Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blog #49 - Town Council Actions from September 1, 2010 meeting

Fairfax Town Council Conducts First Reading for a Moratorium on Marijuana Dispensaries

After considerable discussion and public testimony the Town Council heard a first reading on an ordinance that places a moratorium on any new applications for a marijuana dispensary in the Town of Fairfax for a minimum of forty-five days. The Town Council can extend the moratorium for a period of no more than 24 months in total. Mayor Lew Tremaine explained the reason for the moratorium, “If the ballot measure legalizing and taxing marijuana passes statewide, the entire terrain is going to shift. We are going to have a whole lot to deal with in terms of how the new law is implemented in town and how it impacts the existing medical marijuana facility. So it doesn’t make sense to me to be entertaining any more of them until we know what things will look like if it comes to pass.”

Other actions taken at the Regular Meeting on September 1, 2010:

• Heard a presentation from Ross Valley Superintendent Eileen Rohan who introduced herself to the Town Council and spoke about the upcoming Ross Valley school bond initiative.

• Heard a presentation from Dave Cort, Executive Director of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center on the Marin Food Bank program.

• Heard a presentation from Mimi Newton on the Fairfax Open Space Committee annual report.

• Appointed Linda Novy to the Fairfax Open Space Committee for a four year term.

• Appointed Merrell Maschino to the Volunteer Board for a

• Awarded the low bid to Maggiora & Ghilotti for the Tennis Court Bank Stabilization Project and Peri Park Pedestrian Bridge Replacement Project in the amount of $477,774.

• Adopted a Proclamation declaring September 2010 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

• Authorized temporary closure to Glen Drive for a bike race fund raiser on October 16, 2010.

• Discussed the Master Fee Schedule. This item will return to the Council on October 6th for adoption of the new fees. New fee schedule begins 30 days after the adoption.

• Introduced an ordinance amending the Town’s smoking ordinance to provide clean indoor air and health protection including the regulation of the exposure to smoke in multi-unit apartment buildings. After some discussion and public input the Council agreed that the Mayor and Vice Mayor will review the ordinance with a fine tooth comb and return at the October 6th meeting with a revised
version for the first reading of the ordinance.

• Reviewed and discussed the draft conservation and housing elements of the general plan

The Council will hold a Special Meeting on September 11, 2010 from 9 AM -12 NOON to discuss the FY 2010/11 Town Budget and the Town Strategic Plan