Town Council Authorizes Temporary Street Closures and Relaxed Regulations to Allow Outdoor Business Uses
At the June 9 Town Council meeting the Town Council adopted an urgency ordinance to allow staff to approve temporary street openings and temporary outdoor uses on private property to facilitate reopening San Anselmo businesses. This will allow businesses to use parking lots, sidewalks and other outdoor spaces for the next six months. Free permits will be available from Public Works. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The full text of the ordinance may be found here (Item 11).
Starting on June 19th, the Town will open the vehicle lanes on San Anselmo Avenue between Tunstead Avenue and Tamalpais Avenue for pedestrians, outdoor restaurant seating and retail uses as allowed by the Shelter in Place Order. The street would be open from 3 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Sundays. The hours of the street opening may change for future weekends. Contact email@example.com for more information.
"We need to go big and embrace the realm of the possible" said Council Member Brian Colbert. "This is a really important morale builder for our community" said Council Member Alexis Fineman. Many business owners spoke in support of the ordinance and some downtown retail business owners urged caution about closing a portion of San Anselmo Avenue. Director of Building and Public Works indicated staff would be flexible and modify hours and procedures as necessary. The Council was interested in receiving feedback and updates from staff on the San Anselmo Avenue road closure. Ford Greene noted, "we are in a life or death situation" and "it makes more sense to act bigger rather than lesser since you can always shave back."
Indoor and Outdoor Sales for Non-essential Retail Will Be Allowed June 12
The Marin County Health Department has announced that beginning June 12 retailers can have sales curbside, outdoors and indoors subject to these guidelines. All businesses and organizations preparing to reopen must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) to define how a business will reopen in a safe and clean manner for patrons and employees.
San Anselmo Community Fund Launches GoFundMe
On June 11, 2020, the SACF (San Anselmo Community Foundation, a 501c3) begins a focused 23-day crowdfunding campaign, seeking to raise a minimum of $100,000 aimed to directly support local businesses with grants and to drive new commerce initiatives through a strategic and sustainable 2020 San Anselmo Recovery Marketing and Ad campaign. $1,000 Grants will be given to local qualifying San Anselmo small businesses as a "Quick Boost" to support their recovery and reopening efforts. The fast crowdfunding effort ends on July 4, Independence Day for Merchants and Businesses in our town. More information at www.SanAnselmoFund.org and GoFundMe to donate.