FHA Board Meeting Notes — Nov 2021

Reserved space with charging station at YFH | photo and post by Larry Clinton

Here are some of the items that were discussed or decided on at the November 8 FHA Board Meeting. More details will be reported later in the Floating Times

  • FHA President Michael Labate is meeting with the Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition to explore options for new concrete barge construction.
  • Three Adirondack chairs have arrived and will have placards affixed to memorialize three floating homes residents who passed away recently. This were purchased from the Fund-A-Need campaign during the Virtual Gala. To request a chair in  the name of a deceased neighbor, contact Julie Durbin.
  • On Dec. 14. Flo Hoylman will host a get-together for incoming and outgoing FHA Board members.
  • The Board voted unanimously to accept the results of recent dock rep elections.
  • Day in the Park was rescheduled for May next year due to rain. Date to be announced at Annual Meeting.
  • Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters will speak at the Annual Meeting on Feb. 26.  Jill Sherman, Pete Hudson, Jason Landis, and Doug Young will join the planning committee to present detailed plans at the January Board meeting.
  • Emergency Preparedness Chair Flo Hoylman announced that fire season is over. She cautioned everyone to watch for flooding during king tides and to get their lines tightened now that storms are coming. We all need to prepare for potential power outages as well.
  • Webmaster Jim Rettew is migrating data from the old Access database to Wix’s CRM system. New FHA Administrative Coordinator Lisa McNelley is helping Jim with the logistics.
  • Government Relations Chair Teddie Hathaway approached the Marin Community Development Agency and wrote to Supervisor Moulton-Peters  to explore why the floating homes community is the only place in the county not permitted to install windmills. No one knows why this is so, but Board of Supervisors approval is required before we can install them.
  • Tre Balchowsky got gift certificates to local stores and supplies for the homeless community in the sanctuary area. Monica Morant (new Commodore dock rep) helped her get apparel and supplies donated. They could use more first aid supplies and will continue outreach via the Dock Peeps Facebook group. Work is underway to provide pallets to get tent campers off the ground.
  • Environmental Chair Doug Young is invigorating WPH to allocate more space for charging stations. They could be similar to the one in front of Main Dock which services 20 vehicles/month. Another option is having spaces further out from the dock assigned to people with electric vehicles, with slow overnight charging stations. There is a huge cost advantage to latter; they are almost free for the harbors to install. Yellow Ferry Harbor has the slow chargers set up as a model/success story. Doug is working with FHA V.P. Pete Hudson to help get one of these two options installed.
  • The Board bade farewell to Linda Sempliner, and extended well wishes to her husband Ted, a California native going East for Ohio snow. Ted was thanked for his help getting sponsorships for past open home tours and this year’s Virtual Gala.

Next Meeting: January 11, 2022