POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION MINUTES
February 10, 2022, 6:30 pm,
Zoom Membership meeting
635: Call to order – Ken Levin
Treasurer’s Report – Laura Arndt. Please pay dues $20 per member
Item 1: Dark Sky Update – Peggy Day, Laura Arndt - National Seashore, submitted application, ordinance progressing, Facebook page “Dark Sky West Marin,” Educating & outreach & stargazing very successful, thank you to Don Jolley.
Item 2: Dennis Rodoni - Community Outreach at next meeting (he will be our guest). CDA: New Assistant Director to Tom Lai - Sarah Jones. Chloe Cook is new H&HS manager at the Human Services Building in PRS.
Item 3: Caltrans Repaving Project Update - Ken Levin. Working on dead tree removal at school to facilitate path rejuvenation.
Item 4: Design Review Steve Antonaros, Ken Levin - Sustainable Plan for Point Reyes – Marin Economic Forum – development plan for West Marin, investment groups eyeing real estate in PRS
Comment: Do we have enough water? Suggestion: Need Sustainable Plan for Point Reyes. Committee formed: Frank B, Steve A , Peggy D, Chris H.
Suggestion to extend limited parking by extending the painted curb from Post Office to Wells Fargo Bank corner - Laura Arndt
Future for Grandi Building - Steve Antonaros discussion of new development permit application submitted by owner.
Housing Element Workshop update - Ken Levin - Marin County needs to designate over 3600 unit sites by Dec. 31, 2022. More info on county website
Announcements: Eileen Donnery, announced that Western Weekend will be happening this year on June 4, 5th. PRSVillage Assn will participate in planning.
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
FEB 11, 2020 (Zoom meeting)
6:38pm Call to order – Ken Levin
Minutes – January 2021 Minutes approved without objection
Item 1: Guest: Dennis Rodoni, Marin County Supervisor, Renaming Sir Francis Drake Blvd- received input from 300 people, hundreds of emails. Learning session. Historic Video presented. Discussion followed re name change, Q&A with Dewey Livingson, historian.
Recology rate hearing will be on Mar 16th.
Item 2: Design Review Committee: Steve Antonaros, Pamela Bridges DR to follow permitting applications in town. Lighting review to approach property owners/managers re: light trespass in town. Exploring a Dark Sky Designation in concert with Pont Reyes National Seashore.
Item 3: North Marin Water District: Peggy Day, Ken Levin NMWD to hold hearings re: rate increases, more info. at NMWD.com Moving ahead with permitting of second Gallagher well.
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION MINUTES
January 14, 2021 (Zoom meeting)
6:35pm Call to order – Ken Levin
Minutes – Jan 14, 2021 Minutes approved without objection
Item 1: Guest: Beth Nolan, Principal of West Marin and Inverness Schools, Children are back to school, going well. Some kids remain on remote learning for remainder of year, Some minor vandalism occurred, school addressing that by offering less damaging alternatives, Hoods to correct intrusive lighting on Bob Raine’s to do list.
Item 2: Lighting Review Committee, Steve Antonaros, Peggy Day
Lighting committee conducted two nightime skyscape/dark sky surveys, plan to approach property owners in order to bring town lighting in compliance with Point Reyes Community Plan. Newspaper to cover story. Frank Borodic to join Lighting Committee
Item 3: Design Review Committee, Steve Antonaros, Pamela Bridges
Mark and Kim to provide status update on Coast Guard Housing soon, Station House ongoing, PRSVA looking to get designated planner to keep VA apprised of permitting.
Item 4: Alliance of Coastal Marin Villages, Ken Levin
Important things happening with Coastal Commssion, working of strategic plan for next 4-5 years, Changes in villages up and down the coast, CC staff was making decisions ignoring the variability and uniqueness of villages. Language was inserted into strategic plan so local plans can dictate what happens in each locality. County plan would hopefully reflect what we want to preserve in our towns. After big push from alliance, Marin delegate understands issue.
Comment: Applaud efforts. We don’t want urbanization and modernization to creep out here. IF economy is driven by tourism, that might happen. Chamber of Commerce willing to help in any way.
Item 5: North Marin Water District: Peggy Day, Ken Levin Ken attending NMWD board meetings. They acknowledge there’s an issue out here with drinking water. Moving ahead through permitting applications for Gallagher #2 well. They will come up with a plan to provide lower saline water to community. This year is a dry year, related to diverting water from Kent Lake so salmon can migrate. NMWD working on new rate structure for WM.
Item 6: Goals for 2021: Keep tracking Green Bridge
Frank: Attending county meetings, Marin Recovers from COVID, etc. As we come out of this, we’re going to see an explosion of people coming out to town. Town is out of control. Issue in the past, how do we manage this? Important to get our viewpoints in. Marin Recovers helping tourism. Issue is we should be aware and have our ducks in a row when these issues come, and they will. I don’t see any strategy for dealing with WM. Our issue is people coming out here overwhelm us. Where do we go, Marin Recovers, led by Damon Connoly and Judy Arnold, comprised of a lot of businesses, looking at strategy going forward. Make sure Dennis is aware of our concerns. We have to collaborate between organizations out here to come up with a plan.
Rhonda; we can amplify that message. Have a conversation with Dennis at next meeting?
Comment: They shut down Pierce Point 2 week ago, fights for parking spots, need crowd control
Announcements: Cal Trans/Rt. 1 repaving—2023, will make presentation to town in future.
SFDB Name change, Rodoni to attend next meeting. Zoom meeting on Monday with Katie Rice overview of everything. Dewey Livingston on panel.
Adjournment Motion: David, Second Rhonda. 8:18 pm
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
MINUTES –NOV 13, 2020
Call to order 6:31 pm – Ken Levin
No Treasurer’s Report
Minutes of August 2020 & October 2020 Approved without objection.
Item 1: Jim Grossi, North Marin Water District – District 1 (our) Representative.
Born into ranching, became engineer, worked in West Marin for Stuber and Stroeh for years. Wants residents to know he is available to us. This year the salinity levels have been increasing exponentially. The fire department took extra water for the fire out here and NMWD is working with MCFD to find out how much they used and if they can use salt water or park water in the future. NMWD drilled another well on the Gallagher Ranch that seems like it will work. Now they have to obtain permits. Goal is to have two upper wells providing sufficient non-salinated water by next summer.
Ken: Reiterated the water district should provide safe drinking water to those who can’t afford to obtain it from other sources during periods of high salinity. Also, the district is selling our water for construction work; some of that income could be used to provide water to people who need it.
Jim Grossi: Promised to bring these issues up with NMWD immediately and find out how much water was used to fight fires.
Reps from PRSVA to attend next NMWD Board of Directors meeting.
Steve Antonaros: Water slimy to touch. Is there something to be done to protect water heaters?
Pam: The water is affecting glazes at local ceramic shop. Plus, it is unpalatable. Suggestion for a reverse osmosis system.
Bob Johnston: Why is district supplying three ranches?
Grossi: Right now system isn’t pumping water to ranches. It is trucked. Ranches don’t enjoy the same priority as municipal customers. NMWD is re-examining their West Marin service area boundary.
Item 2: Mark Switzer – Nominating committee, Mark, Rayychel, Melanie, Peggy, Cindy. Contacted existing officers to see if they were prepared to serve another term; sent email to membership; invited nominations; no other nominations received; met & formed slate; sent slate to membership. Slate 2021: President: Ken Levin, VP: Pam Bridges, Secretary: Peggy Day, Treasurer: Laura Arndt. Design Review Committee: Chair: Steve Antonaros, Members: Pam Bridges, Jon Fernandez, Roy Pitts, Mike McClaskey, Randall Fleming.
Motion: Mark: That the present slate of officers as well as Design Review nominees be elected. Chuck: Second. Motion passed with majority vote
Item 3: Point Reyes Station Community Plan Review Committee –Steve Antonaros: Discussed looking at the Community Plan (last edition: 2001) and seeing what needs updating. Suggests creating addenda section for additions, rather than editing existing text. This is something we will want to take up in the future.
Item 4: Design Review Committee – Steve Antonaros, Pam Bridges.
Rhonda: Check with CLAM for their statistics
Mark: The initial success of the community program stalled. For homeowners, providing handicapped access and eliminating barriers are issues and possible problems. The scope is a question and that would impact water consumption and septic load. Program more attractive in areas with sewers rather than septic systems. ABAG determines the number of low-income housing units unincorporated Marin must make available.
B: The Station House Café is moving to the site vacated by Osteria Stellina and plans to expand into the gift shop. Review with planning department because of changes, getting septic analyzed for capacity. Is there adequate parking? DR in conversation with owner, Sheryl Cahill.
C: Lighting Issue: complaints about new lights at school and the glare on nearby houses. Steve sent email to Superintendent Raines spelling out need for light shields. Not a big project. That’s been an issue. PRSVA should have relationship with school and district going forward.
Laura: We need to expand nighttime lighting analysis to all of downtown. Big lights on at Cowgirls, Wells Fargo, etc. The 2007 Countywide Plan has recommendations.
Lighting Committee volunteers: Rhonda, Peggy, Pam, Laura, Steve.
Announcements: Rhonda: We should invite members of Abriendos Caminos (Creating Pathways) to our meetings. They have funding for leadership development.
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
Membership Meeting 7/9/20 via Zoom
Call to Order 6:34pm -Ken Levin Introductions and welcome Guests. Stacy Laumann, Project Manager for CLAM, Bradon Cartwright, reporter for Point Reyes Light
1. Update on Coast Guard - Stacy Laumann. The developer will be Eden Housing. Due to Covid-19, next steps are delayed until August. Group is still meeting and doing internal business, discussing County goals for project and CLAM’s goals. Will create a vision and then have a conversation with the community. Such issues as: How the community can influence site design Sustainability, zero energy use, advanced methods of water reclamation/reuse. People are welcome to visit the site now, if gate is open. Current plan is for 36 units, housing approx.150 people. Permit will be for “remodel.” Path easement exists to WM School
2. Concerns of Town over Covid-19 precautions and compliance: Crowding on sidewalks, people not wearing masks, noticeable increase in visitor traffic and concern for locals exposure, spread of the virus. Community member suggested a banner across the road by the pharmacy reminding people to wear a mask. Discussion regarding placement and types of signs. Ken will discuss concerns with Dennis and request county support and involvement. Announcement that 17 picnic tables in downtown have been removed from public use due to health issues. This was a result of members contacting business owners and requesting they remove tables to discourage unsafe picnicking in town. Thanks to the owners. Suggestion: Letter to downtown businesses from PRSVA thanking them for having mask signs.
3. PG and E- notice sent out from PGE about their upcoming inspection of power lines using a helicopter flying as low as 100 ft - scheduled for the month of August, M-F Hope that it will be a one-time overflight, primarily along rural transmission lines.
4. Design Review- Steve Antonaros No DR Meetings or new projects to report on. Steve reported on his efforts to meet with other interested community group leaders and CLAM to discuss how to remove barriers and obstacles to the creation of new ADU's (Accessory Dwelling Units) in West Marin. Those obstacles are mostly but not entirely due to current septic system requirements which make it unfeasible for many homeowners to add a small unit for rental and for CLAM's Real Community Rentals program. Letter sent to Senator McGuire to begin conversation at the State level to see what changes can be made to make it easier to build local community housing.
Bob Johnston- County has instituted new short-term rental policy with specific limitations.
5. Tree stump on Wells Fargo property- member voices concern re: unsightliness of tree stump and tripping hazard . PRSVA to write letter to Wells Fargo re: tree stump removal/replanting
Point Reyes Station Village Association Minutes - June 11, 2020
Call to order 6:40
May Minutes approved without objection
1) Check in - Concerns/ check in
Roy Pitts: Covid-19 testing at Coastal Health Alliance: 1X/week. Free to essential workers
KWMR doing weekly report
2) Roy Pitts: Food Program
WMCS - 1500 meals since March 1. Threefold increase in demand. Food provided. Good data collected for tracking purposes. Patty Lyons (Marin County) Sites: Tomales, Point Reyes Station, Bolinas, S.G. Valley - need to be supported for sustained operation. Seniors “overfed”, need to find other underserved in need.
SF/Marin Food Bank
3) Lynn Axelrod-Disaster Emergency Preparedness
Potential upcoming power outages. Need help staffing emergency charging stations (WM School ?) Volunteers: Mark, Cindy, David Steve, Laura offered to help
4) Steve Antonaros - Design Review Committee
A. Strober Trust "Gallery" 60 Third Street. residential to commercial conversion. Waiting for County to post status?. Conditions for permit. May revert to residential?? Letter to County sent.
B. ADA Public Restroom ramp on Mesa Rd- final proposal in, basic ramp with landscaping and railings
C. Gas Station- questions regarding what kind of prepackaged food, more garbage created.
5) Goings on about Town
Several commercial buildings for sale. How will this affect downtown businesses and services what change in ownership will we see. Need business that support essential needs. Appreciation of essential services available in our town at present: Gas station, vehicle repair, bank, Post Office, food market, deli.
May 14, 2020
Zoom Membership Meeting
Convened: 6:30 p.m.
February Minutes accepted without change
Supervisor Rodoni: Update
https://marinrecovers.com/ website concerning reopening of businesses. Site/business-specific reopening plans
County now has 24-hour test result turn-around. 15 minute is coming
Small village concerns on reopening of parks/beaches. County is watching data for impact of reopening decision. Suggests residents stay home on the weekends.
Wash hands – wear masks – 6 feet distance
Rest rooms in parks will reopen
900 parking citations issued since outset
No enforcement/crowd control in town unless deliberate coughing/spitting etc
Masks “should” be worn outdoors when near others, “must” be worn inside businesses .
There have been ten cases of Covid-19 in West Marin. So far, at least five have recovered. No deaths.
Design Review Committee
Strober Trust Coastal Permit/Use Permit:
Residential to commercial change of use. Septic and parking considerations. ADA ramp. No sidewalk (?) “Events” may be a future concern.
Point Reyes (gas) Station:
Parking plan revised. Space that encroached on “corner” has been eliminated
*Discussion of possible changes to Station House Café site
Adjourned: 8:25 p.m.
Notes from Leadership Circle meeting (via Zoom) on April 16
1.REPORT FROM (ZOOM) QUARTERLY MEETING with members of the Alliance of Coastal Marin Villages and Supervisor Dennis Rodoni - Ken Levin
*Management of the Coast Guard project has been awarded unanimously by BOS to CLAM/Eden. Thanks to all who wrote letters and emails of support.
*Covid-19: RENTAL ASSISTANCE- requests for help have exceeded the money available in the County's special fund. County seeking more from private foundations etc.
West Marin Fund has established a Covid Emergency Response Fund to help those in need with groceries, medical supplies, etc. people are directed to West Marin Community Services, Bolinas Community Land Trust or San Geronimo Community Center for more information and/or to apply.
* New TAX-SUPPORTED FIRE PREPAREDNESS AGENCY is getting organized and gearing up for the coming fire season.
* MARIN COUNTY FAIR - Cancelled this year for reasons of public safety.
* Dennis is pleased with "90% - 95% compliance" with the stay home, stay safe Public Health Order. Further enforcement in those situations where people are gathering too closely and/or unmasked is not to be expected at this time. (Let's see what will happen after the mandatory masks in public goes into effect on April 22.)
* SLOW START TO LOOSENING OF RESTRICTIONS BY REGION: - this might happen as soon as early May. Discussions between Gov Newsome and various county supervisors and health departments resulted in a list of criteria to be met by each region/county prior to any loosening of restrictions.
These are the criteria:
1. Wide spread monitoring: testing, tracing, isolating must be in place.
2 .Plan must be in place to protect the most vulnerable (seniors, infirm etc)
3. Health Care/Hospital capacity proven adequate for any anticipated surge in the disease
4. Treatment and prevention plans must be in place.
5. Safety regulations in place for childcare facilities, schools, businesses
6. Ability to reinstate regulations if needed
We will be dealing with a "new normal" for some time to come.
2. CALTRANS- Steve Antonaros
Steve will be making a request that the oak tree at Pt Reyes Petaluma road be trimmed.
New crosswalk signs in town are very bright. To indicate to motorists that the crosswalks are there.
3 AGENDA ITEMS- PRSVA is not holding regular meetings at this time, if you have a topic or issue for consideration by the Leadership Group please
contact us by email or telephone.
4.Pamela and Laura to contact Marin County Health and Human Services to ask how PRSVA can help prepare the village for the pending loosening of restrictions.
5. KWMR: Ken will be on Jeff Looman's 8-9 a.m. Monday morning radio program (With Eyes Open) to discuss West Marin issues.
6. PRSVA needs a Secretary to join the Executive Committee/Leadership Council.
Stay home, wear your mask, wash your hands
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
JANUARY 9, 2020 MINUTES
Call to Order: 18:32
November minutes approved without objection Treasurers report
• DESIGN REVIEW REPORT – Steve Antonaros
Update, county has purchased the property from CG. Asked agencies to submit proposals
for managing and owning it. Clam and EDEN will be submitting joint proposal. Staff will make recommendation to BOS, possibly by Mar 1st. Clam and Eden are asking for support letters from individuals. Copy of sample letter distributed.
Motion: Mark. Propose PRSVA consider reaffirming support of CLAM & Eden. Motion, Second, approved without objection.
3. MEMBERSHIP DUES UPDATE — Ken – Action item: increase to $30?
Ken proposed increasing to $40 a year. Added expenses anticipated.
Several motions made and Points of Order clarified. Final motion: Roy: Move to increase dues to $40 a year with provisions for hardship. Second: Mark. Vote deferred until February meeting to give required notice to membership in order to change Bylaws.
4. CSA/D RODONI SUBCOMMITTEES – Update Peggy & Ken Levin - Short discussion of structure of committees.
ADJOURN 7:56. Motion: Mark, Second Steve. Passes without objection
Respectfully submitted, Peggy Day
POINT REYES STATION VILLAGE ASSOCIATION MAY 9, 2019 - MINUTES
6:37 Call to Order- Ken Levin
Minutes approved without objection.
Treasurer's Rept. None.
1. Safe Routes to School Update — Peggy Day
Results of comment cards from (date) meeting at West Marin School presented. Next meeting with update from CalTrans/DPW/Wendi Kallins will be May 20th. Grant proposals will be open this summer.
2. West Marin Collaborative meeting — Peggy
At least 30 agencies have signed a confidentiality contract to participate in “Houses First,” a program for the chronically homeless in Marin County. The county is now rolling the program west after success in San Rafael where 125 homeless people were placed in rentals using Section 8 vouchers. The program will provide a communications platform for all agencies to share information and to provide a case manager and a response team to complaints from the community. A concerted effort is underway in West Marin. HHS is spearheading the effort and will present a community forum this summer. PRSVA will be a sponsor. Hotline — 415-473-HOME
3. Public bathrooms – deferred to next meeting.
4. Water Survey progress –- Ken Levin
Encourage everyone in Point Reyes to complete survey. Monitor whether results reflect opinion of residents and not predetermined.
5. C Street signs –
Discussion of mitigating impact on stock trucks overnighting prior to going to ranches.
The signs are up and compliance was immediate.