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									                                                                          San Anselmo News
                                                                Debra Stutsman, Town Manager

                                                                               December 8, 2006

Recreation Offices Moving

The Town’s Recreation Offices, currently located to the rear of the Isabel Cook Community
Center’s multi-purpose room, will be moving shortly. They won’t, however, be moving far.
Office space recently became available next door in the classroom wing of the complex, and the
decision was made to move the Recreation offices into that space. The new space is more
conducive to an office atmosphere (rather than one large open space), and the old offices will be
used for much-needed space for classes and programs. We anticipate the move will happen by
December 15th, and signs will be posted directing customers to the new offices.

Volunteers Needed
The Town Council is looking for new members for the following Boards, Commissions,

Open Space Committee - The Committee has major responsibility for the long-term planning of
open space in and near San Anselmo, for the generation of community support for the
implementation of that program, and for the fundraising necessary to implement the plan. The
Open Space Committee is an advisory body to the Town Council and its members are involved
in long-range planning and development matters.

Tax Equity Board – The three-member Board meets in the spring of each year, and other times
as needed, to consider applications for rebates from persons claiming inability to pay the Town’s
Municipal Services Tax and Pension Override Tax.

Library Advisory Board – The Board recommends guidelines for library programs and
services, reviews library operations and informs residents regarding library services.

Quality of Life Commission - The Commission is charged with promoting sustainable practices
in San Anselmo, to ensure that the charm and character of the Town are retained for future
generations. Its guiding principles encourage the use of recycled resources, elimination of
hazardous materials, protection of open space assets, the use of public transportation and
affordable housing, the cultivation of diversity and environmental balance, and community

Historical Commission - The Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo
by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and
artifacts concerning the Town’s development. The commission meets at 7:45 p.m. on the third
Wednesday of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library. The
Commission has three openings.

Guidelines for service for each Town Board, Committee and Commission are posted on the
Town’s website at The application for
appointment is also available on the website. If you have any questions, please call Joan
Vermond at 258-4691.

Leaf Blower Ordinance
San Anselmo has an ordinance that restricts the operation of motorized leafblowers in the town
to the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for periods not to
exceed thirty minutes at a time per property.

The ordinance applies to anyone who operates a motorized leaf blower in town. This includes
property owners, their employees, tenants, and landscape contractors.

The leaf blower ordinance was enacted to prevent continuous and unreasonable disruption of
households caused by the operation of motorized leaf blowers. In adopting the ordinance, the
Town Council sought to balance environmental and life quality issues with the need for property
owners to maintain their properties.

The leafblower ordinance was the result of six months of public discussion and a six month trial
period before it was finally adopted in April of 1994.

Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS)

The December 2005 winter storm and flooding in the Ross Valley highlighted the need to get
hazard warning information to local residents in a timely and effective manner. Last spring,
local officials worked with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office to develop the Ross Valley Flood
Notification Area. San Anselmo and the other Ross Valley jurisdictions have reviewed the
floodplain maps of their areas and indicated the areas that should be included in the flood
notification area to ensure full coverage within the system.

TENS is a high speed system that delivers emergency information or warnings to designated
geographic areas, like our designated floodplain area. TENS is a combination of telephone,
computer and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies. It can make up to 19,000
calls per hour.

For winter storms, the system will be triggered when:
   • Any of the participating agencies requests an activation or.
   • The National Weather Service has issued an Urban/Small Stream Warning for Marin

The phone numbers that are called in the TENS system during any kind of emergency are
obtained through the same technology as the 911 emergency calling system. As such, there is no
need to sign up for the TENS system. If you have a landline phone in your home, you are in the

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Library, on the Public Notice Bulletin Board, and in the Ross Valley Reporter. Also available
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