North Marin appoints
new general manager
The North Marin Water District has appointed Novato’s Tony Williams as its new general manager.
Williams, who currently serves as the district’s assistant general manager, will replace Drew McIntyre, who has led the district since 2017. McIntyre will retire on May 3.
The District Board of Directors voted unanimously to nominate Williams. He will receive an annual salary of $236,151, plus benefits totaling $48,785.
The water district provides water to nearly 61,000 residents of the greater Novato area and approximately 1,800 residents of West Marin.
Boulevard du Center reopens
after repairing the sinkhole
Crews completed emergency roadwork to repair a sinkhole on Center Boulevard, a city official said this week.
Repair work on the sinkhole, discovered on April 11 on San Anselmo Avenue and Sycamore Boulevard, was completed ahead of schedule, said Sean Condry, director of public works.
Crews repaired a broken drain pipe that was believed to be a major contributor. The hole was excavated and backfilled, and the road was repaved and relined.
The road reopened Monday afternoon. The work was originally supposed to last several weeks.
The Central Boulevard Bridge serves over 10,000 vehicles per day and is a major thoroughfare through San Anselmo and the Ross Valley. The bridge is approved for replacement by Caltrans and is structurally deficient.
The city council changes
pumping station contract
City Council approved an increase of $280,832 to a design and engineering services contract for the pump station waste collection project.
Monday’s approval increases the city’s contract with Schaaf and Wheeler Consulting Civil Engineers, Inc. to an amount not to exceed $466,466. The engineering team designs a waste capture device for the Boulevard Kerner pumping station.
It is proposed to install the device downstream of the Pickleweed Park pump station, near San Rafael Creek. The new device requires the upgrade of the pumping station. The increase will cover the design of the upgrade.
Paramedic tax increase
A $5 hike in the city’s paramedic tax was approved by city council this week.
The 5.05% increase, which brings the tax to $104 per household effective July 1, affects owners of residential properties within the San Rafael city limits. The increase was necessary because program expenses of $8.6 million exceeded revenues, the city said.
The council voted unanimously to approve the increase at a hearing on April 4. The second reading passed under the consent timetable on Monday.