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<br />PREPARED BY: Stefanie Hockemeyer <br /> Executive Assistant, Parks and Public Works <br /> <br /> <br />Reviewed by: Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Town Attorney, Finance Director, and Parks and <br />Public Works Director <br /> <br /> <br />110 E. Main Street Los Gatos, CA 95030 ● (408) 354-6832 <br /> <br />TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />MEETING DATE: 01/21/2020 <br />ITEM NO: 9 <br /> <br /> <br />DATE: January 15, 2020 <br />TO: Mayor and Town Council <br />FROM: Laurel Prevetti, Town Manager <br />SUBJECT: Open and Close a Public Hearing to Consider Objections to the Proposed <br />Abatement of Hazardous Vegetation (Weeds) for Properties Listed on the <br />2020 Weed Abatement Program Commencement Report and Order the <br />Abatement <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />Open and close a Public Hearing to consider objections to the proposed abatement of <br />hazardous vegetation (weeds) for properties listed on the 2020 Weed Abatement Program <br />Commencement Report (Attachment 1) and order the abatement. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Chapter 11, Article II, Section 11.20.015 of the Town of Los Gatos Municipal Code requires <br />property owners to remove or destroy weeds on their property for fire protection. On <br />November 5, 2019, the Town Council adopted amendments to Chapter 11 to expand the <br />definition of weeds to include other dead vegetation, fallen limbs, and combustible trash on <br />private property and add additional language to clarify and strengthen the Town’s weed <br />abatement program. <br /> <br />The weed abatement process is in place to notify the property owners of this responsibility, <br />authorize the County to remove the weeds if the property owner does not, and allow the <br />County to recover the costs of the abatement. The primary objective of the program is <br />voluntary compliance. The weed abatement program is administered through a contract with <br />the Santa Clara County Department of Agriculture and Environmental Management (County). <br /> <br /> <br />