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<br /> <br />PREPARED BY: MATT MORLEY <br /> Director of Parks and Public Works <br /> <br /> <br />Reviewed by: Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Town Attorney, and Finance Director <br /> <br /> <br />110 E. Main Street Los Gatos, CA 95030 ● 408-354-6832 <br /> <br /> <br />TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />MEETING DATE: 08/07/2018 <br />ITEM NO: 10 <br /> <br /> <br />DATE: JULY 20, 2018 <br />TO: MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL <br />FROM: LAUREL PREVETTI, TOWN MANAGER <br />SUBJECT: CONSIDER THE 2018 WEED ABATEMENT PROGRAM ASSESSMENT REPORT <br />FROM THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL <br />PROTECTION AGENCY AND ADOPT A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING THE <br />REPORT AND AUTHORIZING COLLECTION OF THE ASSESSMENT CHARGES <br /> <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />After opening and closing the public hearing, it is recommended that the Town Council consider <br />the 2018 Weed Abatement Program Assessment Report (Attachment 1) from the County of <br />Santa Clara Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency and adopt a resolution <br />(Attachment 2) confirming the report and authorizing collection of the assessment charges. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: <br /> <br />Hazardous vegetation (weeds) pose a fire threat during the summer months and it is the <br />individual property owner’s responsibility to control them. To eliminate hazardous vegetation <br />(weeds), the Town adopted a Hazardous Vegetation (Weed) Abatement Program (Town Code <br />Chapter 11, Article II). <br /> <br />Since 1978, the Town’s Hazardous Vegetation Abatement of Weeds Program has been <br />administered through a contract with Santa Clara County. The County’s Consumer and <br />Environmental Protection Agency (Weed Abatement Division) identifies properties in Los Gatos <br />with hazardous vegetation and/or weeds and notifies the property owners. The property <br />owners are given a specific timeline to remove the vegetation, and if they do not, a contractor <br />selected by the County removes the vegetation. The cost for the abatement is then passed on <br />to the owner as an assessment on their property tax bill.