After failing last week to agree on one candidate out of seven who wanted to be appointed to a vacant council seat, the Atherton City Council may consider trying again at its meeting tonight (July 17).
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.
With the July 1 resignation of Jerry Carlson, the council has one open seat; if the council appoints a new member, that person would serve out Mr. Carlson's term, which ends December 2014.
Mayor Elizabeth Lewis said it's uncertain whether the council will make another attempt to appoint, but she wanted the option to do so. The agenda item leaves the door open for such an effort, she said, and also allows the council and staff to discuss any new information or options to consider in determining how to fill the vacant seat.
At the end of a special meeting on July 11, during which the four council members deadlocked on a choice, the council unanimously voted to call for an election in November. If an appointment is made tonight, the election would be canceled.
As of midday July 17, only one person had taken out papers to run for the seat in November. That was Rick DeGolia, who was one of two candidates supported by council members attempting to make an appointment on July 11.
Also on the agenda is a public hearing and likely action on putting a measure on the November ballot to renew the town's parcel tax. The tax, which expires June 30, 2014, raises a significant amount of revenue for the town, which has no commercial base to generate taxes.
Parcel tax revenue goes to the police department, which receives 60 percent of it, and to public works projects.
Before the public hearing, True North Research, which recently surveyed residents on the parcel tax, will present a report.