"This event offers the members of our community a unique chance to speak to us directly in an open forum, with all of our departments represented in one room,” City Manager Jim McCann said. “For our staff and elected and appointed officials, it is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the community on a broad range of issues.”
The May 31st Community Meeting will be structured similarly to those of recent years, with approximately 45 minutes dedicated to allowing residents to visit the tables hosted by each City department and ask questions, receive information and share suggestions and concerns. After that, the rest of the event is dedicated to open Q&A.
5:30pm: Doors open. Refreshments will be served.
6–7pm: Informal Reception
7–8pm: Welcome and Q&A
Though City leaders say they are open to hearing about any and all topics, the major issues of the day will surely be discussed, including traffic congestion and the potential improvement efforts, construction activity, bicycle/pedestrian safety, the upcoming Miller Avenue Streetscape Project, heightened fire prevention measures, and much more. City officials will also likely discuss the City’s plans for the renewal of the Municipal Service Tax (MST), which was first approved in 1987 and generates $1.2 million in revenue annually toward road maintenance and repairs and fire prevention services like vegetation management. The MST expires in 2018.
More than 150 Mill Valley residents and business owners turned out last year for a snapshot of dozens of the City services, programs, priorities and accomplishments, the challenges that lie ahead and to offer observations and suggestions.