Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blog #2 - Council Action from January 14, 2009 Town Council Meeting

· Mayor David Weinsoff announced vacancies on various Town Committees and Commissions.

· The Council interviewed and appointed Mallory Geitheim to the Design Review Board for a full three year term ending January 31, 2012.

· The Mayor presented a resolution to Police Chief Ken Hughes for 30 years of exemplary service to the Town as a sworn officer and Police Chief. Police Chief Ken Hughes has been with the Town for more than 37 years.

· Acting Planning and Building Services Director Larry Kennings gave a presentation to the Council on what a Site Specific Plan is and where its application may be beneficial to the Town. The Council directed staff to bring the issue back to the February 4th Council meeting for further discussion of where a site specific plan may work in Fairfax.

· Council adopted Resolution 09-03 to approve an agreement with W-Trans for the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program Parkade Circulation Study.

· Council adopted Resolution 09-05 expressing gratitude and support for the Marin Stables and Trails

· Council joined over 400 communities nationwide in endorsing the “Empowering Local Government Climate Action: Blueprint for President Obama and the 111th Congress”. The endorsement includes encouraging the federal government to enact a national climate policy, an economic recovery policy that creates green jobs and implement clean energy policies that reduce energy use by 30 percent by 2025 and provide for 25 percent of the nation’s power come from renewable energy by 2025.

· The Council conducted a first reading and public hearing of Ordinance 737 Reenacting the Second Unit Amnesty Program for a One-Year period. The Council will conduct a second reading and consider adopting the Ordinance at the February 4th Council Meeting.

· The Council adopted Resolution 09-07 approving a garbage and recycling service rate increase beginning April 1, 2009. The rate will go from $18.20/month to $21.84/month in the flat areas. Residents can opt to have a smaller 20-gallon container and reduce their bill by the same amount of the rate increase. The increase covers the cost of new dual sort carts that will be rolled out to customers in April or May. There has only been one small rate increase in Fairfax in the last eight years and that increase was to add a fee to the bill for a road impact fee.

· The Council voted to approve a request from Council Member Maggiore to be excused from Town Council Meetings through March 25, 2009 due to a health condition.

· The Council heard from the Shared Services Committee (Members Brandborg and Tremaine) and from the Police Chief regarding the possible consolidation of police dispatch services for the Towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo. The Council directed staff on a 3-1 vote to do nothing further on the consolidation of police dispatch services. Mayor Weinsoff dissented. The 24 hour dispatch operation at Town Hall will remain as is.

· The Council appointed Vice Mayor Tremaine as the Town representative on the Marin Energy Authority Board of Director’s. They also appointed Council Member Bragman as the alternate.

· The Council adopted Resolution 09-12 approving construction of a pedestrian and bicycle parking bulb-out on Broadway near Scoops Ice Cream Shop.