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May 10, 2018
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Wildland Fire Season Has Begun: Prepare Today!

In the wake of recent devastating fires, the Mill Valley Fire Department and Emergency Preparedness Commission urges you to act now to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

"It is hard to say how this fire season will shape up," Fire Chief Tom Welch said at a recent Get Ready Mill Valley meeting. "If it is anything like the previous ones, we could be in for a doozy."

What Can You Do to Prepare? Click here read the entire article.
Fire Chief Tom Welch Receives Public Safety Award from The Redwoods

On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Redwoods community of seniors hosted the twenty sixth annual Celebration of Service. Fire Chief Tom Welch was presented with the Public Safety Award.  In this video, he shares his experience of the community comnig together during the Napa and Sonoma fires.
Community Meeting Video Now Available

In case you missed it, the annual Mill Valley Community Meeting video is now available to view. This meeting was an  opportunity for residents to get their questions answered directly and share their own thoughts on the most pressing issues of the day. The conversation was driven by local residents from start to finish, including an hour of Q&A to City Council members and the heads of each City Department. 
The Latest from the Mill Valley Library:

The Great American Read -  Big news! The Mill Valley Public Library is one of 50 libraries throughout the U.S. and the only library in California to receive a grant from the American Library Association for programming connected to PBS' The Great American Read!   For more information including how to register for our Book Bingo and other wonderful events,  click here.

Eight Books that Made Me - There is one thing we are absolutely sure of here at the Library: books change lives. This notion is at the heart of the Library's new podcast, Eight Books That Made Me. In this podcast series, we explore the lives and careers of speakers and performers from our After Hours events through the eight books that most influenced them. The latest episode features  Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of  Strangers in Their Own Land: Fear and Mourning on the American Right.

May-August Brochure - Our new brochure detailing our lineup of Library events for the summer from May through August is out! If you haven't yet picked one up, come by the Reference or Circulation desks or download this PDF version.

Inside Mill Valley:
Meet Maritza Williams, Senior Account Clerk

We are pleased to introduce Maritza Williams, Senior Account Clerk, in the Finance and Human Resource Department. Maritza started her employment with the City in the Recreation Department where she worked as a Lead Facilities Attendant. She started working in the Finance Department earlier this year.

In her new role, Maritza carries out important work that positively affects all of us every day, including processing all of the invoices that need to be paid by the City for goods and services, issuing purchase orders, assisting the monitoring of department budgets and providing administrative support to her department.

Maritza was born in Honduras, grew up in San Rafael, and has 6-year old twin daughters. She plans to finish her Associates Degree in Accounting from Santa Rosa Junior College in the near future and then move on to Dominican University to complete a bachelor's degree.
"I am very happy to have this opportunity and I'm excited to learn more about Mill Valley!" Maritza said.
Take the "Scoop the Poop" Pledge and Win a Free Doggy Waste Bag Holder

Picking up after your dog is the right thing to do - it's better for the health of your dog, and the environment too!  Dog poop can spread diseases to kids, pets, our creeks and the Bay.  Come by the SASM Wastewater Treatment Plant at 450 Sycamore Avenue to take the pledge and get your free doggy waste bag holder.
Steps, Lanes and Paths Update

The historic SLP #61 got a much-needed facelift recently. The upper section of the path had deteriorated and lacked handrails. Contractors placed new concrete steps, handrails, and a sphalt berms were placed for erosion control. 

Thanks to our Mill Valley Public Works team for coordinating this important project!

If you are interested in volunteering to help the City in our mission to preserve and restore our historic SLPs, please contact  Ronnie Moore, Volunteer Coordinator -  Mill Valley Recreation, Phone: 415-383-1370 or email:  vmoore@cityofmillvalley.org
Volunteer Celebration Day 2018 

On Sunday, April 29th the Mill Valley Community Center hosted Volunteer Celebration Day. There were dozens of local nonprofits in attendance, such as Streamkeepers and Mill Valley Clean, providing countless opportunities for community involvement. Cheap Therapy, a local band, entertained the guests and a local brewery, Fort Point provided complimentary beer tastings. Thanks to Boneyard BBQ for the delicious lunch! It was a very fun day.

Thank you to Joan Murray for her continued leadership in this event.  If you are looking for community service projects, please visit our Volunteer webpage or contact Ronnie Moore, Volunteer Coordinator, at vmoore@cityofmillvalley.org
Supercharge your Summer! 
Get the kids registered for Camp NOW

Mill Valley Recreation offers camps for pre-schoolers to teenagers! View our Summer Camp Guide for all camp details.  New amenities for selected camps include c urbside drop-off, extended care,  (8 am-6 pm), h ot lunch options and s ibling discounts!  Learn more here.
Call for Art Bench Designs

The Mill Valley Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program envisions the placement of art into the natural environment and public realm of the city, to contribute to the city's cultural heritage, artistic vibrancy and reputation as a destination for arts and culture tourism. Click here to read more


Public Art Program Artist Statement of Qualifications Request

The City of Mill Valley's Arts Commission is currently soliciting local artists interested in participating in the City's new Public Art Program. If you are a professional artist, who specializes in the creation of public artwork, and would like to be considered for a future public art project, please consider submitting an Artist Statement of Qualifications, via this online application. The Arts Commission hopes to create a list of talented local artists through this process and it is an excellent way to introduce yourself and your artwork to the City. Click here to learn more
Happy Arbor Day! Thank you to Carlos, Dedier and Tony for making Mill Valley a little greener!
Movies in the Park

Join the Mill Valley Recreation Department for free monthly Movies in the Park at Old Mill Park. 
These movies are held on a Friday night in June, July, August, September, and October and are family friendly.

2018 Features; movies begin at sunset
Friday, June 8th - Grease
Friday, July 6th - Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, August 3rd - The Incredibles
Friday, September 7th - The Lion King
Friday, October 5th - Zootopia

Thank you to the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Mill Valley Festival for partnering with us! Learn more here.
Senior Fitness Health Month 

We are honoring seniors with a wealth of heath
for the entire month of May! Our Fitness & Aquatics Department and Senior Center are coming together to offer unique and FREE classes for our Active Aging community, plus members and public too! No age restrictions. Click here for our full schedule.
AFTER HOURS
7th Annual Poetry World Series

Friday, May 11th
Main Reading Room - 7:00pm

Hard to describe, but definitely not to be missed, the Poetry World Series will surprise you. Two teams of poets come up to bat as they are challenged to make their poems fit to "pitched" subjects from the audience. It's a wacky premise, but it allows the poets to showcase their wit and smarts as they read their poems and make their case. 
2018 Mill Valley Historical Society Walk Into History 
Mill Valley Grows Up

Sunday, May 27th 

With your guide, visit Jagtown, an area of rough and tumble saloons, and its neighbor, the 1906 subdivision of Tamalpais Park, to see two neighborhoods that transformed Mill Valley into the family friendly town we love. Bar fights, tree-lined lanes, Scouts, schools and medicine play large roles in the personality of this historical walk. 

The walk begins at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard. Tours leave every half hour starting at 9:30am with the last tour leaving at 3:00pm. Advance tickets are available online or at the door on the day of the event. No dogs. 

MVHS Members - $15 | Non-members - $20 | Teens with student ID - $10 | Under 10 - FREE

REVIEWS
Planning Commission Meeting - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Planning Commission held a study session to evaluate and provide feedback for a new home at 145 La Goma Avenue, and held public hearing and approved an amendment to the Conditional Use Permit for the "Tamalpie" restaurant at 477 Miller Avenue for a new group dining room and storage area.

Watch the meeting here.
Parks and Recreation Meeting - May 2, 2018

The Mill Valley Parks & Recreation Commission welcomed Commissioner Jarrell Van Buren and held nominations and elected Greg Moore Commission Chairperson and David Mak Commission Vice Chairperson. The Commission heard a presentation from the Friends of the Bike Pump Track.

The Commission approved the Old Mill Park Use Request by Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival for the 62nd Annual Fall Arts Festival on Saturday September 15, 2018 and Sunday, September 16, 2018, with Park Use for Event Set-up and Break-down Tuesday, September 11 through Monday, September 17, 2018.

Reports were given to the Commission on the following items:
  • Bayfront Field Renovation - planned for this summer
  • City of Mill Valley FY18/20 Budget Timeline
  • Recreation Department New Hires
  • Arts Commission Public Art Program Artist Statement of Qualification (SOQ) Request and Call for Art Bench Design
  • Parks & Recreation Commission Work Plan Review and Update
Watch the meeting here.
City Council Meeting - May 7, 2018

This meeting was canceled.
Planning Commission Meeting - May 8, 2018

This meeting was canceled.
PREVIEWS
City Council Meeting  - Monday, May 21, 2018 

The City Council will:
  • Receive an Introduction of new City staff members Senior Building Inspector Joseph Aiello and Building Inspector Bejhan Razi. 
  • Hear an update on the Respect Task Force and receive a report on the City's General Fund Quarterly Report.
  • Present Proclamations
    • Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Mt. Carmel Church.* Proclamation Recognizing 2018 Wildfire Awareness Week.
    • Accepting a grant for $2,000 from ALA for PBS's Great American Read Program.
  • Receive a presentation on the recent Neighborhood Meetings and Preview of Emergency and Communications Systems and Protocol.
  • Consider
    • Amendments to the Municipal Code to establish time limits for parking and Residential Parking Permit Zones in the Laurelwood and Parkwood neighborhoods.
    • Resolution Approving Revisions to the City's Service Contract with Mill Valley Refuse Service. 
    • Rescinding Old Personnel Rules and Adopting New Personnel Rules
    • Plans and Budget for the 2018 Slurry Pavement Projec
  • Consider and conduct a First Reading of Marin County Animal Control Ordinance Changes and a Resolution to Update Animal Control Services Fees. 
Planning Commission Meeting  - Monday, May 22, 2018 

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a discussion on changes to the City's Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance and provisions for a new Junior Second Unit Ordinance. Staff is requesting the Commission discuss and provide feedback on a number of issues, and will return to the Commission with a draft Ordinance.  The Commission will also hold a hearing for a Conditional Use Permit request for an office on the ground floor of a commercial building at 250 East Blithedale Suite D.
We welcome comments & suggestions:
Mill Valley City Hall: 26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
cityofmillvalley.org
City Hall Phone: (415)388-4033
City Hall Fax: (415)381-1736



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