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Request for Resolution

From: Mueller, Raymond <"Mueller,>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:32:31 -0700

Dear Mr. McIntyre:

This email is to request an agenda item seeking a resolution from the City Council, supporting an effort to investigate fundraising for and the design the of a structural expansion of the kitchen and storage facility at the Burgess Park snack bar, which currently serves the public during the Menlo Atherton Little League season. This agenda request is made on behalf Mayor Carlton and myself, with the support of the Executive Board of the Menlo-Atherton Little League (M-ALL)

BACKGROUND

1. The Need to Expand the Kitchen/Storage Facility at the Burgess Snack Bar

Presently the Menlo-Atherton Little League utilizes the structure adjacent to the baseball fields at Burgess Park, to accommodate a snack bar that serves food and beverages to families and the public during the Menlo-Atherton Little League season. The operation of the facility is contracted out to third party by M-ALL. The snack bar structure also accommodates a minimal amount of equipment storage for the league.

M-ALL reports an increase demand for dining options available to the public at Burgess Park, and consequently a need to expand the kitchen in the snack bar structure. Additionally, at the present time M-ALL is seeking more storage space at the Burgess Field for equipment, and currently has a request pending with City for the installation of a storage shed.

2. Fosterís Freeze

Fosterís Freeze, a small business serving the Menlo Park community for over 50 years, is closing its Oak Grove Ave. location on September 30th, 2015. Presently, the owner of Fosterís Freeze, Mr. Sung Lee, has expressed the desire to relocate and move away from the San Francisco Bay Area.

M-ALL has expressed support for a vision whereby aesthetic features from the Fosterís Freeze building could be incorporated into the design of the expanded snack bar at Burgess Field, to create a living monument to Menlo Parkís historical past. Cooperation is presently being sought from Fosterís Freeze International, with the encouragement and support of Mr. Lee.

Additionally, should Mr. Lee change his mind and decide not to relocate his family, an opportunity would exist for Mr. Lee to operate the expanded snack bar at Burgess Park, with increased hours of service for the public, subject to his successful bid in a RFP process designed with parameters set by the City of Menlo Park.

However, the resolution sought should support the investigation of the expansion of the Burgess Park snack bar facility regardless of the incorporation of the Foster's Freeze vision. The resolution sought should support the investigation of the expansion of the snack bar facility regardless of whether a different location is identified in Menlo Park to move the Foster's Freeze, as well as if the aesthetic signage of the Foster's Freeze building becomes unavailable.

4.. Funding/City Resources

Given the historical and community serving nature of the project, it is believed an opportunity exists to raise funds through charitable donations and an affixed recognition plaque, for the structural expansion of the Burgess Park snack bar. The resolution should make investigation of this topic more feasible.

The use of the snack bar on park property, for the sale of food and beverage by a independent third party, is consistent with the present use of facility and City resources.

5. The Need for a Resolution

The purpose of the resolution sought is to give faith and confidence to all involved in this effort, that the City Council is supportive of this project, so that they may proceed with their individual and collective efforts.


With best regards,
Ray Mueller
Received on Mon Sep 21 2015 - 14:31:54 PDT

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