Friday, February 8, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

What's on the February 12th Town Council agenda?

6:00 p.m. Brown Act Training for Council.
7:00 p.m. Recognize Donna Seymour and Cucina SA for 20 years of service.

-Consent agenda:
  i) Approve minutes of January 22, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  ii) Acknowledge and file January Warrants.
  iii) Approve sending letter opposing off-shore drilling in California.
  iv) Annual Update to General Plan
  v) Approve funding request from the San Anselmo Beautification Committee for the hanging flower pot program in the downtown.

-Appointments to Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and Flood Committee.

-Approve establishment of a Community Advisory Committee to carry out a design competition to seek qualified consultants to design the potential Creek Park renovation project.

-Consider adoption of Town of San Anselmo Electric Vehicle Strategy (need updated language)

-Introduce by title only and waive the first 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.

-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.

-Mid-Year Budget Review.

-Bolinas Ave drainage and pavement update.

-Discuss draft Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance.

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New Email Address for Reporting Traffic Concerns

Traffic - it impacts all of us and traffic complaints are one of the most common calls we receive.  Our Central Marin Police Authority Traffic Team concentrates on addressing traffic-related issues in our communities.  You can now easily report traffic concerns in your area by emailing us at:
Please provide the following:
1. Your name and phone number
2. Description of the issue (ex. running stop sign, crosswalk violations)
3. Location including street and cross street, block number
4. When is this happening? Specific day(s) and time(s)

Thank you for helping us to make our streets and roadways safer for everyone.
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Community Survey - Creek Park

The Town of San Anselmo is seeking input regarding an upcoming project affecting Creek Park. The Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is moving forward with a project called the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project,  which will  include the removal of the building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue. This work will greatly impact the existing park, but also provides a unique opportunity to explore how the park might be reimagined and improved.

Your answers to the community survey will provide valuable input and will help ensure that a potential redesign of this public space will continue to serve residents of, and visitors to San Anselmo for generations to come.

To participate in the survey, click here: CREEK PARK SURVEY

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On January 22nd, the San Anselmo Town Council approved funding for the creation of a Defensible Space Inspection program. Pending approval by other member agencies, this funding will allow the Ross Valley Fire Department to hire a Lead Supervisor Inspector, 2-4 defensible space inspectors along with associated equipment and vehicle costs. It is expected that this program will begin in 2019. The following is a link to the full staff report (LINK).

Priority areas have been identified based the need for defensible space, the current level of public engagement, areas where evacuation routes are challenging due to vegetation over growth, and the patterns of how vehicle parking impedes the access on narrow roads that will provide challenges to emergency response in combination with public egress.

The 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP) fire modeling identifies these areas as consistent with rankings for Areas of Concern, and areas ranked as being able to support Very High Flame Length, Rate of Spread combined with high population density.

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Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS is your community used book store, with proceeds going directly to the San Anselmo Public Library. We have a wide variety of books, CDs, and audio books all sorted, priced and sold by knowledgeable, dedicated volunteers. We also have art exhibits every month, featuring many talented local artists. This month we are showing paintings by Francis Snyder and photography by Michael Serecsko, If you’re looking for something for your Valentine, be sure to stop in to browse the books and the art to find that perfect gift. Don’t know exactly what to get? We have gift certificates, too! TOWN BOOKS is located at 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. We can be reached at 415.526.3791 or at Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00..

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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 and 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

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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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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 three 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.

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.

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 is one seat 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 is one seat 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 two 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 is one seat available.

Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - The purpose of the oversight committee is to ensure transparency and accountability to the voters by reviewing the collection and expenditure of Library tax revenues.  The group meets twice a year to review the library budget. There is one 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 is one seat available.

To apply, please go here:

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, February 11 - Arts Commission - 7 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, February 12 - Economic Development Committee, 8:45 am, Council Chambers

Tuesday, February 12 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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