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Friday, May 18, 2018                                                      David P. Donery, Town Manager

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Draft Report for San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project Released

Opportunity to provide comment on flood risk project’s environmental impacts 

The draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project has been released. The key report presents an analysis of the environmental impacts of potential flood mitigation projects.
The proposed project is intended to improve public safety and protect residential and business properties along Fairfax and San Anselmo creeks in the Ross Valley. The draft is available for review online, as well as in hard copy at local libraries including the Fairfax, San Anselmo, College of Marin and Marin Civic Center locations.
A public hearing will be on the afternoon of May 22 during the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors session in Suite 330 of the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.
The public has 45 days to comment on the report’s findings, from May 17 to July 2. Feedback received during that stage will be addressed in the final project EIR, which will be prepared following the close of the public comment period. The final project EIR is expected to be brought before the Flood District Board of Supervisors in August for certification and to recommend a project.
Ross Valley has been hit by significant flooding events for decades. To alleviate this, the flood district has been working with the towns in the Ross Valley since 2011 to develop and design an overall flood mitigation strategy. District staff sought input during 40 meetings with various community stakeholders, neighbors, public EIR scoping sessions, the Zone 9 Flood Advisory Board and the San Anselmo Town Council. Project recommendations gathered from these public engagement activities has been included in the draft EIR.
The San Anselmo project is a component of the Ross Valley Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Program, which looks at broader flood mitigation measures for Corte Madera Creek and its tributaries within the 28 square-mile watershed. An EIR for the entire program is underway in parallel with the project EIR.

EIRs require public agencies to document and consider the potential environmental implications of their actions. The San Anselmo Project EIR contemplates a proposed project comprised of two complementary parts. A basin to temporarily divert and store floodwater is proposed at the former Sunnyside Nursery site at 3000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about a mile north of downtown Fairfax. The basin would be coupled with the anticipated acquisition and removal of a building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue that obstructs the creek’s natural flow. The flood risk reduction project is proposed to be funded by a $8.7 million state grant and $8.7 million in local match funds coming from Ross Valley property owners’ stormwater fee.

The San Anselmo project would result in a net reduction in flooding for about 530 parcels for the 10-year and 25-year flood events. However, the project would result in some minor new flooding downstream of the project area, north of the Sir Francis Drake Bridge in Ross and east of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and upstream of the Nursery Basin site, during the 25-year storm event. The impact can be mitigated with the installation of flood barriers in Ross and San Anselmo. Replacing the Winship bridge would also reduce flood flows in the area. A discussion of these impacts can be found in the draft EIR, chapter 4.9.
Businesses at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue have continued to operate during the preparation of the project EIR and will do so until a project decision is made by the District Board of Supervisors following the certification of the final EIR. The district is working with the tenants on a relocation plan for their businesses should the final project approved encompass removal of the building.  

Learn more about the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project on the Ross Valley Watershed program website.

$500 Budget Challenge

As part of the the Town's public outreach regarding the development of the Fiscal Year 2018/19 Budget, residents are encouraged take a few minutes to complete a budget survey titled 'Dollars and Sense'. Participants are asked to allocate $500 to budget line items that they feel are priorities in the community. It is not an easy task, as there many choices, all with a direct impact. Please visit the Virtual Town Hall site and participate by clicking here.

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Poll: When do you want to receive the Town Manager's Newsletter?

As you probably know (since you are reading this), the San Anselmo Town Manager sends out a newsletter each week containing news and information about Town business, community events and other related information. In an effort to encourage greater readership, the Town of San Anselmo is seeking feedback regarding when residents would like to receive the Town Manager's newsletter in their email box. Please provide your input by clicking here.

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Statewide Primary Election
Tuesday, June 5th

A statewide primary election will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Candidates for a number of state offices will be on the ballot, along with candidates for United States Senator and United States Representative. Regional Measure 3, the Bay Area Traffic Relief Plan, will also be on the ballot. There are no Town of San Anselmo measures.

 Here are important dates as the June 5 primary election approaches:

•May 7. Vote-by-mail ballots mailed and voting begins at the Marin County Elections Department on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•May 21. Last day to mail a completed voter registration form or register to vote online.

•May 22 - June 5. If you miss the registration deadline, you may register and vote at the Elections Department.

•May 29. Applications for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the Elections
Department to fulfill the request by mail. After this date, voters wishing to vote by mail must get a ballot in person at the Elections Department.

Here's what you need to know about voting on Tuesday, June 5: 

•Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

•The Elections Department is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for registering and voting by mail.

•Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be signed and postmarked on or before this day.

•Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot (in its signed envelope) at the Elections Department or any polling place by 8:00 p.m.

The Marin County Elections Department is located in Suite 121 of the Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. For information about your registration status or vote-by-mail ballot, check the Voter Information Portal or call (415) 473-6456. 

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Highlights of what will happen at the next Town Council meeting?

At their May 22, 2018 meeting, the Town Council will consider the following items:

Approve minutes of May 8, 2018. 

Approve Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending April 30, 2018.

Approve Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending April 30, 2018.

Approve resolution amending the Joint Powers Authority Agreement for the Central Marin Police Authority.

Approve the 2018 Pavement Rehabilitation Project and authorize staff to advertise for construction bids. 

Appointments to Flood Committee. 

Receive report from Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) representative. 

Progress updates from Public Works, Planning, Recreation and Fire Departments regarding Strategic Planning goals. 

Public hearing to reconsider April 2, 2018 Planning Commission decision to approve Design Review of a significant remodel and third story addition to an existing single-family residence at14 Foss Avenue, Assessor’s Parcel No. 007-232-22.

Receive update from the Economic Development Committee regarding the 2018-19 Economic Development Action Plan and the Wayfinding, Signage and Branding Program.

Introduce and waive first reading of an Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo replacing San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 3 (Zoning), Article 28 Related to Wireless Telecommunication Facilities and Procedures and Standards for New and Substantially Changed Wireless Facilities and Eligible Facilities Requests. The proposed procedures and standards would modify existing town regulations regarding wireless communications facilities in response to state and federal law and include allowing staff level approval of certain facilities. 

Authorize Mayor to sign Memorial Ridge Trail agreement with cemetery. 

Animal Code Ordinance:

Public Hearing and approval of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 5 Chapter 1 (Animals) Section 5-1.01 and 5-1.02 to Adopt by Reference Marin County Code Title 8 and setting a public hearing for May 22 (Animals) 

Introduce and waive first reading of an Ordinance amending Title 2, Chapter 1, Section 01 of the San Anselmo Municipal Code, by providing further definition to the appeal procedure to include de novo hearings.  

The agenda and staff reports for the meeting are accessible here:


WANTED:  Youth Commissioners for the Sustainability Commission

The Town of San Anselmo is currently seeking applicants for Youth Commissioner seats on the Sustainability Commission (formerly known as the Quality of Life Commission) to join for a term of one year.
Applicants must live in San Anselmo and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school to be considered. Applications must be received by Thursday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. For additional information about these opportunities, including how to apply, please go to


Rumba Taster Class
with Jasmine Worrell

Monday, May 21 - 4pm, Town Hall Plaza

The Rumba is a great dance to learn that can be used in a wide variety of social situations such as weddings, parties, etc. Teens and adults are welcome to join us. No experience or partner required.


A Stroll Through History Returns

Historical Commissioner Dick Miner’s popular Stroll Through History returns this year. Travel back in time with Dick and other members of the Historical Commission on a walking tour through downtown San Anselmo. The tour will highlight San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue over the years. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for refreshments.
This year the Historical Commission will also sponsor a Stroll Through History in one of San Anselmo’s oldest neighborhoods—the Seminary area. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and fine architecture. Refreshments will be served along the way. This tour does involve stairs and uphill and downhill walking.
2018 tour dates are:
Stroll Through History Downtown— June 23, August 25 and October 27 at 9:00 a.m. at Creek Park.
Stroll Through History Seminary Area—May 26, July 28 and September 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue).
RSVP at or email
Free Event. Space is limited.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 05/21/2018 - Planning Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 05/22/18 - Town Council - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 05/23/18 - Library Advisory Board - Library - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 05/23/18 - Tax Equity Board - Council Chambers 6:00 p.m.

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