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%W N OF <br />�4 <br />�Q��VIU <br />!ps <br />Gk <br />DATE: <br />TO: <br />FROM: <br />SUBJECT: <br />COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />JULY 24, 2012 <br />MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL <br />GREG LARSON, TOWN MANAGER <br />MEETING DATE: 08/06/12 <br />ITEM NO: 1 a, <br />ABATEMENT OF HAZARDOUS VEGETATION (WEEDS) <br />A. CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER THE REPORT OF THE <br />COUNTY AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE ON THE <br />ABATEMENT OF HAZARDOUS VEGETATION (WEEDS) FOR THE <br />2011 -2012 SEASON. <br />B. APPROVE SAID COMMENCEMENT REPORT. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />1. Conduct public hearing to consider the report of the County Agricultural Commissioner's <br />Office on the abatement of hazardous vegetation (weeds) for the 2011 -2012 season. <br />2. Approve said commencement report (Attachment 1). <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Hazardous Vegetation (weeds) poses a serious fire danger during the summer months and is the <br />responsibility of individual property owners. To ensure this hazardous vegetation (weeds) is <br />eliminated, the Town Council established a Hazardous Vegetation (Weeds) Abatement Program <br />in cooperation with the Santa Clara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office. This program, <br />which is similar to those in neighboring jurisdictions, is modeled after the Town's nuisance <br />abatement process. It begins annually in late fall with the Town Council declaring the hazardous <br />vegetation to be a public nuisance, and ends the following summer with a public hearing to <br />confirm charges against properties on which weeds were abated by the County's contractor. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />Earlier this year, the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office inspected properties in the <br />Town and notified the owners of those on which hazardous vegetation was observed to remove <br />PREPARED BY: TODD CAPURSO <br />Director of Parks and Public Works <br />Reviewed by: Assistant Town Manager Town Attorney Finande <br />N:\PPW\ MANAGEMENT \COUNCIL \COUNCIL REPORTS\2012 Reports \Aug 6\Hazardous Vegetation Abatement - 2012 <br />Weeds \Weeds.PubHearing.080611.docx <br />