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Belvedere E-News
April 21, 2011

In This Issue
Emergency Alert Siren Testing TODAY
Temporary Playground Closure - April 21
The Highs and Lows of the Lagoon
Walk Your History - May 7 - Call for Volunteers
2011 Wine Festival Tickets
Ritter Center Art Show & Silent Auction
2011 Concerts in the Park Season
Library Expansion EIR Comments
ADA Improvements Along San Rafael Avenue
Upcoming City Projects
Building Permits Issued
Upcoming Roadway Encroachments
Upcoming Road Closures
Meeting Dates
City Council
May 2, 2011
(Joint Meeting w/PC)
6:30 p.m.

Historic Preservation
None Scheduled

Parks & Open Space
None Scheduled

Planning Commission
 May 2, 2011
(Joint Meeting w/CC)
6:30 p.m.

Citizens' Flood Zone Committee
May 11, 2011
6:30 p.m.

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January 17

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February 21

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May 30

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July 4

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September 5

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November 11

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2011 Walk Your
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Tiburon Wine Festival

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Emergency Alert Siren Testing
Siren "First" Emergency Siren Test

The Tiburon Fire Protection District and the Belvedere-Tiburon Office of Emergency Services will be conducting the first emergency siren test on Thursday, April 21 between 1 pm and 1:30 pm from Station No. 11 at 1679 Tiburon Boulevard.

The Siren Notification Alerting the Peninsula or "SNAP" for short is designed to alert citizens on the peninsula to an emergency and notify them to tune in to the emergency alert radio station, presently 840 AM (previously known as the Belvedere Emergency Advisory Radio System or more affectionately as BEARS).  When the system is fully upgraded and the alert sirens are fully integrated the new system will be known as SNAP - Siren Notification Alerting the Peninsula. 

In an emergency, SNAP radio will have announcements and information on occurring local emergencies, such as severe weather, emergency water conditions, earthquakes, hazardous material events, significant traffic emergencies, fires, etc.  SNAP will also provide information related to emergency shelter locations, volunteer assembly points, and evacuation information.

Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an immediate life-threatening emergency.  For questions about the April 21 siren test, please contact the Tiburon Fire Protection District at 435.7200 or Laurie Gorden, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at 435.7386.
Temporary Playground Closure at Community Park
Playground Aerial Bark Replacement

To ensure that the playground continues to be safe for use by children, it will be necessary for Public Works staff to close the playground on Thursday, April 21 from 9 am to 1 pm while 50 yards of new playground bark is installed to fill in the areas where the material has become ineffective.  
 The Highs and Lows of the Lagoon

Lagoon PhotoLife on the Belvedere Lagoon could be described as idyllic, but it is not without its challenges.  From water life to water levels the Lagoon is a living, breathing eco-system that seeks balance between nature and science.  The most recent science challenge for the Lagoon is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood base floodplain map adopted in 2009.  Recognizing that compliance with the new floodplain map could be a significant challenge to property owners on the Lagoon, in 2010 the City initiated a Citizens' Flood Zone Committee to sort out a few key issues.

The Map

Flooding HistoryThe first issue, was a healthy discussion with FEMA on the requirements of the 2009 Floodplain Map and its implications for the protection of life and property on the Lagoon.  In short, this issue will involve studies to identify the current viability of the existing levees along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road together with a study to identify key threats related to local hydrology - all with an eye toward reducing the overall flood threat.

Design solutions could include...



Walk Your History - May 7

WYH Title Bar

The City of Belvedere, Town of Tiburon, Belvedere Community Foundation, Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation, and Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks have again joined forces to bring you the 2011 Walk Your History event.  
This year there are two sponsored walks - one through Belvedere spotlighting Belvedere's historic Golf Course and one through Tiburon spotlighting Old St. Hilary's and the Miwok Indian History.  Each walk is dotted with Living History Docents at Historic Hot Spots in both communities.  The walks begin and end at Belvedere Community Park and culminate with a picnic lunch, music, and fun!

The Belvedere Loop will focus on the historic Belvedere Golf Course and Club House.  The Tiburon Loop will highlight the China Cabin, the Boating Clubs, Miwok Indian Shell middens and Old St. Hilary's! 



Would you like to step back into history as a boater? A Horseman? A Golfer?  Maybe you would just like to stroll with a parasol and finery along the route to chat with neighbors and walkers?  Well  - HERE"S YOUR CHANCE - by volunteering to help out on the day of the event, you can help your community AND have a great time!  


If you are interested, we would love to have you! 


Contact Pam at Landmarks for more details 415.435.1853. 


2011 Wine Festival
2011 Wine FestivalTiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 14 - 1 pm to 4 pm

Going to the 2011 Wine Festival?  Get your tickets now at the Chamber of Commerce Office!  Located in one of the most picturesque waterfront communities in the world, the Tiburon Wine Festival is considered one of the Bay Area's premiere wine events! Breathtaking views, world-class wines (vintages from over 60 premium wineries), with many of the wines being tasted by the public for the first time. Complementary cuisine from over 20 restaurants and chefs, a fabulous silent auction, and live entertainment.
Remember, last year the event sold out nearly 3 weeks in advance - so, get your tickets now - $65 per person.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 435-5633 or visit the Wine Festival website - 

Tiburon Wine Festival

Ritter Center - Art Show & Silent Auction
Ritter Center Benefit  


Concerts in the Park - 2011 Season
Concerts Crowd 14th Year of Concerts Begin June 19
Tributes to Johnny Cash, Santana, Michael Jackson, and the Big Band Swing!

Mark the dates!  The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee is proud to present four fabulous and FREE Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this coming summer.  Please join us for every concert in Belvedere Community Park from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time!

Sunday, June 19
Sunday, July 17
Sunday, August 14
Sunday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend)
Concerts are FREE to the public, and sponsored by  individual and community tax deductible donations.  The Committee thanks the City of Belvedere and the Belvedere Community Foundation for their support for the last 13 years.  The Concerts Committee consists of Belvedere volunteers:  Anne Butler, Nancy Cappelloni, Christina Decker, Tina Dewey, Jack Doyle,  Ginny Doyle,  Roger Felton, Nena Hart,  Maureen Johnson,  Cissy Kirrane, Jeffery Stein, and Petey Stein.


Library Expansion Project Comments
Library Expansion Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report - Request for Comments

The Town of Tiburon is requesting comments on the planned 19,990 sf expansion of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.  The expansion project includes new library amenities, patios, 52 parking spaces, relocation of Zelinsky Park, lighting and landscape changes. 

The deadline for comments is 5 pm on May 9, 2011.  For more information, please contact Pierce Macdonald, Belvedere Planning Manager at 415.435.3838.

ADA Improvements Along San Rafael Avenue
ADA Photo American's With Disability Act
Improvements Along San Rafael Avenue

As you may be aware, the City of Belvedere is required to provide an accessible path of travel not only at the entrances to its public facilities but also along the primary routes of travel to and from those public facilities.  The primary path of travel to and from City Hall and Community Park is along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road to and from the entry points to the City. 

To that end, the City is required to maintain a funded milestone improvement plan working toward the goal of meeting these requirements.  This is called the American's With Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.  Within the Plan the City must identify the paths and routes of travel and take proactive steps toward reaching full ADA compliance along those paths and routes.   


A compliant path of travel must have an unobstructed sidewalk width of 48 inches all the way along the route in addition to compliant grades and ramps.  We know that achieving this level of compliance along portions of San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road will not be without challenges.  There are numerous public and private improvements currently installed along the route(s) that will present obstructions to compliance.  As we evaluate requests for new private improvements along the routes of travel such requests will be evaluated with the forward thinking goal of future ADA compliance.  Because we are still in the early phases of this project, we have not identified exactly how we will be complying in terms of final design, but we do know that complying is not an option but a mandate. 


Alternatives such as meandering sidewalks, bulb-outs for landscaping, narrower traveled rights-of-way, limitations on parking, etc. will all be considered in an attempt to reach compliance along the route, as will any other creative solutions that meet the requirements of the ADA.  Crossing the roadway at key points may be possible but criss-crossing the roadway may not; choices will have to be made for starting and ending points along the route.  Those property owners with Revocable Licenses for improvements within the City's rights-of-way and those that have improvements within the rights-of-way without the benefit of a Revocable License may be required to remove some or all of those improvements to allow for compliant paths of travel to be created.   


Because this is a slow-moving but inevitable project the City will be providing advance notification to all the property owners along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road that might be affected by the improvements.  As the project evolves and more details emerge City staff will continue to include the affected property owners in the loop.


Should you have questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact the City at 435-3838.


Upcoming City Projects
WS Pocket Park San Rafael Avenue
Landscape Improvement Project

Recently the City Council awarded a contract to McNabb Construction for the San Rafael Avenue Pathway Landscaping Project.  This project was reviewed and approved by the Parks and Open Space Committee, the Planning Commission, and ultimately the City Council. 

SR Landscape Strip DesignIt will involve the installation and refurbishment of the landscape pathway along San Rafael Avenue from Tiburon Boulevard to West Shore Road.  Renovations will also include a landscape strip at Edgewater on San Rafael Avenue, refurbishment of the pocket park at West Shore Road, and refurbishment of the City's entry point at Tiburon Boulevard.

Construction will begin on this project in early May and will last approximately 50 days.

City Hall Terrace Waterproofing Repairs 

TerraceAlso on Monday night, the Council awarded a contract to Murray Building, Inc. for the City Hall Terrace Waterproofing Improvement Project.  This project was also reviewed and approved by the Parks and Open Space Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council.  The genesis for this project was to replace the original waterproofing below the concrete terrace in front of City Hall that was installed in 1981.  The current waterproofing is insufficient and the Police Department has been the unwelcome recipient of wayward water during heavy rains. 

Patio ProjectThe project will involve the removal of the concrete decking, replacement of the waterproofing underlayment, replacement of the decking, and miscellaneous electrical, landscaping, and terrace improvements. 

Work on this project is expected to begin in mid-May and last until early June.  Because some of the work will significantly impact the ability to work immediately adjacent to the activity and access by the public to City Hall some of the demolition and waterproofing installation will occur on Saturdays.

For more information on either of these projects, feel free to contact City Hall at 435.3838.


Building Permits Issued
Permits Issued Permits Issued 
  • 19 West Shore Road, Permit No. 2011-045, Issued 4/18 for Interior Work 

Permits Submitted

  • 25 Beach Road, Submitted 4/18 for Patio Door Repair/Waterproofing Work
  • 2 Britton Avenue, Submitted 4/19 for Glass Railing Installation 
Upcoming Roadway Encroachments

  • 4/15 - 4/22 at 412 Golden Gate Avenue for Deliveries & Off Loading
  • 4/19 - 4/25 at 14 Edgewater for Demolition Off Haul and Deliver
  • 4/19 - 4/25 at 40 San Rafael for Dirt Work 
  • 3/7 - 7/31 at Laurel & Leeward & San Rafael for Utility Underground Work 
Upcoming Road Closures

  • Road Closed4/21 from 9 am to 11 am at 290 Bayview for Backfill/Slurry; Emergency Contact: Andy Welch 415.297.9267
  • 4/21 from 11 am to 1 pm at 140 Bella Vista for Backfill/Slurry; Emergency Contact: Andy Welch 415.297.9267
  • 4/21 from 1 pm to 3 pm at 219 Beach for Backfill/Slurry; Emergency Contact: Andy Welch 415.297.9267
  • 4/21 from 9 am to 3 pm at 57 Bellevue for PG&E Work; Emergency Contact: Darren Bray 415.830.2611
  • 4/21 from 9 am to 3 pm at 160 Bella Vista for MMWD Emergency Water Leak Repair; Emergency Contact: Bob Pieri 415.945.1481  
  • 4/27 from 10 am to 2 pm at 274 Bayview for Concrete Pour; Emergency Contact Eric Hughes 415.717.0670


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George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere