Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
March 19,2021
Pandemic Relief for Businesses Extended

The application period has been extended through March 22 for qualified small business owners in Marin County to apply for federal relief funding targeted to businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Marin County Small Business Fund has $915,000 to distribute in the form of grants of no more than $10,000 and interest-free loans of no more than $50,000. The application period opened February 22.

Upcoming off-ramp closure on Northbound US 101 in San Rafael

CalTrans wants to notify you about an upcoming off-ramp closure on Northbound US 101 in San Rafael. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin the first of three 55-hour weekend closures for the 101 NB Central San Rafael Off-Ramp Bridge Replacement project. The first closure will start on Friday, March 19 at 10:00pm and reopen on Monday, March 22 at 5:00am.
Detours will be in place; please see enclosed map and detour directions to assist motorists traveling in the area. Additionally, all roadway detours can be found on the Caltrans project website. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow all posted directional signs. Residents and businesses may temporarily experience increased noise levels during this operation. This work is a part of several on-going construction projects along US-101, starting at the Golden Gate Bridge, progressing through Sausalito, and concluding in San Rafael until early winter of 2021. Advisories will be issued for each phase of work, and updates can be found at the Caltrans project website and City project website. 
Please note, these dates and times are subject to change. For most recent updates, please visit the project website

For any inquiries or concerns, please contact Caltrans project manager RocQuel Johnson at rocquel.johnson@dot.ca.gov.

For 24/7 traffic updates, please visit 511.org or follow them on Twitter.

For real-time information, please visit Caltrans QuickMap or follow Caltrans on Twitter.
Burn Pile Project Update
Marin County Parks reports that they were successful in beginning the burn pile program this week, yet operations are proceeding slowly and rain has further changed the timeline. 

The latest projected timeline is as follows:
No burn 3/18 or Fri 3/19
Week of 3/22Complete operations at TLSH (Cedar Hill Dr.); Thurs 3/25 begin Cascade Canyon (Cascade Dr)
Week of 3/29: Complete operations at Cascade Canyon (Cascade Dr.)
Week of 4/5: Pacheco Valley (Pacheco Dr.) and Baltimore Canyon (Kent Woodlands, Ridgecrest)
Skatepark Progress

It's all coming together! Construction is moving right along and the park is slated to open in early April.

Message From the Climate Action Committee

If you want to get involved in this process, come and join us. We are working hard to find ways to balance the needs of all our people, and imperative to protect our climate. We need all great ideas and perspectives. Come and help! For more information, reach out to CAC Chair Walt Vernon, walt.vernon@gmail.com

On Wednesday, March 17, the Town Council met to hear comments on the draft Climate Action Plan. We hope to hear from as many people from the Town as we can. Many of you have already sent us great comments which we are thinking about. For those of you who have not yet weighed in, the plan and a comment form are HERE. We will keep our comment portal open through April to make sure we get the biggest possible set of perspectives from the Town. 
Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop Series
Starts Wednesday, March 31st, 6:30pm

Help with the Climate Emergency by signing up for a free, online Resilient Neighborhoods 5-session workshop. The Fairfax Climate Action Committee and Sustainable Fairfax are working to build a Fairfax group to take the program together. This is a great opportunity to reduce your household emissions,
get prepared for emergencies and connect with our local climate groups! There are five meetings over ten weeks, starting on Wednesday, March 31st, 6:30-8:30pm.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
Volunteer Board Meeting
March 22 - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
March 22 - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
March 23 - 7pm

March 25 - 7pm

Town Council Special Meeting - Annual Retreat
March 26 - 10am

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Curbside Pick up on March 29 and March 31 between 1-4pm 
This year the Fairfax Volunteers will be preparing the Easter baskets for distribution to children 8 years old and under (limit of 1 per household) in advance of Easter Day and items can be used with home egg hunts activities.

Please reserve one by e-mailing mbaird@townoffairfax.org. Maria will bring the baskets which will consist of candy, activities and games out to your car, on Park Road, near Peri Park. Please contact her early as only 60 kits will be available.
Fairfax Recreation
Outdoor Yoga with Veronica will continue outside in Bolinas Park on Mondays when weather allows with masks and distance protocols. Click here for more info.

Summer Camps with Fairfax Recreation!  

We’re on our way to getting back to “normal” but we’re not quite there yet so our camp and class sizes are still reduced capacity and masks and social distancing are required from instructors and participants. For this reason, we do expect spaces to fill up quickly. We are following all state and county guidelines regarding youth activity programs and will consider expanding capacity if the guidelines are changed. That means it’s even more important to register for the waitlist for any programs that fill up too quickly! Any spaces that do open up will first be filled from the waitlist. 
Peri Park Update 

At their February 3rd meeting the Town Council approved the plan for the renovations at Peri Park with a new vendor called Bear Playgrounds. View the plans and images that are similar to the structures that will be installed.
If you would like to support this project, we still have many tee shirts and tote bags available at a discounted price! 
Fairfax Food Pantry
Saturday mornings from 8-10am
Fairfax Community Church 
2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax.

The Fairfax Food Pantry continues to be open. Drive through or walk up service is available. In addition to our regular bagged groceries, folks will be receiving 15lb produce boxes as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 
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 Open Space Committee, Climate Action Committee, Volunteer Board and Planning Commission.

Town of Fairfax sitio web se puede traducir al español

El sitio web se puede traducir al español usando el ícono del globo que se encuentra en la barra verde de cada página.

Our website can now be translated into Spanish (and other languages) using the globe icon found on the green bar at the top of each page.