Wow… I literally did a double-take yesterday when I got my daily email update from the City of San Carlos (by the way, if you aren’t subscribed to the City’s eNotify update service, you should definitely do so. It’s a great service.) Yesterday’s email with the agenda for the 9/13 City Council meeting had the following bullet item:
Authorize City Manager to sign a settlement agreement with Save San Carlos Parks related to the Lower Highlands Field Renovation – Synthetic Turf Project (Item # 7j)
I thought I misread it at first, but according to Michelle Durand’s article in today’s Journal, it looks as if the City of San Carlos and the citizen group Save San Carlos Parks may be close to reaching a settlement that will resolve their long-standing dispute over the conversion of Highlands Park to an all-weather surface.
Much of the settlement seems to focus on traffic mitigation around Highlands Park, since the recent Superior Court ruling found no fault with the actual installation of the turf. But aside from the cost of traffic modifications, the terms of the proposed settlement call for the City to pay for the legals fees incurred by the citizen’s group — which is nearly $85,000. And this is in addition to covering the cost of their own legal representation.
This a big ouch for a city that’s already nearly broke. But if the settlement comes to pass, it should remove the final hurdle to complete what was started over a decade ago.
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