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Notice of Special Meeting: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: May 23, 2017

Time: 6:30 a.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

  pdf AGENDA (109 KB)

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 22, 2017

Date: April 22, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

 AGENDA

Strategic Plan

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Wildfire Hazard & WUI Assessment

SLEEPY HOLLOW (CA) WILDFIRE HAZARD & WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE (WUI) AREA ASSESSMENT AND REPORT 

wildfire hazard assessment coverSHFPD adopted our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report at the March 11, 2017 meeting.  The final document is now available for download, below.

Download  Report

Highlights include:  Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.  

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Comprehensive Fire Inspection Program Begins in May

In March 2017, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) adopted the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  This comprehensive report analyzes risk, identifies specific hazards, and outlines steps needed to help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Sleepy Hollow.

Following two public planning meetings, SHFPD approved the implementation of the report’s recommendations, beginning with additional free chipper days, wildfire education programs, parcel-by-parcel hazard inspections, and many other preparedness and prevention programs recommended in the report. 

Wildfire Hazard Inspections Begin in Late May.  Is Your Home Prepared?

Beginning late May, a team of fire inspectors from Marin County and Ross Valley Fire Departments will begin annual wildfire hazard inspections of all parcels in Sleepy Hollow.  These hazard inspections will be more thorough than in years past, and will provide homeowners with valuable written input on specific ways to reduce the hazard near your home.  Data collected will help us map and better understand the risk across the whole community.  Some parcels, especially those near open space, may receive an even more thorough inspection, and all homeowners will have an opportunity for dialogue with wildfire experts.

If you receive a hazard violation notice, you’ll have 30 days to correct the issues before a re-inspection occurs.  Although defensible space and other measures specified in the notices are required by law, we intend to use this opportunity to work with all property owners to collaboratively reduce risk while  educating residents about wildfire hazards.

Please use the tips on the inside of this pamphlet to selectively reduce flammable vegetation on your property, and take advantage of our free chipper days to help with disposal.  Don’t forget to use fire resistant plants (www.firesafemarin.org/plants), and design your landscaping to beautify your home while improving fire resistance. 

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Reminder: Free Chipper Days May 5 & 6

May 5-6, 2017, bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.  We will “chip” up to 5 cubic yards of freshly-cut limbs and brush between 1/2” and 8” diameter.  Soft material, raked leaves, and grass clipping can’t be chipped and must be disposed of in your green waste can.  This is a $150-$250 value!

2017 Sleepy Hollow Free Chipper Days

May 5-6.  DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM

July 1-2 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

August 26-27 CURBSIDE PICK-UP

Pick-up on street in front of your house 9AM-4PM.  Online registration is MANDATORY, beginning 4 weeks prior at www.shfpd.org/chipper.

October 7 DROP-OFF ONLY

Drop-off at end of Butterfield Rd.  9AM-3PM


Drop-off Chipper Days

Bring your freshly cut materials to the end of Butterfield Rd for free disposal (Sleepy Hollow residents only).  Our crews will help you unload and will dispose of cut material at no cost.

Curbside Pick-up Chipper Days

Our crews will visit your home and pick up material (must be NEATLY stacked at your curbside, with cut ends facing the street).  Online registration is required, beginning 4 weeks prior to event at www.shfpd.org/chipper.  Up to 5 cubic yards of material will be disposed.  Additional material may be picked up if arranged in advance.

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DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan Released

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District has developed the DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan to guide the District over the next five years.  The strategic planning process provides an opportunity for our Directors to clarify the District's mission, vision, and expectations.  The document should be viewed as a first step towards improving fire safety and emergency preparedness in our District.  

Please plan to attend the Saturday, April 22, 2017 meeting at 10:00 am to review and comment the DRAFT plan.

NEW!   pdf DRAFT 2017 Strategic Plan (850 KB)

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 11, 2017

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Date: April 11, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

  pdf AGENDA (74 KB)

pdf Request for Interest - Providers of Services In Support of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Community Wildfire Planning, Preparation & Mitigation. (118 KB)

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days 2017

NEXT CHIPPER DAY: MAY 5 & 6 (DROP-OFF ONLY)

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will conduct four chipper days in 2017!   The first will be a DROP-OFF chipper day Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2017.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and bring us your cut material - we'll dispose of the vegetation at no cost to you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

2017 Chipper Day Schedule

May 5 & 6, 2017
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time(s): 9AM-3PM (May 5) 9AM-3PM (May 6)
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 
July 1-2, 2017
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
August 26-27, 2017 (tentative)
Curbside Pick-Up
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the curbside in front of your home.
Online registration required!
 
October 7, 2017 (to coincide with the creek clean up)
DROP-OFF ONLY
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: End of Butterfield Rd.
No registration required
 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 CHIPPER DAYS.  YOUR EFFORTS HELPED SLEEPY HOLLOW ACHIEVE NATIONAL FIREWISE COMMUNITY RECOGNITION!

For questions about the chipping service, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Notice of Special Meeting: March 11, 2017 10:00 AM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING


Date: March 11, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


  pdf AGENDA (64 KB)

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Notice of Special Meeting: February 15, 2017 6:30 PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING


Date: February 15, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Place: 1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


  pdf AGENDA (140 KB)

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Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Planning Meeting, February 4: Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment

Please plan to attend the public review and planning meeting for the Sleepy Hollow Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report, February 4 at 9:00AM

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Submit WRITTEN Comments

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

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DRAFT Wildfire Hazard & WUI AREA Assessment Published

Dear Sleepy Hollow Resident,

wildfire hazard assessment cover

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) is proud to announce that through our investment in prevention projects we have achieved national accreditation as a Firewise Community/USA®.  In addition, we have completed the first draft of our Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  The document is now available on our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise).  Highlights include: Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability.   We strongly encourage you to review this very comprehensive report and attend a planning meeting to be held at the Sleepy Hollow Community Center on Saturday, February 4 at 9:00AM.

REVIEW DRAFT REPORT

Report Review Timeline

  1. Saturday, February 4, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Community Center: Public Planning Meeting

    1. Document review

    2. Questions and Answers

    3. Public Comment

  1. January 15 – February 12

    1. Written comment accepted as well as email and/or online at our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise)

  1. Friday February 17

    1. Final draft will be posted online

    2. New open period for email and online comment

  1. Saturday, March 11, 10:00AM-12:00PM at Community Center: SHFPD Board meeting

    1. Short review of final draft and process

    2. Public comment on final draft

    3. Consideration of acceptance of report

When the planning is complete and the document is finalized, we will conduct a strategic planning process to develop a timeline for implementation of various projects.  We anticipate that several projects will be started in the Spring of 2017.   For implementation of our strategic plan to be successful, community support and participation is essential.   We believe this plan will be the roadmap to making us the best prepared Fire District in the County, if not the State.

Please refer to our website (www.shfpd.org/firewise) for additional information and/or to email the Plan Manager, Rich Shortall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any questions.

Rich Shortall
SHFPD Director/President

Tom Finn
SHFPD Director/Secretary

Chris Warner
SHFPD Director/Treasurer

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Sleepy Hollow Receives Firewise Community Recognition

Firewise Communities

Sleepy Hollow is Now a Firewise Community!

Sleepy Hollow was accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow.   Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.

Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk.   In 2016, Sleepy Hollow became one of more than 1300 recognized Firewise Communities in the US, taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community!

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Congratulations to all residents who have participated in Firewise activities in Sleepy Hollow to help us achieve this milestone!

Learn more at www.shfpd.org/firewise.

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1/7/2017: Flash Flood Watch & High Wind Warning

Updated 1/7/2017 11:52AM PST

A VERY WET STORM SYSTEM IS APPROACHING MARIN THIS WEEKEND.  RAIN WILL START SATURDAY AND BECOME EXTREMELY HEAVY SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT.  HEAVY RAIN ON ALREADY SATURATED SOILS IS PREDICTED TO LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING OF AREA STREAMS AND RIVERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE ROSS VALLEY.

"The National Weather Service reports that the "atmospheric river" has shifted north of its original predicted path, which means nearly TWICE THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL originally predicted for Marin County.  The start of the storm is predicted to be at 4:00PM Saturday and will continue until late Sunday.  The highest intensity is still expected to be from 10:00PM Saturday to 4:00AM Sunday.

The NWS has indicated a high confidence level for Corte Madera Creek over-topping between 4-6AM Sunday morning!

The incoming storm is now predicted to bring 3” to 5” of rain along the Marin County coastal and bay-side lower elevations, with coastal mountains expecting 5” to 10”.  Mt. Tam may receive up to 12” of rain between 4PM today and 10PM Sunday night.  Intensities at times are predicted to be at least 1.0” to 1.5”/hour throughout the County.

A predicted high tide at 07:22AM of 6.45-ft means that the tide will be coming-in during the most intense part of the storm.  A residual range from 0.5-ft to 2.0-ft may occur as a result of the high winds and lower pressures.  As a result, flooding in areas influenced by tidal waters is likely during this time.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, Mill Valley, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, GGNRA, Stinson Beach, Novato, San Rafael, Seminary Drive and the Highway 101/1 interchange at Manzanita.

PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK IN KEY AREAS FROM 4:00PM SATURDAY TO 10:00PM SUNDAY:

  • 3” to 5” in lower elevations of Marin
  • 5” to 10” over the coastal hills and mountain ranges
  • Up to 12” over Mt. Tamalpais

TIDE OUTLOOK:

High-tides for the next week are on an upward trend.   With tide residuals reaching above predicted tops, tidally influenced flood-prone areas will likely see flooding on Saturday and Sunday. For Monday through Thursday, predicted heights are expected to be above 6.5-ft, so expect flooding in flood-prone areas over these three days.

FLASH FLOODING:

A "FLASH FLOOD WATCH" MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE PREDICTED TO DEVELOP THAT MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.  FLASH FLOODING IS AN EXTEMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY SHOULD "FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS" BE ISSUED.

Monitor the Ross Valley Fire Department Creek Levels and Weather page here...

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Notice of Regular Meeting: November 22, 2016 7:00PM

Date:  November 22, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

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REVISED! Notice of Special Meeting: November 7, 2016 7:00PM

REVISED!  The meeting agenda for the November 7, 2016 has been revised.

Meeting Date: November 7, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

2016-11-07_Special_Notice_Revised.pdf

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UPDATED! Notice of Special Meeting: November 7, 2016 7:00PM

Please note that the meeting agenda for November 7, 2016 has been revised.

Meeting Date: November 7, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


Agenda

2016-11-07_Special_Notice_Revised.pdf

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Notice of Special Meeting: October 5, 2016 7:00PM

Date:  October 5, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


pdfAgenda

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Don't Forget! Creek Clean & Chipper Day Up October 1

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fourth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 1. This year we’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves). We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or wish for the creek corps to bypass your area, please contact Eric at 415-748- 4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHIPPER DAY TOO! Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring your excess branches and we will chip them for you!  If you need help hauling your debris please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation.  For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 1st, please contact Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THIS IS A DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY.  NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  

SATURDAY,  OCTOBER 1, 8AM-2PM

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CREEK CLEANUP & DROP-OFF CHIPPER DAY: SAT, OCTOBER 1!

Get your garden gloves and yard waste cans ready for the Fourth Annual Sleepy Hollow Creek Cleaning Day on Saturday, October 1. This year we’re asking creek-side residents to clean their section of the creek AND we’re asking ALL residents to clean out drainage areas on their property of anything that could cause localized flooding (e.g. yard waste, broken branches, leaves). We’ll be at the clubhouse at 8am to coordinate efforts if you need any help or guidance. If you live on the creek and know of any issues or wish for the creek corps to bypass your area, please contact Eric at 415-748- 4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CHIPPER DAY TOO! Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the creek cleaning.  Bring your excess branches and we will chip them for you!  If you need help hauling your debris please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation.  For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 1st, please contact Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is a drop-off chipper day.  No registration is required!  

Saturday,  October 1, 8AM-2PM

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Notice of Regular Meeting

Date:  September 13, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


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Notice of Regular Meeting: June 13, 2016, 7:00PM

Date:  June 13, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Reminder: Drop-Off Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!

Reminder: Drop-Off Chipper Day This Sunday, June 5!

DROP OFF ONLY AT END OF BUTTERFIELD ROAD!

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) Sunday, June 5, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: June 5, 2016
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 5th, please contact FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District will offer a curbside chipper program mid-late summer, 2016, to accomodate residents who attend our free Firewise training on June 11 (and give them time to apply the lessons they learn!).  Sign up for our newsletter to receive first notice of the dates!


June 5, 2016 CHIPPER DAY INFORMATION

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN  sponsor “Chipper Days" each spring and fall for all residents of the District.  To participate in the June 5 chipper day, you must drop off material for disposal at the end of Butterfield Road.

1. CREATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

2. DROP OFF MATERIAL
  1. Crews will be located at the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.
  2. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).
  3. Limbs and branches, 1" to 6" diameter,  brush, woody material, broom are OK!  NO Grass, loose leaves, or soft plants (dispose of these in green cans, please).  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped.
3. QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org/chipper

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Sign Up for the FREE Firewise Class June 11

Sign Up for the FREE Firewise Class June 11
Help Protect Sleepy Hollow From a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  

Last year, our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class Saturday, June 11, 2016!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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We Need Sleepy Hollow Residents to Attend the FREE Firewise Class This Saturday!

We Need Sleepy Hollow Residents to Attend the FREE Firewise Class This Saturday!
PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY.  Help Us Fill 20 Remaining Seats!

Your Attendance Will Help Protect Sleepy Hollow From a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  Recruit a neighbor!  We have

Last year, our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class Saturday, June 11, 2016!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Spring Chipper Day: June 5

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District, Ross Valley Fire Department, and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) Sunday, June 5, 2016.   Clean up your property to create defensible space and help prevent wildfires in Sleepy Hollow, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: June 5, 2016
Time: 9AM-3PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 5th, please contact FIRESafe MARIN Coordinator Todd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sleepy Hollow Fire PRotection District will offer a curbside chipper program mid-summer, 2016, to accomodate residents who attend our free Firewise training on June 11 (and give them time to apply the lessons they learn!).

 

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: May 18, 2016

SLEEPY HOLLOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 


Date:  May 18, 2016

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo


AGENDA

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Don't Forget to Sign Up for the June 11 Firewise Class!

Don't Forget to Sign Up for the June 11 Firewise Class!
Help ensure Sleepy Hollow doesn't suffer a tragedy like the Valley Fire!  

Our neighbors just two counties away suffered an incredible, yet largely preventable, tragedy less than one year ago when the Valley Fire in Lake County burned nearly 2000 homes in just a few hours.   This type of fast moving wildfire can happen in Sleepy Hollow!  In order to save your home, don't forget to sign up for the FREE Sleepy Hollow Firewise Class June 11!

This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Sat, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Notice of Vacancy: Board of Directors

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is seeking applicants for one available position on its Board of Directors.  Applicants must be a resident and registered voter of the District.  One applicant will be appointed by the Board to serve until November 2017, at which time the appointee must stand for election if he or she wishes to serve the remainder of a four-year term which expires in November 2019.

Since 1949, the District has been responsible for responsible for fire protection and emergency services in Sleepy Hollow and in the adjacent area of The Alameda.  Until July 2010, the District contracted with the Town of San Anselmo for these services from the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD), at the time a joint operation of the Towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax.  Effective July 2010, the District joined the RVFD as a full voting member.  The Town of Ross followed two years later.  The three municipalities plus the District comprise the RVFD Joint Powers Authority. 

The District Board consists of three Directors who are publicly elected and serve for four-year terms.   The Directors serve in the capacity of President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the District.  The current vacancy on the Board carries with it the position of Treasurer.  The District is also allocated one seat on the Board of Directors of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority and two seats on the Board of Directors of the RVFD Joint Powers Authority.  These seats are also filled by District Directors.

The Board meets regularly on the third Thursday of February, May, August, and November, and occasionally at other times as needed.  These meetings are open to the public.  Directors  may also represent the District at meetings of other public agencies.  Candidates should be able to dedicate time to meetings as well as to the responsibilities of the office of Treasurer.  Knowledge of public agency financial matters is desirable but not mandatory.

The Board will interview each applicant at as public meeting prior to making the appointment. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m, on May 9, 2016 to be considered.  The anticipated appointment date is on or about May 20, 2016.

Applications and additional information are available upon request to Thomas Finn, Director/Secretary (415) 256-8300, or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New! Board Vacancy Application Packet

docxApplicant Questionnaire  |  pdfForm 700  |  pdfForm 700 Reference Packet

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Online Registration for June 11 Firewise Workshop

Online Registration is now available for the June 11 Firewise Workshop.  This free, one-day seminar provides an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by Pat Durland of the National Fire Protection Association, a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Sat, June 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (check in at 8:30)

Sleepy Hollow Community Center 
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Online registration is required - click here to register
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Sleepy Hollow Firewise Kickoff Meeting: Saturday, May 7, 2014

Sleepy Hollow Firewise Kickoff Meeting: Saturday, May 7, 2014

The first public planning meeting for the Sleepy Hollow Firewise Community project, open to all Sleepy Hollow residents.  We’ll discuss the benefits of living in a Firewise Community, provide resources, tips, and handouts, and ask for your input to help us make this a successful project.  Please attend!  Community support and participation is essential to implementing a successful plan.  This plan will serve as a roadmap to help Sleepy Hollow become among the best prepared communities in California.  For more information, please check www.shfpd.org/firewise.  3:00pm – 5:00pm

Please plan to attend this free introduction to the Sleepy Hollow Firewise Community project and opportunity to learn more about protecting your home and community from wildfire!

Date & Time

Sat, May 7, 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location

Sleepy Hollow Community Center
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Refreshments

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Sleepy Hollow Firewise Workshop: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sleepy Hollow Firewise Workshop: Saturday, June 11, 2016

A free, one-day seminar providing an overview of how homes ignite from wildfire, Firewise® principles, and actions residents can take to protect their home.  This is a great introductory course for concerned homeowners, agencies, community leaders, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about wildfires and the actions they can take to reduce wildfire losses.  

This is a full day course, geared toward concerned homeowners living in areas prone to wildfires.  Taught by a recognized national authority on wildfire preparedness, and attended by homeowners, firefighters, elected officials, and anyone interested in taking the next step towards making Sleepy Hollow "Firewise."

Seating is limited to 50 attendees.  9:00am – 4:00pm

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Date & Time

Sat, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Sleepy Hollow Community Center
1317 Butterfield Rd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

REGISTRATION is FREE!  Register online!

Online registration is required at www.shfpd.org
Limited to 50 attendees!
Registration will remain open until class is full.

REFRESHMENTS

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Attendees should bring their own lunch.

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Longtime Director Frank Berto to Retire

With much regret, we report that Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) Director and President Frank Berto has announced his  intent to retire from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Board May 1, 2016.   Frank's 33 years of service makes him the longest serving Director since SHFPD was established in 1949.

A Sleepy Hollow resident since 1958, Frank retired as Chief Instrument Engineer at Chevron Oil Company after a long and incredibly productive career.  Frank has served as both Vice-President and President of the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA), SHHA Pool Chairman, Scoutmaster of Troop 50 (with two sons as Eagle Scouts and one as Life Scout), and technical editor for "Bicycling" magazine and other publications.  He has authored four books on bicycling, the best-known being "The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle."  Frank has long served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita's Church, Fairfax, where the family attends.

Frank was elected to the SHFPD Board in 1982, serving as President in later years.  He represented Sleepy Hollow as a non-voting member of the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD) from 1995 until 2010 when, after years of effort, he helped Sleepy Hollow achieve two voting seats on the board.  Frank continued to serve as RVFD Director, and then as the RVFD Board President in 2012.  A founding member of the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) in 1982, he worked to ensure that every emergency medical response into Sleepy Hollow includes professional firefighter paramedics who are highly-trained and well equipped.

New Board Member Selection Process

Application Deadline May 9, 2016

President Frank Berto will be greatly missed when he retires, but our Board will continue to ensure that our community is well prepared for emergencies including supporting the excellent Ross Valley Fire Department, paramedic services, fire prevention programs, and disaster-related community preparedness projects.  The appointment of a SHFPD resident to fill the unexpired portion of Frank's current term will be made in accordance with Section 1780 of the California Government Code regarding vacancies for Special District Boards of Directors.  If you are interested in serving on the Board, please request an application from Director Tom Finn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We will interview prospective candidates at a meeting to be held later in May.   Additional information is available on our website, www.shfpd.org.

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 12, 2016, 8:00PM

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

Date:  April 12, 2016

Time:  8:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Notice of Regular Meeting: January 6, 2016

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District

DATE:  JANUARY 6, 2016

TIME:  7:00 P.M.

PLACE:  SLEEPY HOLLOW HOMES ASSOCIATION CLUBHOUSE

1317 BUTTERFIELD ROAD, SAN ANSELMO

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING: October 16, 2015

Date:  October 16, 2015

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Fall Chipper Day: October 3

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will have a chipper station located at the end of Butterfield (by the entrance to San Domenico) on the day of the fall creek cleaning, Saturday, October 3, 2015.   Clean up your property to create defensible space, or clear debris from your creek to help prevent winter flooding, then bring the vegetation on that day and we will chip it for you!  This service is available to Sleepy Hollow residents only.

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: At the end of Butterfield Road near the entrance to San Domenico School.

If you need assistance hauling your debris, please drop by the chipper station before 2pm (earlier if possible) and we will do our best to help coordinate pick-up and transportation - availability subject to demand.   For any questions about the chipping service, either on or before the 3rd, please contact FIRESafe MARIN CoordinatorTodd Lando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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FIRESafe MARIN to Host Public Meetings For CWPP Update

You are invited!  Marin County Fire Department & FIRESafe MARIN are actively working to complete an update to the 2005 Marin County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

We invite all interested parties to attend one of four CWPP public meetings:

6:00PM - 7:30PM

CENTRAL MARIN/ROSS VALLEY: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

SAN ANSELMO CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Southern Marin: Monday, October 12
Mill Valley Community Center - Mountain View Room
 
West Marin: Tuesday, October 13
Point Reyes, Red Barn/Bear Valley Visitor Center 
 
North Marin: Thursday, October 15
Novato, Margaret Todd Senior Center

 

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

A CWPP serves as a framework to prioritize future wildfire hazard protection, develop actions to reduce structural ignitability, and identify and prioritize potential fuel treatment, hazard mitigation, and restoration projects.

What can I expect at the public meeting?

Our team of wildfire scientists, fire officials, public land managers, and community volunteers will present the current state of wildfire science in Marin, and facilitate discussion and input to identify and prioritize potential projects.
Marin County Fire Department and FIRESafe MARIN seek to work with the public and stakeholders to identify areas of hazard and concern, and to work collaboratively to develop wildfire hazard mitigation solutions and guidelines that will be documented in an updated CWPP.
For more information, visit us at www.firesafemarin.org/cwpp

pdfPlease download and distribute our invitation flyer!

All public meetings and events sponsored or conducted by the County of Marin are held in accessible sites.
Requests for accommodations may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice), (415) 473-3232 (TDD/TTY) or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least five business days in advance of the event.
Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.
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Special Meeting Notice: June 26, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  JUNE 26, 2015
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Place:  Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: June 13, 14, 20, 21

Sleepy Hollow Chipper Days: June 13, 14, 20, 21

SHFPD will hold four scheduled chipper days in June 2015.  Chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days at your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

NEW! CHIPPER ZONES

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is now divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.

  • Zone 1: June 13
  • Zone 2: June 14
  • Zone 3: June 20
  • Zone 4: June 21

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On June 13 (Zone 1), June 14 (Zone 2), June 20 (Zone 3), June 21 (Zone 4)  our “Youth2Work” team will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

SHFPD will hold curbside pick-up chipper days  Septemebr 7 & 8 ! These door to door chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days in your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

FIND YOUR CHIPPER ZONE!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.  If demand is high, we may need to return Friday, September 9 to finish the pick-up.

  • Zone 1: September 7
  • Zone 2: September 7
  • Zone 3: September 8
  • Zone 4: September 8

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org.  The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On September 7 (Zone 1), September 7 (Zone 2), September 8 (Zone 3), September 8 (Zone 4)  ourcrews will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility for disposal.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Don't Forget! Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

Don't Forget! Sleepy Hollow Curbside Chipper Days: September 7 & 8, 2016!

SHFPD will hold curbside pick-up chipper days  Septemebr 7 & 8 ! These door to door chipper days are available to residents of Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District only.   If you live outside of the district, please inquire with Ross Valley Fire Department for potential chipper days in your neighborhood.

Chipper crews will dispose of up to 5 cubic yards of cut vegetation at no cost (approx 4'x4'x8', stacked).  Larger quantities must be pre-approved. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us for instructions if you need to dispose of extra material.

FIND YOUR CHIPPER ZONE!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2015-05-22-at-12.49.18-PM.pngSleepy Hollow is divided into 4 chipper zones.  Please locate your home's zone to determine the correct date for chipping.   You must register online or our crews will not dispose of material at your address.  Click here to view the "chipper zone" map and determine the date for chipping on your street.  If demand is high, we may need to return Friday, September 9 to finish the pick-up.

  • Zone 1: September 7
  • Zone 2: September 7
  • Zone 3: September 8
  • Zone 4: September 8

1.  REGISTER ONLINE

2. CREATE YOUR DEFENSIBLE SPACE

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents received a printed copy by mail in 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here.  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org.  The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).

3. STACK MATERIAL CURBSIDE

  1. CHIPPER CREWS WILL DISPOSE OF UP TO 5 CUBIC YARDS OF CUT VEGETATION AT NO COST (APPROXIMATELY 4'X4'X8', STACKED).  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Grass, loose leaves, and soft plants should be disposed of in green cans.  The chipper can only dispose of limbs, branches, and woody material.
  3. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
  4. No material should be greater than 6” in diameter.
  5. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  6. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  7. Crews may leave materials that exceed the quantity or specifications described.
  8. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

4. CHIPPER DAY PICKUP

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On September 7 (Zone 1), September 7 (Zone 2), September 8 (Zone 3), September 8 (Zone 4)  ourcrews will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to a composting facility for disposal.  There is no charge for this service.

QUESTIONS

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shpfd.org

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Notice of Special Meeting: April 22, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  APRIL 22, 2015

TIME:  5:30 P.M.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: February 14, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

DATE:  FEBRUARY 14, 2015

TIME:  9:30 A.M.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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EMERGENCY CENTER PROJECT: LETTER OF INTENT

The following provides the general terms and conditions of a proposed transaction between SHHA and SHFPD regarding the Emergency Space (as defined below).  This letter of intent represents an offer to negotiate terms between SHHA and SHFPD and is not binding upon either party until the preparation and execution of definitive documents. SHFPD may terminate negotiations with SHHA at any time in SHFPD’s sole and absolute discretion.

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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING: February 4, 2015

SLEEPY HOLLOW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING 


 Date:  February 4, 2015

Time:  5:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo


 TENTATIVE AGENDA

1. Call to Order/Roll Call.  The Meeting will be open to the public except with respect to those matters which the Board determines may fall under certain exception(s) under the Ralph M. Brown Act [Cal. Gov. Code §§54950 et seq.].  The Meeting is wheelchair accessible.  If accommodation for other disabilities is required, call (415) 454-2923.

2. Public Comment Period.  Public comment is invited concerning each agendized item.  Please limit comments to three minutes.  No Board action can be taken on any matter raised during the Public Comment Period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Board later in the Meeting.

3.Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes

4.Financial and Operations Reports, including budget, annual audit, etc.

5.Reports and discussion of (i) FIRESafe Marin matters, including SRAFPF grant application and Firewise Community certification matters; (ii) Ross Valley Fire Dept. matters, including draft District Fire Code; (iii) Ross Valley Paramedic Authority matters, including renewal of paramedic tax; and (iv) matters arising, including Directors’ reports and announcements.  

6.Adjournment 

  For more information or a copy of the Final Agenda, contact Tom Finn at 256-8300.

Affidavit of Posting

I hereby certify that I posted the above Notice in a conspicuous place accessible to the public at the following location(s) on January 31, 2015:

Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo, California 94960

___________________________

Thomas J. Finn, Secretary

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: January 28, 2015

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  

Date:  January 28, 2015

Time:  5:00 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: October 9, 2014

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

Date:  October 9, 2014

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Place:  Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse

1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

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San Domenico Fire Road Repair

At a recent Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District meeting, Mrs. Connie Berto called our attention to the fact that the fire road which starts across from the baseball diamond at San Domenico School and leads up to the ridge on land owned by the Marin County Open Space District was so damaged by rain runoff that it was virtually impassable for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.  Mrs. Berto and John Hanley, Director of the Youth2Work Program, met with authorities at San Domenico to develop a plan for repairing the road. Mr. Hanley enlisted the support of local contractor Westward Builders Incorporated to bring in the gravel and equipment necessary to make the repairs.

Members of the Youth2Work Program provided the heavy labor to spread the gravel and repair the roadway.   SHFPD provided all of the funding for the project. We are proud to be able to state that the fire road now is in good condition, emergency vehicles can use it for access, and the repairs should greatly lessen the chance for damage from future rains.   We thank Mrs. Berto, Mr. Hanley and his team, Terry Keast's Westward Builders and San Domenico School for making this important project possible.

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Sleepy Hollow “Chipper Day” August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor a “Chipper Day” for all residents of the District.  To participate, you must sign up through our new website, www.shpfd.org.  Chipper crews will visit your property and dispose of cut vegetation at no cost.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE CHIPPING!

1. Create Defensible Space (it's the law!)

Please review the  booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.”  All Sleepy Hollow residents should have received a printed copy by mail in early August, 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here...  It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping.   Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291). 

2.  Stack Material

  1. Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work    more efficiently.
  2. No material should be greater than 3” in diameter.
  3. Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
  4. All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
  5. Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.

3. Chipper Day Pickup

Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup.  On Sunday, August 24 our “Youth2Work” team will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to the Marin County Recycling Center.  There is no charge for this service

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Todd Lando and FIRESafe MARIN for providing a grant to help offset expenses, Supervisor Katie Rice for her support and assistance in planning the project, John Hanley's Youth2Work for providing the labor, Small World Tree Service for the truck and chipper, and The Sleepy Hollow Homes Association for spreading the word and supporting the project.

Questions

Please contact SHFPD Director Rich Shortall at 415 457-5271 or visit www.shfpd.org.  Our new website contains lots of information about the Fire District and the various services and projects we support.

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Report on Safety of PG&E Natural Gas System

On August 6, 2014 SHFPD Director Richard Shortall met with Ross Valley Fire Battalion Chief David Stasiowski and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Senior Public Safety Specialist James Wickham to discuss the safety of the natural gas distribution system in the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District.  Read a full report of the meeting and investigation here...

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NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING AND SOLICITATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING AND 
SOLICITATION OF PUBLIC COMMENT
 
COMMUNITY MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Saturday, August 9, 2014 July 5 to August 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo

The Directors of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD) are evaluating a request by the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) to participate in the Sleepy Hollow Community Center Rebuild Project (the Project). We are considering this Project because, consistent with our Strategic Plan available at www.shfpd.org), the new facility has been designed to serve as an emergency disaster center, a training and organizing center for community preparedness programs, and would include much needed office space for the SHFPD. Emergency-specific features of the facility would include emergency power and fuel for at least 96 hours, emergency drinking water sufficient for at least 96 hours, multiple backup communications systems, Red Cross-compliant sleeping accommodations for at least 65 people, equipment storage for neighborhood emergency response teams, and battery and cell phone chargers. Floor plans illustrating these emergency functions are available on our website along with information on compliance with Red Cross shelter and evacuation center standards.

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Wildfire Safety Tips - Create Defensible Space Today!

Wildfire Safety Tips - Create Defensible Space Today!

FIRESafe MARIN logoRoss Valley Fire Department wants to remind you that the fire season is here.  With the current drought situation, it is a good time to evaluate your property and make it a “Defensible Space” against the threat of wildfires.

Ross Valley Fire Department asks that all homeowners create “Defensible Space” around their homes.  This area should be a minimum of 100 feet of clearance around your home (or up to your property line).  The Defensible Space area is the area where you’ve modified the landscaping to give your house the best chance to survive on its own – greatly improving the odds for firefighters who are defending your neighborhood.  If your home is on a slope or subject to high winds, extend the distance of this zone to the area that is recommended for your property.  You can review videos and see a sample home with defensible space by going to our website www.rossvalleyfire.org and clicking on Prevention, then Defensible Space from the main page.  If you would like to schedule an inspection of your property, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information and someone will contact you to make an appointment.

In recent years, the focus of fire prevention has changed. While the end goal of preventing catastrophic loss of life, property, and natural resources has remained the same, the strategies and tactics involved have been modified. Increasing fuel loads have made today's wildland fires harder to control, expensive to suppress, and a threat to the lives of firefighters and civilians. Potential negative wildland fire consequences now involve more than blackened acres and property loss. When today's wildland fires spread, they often burn with intense heat and erratic fire behavior, severely impacting and even altering ecosystems and communities. Reactive fire suppression programs must evolve into proactive fire management programs that effectively apply fire prevention and hazardous fuels reduction techniques to not only reduce unwanted fire ignitions, but also minimize damages and personnel exposure from wildfires.   

Here’s what you can do:

Maintain a Survivable Space - "Things You Can Do Today"

  • Remove – dead and dying grass, shrubs and trees
  • Reduce – the density of vegetation (fuel) and ladder fuels, those fuels extending from the ground to the tree canopies.
  • Replace – hazardous vegetation with fire resistive, irrigated landscape vegetation including lawn, or other low growing groundcovers and flowering plants.

The Home Ignition Zone:  (the home plus 10 feet distance)

It’s the “little things” that will endanger your home.  Just a little ember landing on a little pile of flammable material will burn it.  We suggest spending a morning searching out and getting rid of those flammable little things outside and your home will be much safer.  Following are a few of the items you should take a look at:

  • Keep your rain gutters and roof clean of all flammable material.
  • Get rid of dry grass, brush and other flammable materials around your home – and don’t forget leaves, pine needles, and bark walkways.  Replace with well-maintained landscape vegetation, green lawn and landscape rocks.
  • Clear all flammable materials from your deck.  This includes brooms, stacked wood, and easily ignitable patio furniture.  Also, enclose or board up the area under your deck to keep it from becoming a fuel bed for hot embers.
  • Move woodpiles and garbage cans away from your home.  Keep woodpiles away from the home a distance of two times the height of the pile – more if space allows.
  • Use fine mesh metal screen (1/4” or less) to cover eaves, roof and foundation vents to prevent windblown embers from entering.
  • Inspect and clean your chimney every year.  Trim away branches within 10 feet of the opening of the chimney.  Install a spark arrester with ½” or smaller screen.

You can also visit the FIRESafe MARIN website – www.firesafemarin.org – for more detailed information on clearing around your property.  Please sign up for the FIRESafe MARIN newsletter for updates on wildfire preparedness in Marin.

If you have specific questions or would like to schedule an appointment for an inspection, please visit www.rossvalleyfire.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 258-4686.

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Emergency Center Information Page

Emergency Center Information Page

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District (SHFPD)  requested recommendations from District residents for projects and programs to improve emergency preparedness in Sleepy Hollow.    Recommendations include consideration of a proposal to participate in the Sleepy Hollow Community Center Rebuild Project.  A study and architectural drawings and concepts are now complete.   Learn more...

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Welcome to the new www.shfpd.org

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District is pleased to welcome you to our new online home with the launch of our new website Summer 2014. The new site represents the evolving need for online tools and information, allowing us to vastly expand our content and ability to deliver online information across all modern desktop and mobile platforms.

Among the new site’s key features:

  • Expanded District information, with improved navigation and organization.  
  • Responsive design is compatible and optimized to work with all internet enabled devices, from smart-phones to iPads to large screen desktop browsers.
  • Email newsletter integration allows us to keep Sleepy Hollow residents and visitors informed in a more timely manner.
  • Fire officials may update the site in "real-time" from the field, eventually adding the ability to share important information instantly when disaster or breaking events occur.

The new web site was built using a state-of-the art, secure content management system, making updates exceptionally easy, even while mobile.

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