Redwood City on Monday will consider whether to adopt a resolution that would allow for the continuation of remote City Council meetings that began when the city declared a local state of emergency in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the city council agenda.
The council will decide whether holding in-person meetings will present "imminent risks to the health and safety of Redwood City residents."
The City can impose a continued local state of emergency to continue holding meetings virtually following the signing of recent state law that gave local governments permission to do so past the Sept. 30 expiration date, which authorized exemptions for teleconferencing.
City Council Agenda Items
Labor negotiations continue between the City and several local unions, including the firefighters union (contract expired on June 30), police unions and city employees union (contract expired on Sept. 30). The meeting between the unions will take place before the regular council meeting in a closed session.
The City will recognize Indigenous People's Day, which falls on Monday. It will also recognize and issue a proclamation for Children's Environmental Health Month.
Council members will vote on whether to accept the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Award of $809,925, which would bring the total budget from FEMA for storm drain pump station improvements to $1,079,900. The vote would also authorize the city manager to execute an agreement with Wood Rodgers, Inc of Sacramento for design and civil engineering consulting services in the amount of $1,060,308.
The City will also decide whether to purchase three 2022 Freightliner Dump Trucks in the amount of $400,636. The trucks would replace three older models of Ford F-750 dump trucks the Public Works Services Department has said "exceeded their useful life."
The City will also hold a public hearing regarding whether to update its code to allow for micromobility devices such as e-bikes and e-scooters.
During a study session, the Public Works Services and the Community Development and Transportation departments will give council members an update on the long-term plans related to the city's water, sewage and storm drain utilities.
The city council closed session begins at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. You can access the meeting virtually by using this link.