Town Council Meeting: August 5, 2020

Aug 5 2020
July 30, 2020
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm


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Due to Coronavirus and consistent with State of California Executive Order N-29-20 and the Marin County Public Health Officer’s Orders, this Town Council meeting will be held via videoconference only. All Councilmembers will be teleconferencing into the meeting. There will be no in-person physical meeting location. The public will be able to participate in the meeting by one of the following options:

To provide live public comment at the meeting, use one of the following options: 

  • If using Zoom, select the Raise Hand icon during the public comment time and you will be added to the queue and unmuted when it is your turn.
  • If you are calling in, press *9 during the public comment time and you will be added to the queue  and unmuted when it is your turn. (Press *67 before dialing to hide your phone number.)

Prior to the meeting, as always, members of the public may email written comments to the Town Council to read and consider. These comments become part of the meeting record. 

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The Fairfax Town Council acknowledges that we are located on the un-ceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok people of present-day Marin County. We honor with gratitude the land itself, and all of its ancestors: past, present, and emerging.




The Mayor shall maintain order at the meetings. The Council and the audience are expected to refrain from using profane language and/or ridiculing the character or motives of council members, staff, or members of the public and to maintain the standards of tolerance and civility. Please turn off all cellular phones or place in silent mode.

The Town Council will review the agenda at 10:00 P.M. to ascertain which items, if any, will be continued to another meeting. Any matter not started by 11:30 P.M. will be continued to an adjourned or regular council meeting unless the Council votes to suspend this rule. 


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Vacancies on Boards and Commissions: Applications are available at Town Hall and on the Town website. For more information please contact the Town Clerk or visit 

  • Climate Action Committee: up to 3 vacancies
  • Parks & Recreation Commission: 1vacancy
  • Open Space Committee: 1 vacancy 
  • Tree Advisory Committee: 1 vacancy 
  • Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee:  accepting applications now 

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Please refer to the instructions above on how to submit your comment at this virtual meeting.

This is the time to address the Council on matters not on the agenda. Individuals are limited to 3 minutes, groups to 5 minutes, subject to the Mayor’s discretion. The Council is not permitted to take action and state law strictly limits the right of the Council to discuss any unagendized item unless it can be demonstrated to be of an emergency nature or the need to take immediate action arose after the posting of the agenda. (Gov. Code §54954.2)


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Please refer to the instructions above on how to submit your comment at this virtual meeting.  

The opportunity for public comment on consent calendar items will occur prior to the Town Council’s vote on the Consent Calendar. The Council may approve the entire consent calendar with one action. In the alternative, items on the Consent Calendar may be removed by any Town Council or staff member, for separate discussion and vote.

  1. Accept Financial Statement and Disbursement Reports June 2020 – Finance Director

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  1. Approve minutes for the May 6 and June 3, 2020 Town Council meetings –Town Clerk

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  1. Receive written report on Councilmembers’ assignments, committees, and activities in July –Town Clerk
  1. Adopt a Resolution Setting the Living Wage pursuant to the annual review requirements of Section 8.56.020 of the Town Code –Town Clerk 

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  1. Approve response to Marin Civil Grand Jury Report entitled Cyberattacks: A Growing Threat to Marin GovernmentTown Manager

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  1. Receive 2019–2020 Marin County Civil Grand Jury Report: A One-Year Review of the Issues Covered by the 2018—2019 Marin County Civil Grand Jury Reports –Town Clerk

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  1. Authorize the Town Manager to prepare and submit the Fiscal Year 2020-21 work plan to Marin County for the use of the Town’s Measure A park funds –Town Manager
  1. Receive Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Audit Report – Finance Director

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       9.  Amend membership of Measure F (Special Municipal Tax) Oversight Committee to add two citizen members – Town    Manager

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  1. (This item was continued to the September 2, 2020, Town Council meeting.)

80 Crest Road: Appeal of a Planning Commission denial of a Height Variance for an unpermitted Ground Floor Level that would result in the height of the residential structure being approximately 50 feet; Assessor’s Parcel No. 002-152-32; Residential Single-family RS-6 Zone; Verle and Marene Sorgen, appellants/owners; CEQA categorically exempt, § 15301(e)(2)(1). – Principal Planner, Town Manager


  1. Receive summary of Council actions to form the Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) and provide additional policy direction on any outstanding issues such as number and composition of members – Town Manager
  1. Adopt a Resolution Adopting the Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets for Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and Providing for the Appropriation of Expenditures in Said Budgets and Repealing All Resolutions in Conflict Herewith – Town Manager, Finance Director 

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Supplemental Item

  1. Adopt a Resolution Making Certain Findings and Determinations in Compliance with Section XIIIB of the California Constitution (Gann Initiative) and Setting the Appropriation Limit for Fiscal Year 2019-20 – Finance Director

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  1. Annual confirmation of the officers of the Fairfax Financing Authority (FFA) as required by the By-Laws and adopt a resolution establishing a regular FFA meeting on August 19, 2020 – Executive Director(Town Manager)

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Reconvene as the Town Council

  1. Adopt a resolution authorizing the commencement of proceedings in connection with the issuance and sale of lease revenue bonds of the Fairfax Financing Authority to finance and refinance Town pension obligations to the California Public Employees’ Retirement system (CalPERS) in an approximate amount of $9,600.000, retaining an underwriter/placement agent, bond counsel, and disclosure counsel and directing certain actions  Town Manager, Finance Director

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Supplemental Item 1

Supplemental Item 2

  1. Receive report on the Town’s Business Recovery Programs and consider/discuss the establishment and funding for a residential rental assistance program –Town Manager

COUNCIL REPORTS AND COMMENTS (Brief announcements and reports on Councilmember assignments, committees and activities, including reports from meetings attended at Town expense.)




In memory of

Congressman John Lewis

Joseph Odom


If any of the matters described above is challenged in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at any public hearing described on this agenda, or in written correspondence delivered at, or prior to, this Council meeting. 

If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting due to disability, please contact the Town Clerk’s office prior to the meeting: (415) 453-1584 or  

Materials related to an item on this Agenda submitted to the Council after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection on the public counter at Town Hall in a folder next to the agenda packet. Such documents are also available on the Town’s Web site at “” subject to staff’s ability to post the documents before the meeting.

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