Fairfax Update
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September 13,2021
Marin County Covid Update
Data Shows Local Cases Have Dropped since School Started 

We’ve received several requests for a status update regarding the opening of schools and how it may be affecting our local case rates. In addition, those who have reviewed the updated school's dashboard may be concerned with the numbers if comparing to the number of the past school year.  

Comparing last school year to this school year is not a direct comparison. Here are a few reasons why:  

  • During the majority of the 2020-21 school year, Marin was under stricter protocols, from various levels of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to even a stay-at-home order in December. These restrictions in activity significantly lowered the risk of COVID-19 in our community and on school campuses. 
  • The total number of student days logged during the 2020-21 school was achieved by a much smaller number of students attending full-time and in-person.  

The situation for the current 2021-22 school year is different:  

  • In the community, there are very few restrictions on staff, families, students, including ineligible unvaccinated students (ages 5 -11).  
  • Travel is not as restricted; concerts, festivals, and other big events have returned; and our routines are feeling closer to a pre-pandemic normal. 
  • Student numbers now represent Marin’s total student body population.  
  • Marin now has easier access to testing, including home-based testing, and faster results.    

These factors considered, the numbers on our Schools Dashboard are not dramatically higher than last year when we take an apples-to-apples snapshot. In fact, they are lower than expected, demonstrating the effectiveness of vaccination in our community and on the school campus.  

Fairfax Housing Element Update

On September 22nd there will be a joint meeting of the Town Council and the Planning Commission with continued discussion on the progress of the Housing Element Update. Feedback from previous meetings with the Planning Commission, Affordable Housing Committee, the Racial and Social Justice Committee, and other key groups regarding potential sites will be summarized. An update will also be provided on outreach and engagement efforts as well as progress on the Safety Element. This meeting will be an important source of Council and public feedback on moving forward with identifying potential sites to accommodate the 6th cycle update’s RHNA number of 490 units in a way that leverages opportunities and meets community desires. We encourage all to attend. (Note: There will be a brief verbal update at the September 16th Planning Commission meeting.)

The agendas and meeting materials can be found on the Town's Public Meetings webpage at least 72 hours before the meeting. 
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 .
Skate Park Survey

Thank you to all who participated in the Skate Park survey. The results will be shared at the September 13th Parks and Recreation Commission meeting - join the Zoom meeting to hear the results and share your thoughts with the Commission.
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.

Chipper Day door-to-door Service for Fairfax Households

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is servicing each home in Fairfax twice between May 17th-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:
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting
September 13 - 7pm

Planning Commission Meeting
September 16 - 7pm

Climate Action Committee Meeting
September 21 - 7pm

Town Council Special Joint Meeting with the Planning Commission
September 22 - 6:30pm

Volunteer Board Meeting
September 27 - 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!

Town-wide Community Picnic
September 19th
The Fairfax Volunteers will be bringing back the Town-wide picnic to the Contratti Ball Field this weekend! 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. Food will be available for sale by Gerard’s Paella, but feel free to bring your own picnic lunch.

We need Volunteers!

We could really use some help to put on this wonderful event. We need people to help set up in the morning, from 10 am – 12 noon. The set up involves putting up pop up tents, setting up tables & chairs, putting up signs, and picking up supplies. We also need help for clean up after the event, from 5 pm – 6 pm. This will involve taking down the pop up tents, cleaning up the ball field, and returning items to various places. If you are able to help, please contact Maria Baird at: mbaird@townoffairfax.org.
Fairfax Theatre Company proudly presents:
"Where There's A Will There's A Story"
September 18 at 4PM - LAST WEEKEND!!!
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!)

Fairfax Recreation
After School Skate Club - Starts This Week!

Instructor: Steven Teijeiro
Grades K-6 (limit of 8 kids)
Monday/Wednesday Club – September 13– November 3
Tuesday/Thursday Club – September 14 – November 4
3:30 – 5:30pm

Fairfax Recreation is excited to start an afterschool Skate Club this school year. We have 2 cohort offerings over 8 weeks. Club members will be instructed in the basic fundamentals of skateboarding.

We have a few spots left - Sign Up Today!
Other Town and County News
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

Upcoming Vaccination Opportunities 

Sept 16 2021 | 4:30 - 7:15pm 
Dining Under the Lights - A Street & 4th Street, San Rafael

Sept 18 2021 | 10 - 4pm 
Canal Alliance - 91 Larkspur Street, San Rafael

Sept 21 2021 | 9:30am - 2:30pm
Coastal Health Alliance
3 6th St, Pt Reyes Station

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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