-year terms would expire in February 2019.

* Following the open meeting, the council will convene in closed session to instruct City Manager Joe Gorton on issues of price and terms of payment relating to the sale of city property at 10 Boardwalk Place, a parcel on the west side of the city off Crow Canyon Road between Bollinger Canyon and Old Crow Canyon roads -- formerly home to the once-popular Mudd's restaurant.

* Before the regular meeting Tuesday, council members will gather at 6 p.m. for a public workshop during which they'll receive a revenue enhancement update. The discussion will take place in the emergency operations center meeting room in City Hall.

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