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Friday, June 22, 2018                                                    David P. Donery, Town Manager


Deadline for Comments on Flood Risk Reduction program is July 2nd.

As reported in previous newsletters, the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project was released on May 15, 2018. The 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 in Fairfax, Ross and San Anselmo.The draft EIR evaluates the proposed project: a basin to temporarily divert and store floodwater at the former Sunnyside Nursery site located about a mile north of downtown Fairfax, and the removal of a building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue that obstructs the creek's natural flow. The draft EIR also evaluates three other alternatives to the proposed project. The draft is available for review by visiting this link, as well as in hardcopy at local libraries including the Fairfax, San Anselmo, College of Marin and Marin Civic Center locations.

The 45-day, formal public comment period is currently underway and will close on July 2nd. To learn more about how to provide effective input and comments on the Draft EIR, visit this link. Comments will be accepted by mail or email anytime during the comment period.

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 at
July 4th

Town Hall, Library, and Recreation Offices Closed for Independence Day

The Town Hall, Library and Recreation offices will be closed for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. While Town offices are closed, the Police and Fire Departments are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure a quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise.

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Highlights of upcoming items at the Town Council meeting

At their June 26, 2018 meeting, the Town Council will consider the following items:

Approve minutes of June 12, 2018.

Approve Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 31, 2018.

Approve Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 31, 2018.

Second reading and approval 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.  Approval of a Resolution adopting Town Policy No. 6-1 for Wireless Communications Facilities.

Approve Resolution adopting Town Council Policy No. 7-1, Federally Funded Procurement Policy.

Accept The Alameda Paving Project and authorize staff to file a Notice of Completion.

Consider approving and authorizing the Mayor to sign response to the 2017-2018 Marin Civil Grand Jury Report “Homelessness in Marin A Progress Report.”

Consider request from Marin Clean Highways to send a letter to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board to require Caltrans to remove litter from its roadways to protect the health of the Bay. 

Appoint members to the Library Advisory Board. 

Approval of the proposed 2018-2019 Budget and Work Plan. 

Approve the resolution calling and giving notice of the holding of an election to be held on November 6, 2018 and requesting the Board of Supervisors of the County of Marin to Consolidate said election; and authorize the Town Clerk or her duly authorized officers and agency to carry out all the necessary procedures for said election submitting to the voters the question relating to a special tax for paramedic services. 

260 Crescent Road, Assessor’s Parcel No. 007-221-10, Charles and Ellen Jenkins, Ken Linsteadt Architects, R-1 Single Family Residential Zoning and General Plan designation. Public hearing to reconsider March 5, 2018 Planning Commission decision to approve Categorical Exemption from California Environmental Quality Act, Design Review, Conditional Use Permit, Variance and Minor Exception to allow demolition of the existing residence and detached garage/accessory dwelling unit and construction of a new two-story single-family residence, detached accessory dwelling unit and detached single-car garage. The Planning Commission also approved a grading permit to allow approximately 165 cubic yards of grading for the project on April 2, 2018. 

Public hearing for Town Council to reconsider Planning Commission decision to amend the use permit conditions for the laundromat at 805 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to allow use of the site for a private wash and fold business between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., with no public laundromat use during the extended hours. The Planning Commission continued the applicant’s request for extended laundromat hours (no meeting date has been scheduled). Assessor’s Parcel No. 006-082-40; Foehr, Friedman, et. al., Appellants; Michael Gralnick, Speed-Dee Wash, Applicant; C-L Limited Commercial zoning and General Plan designation; FIRM Flood Zone X (outside Special Flood Hazard Area). 

League of California Cities Annual Conference: 
  1. Approve expenditure of up to $1200 for one Councilmember to attend the 2018 League of California Cities annual conference.
  2. Designate Council member as the Town’s voting delegate.
Authorize Town Manager to award the construction contract for the 2018 Pavement Project to low bidder.

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

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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, 06/25/2018 - Sustainability Commission -  Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 06/26/2018 - Town Council - Council Chambers 7 p.m.

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