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Foster City Public Works director retiring
Ray Towne, Foster City's Public Worksdirector for seven years, will retire in
December and city ofcials hope to
recruit someone for the position by the year's end.Towne has been in the engineeringprofession for 40 years, including in theprivate sector as an engineer assignedto work on Foster City commercial andresidential developments starting in themid-80s."Foster City is such a uniquecommunity," said Towne in a statementin late Sept., adding that "it has beena pleasure" to lead his departmentand have a hand in shaping the city'scharacter.
City seeks veterans to be honored onmemorial wall project
Foster City ofcials are searching
for current or former residents or city employees to be honored on the VeteransHonor Wall for $250.
The Veterans Honor Wall─a four-
foot-tall, 50-foot-long cement wall and
a nearby 30-foot-tall ag pole─has been
approved to be constructed at Leo J.Ryan Memorial Park and is expectedto be completed by Memorial Day 2013next May.The city announced in Sept. that itis seeking eligible participants to beginapplying at the Recreation Center at 650Shell Blvd., Foster City. A nameplate dedication requiresa $250 donation, which ensures thenameplate in perpetuity.Nominees must be current orformer residents of Foster City or city employees.The City Council approved by a 3-2 vote to use $50,000 in city funds forthe project, with Councilman CharlieBronitsky and Mayor Art Kieselopposing it on the grounds that it was
scally irresponsible during a time of budget decits.
For more information, contact KevinMiller at (650) 286-3388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Towne said in the statement that oneof the highlights of his timein Foster City was receivinga copy of the book Images of
America─Foster City from
T. Jack Foster Jr., one of thecity's original developers, with the inscription, "Foster City looks
great─keep up the good work."
In 1999, Towne was hired as a city engineer and in 2005 became the Public Works director.In his current role, Towne oversees anoperating budget of $17 million and 33employees in the water, sewer, lagoonand streets divisions.Towne said upon retirement that hehopes to relax for a few months beforetraveling with his wife.
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An ofcial name
for the project will bedetermined this fall withCouncil approval, said aspokesman for The New Home Company.Foster City’s planningchief, Curtis Banks,kicked off the meeting by describing the designprocess as the “fun part”of the project.
Developers ‘excited’about project
City ofcials and
developers at the meetingmade it a point to proclaimtheir excitement for theproject, with landscapearchitect Joe Runco,managing principal atSWA Group, describing itas a “new, really uniqueneighborhood” for FosterCity.The plans presented atthe meeting have changed
since they were rst
brought to the Council—for instance, the locationof some of the land usesand the movement of thetown square from thecenter of the developmentto the Foster City Boulevard side.Changes also includea reduction in for-saleresidential units from200 to 196; an addition of assisted and independentliving from 138 to 152; anaddition of retail spacefrom 30,000 to 35,600and an addition of about25,000 square feet of
The project is gearedtoward people age 55 orolder.
Retail, Shell Blvd.edge at the center of concerns
“I don’t see therelationship betweenShell Blvd. and all ourassets,” said PlanningCommissioner Noemi Avram, referring to thehousing units lining thatside of the development.She said many city- wide events are heldnear Shell Blvd at Leo J.Ryan Memorial Park—the annual BowditchMiddle School graduationceremony, the PolynesianFestival, the Arts and Wine Festival and Fourthof July festivities, to namea few.There’s frequently spillover at those eventsand Shell Blvd. is a publicarena for the city, said Avram.“The condos havegreat views for privateenjoyment,” said Avram.“That’s great, but not atthe expense of having a wall instead of havingpermeability.”Planning CommissionerBob Werden wasdisappointed at the lack
of owering plum trees,
of which he is a long-timeadvocate.“The tree pulls thecity together,” he said.Flowering Plums havepink blossoms in thespring and their leavesturn deep burgundy in thesummer.Councilman CharlieBronitksy advocatedfor incorporating solaras part of the project as well as drought-resistant vegetation. Although severalCouncilmembers andPlanning Commissionersexpressed concernsabout the success of theretail part of the project,Councilman Herb Perezoffered the most detailedobservations.Perez said he was“cautiously optimistic,” but said the retailcompany chosen by thedeveloper “should haveskin in the game.”“This is a very romanticsales pitch,” said Perez.He said entertainmentand food would be moresuccessful over storesselling consumer goods.