Fairfax Update
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August 30,2021
Town Council Meeting This Wednesday, September 1st

Here are some of the key items that are on the agenda for this week's meeting:

  • The Council will interview applicant Rick Hamer and consider appointment to the Affordable Housing Committee, they will also consider reappointing Chris Borjian to the Open Space Committee.
  • A Proclamation will be made to Designate September 2021 as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
  • The Council will receive the Climate Action Plan Implementation Scorecard and the Age Friendly Strategic Plan Implementation Scorecard.
  • Adoption of a Resolution Promoting Voluntary Water Conservation Efforts.
  • There will be a Second reading by title only and adoption of an Ordinance adding Chapter 15.05 entitled “All-Electric Construction in Newly Constructed Buildings” 
  • Adoption of an Urgency Ordinance to establish paid sick leave requirements for all employers in the Town with 25 or fewer employees for COVID-19 related reasons.
  • The Interim Town Manager and Heather Renschler will give an update on the Town Manager recruitment and review and seek approval of the Town Manager recruitment brochure.
  • Results of the Outdoor Dining Survey will be presented and the Council will review next steps and provide direction to staff.
  • A Capital projects update will be given by our Interim Public Works Manager and along with a report regarding potential projects and programs eligible for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

To review the agenda, staff reports and find out how to join us online for this meeting, please click here.
The Town is Offering Vegetation Management Grants

The Town of Fairfax is offering grants to help local residents who might otherwise not be able to afford to do this important work. In an effort to support as much participation as possible, we have revised the grant process slightly:

  • $1,000 grants for senior or low-income applicants. (Please visit www.marinhousing.org to review the low income guidelines for Marin County. )
  • Town can reimburse the applicant directly
  • Or submit an invoice and the Town will pay the invoice directly within 5 business days.

  • $500 grants for any Fairfax residents, regardless of age or income.
  • Town can reimburse the applicant directly
  • Or submit an invoice and the Town will pay the invoice directly within 5 business days.

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is servicing each home in Fairfax twice between May 17-September 27th. You need to pre-register for the pick-up service on one of the two days available to your neighborhood.

For instructions on how to prepare your materials for pick up visit:
Marin County Covid Update

CDC Report: Delta Can Spread Rapidly with Unvaccinated Staff and Students

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released a new report reviewing a recent outbreak investigation at a Marin County school. 

The takeaways from this report are a mix of good news and bad news, as Dr. Matt Willis, Marin's Public Health Officer, summarizes:  

“The bad news is what this says about the Delta variant. We saw in June what a lot of schools nationally are learning now: this strain is different, very infectious, and offers new challenges for school reopening if we’re not following basic prevention measures. The good news is that outbreaks are still preventable. This report reinforces what we already know. Masks are protective and need to be worn by everyone indoors. Vaccinations are protective and everyone who is eligible should be vaccinated,” said Willis. 

Upcoming Vaccination Opportunities 

Aug 31 2021 | 3 - 7pm 
Marin City Health and Wellness Center, 630 Drake Ave, Marin City

Sept 2 2021 | 4:30 - 8pm 
Dining Under the Lights - A Street & 4th Street, San Rafael

Sept 7 2021 | 10am - 4pm
Coastal Health Alliance 3 6th St, Pt Reyes Station

Skate Park Survey

The Parks and Recreation Committee (PARC) is looking at ways to create a permanent skate park. We are asking for your feedback so that PARC can share what the community would like to see happen in regard to making the current location permanent, at the October Council meeting. The survey will be open until 5pm on September 3rd.
Dog-Friendly Area For All to Use

Just a friendly reminder that the area that is available for dogs to play in town is the grassy area outside of the ballfield. Please be sure that your furry friends do not enter the ballfield. Please clean up after your pups in the designated area and make sure that we keep the area clean and in great condition for all to enjoy!
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Town Council Meeting
September 1 - 7pm

Affordable Housing Committee Meeting
September 8 - 3:30pm

Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting
September 13 - 7pm

Planning Commission Meeting
September 16 - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Please note: we are proceeding with all events as planned but they may
need to be cancelled due to County or State Health orders.

Fairfax Farmers Market in Bolinas Park
Wednesdays 4-8pm

Shop local every week!

Merwin Community Mural Painting Party
September 5th and 12th
Merwin Ave. Near Ace Hardware

Please come on down, and bring your friends. We will start at 10am each day. Great thanks to all the cleaning and painting volunteers who have donated over 75 hours of on this project so far.
Fairfax Community Rosh Hashanah Celebration
Friday, September 10th
Redwood Stage, Peri Park
Everyone is invited to join the Fairfax community celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the ‘Jewish New Year’! Rosh Hashanah offers a time for reflection and celebrates the sweetness of life.

Fairfax Theatre Company proudly presents:
"Where There's A Will There's A Story"
September 11, 12 & 18 at 4PM 
Green Stage in Peri Park

A concert of Monologues, Sonnets and Soliloquies from Shakespeare's
Macbeth - Romeo & Juliet - Hamlet - Julius Ceasar - Antony & Cleopatra - Othello - A Merchant of Venice - Henry IV - Henry V - A Midsummer Night's Dream (And More!)

Town-wide Community Picnic
September 19th
The Fairfax Volunteers will be bringing back the Town-wide picnic to the Contratti Ball Field! Music line up will be teen band Banana Soup, the Nick Brown & Friends and Last Chance Summer Dance, which will feature 80’s Motown Dance Music assembled by Jason Minkler. 

More details will be available soon, so stay posted!
Fairfax Recreation
Other Town and County News
Work continues on the Fairfax Housing Element Update

Upcoming Town meetings will focus on discussing and identifying potential sites for the Housing Element Update. There will be a joint Affordable Housing Committee meeting on September 8th and a joint Town Council/ Planning Commission meeting on September 22nd. These meetings are an important way to learn about the Housing Element Update process and to provide your thoughts and feedback. Meeting notices will be posted on the Town's Public Meetings webpage. We encourage all to attend.

If you cannot attend the meetings, want to learn more about the Housing Element Update, and/or want to provide more feedback, we encourage all those who live and work in Fairfax to visit the website fairfaxspeaks.com. To fully interact on the Fairfax Speaks website, registration is recommended. The purpose of the Fairfax Speaks website is to act as a streamlined source of key details, documents, and public engagement tools regarding the Housing Element Update. It also provides links to important public meeting agendas and materials that are on the Town of Fairfax website.
Recruitment for Priority Committee Setting Member

The County of Marin invites Marin community residents to apply to serve on the Countywide Priority Setting Committee (PSC), which oversees the distribution of $2.4 million in federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The Committee helps determine the funding priorities used to distribute funds for affordable housing projects and services benefiting low-income residents. The appointed member should represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities. 
Applicants will be asked to participate in a Zoom interview with the committee on September 30, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. The term will go through Fall 2023. The application is available at www.MarinCounty.org/FederalGrants

Applications are due September 15, 2021 at 4pm.
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2021? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on the Climate Action Committee, Marin County Commission on Aging, Parks and Recreation Commission, Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee and Volunteer Board.

You can pick up your FREE Evacuation Tags at the Fairfax Police Department

The Fairfax Police Department in partnership with the Ross Valley Fire Department is giving away evacuation tags to residents living in the Town of Fairfax, Marin County, California. Evacuation tags are a new tool to help us more quickly ensure that neighborhoods are evacuated during a disaster. Residents affix the tag in a location that is highly visible when they evacuate (mailbox, front door, garage, end of your driveway).

Read more about how Evacuation Tags work here.
Drought Water Restrictions are in Effect for All of Marin County

With reservoirs at historic lows, Marin Water's board of directors declared a water shortage emergency and adopted mandatory water use restrictions to help preserve our water supply. The goal of the mandatory restrictions is to achieve a 40 percent reduction in water use districtwide. We are monitoring drought conditions carefully and additional restrictions will be added as needed. 

Spray irrigation is limited to one day a week. Each community has a designated watering day. Spray irrigation on Saturday and Sunday is not allowed. The designated watering day for Fairfax is Friday.

COVID-19 Assistance Programs

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, please contact the programs below.

Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
For the application and information about the program and how to apply visit the County of Marin's website.

Fairfax Rental Assistance Program
The Town Council has established a Residential Rental Assistance Program to assist extremely low-income Fairfax renters whose household incomes were adversely affected by COVID-19. The program is administered by St.Vincent de Paul and Ritter Center. If you are in need of assistance or have questions, please call 415-454-3303 X11 to leave a message. Calls will be returned in the order they are received.
PG&E Programs to Help Those Impacted by the Pandemic
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