Town Council Overview
The Town Council consists of five representatives elected at large by the citizens of Fairfax. The Town Council is the policy making legislative body of the Town and is ultimately responsible to the community for the implementation of all programs and services provided by the Town. The Council reviews proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs, and determines the ability of the Town to provide financing for various activities. The Council appoints the Town Manager and the Town Attorney and ratifies the appointment of Department Heads. Appointments are made to Commissions, Boards and Advisory Committees. The Council acts to influence local, regional and state policies favorable to the Town through various organizations and action groups.
Regular Meeting Schedule
Regular Town Council meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Women's Club, 46 Park Rd., Fairfax (map). The 2016 Town Council meeting schedule is as follows:
|January 13, 2016||July 13, 2016|
|February 3, 2016||August 3, 2016|
|March 2, 20166|| September 7, 2016|
|April 6, 2016 ||October 5, 2016|
|May 4, 2016 ||November 2, 2016|
|June 1, 2016 ||December 7, 2016|
The meeting agenda is posted the preceding Friday and a copy of staff reports and attachments is available for review on the counter of Town Hall by 5 PM. All materials are available on this website by Saturday morning prior to the Wednesday meeting, by clicking on the agenda and packet link below under the Calendar Notes heading.
For information about former meetings of the Town Council, please click on the Meeting Archive, where you will find videos, audio recordings, minutes, and agenda packets.
Council members are listed below. Click the email link to contact a council member:
2016 Mayor and Vice Mayor
Each December, the Town Council selects a new mayor and vice mayor, following their policy of rotating the positions every year among the Council members. At its December 2, 2015 meeting, the Council selected Renee Goddard as Mayor, and John Reed as Vice Mayor, each for a one-year term.
Positions with Additional Compensation
In 2012, the League of California Cities' Fair Political Practices Commission amended regulation 18705.5, stating that council members may participate in a decision to appoint themselves to a position that will result in additional compensation to them, subject to conditions stated in the regulation. One of these conditions is that the city council must first have adopted and posted a form on the city’s website that identifies each position the council appoints for which compensation is paid, the salary or stipend for each position, and the names of each official who has been appointed as the agency’s representative, or alternate.
View the Town of Fairfax's Form 806 | Read Regulation 18705.5
Fairfax Financing Authority
The Fairfax Financing Authority is a separate government entity whose purpose is to assist with the financing or refinancing of certain public capital facilities within the Town. The Authority has the power to purchase bonds issued by any local agency at public or negotiated sale and may sell such bonds to public or private purchasers at public or negotiated sale. The Authority is controlled by the Town and has the same governing body as the Town, which also performs all accounting and administrative functions for the Authority. The financial activities of the Authority are included in the 2008 and 2012 Series Debt Service Funds.
Each Councilmember receives $300 per month for his/her service. For detailed information regarding the Town Council’s compensation, please visit www.publicpay.ca.gov.
View the Town Budget by clicking here.