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Friday, June 15, 2018                                                    David P. Donery, Town Manager

County of Marin

County awarded two GHG emissions reduction grants from BAAQMD

In May 2018, the County of Marin, in collaboration with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), submitted an application to the Bay Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Climate Protection Grant Program for funds to develop and launch a Building Decarbonization Pilot Program. At the June 6th meeting of the BAAQMD Board of Directors, the County and MCEP were awarded the $296,997 requested in the grant application. This will be combined with $150,000 that the County of Marin has agreed to contribute. The granted funds will be used to launch a countywide natural gas appliance retrofit pilot program, including educational materials for homeowners on how to go all-electric, contractor trainings on new technologies, and direct incentives to residents interested in replacing natural gas appliances with efficient electric units.

Marin jurisdictions are making progress on the emissions reduction targets set in our Climate Action Plans (CAPs). Much of the savings can be attributed the increase of renewable energy both onsite and via cleaner electricity from MCE Clean Energy and PG&E. As our electricity comes from increasingly renewable sources, the proportion of energy emissions from natural gas has grown. In 2005, it made up 56% of our energy emissions, but in 2016 that share grew to 67%. For Marin County (where the average home was built in 1964) to meet its CAP goals, addressing natural gas use in existing buildings is critical.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to long term climate risks, natural gas combustion appliances can also contribute to poor indoor air quality and impact occupant health. This pilot program will help address these issues by removing gas burning appliances, including water heaters and cooktops with all-electric non-combustion versions.

The County anticipates working with the Air District on the grant contract in July and August. County staff will work with MCEP members throughout the remainder of 2018 to develop educational and program materials. The County hopes to launch the rebate program in January 2019.

In addition to these funds, the County of Marin, in partnership with StopWaste and Alameda County, was awarded $206,456 to explore material specifications and model policies around low-carbon concrete mixes. This is an effort to begin to address embodied emissions in the built environment, including all of the energy and emissions associated with the creation and transportation of materials consumed in Marin. MCEP will be updated throughout the process about opportunities to engage.

Town Hall

Highlights of what happened at the Town Council meeting

At their June 12, 2018 meeting, the Town Council took the following actions:

Approve minutes of May 22, 2018.

Acknowledged and filed warrant numbers 86347 through 86531 issued during the month of May 2018, in the amount of $1,127,606.46 and a wire transfer in the amount of $342,793 for the monthly payment for Central Marin Police Authority services.

Approved resolutions setting 2018-2019 Tax Rates for Municipal Services Tax, Pension Override Tax, Measure G Debt Service Tax, Special Library Tax and the Paramedic Tax.
Approval of resolution setting the Statement of Investment Policy for fiscal year 2018-19.

Approved resolution amending the Town of San Anselmo Conflict of Interest Code. 

Received a presentation from Transportation Authority of Marin and approved a resolution approving the Transportation Sales Tax Renewal Expenditure Plan.

Held a public hearing and review of the proposed 2018-2019 Budget and Work Plan and provided input and direction to staff. 

Introduced and waived 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. 

Discussed information about the San Anselmo Municipal Code appeal sections and give direction to staff regarding potential changes to appeal provisions. Decided to continue this discussion at a future meeting.

Authorized the Town Manager to purchase a new bucket truck in the amount of $77,718.75. 

Approved change of Town Council meeting date in July from July 10, 2018 to July 24, 2018.

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

Caring for Trees in San Anselmo

 Many sections of San Anselmo are covered by oak, madrone, and other trees which contribute greatly to the scenic beauty of the Town. In addition, the trees of the Town are an integral part of the Town's complex environmental system.
The spread of Dutch Elm Disease, Sudden Oak Death and other tree diseases has caused the removal of a large number of trees within the Town limits. The spread of disease is a continuing problem, as was seen with the trees in the Red Hill median and two trees at Memorial Park. 
One of the most important ways to help preserve the beauty of our town is to please remember to periodically have your trees inspected and maintained as appropriate. The Town does inspect along the main streets and side streets during the course of work in the field.  However, many property owners do not realize, street trees in the public right-of-way are required to be maintained by the homeowner of the adjacent property.
In addition to pruning and tending to the tree’s health, maintenance of the trees includes sufficient trimming so that 15 feet of clearance is created over gutters and roads and 7’ over sidewalks. Also, a tree growing in a parkway or sidewalk area should not obstruct the view of any intersection or any traffic upon the streets. A tree permit and/or an encroachment permit may be required to perform this work and can be obtained at the Public Works office or at Please note trimming less than 25% of a tree does not require a permit; however, topping a tree is not allowed.
If there are trees that appear dead, dying, or dangerous, please email the Public Works Department at and the Town will have it inspected and/or require the property owner to get an arborist report.


Sidewalk Clearance

It is important that property owners keep adjacent sidewalk and roadway areas clear to ensure adequate clearance for pedestrian and vehicle passage.  The following guidelines may help identify areas that need attention:
•             Flowers, shrubs and other growth (excepting trees) in the parkway area (between the curb and sidewalk) should not exceed 18” in height.
•             Tree branches over the sidewalk should clear the full width of the sidewalk at a height of 7 feet.
•             Tree branches over the roadway must clear the roadway at a height of 15 feet.
•             Flowers, shrubs, hedges and other growth that abuts a sidewalk and/or roadway must be cut back to the edge of the sidewalk and the edge of the curb.
Performing the above gardening duties will ensure that our sidewalks and roads are property cleared for safe pedestrian and vehicle access as required by California Street and Highways Code 5610 and Town Municipal Code Title 7, Chapter 5.


A Message for San Anselmo Merchants

Don't forget! Merchant parking permits expire on June 30, 2018. Please be sure to either apply or renew your permit(s) prior to that date. Merchant permits follow the fiscal year, and therefore the new permits will be valid July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

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Things That Go Fest

Friday June 22, 10:30-12:30
Parking Lot behind Library
Explore big trucks, touch and see them up close, and take pictures!  We will have a fire engine, police cruiser, crane, garbage truck, backhoe, excavator, and a bucket truck!
All ages welcome.

Film Night
Movies in the Park

Movies in Creek Park Return!

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights from June 2nd until October 27th (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 21st for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  Movies begin when it becomes dark enough and will generally run two hours. The films are generally acceptable for all audiences, but parental guidance and child supervision is always recommended. To view the list of films, CLICK HERE.

Film genres will include Action, Animation, SciFi, Classics, Comedies and Feel-good Favorites. The 2018 season movies were selected from an exhaustive list of requests from members of the community, merchants and business owners, then cross-referenced and licensed by the Motion Picture Association for public viewing. Many "favorites" are not available due to licensing restrictions and "black-out" periods by motion picture studios.

For complete information, visit

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Robson Harrington Garden
Work Party

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Garden members from the Town's Community Garden at Robson Harrington Park are having their first 'summer' garden work party and are welcoming town volunteers and members of the community to come help pull weeds in the common areas of park on Sunday, June 24th anytime between 9am-3pm. (The park does not have any restrooms or hand washing facilities on site, so please plan accordingly).


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, 06/18/2018 - Planning Commission -  Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 06/19/2018 - Parks and Recreation Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 06/20/2018 - Open Space Committee - Council Chambers 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 06/20/2018 - Historical Commission - Historical Museum - 7:30 p.m.

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