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City Council to Host Town Hall Meeting on Possible Amendments to the City CharterMon., Jun. 25th - 6:30PM
City Council Chambers

The Piedmont City Council will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to receive public input on possible amendments to the City Charter, which may be placed before the voters at the City’s General Municipal Election in November 2018. The discussion of possible Charter amendments began in June 2017 and Council has subsequently discussed the issue at meetings on February 5, 2018, March 5, 2018, April 30, 2018, and June 4, 2018.

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New Garbage Contract Takes Effect on July 1st

At its regular meeting on January 16, 2018, the City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance granting a ten year franchise to Richmond Sanitary Service (aka Republic Services) for solid waste collection. The new franchise takes effect on July 1, 2017 and residents will see a rate increase beginning on that date.

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2018 4th of July Parade and Pancake Breakfast

The City of Piedmont will celebrate its annual Independence Day Parade this year on Wednesday, July 4, starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. If your neighborhood is planning on holding an Independence Day block party, click to download the 4th of July Street Closure Request Form, which is due to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00PM on Thursday, June 28th.

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Nomination Period for City Council and Board of EducationJul. 16th through
Aug. 10th

The City of Piedmont will hold its General Municipal Election on November 6, 2018. The nomination period for the three vacancies on the Piedmont City Council and two vacancies on the Board of Education opens on Monday, July 16th. The deadline for submitting completed paperwork is Friday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m. There is no cost to candidates to file for election.

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Short-Term Rental Permitting Requirement Effective June 6th

At its regular meeting of May 7, 2018, the City Council approved an ordinance requiring operators of short-term rentals within Piedmont to obtain a permit from the City. This requirement, which becomes effective on June 6, 2018, allows owners or tenants of single-family dwellings to seek a permit to operate hosted or non-hosted short-term rentals as long as the dwelling is the occupant’s primary legal residence.

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Wireless Communication Facilities

The issue of wireless communication facilities is of great interest to the community. The City has created the Wireless Communication Facilities page on our web site to provide updated information to residents on this important topic.  The page will be updated as new information becomes available on this important topic and contains information on the process in general as well as selected past applications.  Currently, there are no pending permit applications for wireless facilities within Piedmont.

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Climate Action Plan 2.0

At its regular meeting of March 19, 2018, the City Council approved the City of Piedmont’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. 

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EBMUD Grand Ave Pipeline Replacement Project

The East Bay Municipal Utility District will be replacing aging pipelines beneath Grand Avenue and surrounding streets between summer 2017 and summer 2018. They have indicated that lane reductions on Grand Avenue will likely begin the week of July 10 as our crews complete limited pipeline construction and prepare the site. Starting in the fall, pipeline replacement work will take place on Grand Avenue between Arroyo and Oakland Avenues, and on portions of Arroyo and Lower Grand Avenues. For more information, please see EBMUD’s Piedmont Grand Avenue Pipeline Replacement page.

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Get Ready, Piedmont – Disaster Preparedness Brochure & Checklist

The Piedmont Public Safety Committee has prepared the Get Ready, Piedmont disaster preparedness guide. This document provides comprehensive information on preparation for and response to, earthquakes, fires, landslides, and other emergencies. The guide is 50 pages in length with checklists and illustrations on things like turning off utilities, food and water storage, first aid materials, seismic measures etc. This document is available by clicking here as well as on the Public Safety Committee and Fire Department pages of the site. Printed copies are available at the Fire Department.

Also available is the four page checklist which provides a ready reference on steps to take in the event of an earthquake or wildfire as well as general guidance on disaster preparedness and crime prevention. Printed copies are available at the Fire Department.

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AC Alert Emergency Notification System

The City will transition to the “AC Alert” system powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away. Please sign up – it only takes about a minute to enroll!

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