The City Council has a packed agenda tonight, including a study session on high speed rail, proposed utility rate increases, home loans for city employees and the selection of a new operator for the city's much-loved Cuesta tennis courts.
The meeting kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a major discussion about high speed rail, including whether to sign a memorandum of understanding with a coalition of Peninsula cities who have been critical of the California High Speed Rail Authority.
During the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. the council is set to pick a new operator for the Cuesta tennis courts. From a list of four applicants, city staffers have recommended Mountain View Tennis, comprised of Los Gatos community tennis operator Todd Dissly along with Nick Fustar and Brian Eagle, who operate the Santa Clara University, Mission College and West Valley College tennis courts.
To compensate for increased water, garbage and sewer costs, the council is also expected to raise utility rates for residents, which will equal an average increase of $1.15 for garbage service and $1.15 for sewer service per month. Water services for a household that uses 250 gallons per day would have its water bill increase from $31.18 to $32.74.
The council will also decide a plan to help city employees, especially new police and firefighters, buy their first homes in Mountain View by providing low interest $100,000 loans. The city would make 20 such loans available by using $1 million in general fund reserves and $1 million in below market rate housing funds.
Several amendments to the city zoning code that could provide some relief to property owners in the commercial service zone on Old Middlefield Way are also up for approval.
The council is also expected to adopt the 2009-10 general fund operating budget, which includes about $4 million in budget cuts.
The meeting agenda and staff reports are available here.