City Council OKs Bike Racks, Risk Management Policy, Permanent Public Safety Committee

Council members also authorized hiring an outside firm to prepare a "cafeteria" benefits plan for city employees.

Piedmont City Hall entrance. Photo credit: Amy Jeffries.
Piedmont City Hall entrance. Photo credit: Amy Jeffries.
The City of Piedmont should apply for a grant that would pay for small bike racks at nine public locations around town, city council members decided Monday night.

The new funding is available from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on a first come, first served basis. 

In the future, the city may also explore placing bicycle racks in some privately owned, commercial locations.

In other actions, the Piedmont City Council:

—Approved making the city's Public Safety Committee a standing, permanent advisory body. The committee will have either five or seven public members, depending in part on the number of applications received; the city's police and fire chiefs will also be members.

—Adopted a risk management policy and procedures for major capital improvements, with some minor changes. 

—Authorized an appropriation of not more than $10,000 to hire the firm of Chang, Ruthenberg, & Long to prepare a "cafeteria" benefits plan for city employees. A cafeteria plan would set the amount, after bargaining with labor groups, that employees would receive for health care coverage and allow the employees to select the coverage they need. The move was recommended earlier this year by the consulting firm Management Partners, which was hired to review the city's benefits structure.

The agenda for Monday's meeting and arelated staff reports are available on the City of Piedmont website here.

Related article:

"Council to Consider Bike Racks, Risk Management Policy"

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