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The City was recently notified that the North County Fire Authority, of which Brisbane is a part of, will receive approximately $300,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Funds to replace all apparatus exhaust systems within all NCFA Fire Stations, as well as purchasing rescue air bags for lifting heavy weights needed as a result vehicle accidents, structural collapses, etc.
We currently are in need of major repairs and or replacement of the exhaust systems in all our fire stations, as well our rescue air bags, which are coming to the end of their useful life expectancies, so the award is a relief to our general fund, which would have had to bear the expense.
Starting March 11th, you may notice the City of South San Francisco's street sweeper covering the routes formerly maintained by Contract Sweeping Services. Brisbane has contracted with SSF based upon the shared services model that has proven successful with other services currently utilizing this model, such as traffic signal maintenance. Not only does Brisbane receive a more distinct level of service, but SSF will be able to provide shorter response times when needed, which ultimately results in reduced costs.
SSF will be keeping the same schedule for street sweeping as was previously done - Commercial is done the 2nd and 4th Wedneday of each month (which includes Visitacion, Old County, and San Bruno), and Residential (Northeast Ridge) will remain the second Monday of every month. If you have any questions about the city's street sweeping services, please contact Karen Kinser in the Public Works Dept. at (415) 508-2130.
The Peninsula Progress, in its latest issue, did a 1-page spread on the Live at Mission Blue Concert Series. It features cellist Tamya Tomknis, Lecturer Bruce Lamott, who gave a free lecture titled "A Miracle on Four Strings" at the Brisbane Library last week, and of course, Artistic Director Kevin Fryer. Click here to read the article. And make sure you attend the last of the Bach Cello Suites, as the 2-part concert concludes tomorrow evening at 7:30pm at Mission Blue Center (475 Mission Blue Dr., Brisbane). Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door. Don't miss out on this very special treat!
The City of Brisbane Public Works Department will be turning off the water to the following areas on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 9:00am - 1:00am in order to make necessary water improvements to the local water mains:
101 - 163 Visitacion Ave.
132 - 184 Visitacion Ave.
Notices have been hand-delivered to all the addresses affected by the temporary water shutdown. If you have any questions regarding this shutdown, please call Jerry Flanagan in the Public Works Department at (415) 508-2130. We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Lipman Productions present
March 6th & March 8th, 7:30 pm
Tickets call (415) 467-9541
Silverspot Nursery School Co-op
10th Annual Benefit Luau
Sun., Mar 10, 1-5 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Fabulous Feast, Raffle, Silent Auction, Fun!
C.I.F. Girls Wrestling Championships
Mission Blue Nursery
Native Plant Sale
Sat., March 2, 9 am - 2 pm
Located behind Fire Station, Follow Signs
Suburban Propane will be conducting a burn-off on Wednesday, February 27th of one of their tanks in order to de-pressurize it and change out release valves located at the top of the tank. To do this, the vapor inside the tank needs to be completely burned off, which will result in about a 15 ft. flame coming out of the burn stack for approximately 3 hours. The Brisbane Fire Department and Police Departments are aware of the burn-off, which is expected to last from 2:15pm to approximately 5:15pm.
If you’ve been down to City Hall in the last couple weeks, a bright blue decal might have caught your eye. That blue sticker bears the highly-recognizable EPA Energy Star logo, as Brisbane City Hall was recently recognized as a 2013 Energy Star certified building.
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25% of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35% less energy and are responsible for 35% less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings.
You may be wondering, “How did City Hall earn an Energy Star, exactly?” Well, in 2008, when the building was remodeled to be more seismically-sound, quite the slew of energy-saving measures were incorporated. Some of these included: occupancy sensors for overhead lighting in offices, a new cooling tower, boiler, and several water source heat pumps (high efficiency components of a new HVAC system), parking lots lights fitted with 35 watt LED bulbs instead of 150 watt High Pressure Sodium bulbs, and a second mechanical room, which contains an energy saving programmable lighting system for the interior of the building that allows lights to be shut off at a scheduled time as well as a sweep feature that turns off lights that were turned on manually after a programmed delay time. These energy-saving measures got us to an Energy Performance Rating of 74, only one point shy of 75, the minimum to be eligible for the Energy Star. That’s when staff consulted San Mateo County Energy Watch, a local government partnership between the City and County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), who in the spring of 2012 sent out a representative to conduct a free energy audit. Not finding any cost effective solutions that could be implemented to allow for further energy savings, he suggested staff try “floating” the building. This entailed programming the HVAC system to start up before business hours and to shut off before the close of day, with oftentimes the effects going unnoticed. So staff gave that a try, floating the building for 1.5 hours each business day in the morning and late afternoon. After the first two month of doing so, there was a 17% drop in the city’s energy bill. After eight months of doing so, an Energy Performance Rating of 76 had been reached, making City Hall eligible to apply for an Energy Star. The rest is history…and staff looks forward to applying for the Energy Star again in 2014!
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, a crowded Council Chambers warmly welcomed newly-retired Councilmember and former Mayor Sepi Richardson as she entered the room. Mayor Miller indicated that there were many people who wished to speak and present Sepi with various forms of recognition.
Presentations and congratulatory comments were made by Mark Nagales on behalf of Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office, Marc Hershman on behalf of Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin’s office, County Treasurer Sandie Arnott on behalf of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Joanne del Rosario and Councilmembers Joseph Silva and Helen Fisicaro on behalf of the Town of Colma, Mark Simon on behalf of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Cliff Lentz on behalf of the San Francisco Airport Roundtable. Flowers were presented from the San Mateo County Council of Cities’ Past President Marge Colapietro, with well wishes from Menlo Park Councilmember Kirsten Keith, Millbrae Councilmember Nadia Holober, South San Francisco Councilmembers Mark Adiego and Pedro Gonzales, Past Brisbane Councilmember Tony Attard, long-time friend Anke Ente, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mitch Bull, Neighbor and Friend John Mazza, Former Friends of the Brisbane Library Board Member Jeri Sulley, Local Artist Beth Grossman, and Founder of the Mothers of Brisbane, Jessica Aloft. Gifts included a patchwork quilt of the city's logo by resident Dana Dillworth and a photograph of the town taken by former Councilmember and Mayor Lee Panza, which had been matted and framed by Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kevin Fryer. Click here to see pictures from the night and where you can view a photo slideshow.
Once again, Congratulations Sepi! We will miss you and all you have done for Brisbane.
There's still time to apply for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's summer High School Internship Program, which is recruiting for approximately 38 positions in local transit agencies and public works departments throughout the nine-county Bay Area. This year, the City of Brisbane is one of them!
The paid internships are part-time or full-time for up to 10 weeks during June, July and August. The intent is to promote interest in transportation as a potential career, provide skill-building opportunities and assist MTC's partner transportation agencies. The program was conceived of by MTC's Minority Citizens Advisory Committee to encourage young people who might not otherwise consider a career in transportation to do so. Students of all races and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.The deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2013. Review the job description, desired skills, and online application by clicking here.