Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
October 11,2021
Highlights of the October 6th Town Council Meeting:

The Council heard an in depth Proposal of Racial Equity and Social Justice Programs and Initiatives including employee training, community outreach through our local events and economic development. They appointed Council Members Cutrano and Goddard to work in collaboration with community organizations on implementation of several of the programs and initiatives.

Chief Tabaranza presented the Racial Identity and Profiling Act (RIPA) Dashboard that was launched last week. Our website now has a hub that you can easily use to get the latest updates.

Due to time constraints the Council continued the following items to the October 20th meeting:
  • Consideration of using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for a Water Conservation Program recommended by the Climate Action Committee.

  • Results of the Skatepark Survey and the Parks and Recreation Commission’s recommendation regarding the location of a permanent skateparkand provide direction to Staff about next steps.

  • Introduction and reading of an ordinance to address smoking in multi-unit residences.

If you were not able to attend the meeting, you can view the video recording on our website here.
Public Works Update

  • Since beginning its program, the Town’s Department of Public Works (DPW) has used more than 10,000 gallons of reclaimed water for irrigation and street-sweeping dust control. The redwoods near Town Hall, Peri Park and Bolinas Park, as well as the surviving street trees at the Parkade and the turf areas at Bolinas Park and Town Hall have been receiving water from the 500-gallon tank temporarily installed in a Town dump truck. Reclaimed water is being delivered by a contractor to the 5,000-gallon tank the Town acquired and installed in the Corp Yard. The DPW expects to replace trees lost due to lack of water at the Parkade. 

  • Maggiora & Ghilotti will make repairs to the stormdrain under the parking lane on the north side of Broadway between the theater and Siam Lotus beginning next Tuesday, October 12th. Work is expected to be completed within two working days (barring any unforeseen circumstances). 

  • The paving scheduled for next week on Upper Bay has been rescheduled due to the potential rain and the unavailability of hot asphalt. It will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact Jonathon Goldman, Interim Public Works Director if you have questions about these or other Public Works matters. 415-453-0291 or jgoldman@townoffairfax.org.
Climate Action Committee Update

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recently announced the Vehicle Buy Back Program for Bay Area residents to scrap older vehicles. Those old cars and small trucks pump out more pollution than newer models with emission control technology. Fairfax has a goal of zero emissions by 2030, this program can help support out goals - make your next car all electric.

You’ll get $1200 for trading in your clunker if your car is: 

1997 or older.
Registered and drivable.
Registered in the Bay Area for the past 24 months. 
Smogged if it’s within 60 days of a smog check.

For more details about the program, visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management website.
Housing Element Update
The community involvement process is an iterative one and we want to continue to hear your comments. There are plenty of ways to provide feedback. Some key upcoming meetings where different aspects of the Housing Element Update will be discussed include:

  • October 20th: Town Council Meeting: overview of how State law AB686 (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) factors in to this 6th Cycle Housing Element process and certification

  • Week of October 25th: Planning Commission Sub-Committee on Housing Element Meeting

  • November 3rd: Town Council Meeting

  • Saturday November 20th: Virtual Community Workshop

If 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 .
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
October 11 - 7pm

Climate Action Committee Meeting
October 19 - 7pm

Town Council Special Meeting
October 20 - 6:30pm

Planning Commission Meeting
October 21 - 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.

Last Fairfax Farmers Market in 2021 - Don't miss it!
Bolinas Park
Wednesdays 4-8pm

The last farmers market is this Wednesday, October 13th
It's been a wonderful season. Come enjoy this last market of the season and wish your local farmers well until next spring!
Art in the Parkade Reception
Sunday, October 17th 
4-6pm
Art in the Parkade Lot

Join artist Marguerite Elliot, who's display "Where Have All The Birds Gone?" is featured in the Art in the Parkade lot. She will be hosting a reception in partnership with Art X Marin. Her sculpture is about the disappearance of 2.9 million birds in the last 50 years. Light refreshments will be served and there will be live music. 

Her art installation is sponsored and approved by the Fairfax Parks & Recreation Commission.
Community Mural Painting on Merwin Continues
Sundays - October 17th & 24th
10am
Merwin Ave. Near Ace Hardware

The Merwin Mural restoration is going so well! We have a few more weeks of painting events before the weather really shifts. 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 100 hours of on this project so far.
Take Back Day for Fairfax Residents
October 23
10am-4pm
West side of the Fairfax Market parking lot

Services being offered
  • Electronic waste drop off
  • Document shredding
  • Mattress drop off
  • Prescription Drug drop off (from 10am-2pm ONLY)
The Halloween Parade is BACK!
October 31st at 5 pm 

The Chamber of Commerce will host this fun event. The parade will start at the movie theater, and commence at Bolinas Park. Join us to kick off Halloween with the community!
Fairfax Recreation
There’s still space in our Toddler Music class and the Parent and Me Skateboarding Support!  

Sign up today and join us.  
Fairfax Craft Faire - Mark Your Calendars!
Saturday, December 11th from 11am – 5pm 
 
We are looking forward to RE-gathering again for this lovely Fairfax tradition.  

We are calling for ALL vendors to apply with an aim at expanding 
our diversity in crafters, artisans, musicians, food/coffee vendors, and kids art crafting.  


This is a fundraising event for Fairfax Recreation and all proceeds will go to help support our programming and scholarship fund. 

Age Friendly Fairfax Will Honor Our Residents 90+ Years Old

On November 13th, Age Friendly Fairfax will hold the 4th Annual Celebration of Fairfax residents 90 years of age and over. At midday on Saturday the 13th, volunteers will deliver baskets to participants which will include a certificate from the Town of Fairfax honoring each person. 

If you know of someone in Fairfax who is 90 or over, please help us update our list so that all will be included. Email Anne Mannes at amannes@townoffairfax.org. We will need a name, address and a telephone number.
Other Town and County News
Call for Applications!

The newly established Fairfax Community Emergency Preparedness Committee is being formed to support and help coordinate collaborative town-wide efforts to prepare residents to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Check out the Committee’s webpage for details. The Town is seeking members to represent various stakeholders, including the community at large, CERTs, Firewise communities, and NRGs. Fairfax residents are encouraged to apply.
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 several boards and commissions. Click here to see the current vacancies.
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.
Resources
Drought Water Restrictions are in Effect for All of Marin County
Get Cash-for-Grass with Marin Water’s Lawn Replacement Rebate!
For a limited time get a $3 per square foot CASH REBATE when you replace the grass in your landscape. Some limitations apply; pre-approval required.
Message @marin.water or visit www.marinwater.org to learn more about the Cash-for-Grass program. Get paid to replace your turf, and join the #watersupersaver team!

#MarinWater offers a great package of rebates and money-saving incentives for water conservation. We’re working to provide the community with a sustainable water future. 
Fire Safe Marin Has a New Show - Wildfire Watch TV

Record drought. Unpredictable winds. Climate change. All are making wildfires more intense and driving the busiest wildfire season ever. All Marin residents need to be prepared! 

Wildfire Watch is a new series that addresses residents' concerns and provides current wildfire prevention and preparedness information in a fast-paced and engaging way.

Episodes are released the second Thursday of the month. Watch on Comcast Cable Channel 26, 30 (AT&T Ch 99) and online at www.cmcmtv.com or stream at your convenience on Fire Safe Marin’s website, Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Episode 2 focuses on evacuations. The recent Mt. Lassen FIre in Lucas Valley provides a focal point to learn from residents’ personal stories of evacuation and firefighters coordinated efforts to contain the fire. Arann Harris, the DIY Guy, shows residents how to ready their home during an evacuation warning; Battalion Chief Todd Lando gives life-saving instructions on how to survive a wildfire evacuation; and, and MWPA Executive Director Mark Brown talks fall weather patterns and why it is absolutely critical residents not let their guard down. 
COVID-19 Assistance Programs

For the latest updates on Covid-19 and the most recent heath orders visit the Marin Health and Human Services Website.

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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