Each year the Association is required to mail out a copy of the budget and various disclosures to owners throughout the community. The Board of Directors recently approved the 2018 budget and the new ‘disclosure package’ is being processed for distribution to the members. Management expects that owners will be receiving their packages in roughly mid-November, so please be on the lookout.
The law requires that this ‘disclosure package’ be mailed out via USPS (snail mail), which costs the Association several hundred dollars each year for printing and postage. In 2013 the law was changed, however, to allow owners to “opt-in” to receiving these packages via email. This removes most of the costs completely, and allows you, as an owner, to have a permanent soft-copy. This ‘opt-in’ policy requires that owners sign a waiver, and because the Civil Code requires a wet signature, Action Property Management will need the original copy of this waiver. So, if you’re interested in saving the Association, or would just prefer a soft-copy of a hard-copy, please contact Management at 800.400.2284 or email@example.com and we’ll be happy to accommodate you. Time is running out, so please reach out today!
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
– Nelson Mandela
The newsletter will be arriving in the next couple weeks. Please be on the lookout in either your inboxes or mailboxes.
Also, if any of you would like to sign up to receive documents via email rather than hard copies in the mail, please let me know and we’ll get another package out to you on how to sign up!
Dear Neighborhood and Homeowners Association Leaders,
Please pass along this news item to your members.
Assistant to the City Manager
Miller Avenue Streetscape Interim Improvements
The City of Mill Valley is pleased to announce the commencement of the first phase of the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project. The initial phase will include implementation of some new interim streetscape components to improve parking, traffic and pedestrian safety. These include:
* Restriping vehicle and bike lanes on Miller Avenue between Sunnyside and Park Avenues in each direction,
* Installing rectangular rapid flash beacons at the intersection of Evergreen and Miller Avenues, and
* Striping reverse angle parking along outbound Miller Avenue from Reed Street to just west of Camino Alto. This is a pilot project to test the viability of back-in parking at certain locations on Miller Avenue.
In addition to implementation of the above streetscape components, City engineers plan to make localized improvements along Miller Avenue, including repairing potholes and refreshing bicycle lane striping.
Timeframe for Interim Improvements
The installation of the interim improvements will take place in August and September. This fall and winter, City staff will receive community input on the reverse angle parking concept and refine the design as needed. Also this fall and winter, City staff will coordinate a broad public outreach effort to communicate the planned improvements and gain community feedback. We will also coordinate with public utility companies for relocation and upgrades of their infrastructure. Staff will refine the design concepts and commence construction of the full Miller Avenue Streetscape Project in late 2015.
Here are some additional details on the improvements being made on Miller Avenue starting in August:
Consistent with the adopted Miller Avenue Streetscape Master Plan, the City plans to restripe each direction of Miller Avenue between Sunnyside and Park Avenues from two traffic lanes in each direction to one traffic lane and one buffered bicycle lane in each direction. Referred to as the Passage room in the Master Plan, the change provides additional area to provide separated bicycle lanes with buffers. City engineers verified that a lane removal would not increase daily congestion or decrease safety. Furthermore, City engineers confirmed the modifications would accommodate emergency vehicles.
Existing Road Conditions Road with Improvements
The second improvement includes installing rectangular rapid flash beacons at the intersection of Evergreen and Miller Avenues. These devices feature flashing lights activated by crosswalk users. The beacons are highly visible to approaching motorists. These measures improve safety by increasing motorists’ awareness of pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Finally, the City plans to test striping of reverse angle parking along outbound Miller Avenue from Reed Street to just west of Camino Alto. Instead of pulling forward into the parking stall and later backing out with limited sight distance of oncoming vehicles and bicycles, motorists will back into their spots first, and later pull directly into the traffic lane after making direct eye contact with oncoming traffic when exiting the parking stalls. This option eliminates the challenge of backing into moving traffic while providing an increase in the field of vision, enhancing safety for motorists pulling out from the parking space, as well as for oncoming motorized and bicycle traffic. Making a back-in parking maneuver is easier than making a parallel parking maneuver. Back-in angled parking is now being used in more than 100 U.S. cities to increase safety and convenience.
Background and History
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Project has a long history. Here’s more information about the project:
Guided by its Core Values to preserve health and safety and the community’s high quality of life, the Mill Valley City Council established the maintenance and enhancement of City infrastructure as one of its Key Issues. The City Council identified the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project as a Priority Project for 2014.
In 2011 the Mill Valley City Council adopted the Miller Avenue Streetscape Master Plan with the goal of improving multi-modal transportation, preserving and enhancing ecology and landscape, recognizing cultural features and character, and repairing infrastructure. Input and dialogue with the community was continuous throughout the process of developing the Master Plan, which included the suggestion to implement certain low-cost treatments prior to construction of the final streetscape.
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Interim Improvements are funded by the Transportation Authority of Marin’s Measure A program, which provides $151,000 to this project. Funding for the full Miller Avenue Streetscape Project come from several sources, with the majority from Measure A, administered by the Transportation Authority of Marin, and the City of Mill Valley Municipal Services Tax.
There are a number of ways you may participate, give input and learn more:
* Visit the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project page.
* Attend the next upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm at City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave. The meeting will also be webcast live and recorded for on-demand viewing and cablecast.
* Send written comments via mail to Department of Public Works, Mill Valley, CA 94941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for your constructive input, and we look forward to hearing from you either in-person at the September meeting or via written comments.
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Mill Valley
26 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941-1830
There are now a set of Rules & Regulations that have been completely revised from the original set. Please take a moment to peruse them and become familiar with these new rules. The intent of the new Rules is to more fully comply with our newly revised set of governing documents that the membership recently adopted.
After reviewing, please issue any comments you may have to either myself (Scott Walker – email@example.com) or any of the Board members. These comments will be distributed to the Board for consideration before formal adoption at the July Board Meeting.
The documents can be found within the “Governing Documents” folder.