News Highlights                                             Spring 2017
VOLUNTEER NOVATO!
(above photo: 22nd Annual Novato Clean & Green Day. More info: www.novatostreetscape.org)

Have you been looking for ways to give back to our community? As we look to Novato's bright future, we know that future is defined by the actions we take today. Imagine how we could transform our City with a renewed culture of service--as stewards for our neighbors, our neighborhoods, our youth, our environment.

In this spirit, the City has launched novato.org/volunteer to match Novatans with local volunteer needs. If you are a Novato non-profit that needs local volunteers, sign up here. Follow us at #volunteernovato
STATE OF THE CITY: NOVATO STRONG, NOVATO PROUD
Novato City Manager Regan Candelariopresenting the 2017 State of the City--which is  co-hosted by the Novato Chamber of Commerce & City of Novato
On March 2, City Manager Regan Candelario gave his first State of the City speech for Novato. Highlights of the presentation included City accomplishments from the past year, goals for this year and beyond, and calls to action including #volunteernovato and commitments to the community to bring City Hall discussions and topics to Novato neighborhoods and ever-improving customer service. Both the speech and video of the State of the City, can be found on the City Manager's page on the City website.


Immigration Info Summit
The Novato Unified School
District and the Novato Police Department are co-hosting a "NUSD-NPD Summit: Immigration Information Night" on April 17, 2017, to answer questions about law enforcement and safe schools. The evening will include a panel discussion with Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke, Novato Police Chief Adam McGill and Novato Unified School District's Superintendent Jim Hogeboom. Event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Childcare and interpretation will be  available.

We are #NovatoProud!
The City of Novato is #NovatoProud of our
Community Champions,
Fun Facts, Innovative Businesses, &  Incredible People! 

Featured above is Barbara Madrid. Barbara and other volunteers run Novato's Book Place bookstore, which helps fund learning programs for kids at Marin County Libraries. Thank you, Barbara!

Tell us what makes you #NovatoProud novatoproud@novato.org

#Novatoproud stories can be found at novato.org/novatoproud

Downtown Streets Team & Public Works on a Mission
Partnering with the City and the County of Marin, homeless service provider, Downtown Streets Team (DST) has launched a program in Novato, providing our community's unhoused men and women with work experience and case management services. Since January , 10 Team Members (all of whom are homeless or at risk of homelessness) have joined the program, which also addresses the environmental needs of the community through sidewalk and street cleaning, garbage and debris removal and most recently, gum removal on Main Street. All of DST's Team Members in Novato live in our community.

HILL RECREATION AREA MASTER PLAN MOVES FORWARD

At their March 28 meeting, the City Council approved the conceptual design for the Hill Recreation Area and Margaret Todd Senior Master Plan.
 
The 12-acre Hill Recreation Area, located at 1560 Hill Road, is well-utilized by our community: it accommodates sports programs and leagues, youth sports activities, camps and other onsite programs. It provides nearly 4,800 hours of scheduled field use, plus many more hours of drop-in enjoyment for walking, jogging and dog walking. The Margaret Todd Senior Center serves over 62,000 seniors annually through its many programs and services, and the Hill gymnasium is programmed for over 3,400 hours each year. The Novato Unified School District schedules over 1,200 hours per year at this site, using
both the fields and the gymnasium, helping to keep their students active, healthy and ready to learn.

The Master Plan proposes even more active recreation amenities for all
ages to enjoy, including bocce, walking paths, open lawn, and pickleball. The addition of synthetic turf fields will allow for more sports activities available year-round and also included are improvements that will improve parking and access onsite. The plan was developed with the community in workshops, meetings, and online surveys, over the last two years. Next steps include beginning the environmental review and a proposed funding strategy will come back to the City Council for consideration. More info at novato.org/hillmasterplan.

CITY PREPS BUDGET, HIGHLIGHTS PRIORITIES
Budget Workshop at Hamilton
It is that time of year again when City staff begin preparing the City's budget for the new fiscal year, 2017-18. This preparation involves outlining priorities--for services and projects, and the staffing needed for both, outreach to the community to identify needs and priorities, and to bring a proposed budget to the City Council for consideration. 

This year, the City held budget workshops in three different neighborhoods which included an overview of the City's operation and capital improvement project budgets followed by an open house to encourage attendees to visit with staff from each department and ask questions and give feedback on budget priorities. Last year's City budget--including both operating and capital expenditures--was $65.1 million.
In developing this year's budget, the City considers increased costs of doing business, revenue estimates, and priorities identified by the community and Council. If you weren't able to make a workshop, take the Novato Budget Challenge: novato.org/opennovato. Other opportunities for input, include:

Tuesday, April 18, 6pm
Capital Improvement Program


Tuesday, April 25, 6pm
Operating Budget Work Session

Tuesday, May 9, 6pm

City Council to provide final direction on the budget

Tuesday, June 13, 6pm
City Council will consider adopting budget

For more information: novato.org/citybudget
Upcoming Events
Parks & Recreation Camp Day 2017
May 13
Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market
Every Tuesday
May 2 - Sept 26  
Hamilton Community Pool 
2017 Season
May 12 - Sept 22


Summer Concerts
on the Green
June 17, July 15 &
Aug 19 
Movies at Pocket Park June 24, Aug 5 &
Oct 21 
Sundays on Sherman
July 23 & Sept 24 




Details at novato.org/calendar
City of Novato
novato.org
415.899.8900