PIEDMONT -- Sports fields in town will have a nest egg for future maintenance with the final approval Monday by the City Council of an athletic facility preservation fund.

The idea has been kicked around for two years, with reviews by the school district, recreation commission and council to establish the fund using contributions from the sports clubs players and surcharges from Piedmont's recreation department sports programs.

A memorandum of understanding was executed whereby Skyline/Piedmont Lacrosse, Piedmont Baseball Softball Foundation and Piedmont Soccer Club have agreed to collect about a $25 donation from each player per sport. The recreation department will have a surcharge of $25 per player per sports for its programs. The share of the donation among the sports clubs and the amount to be paid by participants is at the discretion of the sports clubs.

The sports clubs have agreed to pay the city no less than $28,500 before July 1 to go into the preservation fund for repair, maintenance or replacement of athletic facilities.

The moneys will be apportioned to the school district for programs held on school property, and to the city for programs held on city property.

"We've gone from concept to fruition. Thank you (sports clubs)," City Administrator Geoff Grote said.

Beach playfield, which gets heavy use, will likely be the first field to be targeted in a few years for turf replacement. Estimated cost is $250,000. The city earlier set aside $50,000 for Beach, and the preservation fund will help offset the cost, Grote said.

In other business, the council did the final reading on an ordinance for a contract amendment with CalPERS for a 2 percent at 50 retirement plan for newly hired public safety employees. The ordinance takes effect Dec. 5. Current public safety employees earn 3 percent at 50.

Fire Chief Ed Tubbs presented a proposal to the council for an enhanced emergency notification system. The Code Red system offers direct dial to land lines, cell phones, texts, emails and other media to notify residents quickly of any emergency in their town.

Piedmont currently has an email notification to subscribers.

The cost would be $6,280 per year on a three-year contract. Two other companies offered comparable services at a higher cost. The council directed Tubbs to address some questions they had, and discuss the plan with the Public Safety Committee.

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