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August 22, 2019
Fire Prevention and Preparedness News & Events
City Council to Consider Vegetation Management Ordinance at September 5, 2019 Meeting
After almost a full year of community engagement, education and discussion on the issue of fire prevention and preparedness, the proposed ordinance to require structures in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) to remove certain fire-prone vegetation will return to Council on September 5, 2019. Learn more. 

At this meeting, the Council will also learn about the  Countywide Fire Prevention Measure. Learn more
Save the Date: LRAD Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, September 7, 2019
12:00 noon at  City Hall

Join Mill Valley City Councilmembers and public safety officials as we celebrate the deployment of our new Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) emergency sirens. Join us for a demonstration of the device, emergency preparedness information and resources. More details coming soon - stay tuned! Learn more about the new sirens here.
Power Outage Recap and Preparing for Future Possible Outages
Many Mill Valley residents experienced a widespread power outage on August 15, starting around 11:10 pm and lasting until about 2:00 am the following morning.  Although the outage was not related to PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents that in future weeks or months, if extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving the Mill Valley community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety.  
Join us for an update to the City Council on the City's preparations at their meeting on Thursday, September 5.  Learn More
Emergency Preparedness Update: Get Ready to Receive Your Evacuation Mailer
In our ongoing quest to improve our emergency preparedness and evacuations, Mill Valley residents will receive a mailer via postal mail that will explain the most important steps we can take to plan and prepare for an emergency. Learn more.
Community Center Gets New Generator for Public Safety
We are pleased to announce that the Community Center has received a new generator to provide critical services during a prolonged electrical outages we may experience in extreme weather conditions.  Learn more.


News from Public Works

Molino Park Gets Upgraded
Molino Park is so well hidden, only local residents seem to know the little gem is there, at the corner of Molino Avenue and Janes Street. Now it is better than ever with several new improvements completed by Public Works Operations Division. Learn more.

Sutton Manor Drainage Channel Sediment Removal
The Public Works Department will remove sediment from the Sutton Manor drainage channel August 19 - 22, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Accumulated sediment within the channel immediately downstream of Ashford Avenue threatened flooding during storm events in recent years. To prevent future flooding, DPW has received all necessary permits to remove critical sediment deposits.  Learn more.
News from the Police Department

Join us for Coffee with a Cop
Thank you to Equator Coffees for hosting our recent monthly Coffee with a Cop event in July! We enjoyed your company, and appreciate you giving us the opportunity to meet with members of our community at your store! 

Suspects Arrested for Stolen Property, Burglary Tools and Probation Violations
On July 23, Officer Lovos was conducting extra patrol at the MV Community Center due to the recent surge in vehicle burglaries in Mill Valley and throughout Marin. At that time, Officer Lovos observed a vehicle with numerous vehicle code violations.... Learn more.

Recent Increase in Residential and Vehicle Burglaries
We have noticed a recent increase in residential and vehicle burglaries, not only in our city, but countywide as well. In fact, in May and June alone, there were more than 215 vehicle burglaries in Marin County, which is an increase of 107% from last year. Learn more.
Waste Water Treatment Plant Rehabilitation Project Update for August, 2019
The first phase of the WWTP Master Plan implementation began in April 2018 and is scheduled to conclude in 2020. The primary goal of the project is to help to ensure reliable treatment of wastewater, as well as compliance with regional, State and Federal regulations. The project is now 77% complete, with odor control measures in progress.

Other Wastewater news:
Mill Valley Housing Advisory Committee Welcomes Matt Franklin
The Housing Advisory Committee was assembled in 2017 by City Council is to assist staff and serve as an advisory body on matters related to the Mill Valley Housing Element and the Affordable Housing Ordinance. At their August 5, 2019 meeting, the City Council welcomed Matt Franklin to the Committee. Mr. Franklin serves as the "Member at Large," and is nationally recognized leader in the field of affordable housing. Learn more.
Update on Restaurant Renovations and Openings
The latest news on renovation progress and recent openings for the Depot Bookstore and Cafe, Gravity Tavern and Watershed Restaurant. Learn more.

Curious about business openings and closing around town? The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce has a great resource for you - the Enjoy Mill Valley blog! Sign up today for the latest news, updates and events!
Volunteer Program - July Updates
The perimeter of the Mill Valley Public Library and SLP 323 get attention from Tam High Football team and the Mill Valley Friends of SLPs. Learn more
Fall Program Registration Is Open!
Mill Valley Arts Commission
Call for Artwork

Click here to learn more and access the online artist submission process.
New Mill Valley Golf Course Signs
You may have noticed our snazzy new Mill Valley Golf Course directional signs around town.  The signage upgrade project was a collaboration between the City & the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce who generously offered to allow us to incorporate their striking Mill Valley logo designed by the talented Michael Schwab (creator of the timeless National Parks Service artworks).  Learn more  
Mill Valley Recreation is HIRING
The City of Mill Valley's Recreation Department is now accepting applications for several part time positions: Kidzwatch Staff, Facility Attendants, Field Monitors, Fitness Staff, and Swim instructors.  Job descriptions and applications for all these positions can be obtained by clicking here.
You can find City Events on our Event Calendar on the City Website. The following lists featured events, but there is so much more! Check it out.
Concerts in the Plaza
The Mill Valley Arts Commission is hosting FREE outdoor concerts on the Downtown Plaza on each Sunday in August from 2 pm-5:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes!  Learn more  
First Wednesday: Mill Valley's Secret Places
Wednesday, September 4th
7:00pm
Mill Valley Public Library

In an interactive presentation giving the audience a chance to identify projected images, Phil Rhodes shares natural and historic places that make Mill Valley truly special. He will also talk about the legacy of Mill Valley's steps, lanes and paths-both official and not-as well as historic streets. Click here for more information and to register.
Beyond The Book Bash: Letters of Democracy
Saturday, September 7th - 8:00pm
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Support the Library by attending this year's Beyond the Book Bash hosted by the Mill Valley Library Foundation. Tickets are on sale now for an evening of literary readings and lively music at the Throckmorton Theatre. Proceeds support library programming. Cocktails and delicious bites will be provided. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Movies in the Park
Upcoming Movie - Friday, September 13 at Friends Field Ralph Breaks the Internet  
Movies begin at sunset.  Bring your low lawn chairs or blankets.  For more information and more dates click here.
REVIEWS
City Council Meeting - July 15, 2019

The City Council:
Accepted $5,300 in donations for the Dover Memorial Bench at the Mill Valley Community Center 

Adopted Resolutions
  • No. 19-38 accepting as complete work under a contract to Ghilotti Brothers Inc. for the Camino Alto South End Bike Lanes Project 
  • No. 19-39 accepting as complete work under a contract to Sandstone Environmental Engineering, Inc. for the 2017 Mill Valley Storm Drain Repairs Project 
  • No. 19-40 approving the plans and specifications for the Downtown Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project; authorizing the City Manager to award the construction project, and accepting a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Notice of Exemption 
  • No. 19-41 authorizing the appointed Councilmember delegate, Councilmember McEntee, to represent the City at the 2019 annual League of California Cities conference 
Held a Public Hearing and Adopted Resolution No. 19-42 levying an annual Sewer Service Charge for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 pursuant to Chapter 17.04 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code and ordering the annual Sewer Service charge to be collected on the County of Marin tax roll 

Planning Commission Meeting - July 23, 2019

The Planning Commission considered the following:
  • 880 Edgewood Avenue - Design Review for a demolition and construction of a new 4,765 square foot residence, with attached garage, demolition of existing pool enclosure and construction of new pool house, outdoor pool, patio deck and other site improvements. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
  • 58 Hillcrest Road - The application proposes to construct an approximately 3,900 square foot, three-story single family home with a detached two-story accessory building comprised of a two-car garage and an accessory dwelling unit  on an undeveloped 22,734 square foot parcel. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
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City Council Meeting - August 5, 2019

The City Council:

 

Was introduced to Matt Franklin, member of the Mill Valley Housing Advisory Committee.

 

Recognized Maggie Lang on the occasion of her retirement from Marin County Community Emergency Response Team.

 

Adopted Resolutions

  • No. 19-43 approving the 2019 Fire Access Plans, Specifications, and Engineering, and providing Program overview 
  • No. 19-44 approving a Notice of Completion for the 2018 Sewer & Street Project
  • No. 19-45 approving the second amendment to the Simons Way Subdivision Improvement Agreement 
  • No. 19-46 approving the Plans, Specifications and Estimate for the Miller Avenue Pedestrian and Parking Improvement Project, Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Construction Contract, and Accepting CEQA Notice of Exemption 
  • No. 19-47 authorizing the establishment of special Parking Zones and Parking Restrictions within the Parkway Portion of Miller Avenue (Police Dpeartment).
Accepted a donation from the Friends of Parks and Recreation for the Friends Field Renovation

Introduced and waived first reading of an Ordinance, as amended, updating Title 15 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code, Amending the Fire Code with new Vegetation Management Requirements 

Continued consideration of an Appeal Filed by Ms. Monica Rudden and Mr. Peter Alhorn of the Planning Commission Approval for the Project Located at 152 W. Blithedale to the September 5, 2019 Regular City Council meeting

Parks and Recreation Commission  Meeting  - August 7, 2019

 

The Parks & Recreation Commission:

  • Approved a use request for the Downtown Plaza by Congregation Kol Shofar and Marin Interfaith Council for a one-day "Menorah Lighting Event" on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
  • Approved amendments to the Welcome Kiosk Service Emblem Policy.
  • Received a report on Recent Park Improvements
  • Discussed Park Use Policies for City Parks, including Old Mill & Boyle Park; this discussion will be continued at the September 9, 2019 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting for consideration for recommendation to City Council for approval.
Planning Commission Meeting - August 13, 2019

The Planning Commission considered:
  • 118 Throckmorton Avenue - A Design Review application for the proposed exterior paint color of Calming Cream with black and white as accent colors, for an existing building located at 118 Throckmorton Avenue. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
  • 2 Wainwright Place - Design Review and Tree Removal Permit applications to construct a new 4,402 sq. ft. two-story home and attached 561 sq. ft. garage on a 43,592 sq. ft. lot. The project requires substantial upgrades to an existing private road including cut/fill and new retaining walls. 31 trees will be removed to improve the road and construct the home, including three heritage redwood trees. This item was continued to a date certain by the Planning Commission.
  • 91 Evelyn Avenue - Design Review, ADU, Variance, and Tree Removal Permit to construct a new 2,636 sq. ft. 2-story home with an attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and detached 464 sq. ft. garage on an undeveloped 11,087 sq. ft. steeply-sloped and wooded lot. The parking garage, located within the front setback, and ADU parking space, located within the private right-of-way, require a Variance. Thirteen non-heritage trees are proposed to be removed. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
  • 21 Bernard Avenue - A Design Review application for a 747 square foot addition and a 460 square foot garage for an existing single-family residence on a 6,500 square foot lot. The project includes removal of two non-heritage trees and various site improvements. The lot also has a separate structure with three apartment units, and is located in the Downtown Residential Zoning District. This item was approved by the Planning Commission.
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PREVIEWS
Planning Commission Meeting - August 27, 2019

The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider:
  • 2 Wainwright Place - Design Review and Tree Removal Permit applications to construct a new 4,402 sq. ft. two-story home and attached 561 sq. ft. garage on a 43,592 sq. ft. lot. The project requires substantial upgrades to an existing private road including cut/fill and new retaining walls. 31 trees will be removed to improve the road and construct the home, including three heritage redwood trees. 
  • The Planning and Building Director will give a report on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Mill Valley.
City Council Meeting - September 5, 2019
City Council will:
  • Present the Annual Mill Valley Film Festival Proclamation. 
  • Consider  the City's response to the Marin County Grand Jury Report entitled "Marin's Telecommunications Disconnect."
  • Receive an update and status of financial projections regarding the 2019/2020 Mill Valley School District Yellow School Bus Program.
  • Consider a Resolution to adopt County of Marin Uniform Construction Standards and the Road and Trail Standards and Best Management Practices as outlined by the Marin County Open Space District and SASM Sewer System Standards and Specs.
  • Consider the Depot Lease Extension, Construction Reimbursement, and Agreement Amendments.
  • Receive an update on the Pavement Management Plan.
  • Consider second reading and adoption of an Ordinance Amending Title 15 of the Mill Valley Municipal Code, amending the Fire Code with new Vegetation Management requirements.
  • Consider approval of a $5,000 grant received from California Humanities to offer public programming relating to immigration.
  • Receive a presentation on and introduction to the Countywide Fire Prevention Measure. 
  • Presentation of the City's preparation efforts surrounding PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff Program 
  • Consider a Resolution denying an appeal filed by Ms. Monica Rudden and Mr. Peter Alhorn of the Planning Commission approval for the project located at 152 W. Blithedale. 
We welcome comments & suggestions:
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