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January 19, 2018

Downtown SA

Upcoming Town Council Considerations

At the January 23, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council will consider the following items:

  • Approve minutes of January 9, 2018.
  • Approve Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 31, 2017.  
  • Approve Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 31, 2017.
  • Approve Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending December 2017.
  • 23 Humboldt and 1399 San Anselmo Avenue, APN 007-023-05, continued public hearing to consider Resolution to approve a floor area and parking variance to allow approximately 450 sq. ft. of garage space to be converted to living space without code-compliant replacement parking, approve 100 square foot addition to the rear of 1399 San Anselmo Avenue, allow 3-unit nonconforming use to remain at the site, and deny the remainder of the project. 
  • Approve resolution to authorize Town Manager to execute a Regulatory Agreement and Declaration of Restrictive Covenants with Marin Housing Authority and property owner for 2 units of low-income housing at 1 Lincoln Park.
  • 300 Sequoia Drive, Assessor’s Parcel No. 006-118-17, Public Hearing to review the August 28, 2017, decision of the Planning Commission to approve a variance application for a kitchen addition and remodel within required setbacks, adding approximately 25 square feet of new floor area to the first floor of the residence. 
  • Receive progress updates from the Library, Central Marin Police Authority, and Administration and Finance Department regarding Strategic Planning goals and provide direction to staff. 
  • Approve the reorganization of the Public Works and Building Department to create an additional Assistant Public Works Director position.

Town Council meetings begin at 7 PM in the Council Chambers on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The agenda and staff reports for the meetings are accessible the Friday afternoon before the meeting here:



2018-2019 Sewer Work on Butterfield Road, Meadowcroft Drive and Broadmoor Avenue.

An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for FY 2016/2017 Gravity Sewer Improvements Project for public and agency review has been released.  The project will rehabilitate approximately 8,700 feet of sewer pipeline within the Butterfield Road /Meadowcroft Avenue and Nokomis Avenue areas of the Town of San Anselmo. The public review and comment period for the IS/MND is December 28, 2017, through January 29, 2018.  Please send all comments to Jill Barnes, Ross Valley Sanitary District, 2960 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael, California 94901.  The Ross Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing to receive oral comments and to consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration at a regularly scheduled meeting on February 21, 2018, at 5 PM.  Please refer to the agenda which will be posted three days prior to the meeting to confirm the meeting time and location.

View the Notice of Document Availability/Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for FY 2016/17 Gravity Sewer Improvements Project (PDF)

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Seats Available on Boards and Commissions

Arts Commission – The Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are four seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.
Board of Review - The Board of Review is responsible to hear and decide appeals from employee disciplinary actions, hear and decide employee’s grievances, and hear and advise on citizen complaints against employees. Members must be residents of the Town and have a reputation for impartiality. The Board consists of five members and meets only as needed. There is one seat available.
Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of the committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There are three seats available.
Economic Development Committee – The Committee’s charge is to work with local businesses and the community at large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  There are three seats available.
Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 7 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are two seats available.
Historical Commission
– The Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are two seats available.

Open Space Committee – The Open Space Committee has the major responsibilities for the long-term planning of open space in and near San Anselmo, for the generation of community support and fund-raising to implement the plan.  The Committee consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. There is one seat available.

For more information or an application, go to:
Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, February 16, 2018.

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Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS will join the San Rafael Library Friends in a RARE AND SPECIAL BOOK SALE. The sale will feature a wide range of rare and unique books, plus coffee table art books and children’s books. We’ve been saving books all year just for this sale. Look for the balloons and please join us!

WHEN:   Friday, January 26 from 2:00 to 4:45
               Saturday, January 27 from 9:00 to 3:30
WHERE:  First Presbyterian Church, Canoles Hall
                     Mission & E Street (across from the San Rafael Public Library)
                     San Rafael, CA
INFO:      415.526.3791 or
Special Preview for Friends of both Libraries will be held on Friday, January 26, 12:00 to 2:00. Proceeds go to the San Anselmo Public Library and the San Rafael Public Library.

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Ross Valley Village: Stretching Your Dollars for Financial Stability

Age-Friendly Fairfax Forum:  
Resources for Older Adults & Their Loved Ones

FREE and open to all
Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax
Facilitator:  Jody Timms and invited guest speakers
Friday, January 26,  1:00-2:00pm 
"Stretching Your Dollars for Financial Stability"  
What are the resources available for planning your financial future so you’ll have enough to enjoy your golden years? What part will Social Security play? Come hear experts from SparkPoint and Money Matters and share your own insights for prosperity.


Resilient Neighborhoods: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Free workshop series on the following Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. in the Historical Museum at Town Hall:
January 30    February 13    February 27   
March 13       March 27

Resilient Neighborhoods provides practical actions to live more lightly on the earth. During this 5-session course, you will learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by taking simple actions like trimming energy and waste, conserving water, and marking smart transportation choices. Meet your neighbors, learn about cash incentives for home efficiency, prepare your family for emergencies, and take actions to build a stronger and safer community. Plan to attend all 5 meetings. If you have a conflict with the dates above, contact Resilient Neighborhoods.
Have questions about the program? Want to learn more before the workshop series starts? Join us for a special morning of Coffee with Resilient Neighborhoods on Saturday, January 20th at 11am in the Council Chambers. Tamra Peters, Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods, will share what you can do about climate change.

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We are asking residents to let us know how they would like to connect to the Town. Please take the survey. The results will help us serve you better!

The Town is constantly seeking better and more efficient means of providing information to and receiving input from our residents. We are evaluating our current public communication and outreach methods with the goal of doing the best job possible of informing and engaging the community about important topics, town services, initiatives, and programs that may be of interest to the community.

Please take the survey, and give us your opinion about what is working, what could be improved, and what other type of communication method might be considered. The survey is located at

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 01/22/18- Sustainability Commission - Historical Museum 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 01/23/18- Town Council - Council Chambers 7 p.m. 

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