-- Tam Valley News --
About your Parks, Recreation, Refuse & Sanitation Services
December 21, 2023
Happy Holidays!

The rain is falling and we are so grateful for cozy days and green grass! From everyone at TCSD we wish you a very happy holiday season.

Our offices will be closed for a half day on Friday the 22nd and a full day on Monday the 25th as well as a half day on the 29th and all day on January 1st. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. Our newsletter will be back on January 5th. Remember to put your cans out on your regular service day - the refuse collection schedule will remain the same through the holidays.

Our next big event is the Crab Feed - get your tickets now - it always sells out quickly!

The Bingo Bunch gathered this week to celebrate the holidays together. We are so happy to see this group thriving in 2023 and looking forward to more fun times in 2024!

Notes From the General Manager
Notes From the General Manager
Year in Review 2023
Well, this isn’t going to be like Sports Illustrated or Time Magazine’s Year in Review, but you have to start somewhere. While a lot of this information was probably mentioned in the weekly e-newsletters, over the course of a year, we often forget what we’ve done.
Typically, as long as your refuse is collected and sewer doesn’t back up, you really never think about those services. Since you often don’t see or know what goes on behind the scenes to keep the District running, I thought it would be helpful to provide a summary of what I see as key TCSD highlights for the year.
  • The Board conducted a Proposition 218 hearing to approve Solid Waste service fees for the next five years. Fees are projected to reflect nominal increases of no more than 2% per year from FY23-24 through FY27-28. For FY23-24, based on the lowest refuse rate, a 2% increase equated to an approximate increase of $1.50/month or $18/year, less than the cost of a cup of coffee per month.
  • TCSD ordered two new refuse trucks for delivery in Spring 2024. The new vehicles will allow us to surplus our 2006 and 2007 trucks which are used as back-up vehicles. These two older back-up trucks are 6 times more expensive to maintain than the newer 2020 trucks. The life expectancy for a refuse truck is approximately 10 years.
  • In 2023 through November, we received approximately 730 calls/requests for refuse services. This doesn’t include residents who stop by the office to drop off e-waste, printer cartridges, batteries, CFL/LED bulbs, sharps, and/or unused medicines. In case you didn’t know, there is a battery bucket outside the office during business hours, so there is no need to come into the office.
  • We collected approximately 10,100 lbs or 5 tons of e-waste in 2023. Thanks for keeping that stuff out of your trash cart.
  • You may have received a letter from Zero Waste Marin regarding SB 1383 (state law). Beginning January 1, 2024, all agencies who provide refuse services must begin education/outreach and compliance activities pursuant to SB 1383. The goal of SB1383 is to keep compostable waste out of landfills. TCSD led and coordinated a regional effort of seven Marin Special Districts to apply for $525,000 SB 1383 grant from CalRecycle to help fund compliance activities for all the participating districts. We’ll receive the grant award in March 2024.

  • The Board awarded the contract for the Sewer Improvement Project Phase D. Phase D is the replacement of approximately 2,500 linear feet of sewer main pipeline along Eastwood Way, Eucalyptus Way, and portions of Glenwood Ave. As the project was nearing completion, the Board decided to amend the contract to replace an additional 1,300 linear feet (approx.) of sewer main pipeline on Northern and Glenwood Avenues and Springfield Way.
  • We have been working to bring our Parks back up to the pre-COVID maintenance standards such as regrowing the grass in Eastwood and Kay Parks. Of course, all the rain helped a bit 😊
  • We installed a new door locking system and painted the interior of the Eastwood Park restroom. 
  • We replaced the pedestrian bridge at the bottom of the Carrera Dr. steps.
  • We worked with Southern Marin Fire District on vegetation management including clearing brush in Eastwood Park along the path and removal of dead and dying trees on various TCSD properties. The tree removal/trimming work will continue throughout the winter.
  • We collaborated with our private and public partners to use goats on public owned lands.
  • The Board approved the creation of a new Parks & Recreation Commission (PARC). PARC’s inaugural meeting was in April 2023. PARC’s regular meeting day is the second Friday of the month at 3:00pm in the Tam Valley Community Center.
  • In addition to bringing back cherished TCSD events such as Spaghetti Bingo, we also coordinated new events such as the “Creekside Unplugged.”
  • The Board authorized the remodel of the Tam Valley Community Center restrooms. This was a long time coming, we’re guessing the last major restroom remodel was over 30 years ago. The project is out for public bid with bids due January 4, 2024.
  • The Board approved a contract to replace the perimeter fencing around the Community Center and the parking lots. The work has started and should be completed by Spring 2024. Approximately 50% of the funding comes from the State’s Proposition 68 Park grant.
  • The FY23-24 budget reflects new financial features for better transparency and fiscal planning, The budget now includes 5-year operating budget forecasts and 5 -year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which allow for better planning of financial resources. We also adopted new operating and capital reserve policies and created more designated capital reserves for future vehicle purchases and TCSD facility improvements.
  • We revamped the TCSD website to make it more user friendly and to create a document archive (e.g., meeting agendas) for the public to access. It continues to be a work in progress.
  • The Board held 20 public meetings during which they adopted 21 resolutions and 2 ordinances. Many of the resolutions reflected the approval of revised/new administrative or personnel policies needed for operations. One ordinance created the newly formed Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC). The other ordinance updated the regulations and requirements for private sewer laterals.

Holiday Tips!

  • Your cooking oil, fats, and grease can be dumped into your green cart as well as soiled napkins, tissues, and paper towels. No need to come to the office to dump your cooking oil unless you have gallons and gallons of oil to dispose of.

  • Wrapping paper and tissue paper are not recyclable, unless it is just plain white/brown paper used for wrapping.

  • Clean cardboard can be placed in the cardboard dumpsters outside of the Corporation Yard gate. Please remember to remove all packing materials such as plastic, “packing peanuts,” and styrofoam since that will contaminate the cardboard. For safety reasons, we do not remove the non-cardboard materials and would be required to treat the load as trash. You enter the parking lot at 203 Marin Ave and drive to the gate where you’ll see the dumpsters.

  • Broken toys are not made of recyclable plastic.
Happy Holidays!
We’ll do it all again next year 😊
General Manager
Sand Update
We get sand delivered from the County each year around this time. They will deliver it to the small parking lot at the Community Center. We are not sure of the delivery date but keep an eye out for it. There will be bags to fill but please bring a shovel and some gloves. We'll keep you updated as we know more.
Crab Feed
January 20th
Tam Valley Community Center

Join us for this fun gathering to celebrate the New Year with all you can eat crab! Gather your friends and family and get ready to get your tickets before they sell out!

Southern Marin Fire Updates

As we celebrate the season, SMFD wants to keep us safe and also share the bounty. Click on the links below for more information about the LRAD testing this month, holiday safety tips and the toy drive.

Lower Half of Manzanita Park and Ride Lot Will Be Closed Due to Projected High Tides

Caltrans maintenance will close the lower half of the Manzanita Park and Ride lot, along with the shoulder parking on State Route 1 (SR-1), in the city of Mill Valley from Monday, Jan. 8 through Monday, Jan15

Please remember to avoid flooded roadways. Even a small amount of water can cause cars to stall and make the situation even more hazardous. Be safe and choose alternate routes when possible.
Christmas Tree Recycling 2024
January 9th through the 12th
Curbside Collection

Mark your calendars for this year's Christmas Tree Curbside Pick-up for January 9-12, 2024. TCSD offers this free service to all our customers. Please leave your tree out the day of your regular refuse pick-up during the week. Trees over 6 ft tall should be cut in half prior to pick-up. Any special pick-ups either before January 9th or after the 12th will be at an additional cost. 

Please contact the TCSD office at 415-388-6393 or info@tamcsd.org
for more details.

Please note that we will not be offering drop-off locations.
It is an honor to bring you the news of Tam Valley each week. If you have any questions or comments on the content of this newsletter, please contact me at events@tamcsd.org

Camille Esposito
Events and Communication Coordinator
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