Saturday, December 30, 2006
http://www.town-of-fairfax.org/TownCouncil/TownCouncilPacket/January%203%20Agenda.pdf (I see there's a typo on it that says it's 2006; it's 2007 of course)
The agenda packet is posted here
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Here is the Ross Valley Reporter column I've submitted for publication next week, Fairfax - the Year in Review.
This past year saw much change and progress in
New Year’s Eve Storm: We all know that 2006 was ushered in with a devastating storm of FEMA proportions. Most of our merchants were reopened within a week of the flood, and some residents spent the early part of the year repairing flood-damaged homes. The Town still suffers due to projects that have yet to be approved by FEMA, such as
The silver lining of the
Disaster Preparedness: The flood not only called us all into action but reminded us of the need to be prepared at all times for disasters. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training effort was bolstered and saw more interest, with several
Strategic Planning: Starting in January, the Council embarked upon the Town’s first strategic planning effort, where one Saturday a month is set aside to speak to the larger issues of the future of Town finances and collective goals of the Council. The Council’s work and conversations in this area have been very lively, thought-provoking and productive. The Council has created a preliminary list of goals and is working on a strategic financial plan which will be completed in 2007.
Economic Development Advisory Committee: Through its strategic planning process, the Council created the Town’s first Economic Development Advisory Committee, which includes six business community members as well as the Council, to brainstorm and study how the town’s revenue base can grow in line with community needs and values.
Budget Process: After three months of extensive public hearings and workshops, the Town Council adopted a balanced budget. During this process, I learned what is and what is not acceptable to the community in terms of budget cuts.
Regional Consolidation Studies: In order to study the possible cost-effectiveness and enhancement of police services, the Towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo joined together and are having a police consolidation study conducted by the Peace Officer Standards and Training agency. Pending the results of this initial study, a further study may be conducted or direction given on the future of this idea. In addition, this year, the Ross Valley Fire Service joined in with other area fire agencies to explore the opportunity for regional consolidation of fire services for potential service enhancement and cost savings. In 2007 we will see some resolution in both of these potential public safety consolidation areas.
Expanding Community Communication and Connection
New location for Farmer’s Market: Council Member David Weinsoff’s vision for moving the Farmer’s Market to a more conducive, attractive and economically viable location came true as the Farmer’s Market was held in lovely
Youth & Alcohol Task Force: Council Members Mary Ann Maggiore and Lew Tremaine started a new task force dedicated to helping teens with healthy and fun alternatives to underage drinking, and held
Town Code on-line: Thanks to the efforts of our Town Clerk Judy Anderson, our Town Municipal Code is on-line for the first time, with a link from our Town website, making it easier for residents to look up Town regulations.
News from Town Hall: In order to enhance the frequency and speed of communications, I implemented a blog which logged over 200 entries in 2006, and also started this newspaper column. The Town’s website has also been kept more current this year to keep residents up to date.
We look forward to a great 2007 and I welcome your comments and suggestions any time.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
The IJ recently ran this editorial regarding The Spot!
12/19/2006 Marin Independent Journal - Editorial
BIG SOCIETAL problems often are so daunting it's hard to know where to start. Starting with what seems like a small step is usually the best way.
That's what happened Friday night at the Fairfax Coffee Roasters shop.
Owner Ed Wall agreed to keep the shop in the center of town open until 11 p.m. to give teens a convenient place to hang out with friends. It provides an alternative to parties and gatherings involving alcohol and drugs.
Wall usually closes about 6 p.m. because it doesn't make economic sense to stay open, but he said he had always wanted to stay open later.
Marin's high rates of teen drug and alcohol use have prompted debate in the county about what can be done to address the problem. Teens often complain that there is nowhere to go and nothing to do.
Fairfax Councilwoman Mary Ann Maggiore, after talking with local teens and the town Youth Commission, approached Wall about his shop staying open for teens from 8 to 11 p.m. as a pilot program. Teens were charged $5 admission, which included dessert and a cup of tea or coffee.
Organizers figured the night would be a success if 40 teens showed up. They understandably were thrilled when attendance topped 60, with other kids hanging around outside. The night included music by local teens.
Teens who missed last week's coffee night will have at least two more chances to check it out - this Friday and Dec. 29.
The timing also couldn't have been better. Maggiore was right when she pointed out that the holiday season, with its constant stream of adult parties, is an especially crucial time to provide positive alternatives to drinking and drugs.
These teen-only Friday night events also could pave the way for a teen center in the
There is an impressive interfaith teen center in
It is encouraging to see local officials taking the initiative and tackling this issue in such a positive way. Teen-only events are not a new concept, but they could well prove to be a way to lower the high rates of drinking and drug use by our teens.
Involving local teens in the planning also improves the chances of these events taking off and becoming a local tradition. After all, they are the ones who know what they want
Here is a press release I issued today.
Here is a press release I issued today.
TOWN MANAGER ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS IN THE COMMUNITY
December 20, 2006 – Fairfax Town Manager Linda Kelly has announced that to initiate her second year with the Town in January 2007, she will launch the start of office hours in the community. Kelly will hold office hours in rotating locations throughout the Town of
January – Wednesday, January 10th – 8–11:30 a.m., Coffee Roasters, Bolinas & Broadway
February – Thursday, February 1st – 8–11:30 a.m., BookBeat,
March – Thursday, March 1st – 8-11:30 a.m., Barefoot Café,
Kelly added, “In January of this year, I began a blog of town information as a way to reach out to the community through a user-friendly media, as a means of providing another link to Town Hall. For the upcoming year, I want to expand our communication with our residents by making it easier for them to speak with us in person.” During her office hours in the community, Kelly will be located in the local business, with a small sign to denote that she is available to speak with residents. No meeting appointment is necessary and she intends to be available to speak with anyone who wishes to converse on questions regarding Town business or to hear suggestions on improving Town operations. “I see it as a way to further integrate our services with the everyday needs of our residents. I intend to do a lot of listening and learning,” she added.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
What % of property taxes goes to
Eighteen percent (18%) of a property’s basic property tax assessment goes to the Town of
Most property tax that you pay goes to finance the local public elementary, middle, and high schools and community colleges.
- Pension override tax (has been in place since the 1960s, pre-Prop. 13): .0910% of assessed valuation.
- Measure K bonds (approved by voters in 1999): .0416 of assessed valuation (will increase very slightly with the August 2006 sale of the last in the series of bonds.) The revenue is used for streets, drainage and infrastructure repairs.
- General Purpose tax (has been in place since 1980s?): $50 per living unit or business occupancy. Can be used for any governmental purpose.
- Special Purpose tax (Measure F 2005): $125 per living unit or business occupancy. Can only be used for specified purposes as approved by voters, i.e. police, fire, public works and youth program.
All of the above four taxes go exclusively to the Town of
As far as income tax is concerned, in case you are interested, less than 3% of Federal income tax makes it way to cities (most goes to federal defense spending and the national debt) and less than 1% of State income tax goes to cities (most goes to state colleges, health and human services, prisons, and the courts).
Monday, December 18, 2006
Friday night, December 15th, was the first Teen Night called The Spot, and I heard it totally and completely rocked! About 60 young people checked in and about 10 were outside on the perimeter of the Coffee Roasters, the event's headquarters. The teens were well-behaved, respectful, and full of fun. With weekly help from Vice Mayor
The Chaperones would like to say: "Thank you to Townspeople Wendy Lee and Shoshana Parry and her sister Tina who stopped by to see that we had enough adult support. And to musician Jack who saved the day with the delivery of a great acoustic system. Thank you, too to Ed Wall, head of Coffee Roasters for having everything ready for us and for organizing it with such enthusiasm. Coffee Roasters staff Shelly and Kelly and others were so patient, professional and generous. A special thank you to them, too."
Vice Mayor Maggiore’s favorite moment of the evening was when singer
The December 22nd and 29th The Spot! dates are now a definite "go" and we will have more games, music and surprises ahead. The Task Force is also looking for more adult support staff. "Come on down! It's a lot of fun!"
For more information contact either one of the Youth and Alcohol Task Force heads Vice Mayor
Friday, December 15, 2006
Music, games, raffles and great prizes. Admission: $5 at the door, includes a coupon for a beverage and a dessert.
The innovative new teen-oriented hang out is designed to solve a problem that has plagued the County for years: How to help end the disasters of teen drinking? Please join the Town Youth and Alcohol Task Force and Drake Leadership who are sponsoring these Friday night events!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Economic Development Committee update: The Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee has held its first two meetings. The community and business representatives on the Committee include Jeff Burton, owner of The Bath and Beyond, Fred Codoni, manager (retired) with Southern Pacific Railroad, Garry Graham, owner of 19 Broadway, Leah Smith of the Marin Farmers’ Market, Mark Squire, co-owner of Good Earth, and Augie Venezia, owner of Fairfax Lumber (Chamber representative), along with all members of the Town Council. The Committee held a general brainstorming and exchange of ideas at the meetings. Some of the issues/ideas discussed were the lack of adequate parking in the downtown which affects the number of people able to shop there, the public events held in the downtown, “growing” what’s working, the need for businesses to provide services needed locally such as a drug store, the constraints on operating a business in town, and budget expenditures for Town services such as labor and benefits of the Town employees who provide services to the community. The community and business members of the Committee will continue brainstorming and plan to come forth with some specific ideas at the next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Women’s Club. This meeting will once again be combined with a Town Council Strategic Planning Workshop. The Council has in its strategic planning meetings identified and ranked goals in subject matter areas and the next step will be to formalize objectives and strategies for meeting the goals. The Council is also working on a strategic financial plan with the assistance of staff and will be formalizing the document in the coming months.
Albertson’s Update: There is no new news to report on the Albertson’s property as far as a new tenant for the store. I am informed that negotiations have been lengthy and are still ongoing.
Planning Commission Update: The Planning Commission will be considering the Mixed Use Overlay Zone and the Second Dwelling unit amnesty program at their December 21st meeting. In addition, they will be considering a use permit to allow the Town to install the first siren pole.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Funding options for
This meeting will precede our Adjourned Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m. that same evening.
The meeting is open to the public.
Monday, December 11, 2006
With Special Guest Santa Claus
Join the Fairfax Volunteers on Sunday, Dec. 17th at the Women’s Club in Fairfax, 42 Park Road. Santa will be there at 3:00 with the Singing, Wreath-Making/Potluck Party to start at 4:00.
Bring a dish to share, something to drink, and evergreen clippings if you would like to make a wreath. Redwood, Douglas fir, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Bay, Holly, etc. as well as Pine Cones, Pods and other decorative elements work well. We’ll supply the songbooks, a warm fire, and all the utensils. Fun for the whole family!
Interested in helping put on this event? We need volunteers from 12-3 to set-up at the Women’s Club (make decorations, assemble tables, decorate, etc.) and from 7-9 p.m. for the clean-up (take down decorations, sweep, take out trash & recyclables, etc.) Free pizza will be provided to those helping with set-up/clean-up! For more information please call 456-5652 or visit: http://www.fairfaxvolunteers.org
Friday, December 08, 2006
Furthermore, the 130 Ridgeway appeal item was continued to a Special Meeting to be held on Feb. 21st at 7:30 p.m. in the Women's Club so that the issues of drainage, the proposed road, and the request for a cross-section topography study can be further worked out and brought back to Council.
These meetings are open to the public.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
The meeting is open to the public.
Congratulations to our new Mayor Larry Bragman and our new Vice Mayor Mary Ann Maggiore, who were chosen last night at the Council's regular meeting. Each year, the Council rotates the positions of Mayor and Vice Mayor from amongst the Council Members.
Congratulations also to Council Member Susan Brandborg for her leadership and service as Mayor for the past year.
Photo shows from left, Council Member David Weinsoff, Council Member Susan Brandborg, new Mayor Larry Bragman, and new Vice Mayor Mary Ann Maggiore. Not pictured but present at the meeting: Council Member Lew Tremaine.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Music, games, raffles and great prizes. Admission: $5 at the door, includes a coupon for a beverage and a dessert.
The innovative new teen-oriented hang out is designed to solve a problem that has plagued the County for years: How to end the disasters of teen drinking? Head of the Fairfax Youth and Alcohol Task Force, Council Member Mary Ann Maggiore, was fed up with the helplessness of watching kids get in trouble because of alcohol. "Every year we watch with horror as the holiday season fills our lives with reports of teen deaths, accidents and rapes at parties where alcohol is the number 1 culprit. Though many groups start with initiating punitive actions as the first line of defense against teen drinking, we of
Please join the Town Youth and Alcohol Task Force and Drake Leadership who are sponsoring these Friday night events!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
After this meeting, I will provide more of a summary as to where we are in strategic planning to get you caught up on how far we've come and keep you more in the loop, for those who have not been able to participate in the meetings yet. I also need to refresh the Strategic Planning web page on our Town website with the most recent information.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Click to enlarge the poster.
Special thanks to Shoshana Parry, Fairfax Artist-in-Residence for coming up with this great idea and coordinating the event!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
I know we've got a few crazy weeks ahead of us, but how about slowing things down for a couple of hours and joining us for our 5th annual “Holiday Sing Along”. We’ll be meeting in
We’ve got a bunch of song sheets printed up, and we’ll have cookies and hot chocolate too. All you have to do is show up and sing your lungs out (or mouth the lyrics while being drowned out by others). It doesn't matter... what does matter is you have fun!
And please join us directly after the caroling for our famous “Pot-luck Party”. We’ll have a roaring fire (O.K., a Duraflame), some great food, and maybe some more singing. Please bring a yummy dish to share and something to drink. We’ll take care of the plates and utensils.
This year we’ve also added Wreath Making to the mix, which will take place during the whole event. If you would like to join this activity, please bring evergreen clippings if you have them (Redwood, Douglas fir, Juniper, Euc
This time of year is all about being together with people we care about, spreading love and warmth, and feeling connected. I hope you can join us!
With holiday cheer,
Adam “The Elf” Neville & the Fairfax Volunteers.
P.S. We’d like to continue the tradition of a post sing pot-luck party, but in order to do that we’ll need a few more elves to help out. If you’d like to participate please contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (415) 302-6163.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Profits from the book signing will be donated to the Town of Fairfax. Thank you, Linda!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Forrest AvenueRetaining Wall and Bank Stabilization: This project has been completed. Marin Rdto Olema): Bauman/McGuire & Hester will begin construction this week on the Manor Circle SR2S project. Construction of the sidewalk from Marin Road eastto Olema Roadwill require changes to the striping on SFDB to allow for a safe construction zone. It will not impact vehicle traffic. This will impact the on-street parking for the few (seven+/-) homes on the north side of SFDB near the San Miguel intersection. It will also require eastbound bike traffic to be detoured at Marin Roadto Olema. Signage and striping should be clear to the users. Scenic Rdbe closed to through traffic near 185 Scenic and traffic to be detoured on Tamalpais during working hours. There may be some confusion during the first few days; however, the drilling rig needs access.
- Measure K: Beginning the week of the 20th, Scenic and Tamalpais Roads will have pavement section repairs (digouts) completed by McLellan Co. This is the first phase of the next Measure K projects. Due to the severe deterioration of Scenic and Tamalpais we are making these repairs to provide safe travel by bicycles and vehicles over the next few winter months until we bid the overlay project in February. This will also require road closures and detours on Scenic and Tamaplais Roads. Traffic control and signage will be in place before construction. Notices will be mailed to the neighborhood. She is working with our new engineering firm, Ken Hall of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh, on a complete assessment of the remaining Measure K projects for prioritization and scheduling over the next three fiscal years. She will be scheduling a Measure K oversight committee meeting later this month.
Glen DriveCulvert: The temporary bank stabilization design is 95% and will be ready for an informal bid soon. This project is being constructed to protect private property (Village West) from further damage and erosion over the winter months while we continue with the permanent design work and regulatory permitting to replace the damaged culvert outfall at SFDB. (FEMA project) 1-21 Bolinas Avenue): The design of the re-routing of the drainage network that currently runs under these downtown businesses is 95% complete. We will be constructing a new drainage line down Mono Alley from Bolinas to Pacheco. We are expecting to be able to issue an informal bid next week.
- Sandbags: Maria Baird, Community Resources Coordinator, has successfully organized a group of Sir Francis Drake High students to volunteer to fill sandbags for the Town. They will be here on Wednesday morning! Thanks Maria!
- The new stop sign was installed at
Iron Springs Roadthis past Thursday.
Tonight, November 13th at 7:00 p.m., the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) will be hosting a workshop to discuss the update to bicycle and pedestrian master plans throughout the County. The meeting tonight is specifically for Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Larkspur, Greenbrae and San Rafael. The meeting will be held at the San Rafael Community Center at 618 B Street.
Click on the attached flyer to enlarge.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I grew up in a small urban blue collar pocket of
I am asked questions pretty frequently relating to my choices I’ve made in my career, somewhat because I think it is still somewhat of an anomaly for a younger woman with young children to become a city manager.
What brought me to the city government profession?
I like working for the form of government that is closest to the people. I get a great deal of enjoyment out of being able to affect the day to day lives of people. Furthermore, one of the reasons I chose the public sector because it seemed to me that minorities and women could advance more rapidly based on merit not on the good old boys network, or what social status you were born into (because I knew I did not have that going for me). For the most part, this has held true. I have found the public sector merit system, while not without flaws, to be fair and equitable overall.
Why did I choose to become a city manager?
My motivation was to live my values in the city management field, the values that keep me working in the public sector. As I progressed in my career, the values that I hold dear were becoming more and more clear to me, and two in particular:
1. The value of service –As the manager, for me that is the opportunity to put into practice each day my strong belief in customer service by doing what I can to make government more responsive to its residents.
2. The value of representative self-government; democracy – As the manager, I am able to serve elected representatives by giving them the best information and the tools they need to do the best job that they can. In this way, I think I play an important role in helping a community govern itself.
When I looked at all of the jobs available in local government, I knew right away that the position of city manager was where I could live those values and advance those values most strongly, and have the maximum impact on a community. And in the end, enhance my own sense of personal satisfaction and happiness.
I strongly believe that if you are in this business for the right reasons, it’s not about you. As you move up it in the city management profession, it becomes less and less about you and more about helping others and helping a community. It’s about making your community successful, helping your council be successful individually and as a group, and helping your staff be successful. And if you’ve got all of those going for you, then you will be a success.
I encourage you to reflect on what values draw you to the work that you do, and think about what type of position will help you best live those values in your everyday work. For me, being a city manager is where the rubber meets the road and where I have the privilege of putting my values to work everyday and impacting the community and impacting the organization in a positive way. The experience with Fairfax so far has been immensely fulfilling for me.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Here are a few photos from the Central Marin CERT program which concluded its last class of about 20 people on Saturday. The class was made up of residents of Fairfax (3), San Anselmo, Larkspur, Ross and Corte Madera. Among the things we learned was how to use a fire extinguisher and how to conduct light search and rescue after an earthquake. Here in the photo you see some class attendees learning how to lift a portion of a collapsed building off of a victim. The 2007 CERT class schedule has been posted at http://www.town-of-fairfax.org/News/CERT_2007.pdf
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
One of the wonderful things that makes
- Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program: The Town of Fairfax, along with San Anselmo, Ross, Larkspur and the County, have joined together under the leadership of Supervisor Hal Brown on the first-ever watershed-wide approach to flood mitigation and creek restoration solutions to protect all of the Ross Valley from the threat of flooding. Fairfax Council Members
Lew Tremaineand David Weinsoff serve on the elected officials committee which is advising the Watershed effort, our Public Works Director Debra Sue Johnson serves on the Technical Working Group, and I serve on the Financial Working Group. Each committee complements the work of the entire effort by focusing on key areas to make the watershed-wide approach as successful as possible.
- The Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program staff, along with town staff, walked the major creeks in
and identified the sources of potential debris jams and key constrictions. This information is critical to understanding the long-term work that needs to be done such as raising bridges and culvert replacement. Fairfax
- The Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program was granted $100,000 from the California Coastal Conservancy which is enabling the creation of a computerized hydraulic model of the Ross Valley Watershed. The model will serve as a predictive tool that will help determine which flood protection projects should be completed first to achieve the most reductions in flooding.
- A creek-wide clearing and clean-up took place in September, accomplished through the joint efforts of the Marin Conservation Corps, the towns, and the County. Items which could cause major blockages this winter such as debris, overgrown vegetation, and branches were removed from the creeks. This was followed-up in
by the annual Creek Clean-up coordinated by the Fairfax Volunteers in October, where more trash and debris was removed. Fairfax
- Thanks to a grant from Supervisor Hal Brown, the Town has entered into a contract for the installation of a siren emergency warning system, which would serve as an audible alarm system to warn residents of impending disasters such as flood or fire. The installation of the first of three sirens is scheduled to take place in January 2007.
- The Town’s supply of sandbags, available to residents, is being replenished and a new sandbag-filling apparatus is being installed. The location of the sand, sandbags, and machine will be located in the same place as last year, the parking lot below the Pavilion. In addition, as they did in the spring, Drake High students will be helping to fill sandbags as a community service project in November, so that we will have a supply of pre-filled sandbags readily available for our residents.
- The Town is participating in the home elevation program through FEMA, and residents who live in the flood plain and have flood insurance are eligible to apply for a FEMA grant to assist with raising their homes. Eligible residents were notified of the program, and if awarded, the grant would cover up to 75% of the cost for those property owners who are participating in the grant.
- A brochure, “Protecting Yourself and Your Property Against Flooding,” has been created with flood safety tips. The brochure is available at Town Hall, the Police Department, and is posted on the home page of the Town’s website at www.townoffairfax.org.
- The Telephonic Emergency Notification System (TENS) through the
has been improved and the system is available for the Town to use to broadcast an emergency telephone message to a wide area of residences and businesses in the event of flooding. Countyof Marin
- A volunteer Creek Monitoring Working Group was formed, with
residents serving in the role of creek monitors and providing information to the Town when creek waters rise to threatening levels. Fairfax
- The Town’s Citizens’ Disaster Council was reactivated, and is focusing on how residents can be better prepared for disasters such as flood and fire.
- The Town is actively engaged in promoting Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) through a newly revitalized Central Marin CERT program. The Town, through a grant from Supervisor Hal Brown, is providing a $30 refund to any resident who completes a CERT course.
- The Town created a disaster preparedness web page linked off of the home page of the Town’s website at www.townoffairfax.org.
- The Town has scheduled a special meeting for November 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Club for the purpose of considering whether to join Flood Control District Zone 9. Flood Zone 9 is an existing governmental entity which could serve as a financing mechanism for flood control and environmental restoration efforts. Your participation is encouraged at this special meeting.
Since January, many hours of Town staff time have been devoted to both recovering from the New Year’s Eve flood disaster, and in preparing for this winter’s storm season. For more information, see www.rossvalleywatershed.org, or contact me at 458-2345.
Monday, October 30, 2006
I took the first segment of the class on Saturday and I will complete the remainder this Saturday, November 4th. I recommend the course if you wish to be prepared to handle disasters and emergencies. You will learn about home safety, assessing potential hazards, disaster triage techniques and what to do when disaster strikes. The information is useful if you wish to set up a neighborhood emergency response team, or if you simply wish to become more prepared to help yourself and your family.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
At its October 21st strategic planning session, the Town Council decided that the new Economic Development Advisory Committee would be folded into the strategic planning effort by holding the Economic Committee meetings during the next three strategic planning meetings. The purpose of this approach is to take advantage of the fresh ideas and input of the Economic Committee and integrate that into the draft strategic financial plan. The Council brainstormed the following issues for the Economic Development Advisory Committee to consider:
- Come up with an implementable plan to increase Town revenue
- How can we increase sales tax and property tax revenue
- How to make the most of underperforming assets in the community
- How to increase business in the downtown area
- Audit of business license revenue to ensure all businesses are paying
- How can we attract businesses that are commensurate with our style of town and those which have the capacity for success
- Future economic development in
The next Town Council Strategic Planning/Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, November 18th at 9 a.m. in the Women’s Club.
When changing the batteries, it is recommended to use lithium batteries as they have a longer life then regular alkaline batteries.
A few tips about smoke detectors:
- Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
- If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling's highest point.
- Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
If you need assistance changing the battery or would like an inspection of your home for fire safety, please contact Ross Valley Fire Department at 258-4686.
Monday, October 23, 2006
- Lola Pettit
- Phillip Hoffman
- John Berret
- Yvonne Roberts
- Trudy Totty
- Michael Silbert
- Gary York
- Brijette Overby
- Claire Hadley
- Zoe Levine
- Melanie Peratis
- David Glick
- Larry Bragman
- Craig Zellers
- Payton Zellers
- Foster Zellers
- Jasper Scozzafava
- Sarah Shockley
- Penny Clark
- Dianne Zellers
- Jon Carter
- Holly Dines
- John Reed
- Michael Branton
- Sammy Branton
A very informative meeting was held on Saturday regarding the progress made so far on the Ross Valley Watershed and Flood Protection Project. A few hundred people attended.
The following document was provided at the meeting, which gives an overview of the progress made to date. The four page pdf document is posted on the Town's website here http://www.town-of-fairfax.org//News//RVUpdate10-06.pdf
Friday, October 20, 2006
The meeting is being held at that time since the Ross Valley Watershed Flood Protection Community meeting is being held that same morning at 9:30 a.m. (at the Drake High small gym). You are welcome and encouraged to attend that meeting as well. It is a report to the community on the progress made so far on flood protection and creek preservation. There will be a PowerPoint presentation with photos of projects and information on the hydraulic model of the creeks.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Would you like to be a part of the all-volunteer haunted house this year? Sign up to help the Fairfax Volunteers put on this fun and community oriented event! A volunteer meeting will take place this Saturday, Oct. 21st from 10-Noon at the Pavilion. Click on the flyer to view details.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
A special Council meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Club for the purpose of considering the option for
Friday, October 13, 2006
Questions regarding the Task Force may be directed to Council Member Mary Ann Maggiore at email@example.com or Council Member Lew Tremaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
- Thursday, Nov. 9th, Robson House, San Anselmo – Historical slide show of San Anselmo
- Thursday. Dec. 14th, Fairfax Women’s Club –
Holidayparty and create a food basket/gift for local family
- Thursday, Jan. 11th, Fairfax Women’s Club – Introduction to Yoga; play Mah Jong and other games
For more information, contact Dana of San Anselmo Recreation at 258-4669. Membership in the Ross Valley Seniors Club is $20 for one year.Special thanks to Karen Arnold of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission for her unending enthusiasm for organizing and supporting this wonderful group. Also thanks to Ghiringhelli's Pizza for donating today's lunch.
Sustainable Fairfax’s Backyard Class series is offering two weekends in October and November open to additional participants. The first weekend will be October 21-22 and will focus on natural building with cob. The second weekend, November 11-12, will teach participants about plants and irrigation. The cost is $100 per weekend or a discounted rate of $150 for both weekends. Cob is a very old method of building with earth and straw or other fibers. It is quite similar to adobe in that the basic mix of clay (which comes from soil dug from our pond) and sand is the same, but instead of creating uniform blocks to build with, cob is normally applied by hand in large gobs (or cobs) which can be tossed from one person to another during the building process. The traditional way of mixing the clay/sand/straw is with the bare feet, so we need lots of feet. Because of all the straw, cob can be slightly more insulating than adobe and would make a very comfortable house California climate. In this two-day class we will be making a bench that will become a permanent piece of art in our Sustainable Backyard. The wonderful thing about cob construction is that it can be a wildly freeform, sculptural affair, participants are encouraged to bring bits of tile, glass, ceramic and marbles to contribute to the bench. Cob was a common building material in England in the nineteenth century, and many of those buildings are still standing. The Permaculture planting class will discuss the best plants to use in our climate for native, habitat, medicinal, and a multilayered food forest, there will be hands on planting and installation of a drip irrigation system in the backyard.
Sustainable Fairfax began its Sustainable Backyard Class in early September at the future site of its Sustainability Center on Bolinas Road in Fairfax. Taught by Sentient Landscape designers Kamala Bennett and Geoff Hall, participants are learning different techniques that they can use in their own backyards. Classes include harvesting water, growing live soil, composting, mulching, creating habitat, wildlife diversity, integrated pest management, using recycled materials, and solar features in the garden.
Sustainable Fairfax began out of an inspiration to take local action on the global warming crisis in February 1999. Sustainable Fairfax is working on developing a plan for opening the Sustainability Center in the summer of 2007. The Sustainable Backyard space will be a demonstration site for sustainable practices for outside the home. It will also be used for Sustainable Fairfax events and meetings and be available for other local organizations to utilize.
For more information and to signup for the classes please contact, Pam Hartwell-Herrero at (415) 269-0621, email@example.com .
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Are you age 14 to 19 and interested in participating in your town and making a difference? A new Fairfax Youth Commission was created by our Town Council last week, and we are looking for five to seven teenagers from Fairfax who want to be a part of establishing events and programs for the teens in our community. Click on the image to view the Resolution creating the new Youth Commission. For more information, please contact Youth Commission Liaisons, Council Member Mary Ann Maggiore, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Council Member Lew Tremaine at email@example.com.
The photo is displaying the items cleared out of the creeks at last year's 2005 clean-up event. Click on the photo to enlarge.
Is it a civic art project? A neighborhood yard sale? No, the massive pile of debris you’ll see in
Fairfax Volunteers invite everyone who loves our open spaces to get involved in this critical annual volunteer activity: the care and maintenance of the creeks and streams that run through Marin. “Fairfax Volunteers has been holding a creek cleaning event every fall for several years, collecting garbage and debris that has no purpose being there,” said John Reed, President of the Fairfax Volunteer Board. “Over the years, we've hauled out literally tons of garbage, from trash to water heaters to old couches. It's astonishing what gets thrown in the creek by thoughtless people. Their garbage doesn't just disappear! It's ugly and it pollutes as it rots, clogging our streams.”
Creek clean-up volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes, sturdy shoes that can get wet (no sandals please), and gloves. A sense of adventure is a plus, and families with kids over seven are encouraged. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 am on Sunday, October 22, at the Fairfax Community Center/Youth Center, 16 Park Road (next to the Fire Station), and leave for the creek clean-up at 10 am. For more information, call Maria Baird, Community Resources Coordinator, at 456-5652.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Flood Zone 9 and
Siren Warning System approved: At our October 4th Council meeting, the Council agreed to enter into a contract for the purchase and installation of a siren warning system. After the December 31, 2005 flood disaster, many residents expressed their concern that the former Town siren at the fire station needed to be replaced to provide an audible warning system that can warn residents of flood, fire or other disaster. Our initial approach to this project will be to have a siren installed first at the Pavilion, and after testing, install two additional sirens - one in the Cascades and another at the west end of Sir Francis Drake, near Olema. We will have the first siren operational in three to four months.
It is very important for residents to understand that a siren system is only one component of an emergency warning system. When a disaster strikes, residents need to be ready to tune into their radios and televisions for announcements, listen for a phone call from the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS), and, depending on the nature of the disaster, assemble with their neighbors to check on neighbors’ well-being. In future columns, I will be providing more information on the siren and its testing and implementation.
Grant for Fire Sprinklers in Fire Stations: The Ross Valley Fire Department was fortunate to receive an $186,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This grant was received to fund the installations of automatic fire sprinklers and fire alarm systems at the Department’s three fire stations. The grant, which only requires a 10% match, has allowed us to replace the Department’s outdated, nonfunctional fire alarm systems. In the case of the
While firefighters may be more vigilant than the average citizen when it comes to fire safety, on average 150 fire stations burn each year in the