Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blog #28 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report

The Town staff has completed a Greenhouse Emissions Inventory Report. The first step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to identify sources of emissions and establish baseline levels. This information can later form the selection of a reduction target and possible reduction measures to be included in the climate action plan. See the attachments below for the Executive Summary. If you would like the full report (62 pages) please contact Yvonne Roberts, Management Analyst for the Town at 458-2339.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blog #27 Relativity-The Musical

Come see RELATIVITY - The Musical!

First written in 2006, Sam Parry's RELATIVITY - the musical is the tale of a young girl's discovery of the value of math and science. The story unfolds in present-day suburbia, where it is Sunday evening in the Iganowski's home. Scolded by her parents to get on with her homework assignment in preparation for the National Science Quiz, teenager Mishka is reminded that wining the Quiz will pay all of her college tuition. Mishka complains to herself about the uselessness of math and science. Falling asleep over her desk, she is awakened by the appearance of 'Z' and the Subatomic Particles who offer to take her on a journey of discovery.

There will be eight performances only: July 24, 25, 30, 31 and August 1, 6, 7, and 8

All shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM at the Fairfax Pavilion

Adults $17.50, Seniors and Students $10

For more information please go to:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blog #26 - Creek Clean Up Day

The Fairfax Creek Clean-Up Day will be this Saturday at 9 AM. Meet at the Youth Center on Park Drive between the Fire Station and Peri Park. See flyer for all the details.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Blog # 25 CAMP EARTH

CAMP EARTH - Marin's First Totally Sustainable Summer Camp

August 17-21, 2009

The Towns of Fairfax and San Anselmo through their joint recreational programs is offering the first totally sustainable summer camp in Farifax at Peri Park. See attachment for all the details. There is still space available.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Blog #24 - Community Emergency Response Training Classes Offered




In the event of a major disaster, professional emergency services may be overwhelmed and unavailable for long periods of time. The widespread needs of the community will depend upon voluntary assistance. With this in mind, the fire departments in Marin County have adopted a citizen training program called Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). CERT is designed to provide hands-on training to become self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or a wildland fire. The program is presented in a three-day format, which includes one three-hour session and two six-hour sessions with a one-hour break for lunch.

Class 1: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Class 2: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class 3: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Information covered includes:
Introduction/Emergency Preparedness, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster First Aid, Fire Prevention/Suppression, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a Disaster Simulation.

Thursday classes will be taught at the Corte Madera Fire Department
342 Tamalpais Drive at Pixley, Corte Madera
Saturday classes will be taught at The College of Marin, in TB1.

Class sessions for 2009 are scheduled for:

February 19, 21, 28.
July 16, 18, 25
November 5,7,14

The cost of the training is $30 per person.
For further information, call the
Corte Madera Fire Department at 927-5077

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Blog #23 Council Adopts Town Budget, Approves Ballot Language for extending Measure F

At the July 1, 2009 regular Town Council Meeting the following actions were taken:

The Town Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2009/10 budget. The following appropriations were approved: Operating budget: $6,939,900; Capital Budget $2,132,008; Retirement, Unrestricted Reserve, and other special non-general fund programs $3,091,661. The Council approved a budget with no cost-of-living adjustments for staff and a 4% reduction in operating costs in general fund budget units and borrowing $306,591 from the Town’s unrestricted reserves also known as the “Dry Period Fund”. The Town received 2% less in property tax revenues in 2008/09 than the previous year and is anticipating no additional revenues for 2009/10 due to reassessments of many homes in Fairfax and fewer homes turning over. The Town received about 20% less revenues in building and planning permit fees in 2008/09 from the previous year and we are expecting 2009/10 to be another down year in planning and building permit revenues. Another reason for the reduction in expenditures is the Town is anticipating the State will take about $268,000 from Fairfax to balance the State budget.

The Council adopted the ballot language for placing the extension of Measure F on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voter approval. The current Measure F expires on June 30, 2010. Measure F represents $465,000 per year to the Town’s $6.9 million general fund budget. The ballot language will be asking for an extension at the same rate of $125 per dwelling unit and business occupancy per year for another five years. This is an extension of an existing property tax. The Town is not asking for any new or additional tax. The ballot language is:

Renewal of a Special Municipal Services Tax:

Shall an ordinance be adopted approving the renewal of a special Fairfax municipal services tax of $125 per year for each business occupancy and dwelling unit, for a period of five years, to be used exclusively to:
· Maintain 24-hour, 7 days per week staffing of Police and Fire Services
· Perform Public Works safety improvements
· Meet Matching Funds requirements needed to receive state and federal public works grants
· Revitalize Youth Programs
and continue the citizens’ oversight committee that monitors the use of the revenues from this tax?
Yes_______ No______

Adopted a Resolution authorizing the Town Attorney to cooperate with the League of California Cities as well as cities and counties in litigation challenging the constitutionality of any seizure by State government of HUTA funds (Gas Tax Funds)

Denied appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of a request for a setback variance, a height variance, encroachment permit and a second unit use permit in order to construct a second unit underneath an existing three story, single-family residence and to construct parking for the second unit at 177 Frustuck Avenue

Adopted Ordinance 743 repealing and replacing Town Code Chapter 8.36 regulating the removal of trees

Approved Redemption of Tax Delinquent Properties with Open Space Fund

Approved a licensing agreement with the Ritter Center for placing Art Houses in Fairfax