In response to requests from the City Council about the idea of using volunteers to patch holes in city services left by budget cuts, city staffers gave a presentation Tuesday revealing that there are already 600 volunteers working for the city.
The program, run since 1988 by a single staff member out of the Community Services Department, has volunteers in every city department. Those volunteers provide everything from photography to office assistance, adding up to 39,000 hours of work last year alone — the equivalent of 18.7 full-time staffers.
Mayor Ronit Bryant said the city should do more to recognize the work the volunteers do. The volunteers do receive free tickets to shows at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
More information can be found on the "Volunteer Services" page at www.mountainview.gov, or by calling volunteer services coordinator Tyler Phillips at (650) 903-6607.
City won't buy site behind McKelvey
With a goal of possibly extending McKelvey Park, the City Council met in closed session last week to discuss purchasing five houses behind the park, and decided not to.
Some council members had previously said that the idea was to buy the partially constructed houses behind the park, which have been called an eyesore, to extend the park's boundaries and help the Santa Clara Valley Water District build a larger flood detention basin there. Council members had said they wanted to have the Water District reimburse the city for it.
But city manager Kevin Duggan said "We are unable at this point to know for sure how it might impact the Water District project and what savings might be involved," and he noted that it might even delay the flood basin project.
Also being considered for purchase was a fifth house at 935 Mountain View Ave., which is next to the other four. Duggan said he expected the properties would be sold privately sometime soon.
— Daniel DeBolt