Friday, May 24, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

What is on the next Town Council agenda?

  • Minutes of May 10, 2019 Special Town Council meeting.
  • Minutes of May 14, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • April Revenue and Expenditure Report
  • April Recreation Revenue and Expenditure 
  • Resolution re-establishing the membership of the Arts Commission.
  • Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 6 (Business, Professions, and Trades) to Add Chapter 7 (Tobacco Retailer License) Regulating Tobacco Product Sales and Requiring the Licensure of Tobacco Retailers.
  • Appoint applicants to the Sustainability Commission, Economic Development Committee and Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • A public hearing and 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 section 2-1.03 (Council Vacancies)” and discuss potential schedule for filling Council vacancy.
  • Receive conceptual design presentations from finalists in ‘Reimaging Creek Park’ design competition.
  •  Approve plans and specifications for the Red Hill Median Project and authorize staff to solicit bids.
The agenda and staff reports for this meeting will be available by the end of the day on the website at:

World Class Design Concepts for Small Marin Town

As the second step in a three-step process, seven area landscape design firms submitted conceptual design solutions for the Town of San Anselmo’s, Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition, including:

April Philips Design Works  San Rafael
Dilworth Elliot Studio  San Francisco (in partnership with Reed Gilliland; Sherwood Design Engineers; and San Anselmo-based artist, Bill Abright)
Fletcher Studios  San Francisco
Hood Design Studio - Oakland
RHAA  Mill Valley
A Group  San Francisco
Terrain Studio  Oakland 
The competition is being conducted in concert with the County’s San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) construction project to remediate conditions that have led to the serious flooding in the Town. The existing building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue is being demolished to eliminate obstacles to the Creek’s flow. “The removal of this structure creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make improvements to Creek Park,” explains San Anselmo Town Manager, David Donery.    
While San Anselmo Creek flows through the middle of downtown San Anselmo, it has never been integrated as an asset or capitalized upon as an important feature. The competition invited landscape architects to submit their professional qualifications. Fifteen firms indicated their interest and a volunteer community advisory committee representing the Town selected seven teams to develop design concepts. “With no monetary award, we were trying to make it easy by simply asking for big ideas,” says Brian Colbert, Town Council representative.

The competition submissions exceeded all expectations and were without exception, superlative. The solutions were imaginative, intellectually inspired, and innovative in capitalizing on options and opportunities. They were especially thorough in detailing all aspects of the park’s features including a new commons area along San Anselmo Avenue where the building will be removed. “We asked for back of a napkin ideas and received linen tablecloths,” is the way the Town describes the quality of the submissions. 
Determining the short list of four who will move to the competition’s next step was a challenge. The firms selected as finalists are:

April Philips Design Works
Fletcher Studios
SWA Group

These four teams will present their concepts and answer questions at the San Anselmo Town Council meeting on May 28, 2019, at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public and all of the concept boards will be on display at that meeting. 

At the June 25, 2019, Town Council meeting the Town Council will select the winning design firm & concept. For more information and to view all of the submitted concepts, please visit the Town's website at project website:
Creekside Commons Design Firms
Town Hall

Ross Valley Sanitary District Sewer Rate Discounts Available

The Ross Valley Sanitary District offers a 25% discount on sewer rates with the Sewer Service Charge Assistance Program. If your income is below the Department of Housing and Urban Planning low-income limits you may qualify for this discount. For example, if your 2018 household gross annual income is less than $82,200 for one person or $93,950 for two persons, you may qualify for this discount. When approved, your discount will appear on your County property tax forms. Click here for an upcoming 2019/20 budget year application: Completed applications need to be submitted for filing on or before June 30, 2019. At this time, all recipients must file a new application each year to remain eligible for the program.

Open Space
Zero Waste Marin

Zero Waste Resources

Help us reach Zero Waste by 2025 by sending less material to the landfill, making more thoughtful purchases, and learning how to correctly discard unwanted items. Visit Zero Waste Marin’s website to find helpful resources—including tips and actions that you and your family can take to help the environment and your bank account.

  • Tips to Reduce Waste at Home
  • Bulb & Battery Take Back Programs
  • Food Waste Prevention
  • Sharps and medical waste
  • Recycling textiles and clothing

Safety Services

Potential Traffic Impact 

SMART is planning on closing 2nd Street in San Rafael at the rail crossing on May 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm and having the road closed until 4:00 AM on Monday June 3, 2019.

2nd Street will be closed between Tamalpais Avenue to Hetherton Street. To travel eastbound, access A Street from Second Street as follows:

• To access the U.S. 101 South or I-580 East, turn right on A Street. Continue east on Anderson Drive. Follow road signs to access freeway on-ramps.
• U.S. 101 South is also accessible via Francisco Blvd West.
• To continue east or to access U.S. 101 North, turn left on A Street. Turn right on Fourth Street. Continue eastbound.

On June 7th starting at 8:00 PM and finishing by Monday June 10, 2019 at 4:00 AM, SMART will be performing the same operation on the 3rd Street Crossing.

Third Street will be closed between Tamalpais Avenue to Hetherton Street. To travel westbound, use the following alternate routes:
• To travel westbound from U.S. 101 North, continue north on Irwin Street. Turn left on Fourth Street. Turn left on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right to continue on Third Street.
• To travel westbound from U.S. 101 South, continue south on Hetherton Street. Turn right on Fourth Street. Turn left on Lincoln Avenue. Turn right to continue on Third Street.

Questions or comments?  
Community Outreach Hotline: 707-794-3077

 This work will have an impact on traffic throughout San Rafael and possibly in San Anselmo.
Library Books

Summer Dates to Calendar

Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park  - Saturdays in June through October 2019, 6-10 p.m., Creek Park

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 (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 27th 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
Petting Zoo

Summer Reading
Kick-Off Event

Little Explorers Petting Zoo
Wednesday, June 19
2-4pm, Library Lawn

Pose with a pig. Dance with a duck! Grin with a goat. Admire the alpaca. Little Explorers returns with a barnyard of wonderful animals for you to pet and hold..

Cedars Stand

The Cedars Stand

The Cedars folks are running a stand on the Town Hall lawn on Wednesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting June 5.  Stop by to meet our neighbors and see the beautiful textile arts and incredible produce and flowers available for sale at the stand.

The Cedars of Marin runs programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ross, San Anselmo and San Rafael.  Within the Cedars Textile Art Center, a participant-run co-op manages a large garden producing flowers, fruit and vegetables, which are sold to the public.  The center is also home to weaving and craft programs producing hand-woven textiles and crafts.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park – Various Sundays in June and July, 4 – 6 p.m., Creek Park

The Music in the Park series began in 2000, and is hosted by the San Anselmo Arts Commission. These events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy contemporary and classic music at Creek Park for free. (No dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at

17th Annual Beatles Tribute – Saturday, July 27, 6 – 10 p.m., Creek Park

Come Together as San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles. $20 Adults/$5 Kids 12 and under.  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.  Tickets are available only on the day of the event at Creek Park.  Gates will open for everyone at 4 p.m. (no dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at

Picnics on the Plaza

Picnics on the Plaza – Fridays, August 2 through September 6, 5 – 8 p.m., Town Hall Plaza

Back for its seventh year, the POP events feature music and family fun.  Bring your picnic basket or buy food at the event.  For more information, visit the Town’s website at and click on the Town Calendar link.

Historic Stroll

Take a Stroll Though San Anselmo's History

Travel back in time with the Historical Commission on docent-led strolls through two areas of San Anselmo.

Tour 1: 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. Meet at Creek Park and stroll along San Anselmo Avenue. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for light refreshments. 
Dates are June 22, August 24, October 26.  Meet at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m.

Tour 2: The Seminary Area. Visit one of San Anselmo's oldest neighborhoods. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and architecture. Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue. This tour does involve stairs and uphill walking and is not suitable for strollers or very young children. Refreshments will be served along the way. 

Dates are June 1, July 27, September 28.  Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road and Bolinas Avenue at 9:00 a.m.

RSVP at or email 
Both tours are free.

Historic SA Pic

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.

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 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.  

Sustainability Commission – The Sustainability Commission was established to promote sustainability by enhancing opportunities for sustainable practices in San Anselmo, to secure a high quality of life for San Anselmo residents and simultaneously meeting environmental, economic and community needs.  The Commission consists of five members, plus two youth members and meets regularly on the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  There are two seats available.

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, May 28 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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