Feb 22

Engineers Week celebrates those who keep our cities running

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 8:25 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park is excited to take part in National Engineers Week, Feb. 21–27. Engineers Week is a time to celebrate and congratulate engineering accomplishments. Menlo Park's city engineers are responsible for reviewing the development projects, managing the city’s capital improvement projects, utilities and transportation systems.

Development project engineers
  • Ensure private development activities follow the city's required standards and conditions
  • Manage encroachment permits in the public right of way
  • Ensure that public infrastructure meets city standards and regulatory requirements
Capital improvement project engineers
  • Assess infrastructure needs annually
  • Create a proposed five-year improvement plan and budget for City Council approval
  • Help construct and maintain city infrastructure such as parks, streets and facilities
Utility engineers
  • Ensure the delivery of safe drinking water to Menlo Park Municipal Water customers
  • Meet stormwater regulations
  • Manage the closed landfill at Bedwell Bayfront Park
Transportation engineers
  • Keep traffic signals and streetlights working
  • Plan and construct new multimodal transportation projects
This week is a call to recognize those who work on these important public projects, including some recent ones
  • Pierce Road Sidewalk project: by adding sidewalks to Pierce Road, this creates a safer path by installing ADA-compliant sidewalks, curb ramps and driveways. 
  • Santa Cruz Avenue and Middle Avenue Street Rehabilitation project: consists of pavement rehabilitation including asphalt overlay, construction of new curb and gutter, driveways, sidewalks and ADA curb ramps.
  • Water Main Replacement project: is a recurring project that replaces old pipelines ensuring that the City’s water lines are up to standards. 
  • Corporation Yard Emergency Well project: installation of a new backup well facility to provide an emergency water supply for 3,000 city customers. 
These are four of the many project our City engineers are working on to create a safer and vibrant community.

Feb 22

San Francisquito Creek project meetings Feb. 23 and March 2 discuss overview and tree impacts

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 7:10 pm by Clay Curtin

Reducing the risk of flooding for the communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park is one of the primary objectives of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority’s (SFCJPA) Reach 2–“Upstream” project. This project includes widening the creek channel in five locations and replacing the Pope-Chaucer bridge. The JPA is planning the project elements that will provide flood protection up to the level of the 1998 flood of record.

Once completed, these improvements will allow all the water that can pass beneath the Middlefield Road Bridge to safely remain in the channel all the way to the Bay. They are also studying how additional efforts further upstream could provide greater protection against a 100-year flood and reduce the financial burden of flood insurance for many property owners downstream.  

The SFCJPA invites you to two virtual community meetings to update residents and other stakeholders on the status of the project’s planning, design and schedule. 

Please RSVP via email for either or both of the meetings you would like to attend. A link to the virtual meeting (via Zoom) will be sent to each RSVP. 
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5 p.m. – General project overview and update
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 5 p.m. – Project impacts to trees and plans for mitigation
Email Senior Project Manager Kevin Murray or call 650-484-0779 if you have any questions about the project.

Feb 15

Apply to serve on an advisory commission or committee

Posted on February 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park welcomes and encourages residents' active participation through serving on a City Council-appointed commission or committees. These advisory commissions and committees examine issues of community interest and make recommendations to the City Council on policy matters. Each commission/committee reviews specific subjects and carries out assignments as directed by the City Council or as prescribed by law.

New opportunities to serve include:
  • Complete Streets Commission – 3
  • Environmental Quality Commission – 1
  • Finance and Audit Committee – 3
  • Housing Commission – 4
  • Library Commission – 2
  • Parks and Recreation Commission – 2
  • Planning Commission – 1
For an application and more information, visit the advisory commissions and committees webpage. Eligibility requirement include that applicants be Menlo Park residents, over 18 years of age and committed to attending scheduled meetings.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., April 16, 2021. For questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office.