Friday, January 18, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Historic Council Chambers

Town Council News

At the next meeting, the Council will consider the following items:

  • Approve minutes of January 8, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Approve Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 2018.
  • Approve Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 2018.
  • Approve Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending December 2018
  • Receive an update on the Memorial Park Restoration Plan funding plan (ORAL REPORT)
  • Approve funding to create a Defensible Space Inspection Program through the Ross Valley Fire Department.
  • Introduce by title only and waive further reading of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 1 (General Provisions) to Add Chapter 6 (Administrative Citations) to the Code.
  • Consider adoption of Town of San Anselmo Electric Vehicle Strategy.
  • Hold a public hearing and introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 10 (Planning and Zoning) Chapter 3 (Zoning) Article 4 (Development Standards) Sections 10-3.411, 10-3.412, Table 4E, and Article 15 (Design Review) Sections 10-3.1504, 10-3.1505, and Adding New Section 10-3.1506, and Article 16 (Noticing: Public Hearings: Zoning Applications) Sections 10-3.1601 and 10-3.1603 To Clarify Design Review and Noticing Requirements and Require Design Review For All New Second and Third Story Additions” by title only and waive further reading.
The staff reports for this meeting are available here:
Traffic Meeting

Town Hall Meeting - Tuesday, Jan. 29th 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Traffic Safety, Enforcement & Engineering

The Town of San Anselmo and the Central Marin Police Authority are hosting a Town Hall meeting designed to explain how we handle traffic safety issues, how we handle traffic enforcement, and how engineering is used to solve difficult issues in our town. This meeting also provides a great chance for people to address concerns and discuss potential solutions to traffic-related issues in San Anselmo.

This meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers at 525 San Anselmo Avenue.

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San Anselmo Flood Project Moves to Design Phase

$1.24 million engineering contract for flood mitigation plan to be awarded

San Rafael, CA – The San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project (SAFRR), which will improve public safety and protect residential and business properties along Fairfax and San Anselmo Creek in the Ross Valley, is progressing to the final design stage.
This bridge and the structure above it often impede flow of San Anselmo Creek during storms.

The region, referred to as Flood Control Zone 9 (FCZ9), has been inundated by flooding for many years. The San Anselmo project would result in a net reduction in flooding for about 530 parcels during chronic flood events that have a 10 percent chance of occurring any given year. In addition to reducing the frequency and severity of flood events, the Marin County Flood Control District expects to implement multiple environmental enhancements as part of SAFRR. 

In September 2018, the Flood District Board certified the project’s environmental impact report and recommended moving forward with design and construction. On January 8, the Board will consider awarding a $1.24 million services contract to Stetson Engineers. The San Rafael-based firm will lead a team comprised of staff from local companies to deliver the engineering and design work. The team includes GEI Consultants, ESA, Inc., Oberkamper and Associates, Inc., Abey and Arnold Associates, and walls land+water, LLC. The Board meeting will be held at the Marin County Civic Center, Suite 330, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

The design work will primarily consist of three components: (1) the design of a basin to divert and temporarily store floodwater at the former Sunnyside Nursery site at 3000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, located about a mile north of downtown Fairfax; (2) the removal of a building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue in downtown San Anselmo, a structure that partially obstructs the flow of San Anselmo Creek; and (3) various flood mitigation measures on downstream private properties that may see a rise in water surface due to the removal of the San Anselmo building.

To manage costs through the design phase, the District has split the intended contract into two phases. The anticipated $1.24 million contract will solely cover the first phase, delivering the engineering and design work needed to secure permits for the three components and develop an operations and maintenance manual for the basin.
This first phase also plans to address flood mitigation measures that could be needed for up to 11 homes in Ross that, following the removal of the building in downtown San Anselmo, may experience an increase in water surface elevation during 25 and 100-year flood events. Based on the assessment, flood risk measures will be designed to meet each property’s conditions. Any potential flood mitigation improvements would only be implemented after the impacted landowners are in agreement with the proposed mitigation.

Following completion of phase one and pending the second phase’s budget negotiations, Stetson Engineers may continue with the second phase. If a budgetary agreement for phase two cannot be reached, the District may seek additional competitive proposals. The second phase will deliver the final contractor bid package of construction plans, project specifications and cost estimates along with environmental permits.

The preliminary cost estimate for SAFRR is $19.3 million, which includes the San Anselmo Avenue building purchase. The flood mitigation project is funded by a $8.7 million state grant and $10.6 million in local funding coming from FCZ9 funds. In November 2018, the Board authorized the acquisition of the building and tenant relocation for the businesses in the building is now underway

The Town of San Anselmo is currently developing a visioning process for Creek Park, which is adjacent to the building removal site, to determine how it might be reconfigured.The Town will launch a design contest this spring to solicit a variety of options that could be considered to create what could become a new civic space in the downtown. The SAFRR project’s budget includes some funds for the park’s restoration, and supplemental funds to complete the results of the visioning process would be raised privately.

The design and permitting for the SAFRR are anticipated to be complete by fall 2019. Construction of the nursery site would be started first and, in summer 2020, construction work would progress to downtown San Anselmo. Learn more by visiting the Ross Valley Watershed program website.
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Help Keep Flower Baskets in Downtown SA

It seems everyone enjoyed the beautiful hanging flower baskets in Town last year. A group of engaged residents have created the San Anselmo Beautification Committee who, along with the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, want to make sure that this project will happen again this coming spring/summer. 
Their goal is to raise $10,000. This will enable them to double the amount of baskets. In order to accomplish this they need the help of the community and merchants. Please make a donation now to: Or mail your check to: San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979. (Be sure to mark your check for Flower Baskets

Let’s keep on beautifying our Town!

Balkan Peninsula

The Balkan Mosaic

Saturday, January 26
11am, Council Chambers

The Balkan Peninsula is a region of stunning landscapes and great ethnic and cultural diversity. A mix of Roman, Greek, Venetian, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian rule has led to a rich culture, fascinating sights, and a turbulent history. Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan Adventure Tours will take you through Serbia, Croatia,
Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo and share the rich cultural heritage of this eclectic region in this visual presentation at your San Anselmo Public Library.

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Age-Friendly Survey

The County of Marin was recently awarded age-friendly status by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. 

They would like for anyone 60 years or older or representing an individual or group of adults age 60 or older to participate in a survey. The survey is located at:

The information collected through this survey process will inform the development of a strategic plan for achieving an Age-Friendly County of Marin.

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Office Hours

Offices at Town Hall, Recreation, and the Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.
While Town Hall offices are closed, the Police and Fire are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise.  

Teen Painting

Teen Painting + Drawing Class

We are pleased to announce a new Teen Painting + Drawing class right here in San Anselmo (Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm)! It is taught by the wonderful Studio 4 Art team and will run monthly so you can sign up at anytime.

Register at

This class is designed with teens in mind. Students will be learning about painting techniques in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Welcoming all styles we will explore realism, abstract, expressionism, and surrealism. Students will be working from their own inspiration and will choose what subject they would like to paint. An introduction each class period will have a new technique in brush application, composition, solvents, and how to tell a story through painting. Drawing techniques are taught simultaneously as we begin to “see like artists” and execute like professionals.

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Boards and Commission Seats Available

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 one youth member, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are six seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

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

Dog Park Steering Committee - The Committee provides input to the town regarding ongoing operation of the Red Hill Dog Park and to serve in an advisory capacity to the town regarding dog use issues at other town parks. The committee consists of seven community representatives, that serve a minimum of a two-year term. Members must have an interest in and commitment to the importance and value of Red Hill Dog Park and other authorized dog play areas in the Town of San Anselmo. There are two 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 5 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are three 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 one youth member 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 five seats available.

Library Advisory Board – The Board is charged with considering, proposing and recommending guidelines with respect to programs and facilities to meet the library needs of the community, in conjunction with the Town Librarian.  The Board consists of seven members, including one youth member and meets on the fourth Thursday of every other month at 4:30 p.m. in the Library.  There are two seat 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 are five seats available.

To apply, please go here:

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, Jan 22 - Town Council - 7 pm, Historical Council Chambers

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