Councilmember Resigns, Town Safety Warnings, Navigating Transit, Financial Advisory Committee, Flood Committee

Read more about Councilmember Lopin's resignation, Town safety warnings, Navigating Transit presentation, an upcoming Financial Advisory Committee meeting and an upcoming Flood Committee meeting.

Councilmember Resigns

San Anselmo Councilmember Lori Lopin has submitted her resignation from the Town Council effective February 25, 2013, due to family and health issues.  In her resignation letter, Lopin said she is “so grateful to all of [the Council] and especially to the residents of San Anselmo for trusting me and electing me to the Town Council.”

Mayor Kay Coleman said “Lori has been a valued member of our Council; insightful and hard-working. She cares about the community of San Anselmo and, although I am sure she will continue to find ways to be involved, we will all miss her at our meetings.”

At the meeting of Tuesday, February 26, the Council will consider options for filling the vacancy.

Town Safety Warnings

Last week I reported that the Town has received numerous complaints regarding speeding cars, particularly in neighborhoods around our schools.  I said that the problem is particularly pronounced around school start and stop times, exactly when speeding is especially problematic as it is when our children are making their way to and from school on bikes and on foot. 

That small article has engendered more responses than any other article that I’ve written in my newsletter in the last five years.  Residents report that driver distraction, speeding and inattention are widespread and very scary for pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers. 

We all need to do our part to help solve this problem in our community.  Here are a few tips that may help:

• Leave several minutes early for your destination so that you don’t feel the need to rush.
• Stop completely at stop signs; don’t assume that no one is going to be coming from another direction.
• When driving through residential neighborhoods, respect the fact that speeding through residential areas endangers pedestrians, children and pets.
• Respect the neighborhoods around schools; drive carefully and park legally.
• Don’t feel that this is somebody else’s problem – we can all need to be part of the solution.

Please help me pass this important message along to others in our community.

Navigating Transit

The Ross Valley Village and Marin Transit are sponsoring a presentation on transit options for Marin’s older adults.  Topics will include information on the Marin Catch-A-Ride (taxi program), volunteer driver programs, travel training, bus and ferry services and paratransit.

Navigating Transit will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers, 525 San Anselmo Avenue.

Financial Advisory Committee

The next meeting of the Town’s Financial Advisory Committee is Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  The charge of the committee is to review and become familiar with the Town’s financial position, budget, resource allocations and expenditures and to make recommendations to the Town Council. 

The agenda will include reports from the two subcommittees on the Town’s expenditures and revenue options.  The public is invited to attend.

Flood Committee

The next meeting of the Flood Committee is scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  The agenda will include a report on the draft storm water ordinance, an update on the Memorial Park detention basin planning, as well as an update on the Bolinas Avenue Advisory Committee work on grant project funding.

The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  The public is invited to attend.

San Anselmo News, published weekly on Fridays, is available at the San Anselmo Town Hall, Library, on the Public Notice Bulletin Board. It is also available on the Town’s website, www.townofsananselmo.org, and by email subscription.

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