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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Council Member Lew Tremaine at email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.com or Council Member Lew Tremaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Friday, October 06, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Topics covered include:
- Flood protection work completed
- Flood forecasting and flood awareness
- Creek projects
- Cost sharing proposals
A flyer is posted here.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
In February 2006 the Town of
Additionally, the Fairfax PARC is looking for input from the