Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The proposed work is to repair approximately 130 feet of bridge embankment damaged by the high stream flow, to prevent further erosion of the stream bank which supports the bridge. Temporary fill needs to be removed and fill material will be placed and compacted as a backfill.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued 7 conservation measures and 19 terms and conditions in order for the Town to be in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. As such, the Town will need to take various measures to protect red legged frogs and their habitat, and well as protect any bats, pond turtles, and any other native reptiles and amphibians found during the course of the bridge repair.
The Town is working to expedite the next step of approval from the State Office of Emergency Services (OES) in order that the Town can bid for the project work. It is anticipated that if OES approval is received soon, the Town will be able to have the work completed prior to the 2007 rainy season. Once the repair is complete,
A status report on
The Town Council is holding a joint meeting with the Planning Commission and General Plan Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Women’s Club to discuss the following issues:
- Status of Mixed Use Overlay Zone Ordinance
- Status of General Plan Elements
- Pending Ordinances under review by Planning Commission
The meeting is open to the public.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Due to the current hot weather, the demand for electricity is approaching capacity. As a result, state officials have called a Flex Alert. It's urgent that you:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
- If you must use an air conditioner, turn it up to 78 degrees or higher
- Postpone using major appliances until after 7:00 PM
For updates, please visit www.FlexYourPower.org.
Monday, August 27, 2007
As part of the "Safe Routes to Schools" program, a new crosswalk was installed on Oak Manor Drive at Manor School to improve pedestrian safety. The attached letter was recently mailed from County Supervisor Hal Brown to Manor Elementary School families.
Friday, August 24, 2007
To keep up to date on Town meetings, please visit our Calendar on the Town website at http://www.townoffairfax.org/Calendar/.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
We are saddened to announce that Debra Sue Johnson, Public Works Director, has accepted the Public Works Manager position with the Town of
Debra Sue joined the Town of
As residents are aware, the Town has many needs that we are not able to fund due to revenue limitations, and thus the list of needed but unfunded projects is long. Due to ending some unusual one-time revenue sources, the Town ended the fiscal year in approximately $356,000 in the positive. After considering many important needs, the Town Council decided to use the funds on the following fiscal and physical safety priorities.
Reserves: The Town Council has committed to increasing our reserve fund, which serves as a rainy day savings account for economic uncertainty, reducing the Town’s financial risk. The Town Council has directed the transfer of $141,944 transfer to our reserves, currently $858,056 which creates a new total reserve of $1 million. This is a very positive move for the Town and enhances our financial security.
Bus Shelter at 2525 Sir Francis Drake: The Town Council also committed funding to install a bus shelter in an area near apartment complexes with many public transit riders. The shelter will encourage bus use and shield the transit riders from the elements.
The remaining list of unfunded projects was long, and the Town Council has prioritized the following projects, to be funded when and if additional monies become available:
- Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan.
- Consultant for Noise Element of the General Plan.
- Widened driveway curb cuts on Sir Francis Drake for the five residences impacted by the new sidewalk across from the Manor bridge.
Prop. 1B Funding: The Proposition 1B State bond funding approved by the voters in November 2006 is minimally estimated at $400,000 for
Measure F Funding: In 2005, the public generously approved Measure F, providing five years of aug
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
My next session of office hours in the community will be held at the Fat Angel Bakery, 71 Broadway, on Thursday, Sept. 13th from 8:30 – 11 a.m. I will be available to speak with any resident who has any issues of Town concern, and no advance appointment is necessary.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The Town recently applied for a Clean Renewable Energy Bond for the installation of solar panels on two Town buildings: the Pavilion and the Community Center/Youth Center. If the Town receives the award for the zero-interest bond for $249,000, the Town Council will hold a public discussion on whether to accept it and move forward with the proposed installations. The zero-interest monthly payment would be offset by savings in our PG&E
The Good Festival is being held on Saturday, August 25th from Noon to 5 p.m. at Fairfax Park, and is co-sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The event will feature music, environmental and peace oriented activities for the whole family. The event is being put on by a group of young people associated with the College of Marin.
The Annual Car Show will be held in downtown Fairfax on Sunday, Sept. 9th.
The Annual Town Picnic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16th from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Central Ballfield.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Founded in 1914, ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. In addition to supporting its 8,200 members, ICMA provides publications, data, information, technical assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county experts and other individuals throughout the world. The organization is an internationally recognized publisher of information resources ranging from textbooks and survey data to topical newsletters and e-publications. ICMA provides technical assistance to local governments in emerging democracies, helping them to develop professional practices and ethical, transparent governments. The organization performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the
ICMA members are committed to
- Representative democracy
- The highest standards of honesty and integrity in local governance, as expressed through the organization’s Code of Ethics
- The value of professional management as an integral component of effective local government
- The council-manager form of government as the preferred local government structure
- The value of international association, and
- Ensuring diversity in local government in the organization.
ICMA members strive to be “leaders at the core of better communities.”
I am reproducing for you here the ICMA Code of Ethics that I subscribe to. I hope it will provide some insight as to the values I strive to uphold in the honorable position I have of being a part of
ICMA Code of Ethics
ICMA members adhere to the principles of the ICMA Code of Ethics, developed in 1924, as a condition of membership and agree to submit to a peer-to-peer review of their conduct under established enforcement procedures. The mission of ICMA is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional local government management worldwide. To further this mission, certain principles, as enforced by the Rules of Procedure, shall govern the conduct of every member of ICMA, who shall:
Tenet 1: Be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials and believe that professional general management is essential to the achievement of this objective.
Tenet 2: Affirm the dignity and worth of the services rendered by government and maintain a constructive, creative, and practical attitude toward local government affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant.
Tenet 3: Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships in order that the member may merit the respect and confidence of the elected officials, of other officials and employees, and of the public.
Tenet 4: Recognize that the chief function of local government at all times is to serve the best interests of all people.
Tenet 5: Submit policy proposals to elected officials; provide them with facts and advice on matters of policy as a basis for making decisions and setting community goals; and uphold and implement local government policies adopted by elected officials.
Tenet 6: Recognize that elected representatives of the people are entitled to the credit for the establishment of local government policies; responsibility for policy execution rests with the members.
Tenet 7: Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.
Tenet 8: Make it a duty continually to improve the member's professional ability and to develop the competence of associates in the use of management techniques.
Tenet 9: Keep the community informed on local government affairs; encourage communication between the citizens and all local government officers; emphasize friendly and courteous service to the public; and seek to improve the quality and image of public service.
Tenet 10: Resist any encroachment on professional responsibilities, believing the member should be free to carry out official policies without interference, and handle each problem without discrimination on the basis of principle and justice.
Tenet 11: Handle all matters of personnel on the basis of merit so that fairness and impartiality govern a member's decisions, pertaining to appointments, pay adjustments, promotions, and discipline.
Tenet 12: Seek no favor; believe that personal aggrandizement or profit secured by confidential information or by misuse of public time is dishonest.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
This week I am out of the office attending a program called the Berkeley Executive Seminar held at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. It is a leadership development program for local government executives, 28 of us in the class from across the state and Oregon. I am fortunate to have received a scholarship to attend. We are working with professors, practitioners and speakers on issues confronting local governments, both specific to our jobs and also wider issues such as developments in Washington and Sacramento that affect us locally. Some of the topics we have covered and will be covering include ethics in government and what does it mean to do the right thing, what is leadership at the local level, budget strategies and equity in resource distribution, the state budget process and potential reforms, negotiation strategies, problem solving in the public arena, sustainable communities, and leadership and visioning to support civic vitality and public engagement.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
The group has been working to raise awareness of the need for disaster preparedness and has been quite active since their formation in July 2006. Most of their work has been accomplished with no funding or donated funds.