NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
Date: October 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Sleepy Hollow Homes Association Clubhouse
1317 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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...
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.