Thursday, February 22, 2007

Update on various items

February 17th Strategic Planning Meeting: The Town Council and Economic Development Advisory Committee met with Michael Mackintosh, owner of the Marin Town and Country Club, in an open and public meeting to discuss how to move his proposals forward with the Town and the community. Mr. Mackintosh received input and ideas from the community, the Council and the Committee, including the suggestion that he conduct community outreach and facilitated meetings introducing proposed development designs to the community. At this meeting, the Council discussed the recent police consolidation study, and directed staff to communicate to the Town of San Anselmo that we are interested in exploring shared services and cost savings not only with respect to police services, but other town department services as well, and also directed staff to work with San Anselmo staff on a recommendation for a financial consultant to conduct a financial analysis of potential consolidation/shared services agreements.

Meeting with FEMA: Recently, Mayor Larry Bragman, Council Member David Weinsoff and I met with FEMA representatives and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey’s aide Tom Roth to discuss the outstanding issues that the Town has with our FEMA projects and monetary reimbursements. We received advice and information and made suggestions as to how the process of assisting disaster stricken cities can be improved, including expediting payments and greater communication.

Office Hours in the Community: The next session of office hours in the community will be held Thursday, March 1st from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Barefoot CafĂ©, 1900 Sir Francis Drake. I hold office hours in the community one morning a month at rotating locations. No appointment is necessary. Feel free to stop by to discuss any issue of Town business or just to say hello.

Upcoming Town Meetings: The next regular meeting of the Town Council will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the Fairfax Women's Club. The next Town Council Strategic Planning and Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Fairfax Women's Club. At this meeting, the community members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee will share their recommendations for revenue enhancement and cost savings.