PRSVA Minutes February 13, 2020 Meeting
- Call to Order 6:35 PM
1. Call for a volunteer to act as Secretary - Contact Ken 663-9666, Request made to Members to ask around.
2. Discussion of Membership increasing to $40/yr from current $20/yr; Ken suggests tabling item after additional discussion. Ideas offered include: 1) Two levels/kinds of membership i.e., $20 and $40 per yr. 2) Sending an envelope out to members (to return with dues) and include a place to check an additional box for an additional amount/donation 3) Special Guest donation to support more speakers 4) Rhonda volunteered to assist with getting membership online and/or with organizing membership lists. Ken recommends raising issue again later in year. Chuck recommends paying $20/hr for a secretary
3. No on D presentation by Jean Berensmeir and Nancy Binzen. Jean described the initiation of the San Geronimo Community Plan; started by an ad-hoc planning group with support of then Supervisor Giacomini; took 5 yrs and had two main goals: 1) Keeping the valley rural and 2) Protecting existing resources. The Yes on D effort was started by Niz Brown with the help of Charles Hardeman, a developer. Having other cities in the county vote on local plans goes against the whole point of local control/local planning. Member suggested placing a full page ad with locals names who are opposed. One person spoke in favor of preserving the golf course.
4. Septic Field Trip: Dennis Rodoni hosted a group of three VA members on a Sacramento tour of a recently completed project (by the firm ArchNexus) which used multiple Clivus Multrum toilets in a green building demonstration project which recycles water, solid waste and compost. This trip was intended to inform the design of the planned Mesa Road Restroom facility. Several Marin County staff, including Brian Crawford, Director of the Community Development Agency, also joined us on the tour.
5. Alliance of Coastal Villages met to discuss letters to the California Coastal Commission; Letter sent to CCC reminding them that “protecting coastal villages” is a key goal of the Coastal Act and urging them to incorporate it into their 15 yr strategic plan.
6. Community Outreach and Announcements:
a. Chamber of Commerce representative, Frank Borodic spoke to members about collaborating on shared
interest issues (which we all discuss in our separate groups) as a way to gain more power collectively and as a way of increasing our voice in matters. We all agree, for example, that a well designed visitor survey/study geared toward identifying the economic impacts from visitors would be a good place to collaborate. The first joint meeting with the Chamber is scheduled for the March 12, 2020 meeting
b. Report on large well attended meeting (over 100 people) sponsored by West Marin Health and Human Services intended as a community building collaboration between citizens of West Marin. Meeting was bi-lingual.
c. West Marin Rotary Club meeting; attended by Laura Arndt, she reported on the structure of the meetings and how the group supports a wide range of educational and community events
d. Fire Safe Homes; the upcoming program we are sponsoring with the Inverness Association, Gardening Club - Fire Safe Gardening: 3- 5 pm, Dance Palace