Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
September 27,2021
Vegetation Management Grant Program a Success

The Town of Fairfax is pleased to announce the Vegetation Management Grant Program has been successfully completed. The Town awarded a total of 20 grants in the amount of $1,000 to recipients aged 65 and older and/or economically disadvantaged.  An additional 10 grants in the amount of $500 were given out to the general population. The grant period is now closed. 

Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority has plans to offer a similar program, please visit www.marinwildfire.org to obtain information about future grants from the Marin Wildfire Protection Authority.

Thank you to the Fairfax community for doing your part to make the town safer from fire danger!
 
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 - a new show about wildfire activity and how to keep safe - will address your concerns, answer your questions, and give you the information you need to protect your family and your home. 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. Here is a Link to Episode 1: Ember Storms + When the Power Goes Out
Meet Officer Shelby Jones
 
We are excited to introduce Officer Shelby Jones. Officer Jones was officially sworn in last week and took the Oath of Office with Town Clerk Michele Gardner. Officer Jones was born and raised in San Ramon, CA. She’s twenty-four years old and currently lives in Sonoma County. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, and archery. She graduated from Sonoma State University, where she obtained a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is excited to be working for the Town of Fairfax and is looking forward to getting to know the Town and its residents. 
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.
Housing Element Update
Staff, the consultants, the Town Council and Planning Commission appreciated the comments and questions received on the Housing Element Update from the public during the joint Town Council/Planning Commission meeting this past Wednesday, September 22nd. The feedback received will help guide the next steps of the process and will include developing creating solutions to allow for in-person feedback while still staying safe as well as updating the fairfaxspeaks.com website for more tailored engagement opportunities. 

The community involvement process is an iterative one and we want to continue to hear your comments. If you were unable to attend the September 22nd meeting, there is still plenty of time and there are plenty of ways to provide feedback. 
 
To learn more about the importance of equity in the Housing Element process, we encourage all to attend the October 20th Town Council Meeting. Liz Darby, Marin County’s Social Equity Programs and Policy Coordinator, will provide an overview of how State law AB686 (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) factors in to this 6th Cycle Housing Element process and certification.
 
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 . An upcoming Community Workshop (date TBD) will be the next major opportunity to provide feedback on the Housing Element and will include tutorials on how to participate in the Balancing Act tool online.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Volunteer Board Meeting - CANCELLED
September 27 - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
September 27 - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
September 28 - 7pm

Town Council Meeting
October 6 - 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!
Community Mural Painting on Merwin Continues
Sundays - October 3rd, 10th,17th & 24th
10am
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 100 hours of on this project so far.
Fairfax Recreation
Music Pod with Dani Levy
Ages 0-6 years
Behind the Pavilion
Tuesdays, October 5 – November 2
12:30pm – 1pm

Music with Dani is a fun and interactive music and movement time for young children and their grownups.  Dani’s music session will have the children singing, dancing, rhyming, using their imaginations and having fun while creating music together!

Parent & Me Skateboarding Support starts soon!
Fairfax Community Skate Park
2 year olds and over (with parent/guardian) - limit of 8
Tuesday and Thursday – October 5 - October 28
9:30am – 11:30am

Come play in the skatepark with skateboarding instructor Steven Teijeiro Jr and learn how to use the facility, practice balance, and support your young skater as they take new risk and learn to balance and ride their favorite kinds of wheels. Develop your own capacity for supporting your child through risk and become their best support as they learn new skills. Skate boards, scooters, balance bikes and more are welcome.



Other Town and County News
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Ross Valley Fire Department is seeking a full time Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. The application period opened September 16th and will remain open until October 10th at 5pm.

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:
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.
Resources
Drought Water Restrictions are in Effect for All of Marin County


Upcoming Vaccination Opportunities 

Oct 2 2021 | 10 - 4pm 
Canal Alliance - 91 Larkspur Street, San Rafael

Oct 5 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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