Fairfax Update
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October 25,2021
Storm Update

Well, we can definitely say "when it rains, it pours" after experiencing one of the driest summers on record, it was wonderful to see the creek running again. It got scary as the creek came within half a foot of cresting the banks. We have our Department of Public Works crew along with Fairfax Police and Ross Valley Fire Departments to thank for working diligently to remove debris from the creek and keep things flowing as well as responding to emergency calls and supporting our community. We did need to sound the flood siren to give residents warning that flooding may occur. We are so thankful that it did not. Today the sun is shining the creek is flowing.

As of Sunday evening systemwide, PG&E is responding to a total of 132K+ addresses out of service. PG&E has initiated mutual-aid procedures and help will be arriving from our sister utilities in Southern California. Full restoration of 100 percent of all customers systemwide could take a few days. We will keep you posted as we know more.

Marin Fire Service responded to:
650 incidents in the 24hr period of the storm
3- structure fires
20 – vehicle accidents
163 – trees down 
83 – powerlines down
185 – public assists for flooding. 
 
Additionally, members of RVFD deployed with the USAR Regional Task Force to Santa Cruz as part of the pre-deployment for possible debris- flows in the burn scared areas. 
 
Middle Peak Weather Station on Mt. Tam recorded an amazing 27” of rain since the series of storms started on the 19th.
 
Lake Lagunitas was between 20-25 below the spill way and spilled yesterday afternoon before sunset.

The County's Emergency Portal is an great source for updates as we clean up from the storm: https://emergency.marincounty.org
Town Manager Hiring Update

We have received 19 applications from a highly qualified, diverse pool of applicants. Our hiring consultants will be working with the Town Council to arrange interviews in November, as originally planned in the hiring schedule.
Town of Ross Fire Station Closure

The Ross Valley Fire Board is currently reviewing options related to the closure of Station 18, in the Town of Ross.


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Housing Element Update
What is The Housing Element?  
The Housing Element is a mandatory portion of our Town's General Plan--the central planning document for the future of Fairfax. State law requires that we update our Housing Element every 5 years to ensure that we are assessing and planning for existing and projected housing needs.

We welcome and invite public involvement throughout this year-long process. Listening to residents is a critical and core tenant for how our town plans and makes decisions. 

Mark your calendars for a Virtual Community Workshop on Saturday November 20th from 2-6pm! 

This workshop 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.
 
Before the Virtual Community Workshop, we encourage residents to visit the Fairfax Speaks site, which has plenty of ways for you to provide feedback and learn about the Housing Element Update process. In the coming weeks, the website will be refreshed with new opportunities to engage and share your unique story of how Fairfax became “home” for you.
Countywide Fair Housing Initiatives and Restrictive Covenant Presentation

At the October 20th Town Council meeting the Council received a report from the County on restrictive covenants and their history in Marin County. To watch the presentation and to learn more about how you can check your deed and participate in the process of revisions click here.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Volunteer Board Meeting
October 25 - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
October 25 - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
October 26 - 7pm

Town Council Meeting
November 3 - 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.
The Halloween Parade
October 31st at 5 pm 

The Chamber of Commerce will host this fun event. The parade will start at the movie theater and end up at Bolinas Park. Dominga Avenue will be closed to cars for the evening after the parade so everyone can enjoy a safe halloween celebration!

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. 

Fairfax Recreation
Parent and Me Skateboarding Support
November 4th – 18th
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.


Artist in Residence Photography Show at the Library
Other Town and County News
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.
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.
Resources
Even with the Recent Rainfall Drought Water Restrictions are Still in Effect for All of Marin County
When you install a kit to divert water from your washing machine to your garden, it's called a Laundry-to-Landscape greywater system. Marin Water has partnered with the Urban Farm Store to offer free laundry-to-landscape webinars and a $100 discount on your purchase of a greywater kit.

To register fro the next webinar on October 27th from 5-6pm click here.

To sign up for the program visit the Urban Farm Store website.
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.
COVID-19 Updates & 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 visit our Town of Fairfax Coronavirus Resource page for rental assistance, utility bill help and more.
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