City of Novato Public Works 75 Rowland Way, Novato, CA94945 Street maintenance, facilities upkeep and road median beautification are among the responsibilities of the city's public…More works crew. Department head Jason Nutt oversees the engineering and maintenance divisions, which combine efforts to make sure Novato's infrastructure remains sound. Engineers oversee traffic flow, design of public facilities and construction management. Geographical management systems are widely used in each department, including digital maps. Several committees that include resident volunteers, such as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Safe Routes to School Committee, help guide the department's work flow. The maintenance division handles long-term care of roads, storm drains, pumping stations, parks and other city infrastructure. It is involved in disaster response, winter storm preparation, graffiti abatement, street sweeping and hazardous materials disposal. Public Works operates closely with the Novato Sanitary District and the North Marin Water District, which are not part of the city government.
The Novato History Museum and Archives was founded in 1976 and is supported by the Novato Historical Guild and the…More city government. It's not a big museum -- basically one good-sized room and other artifacts around the premises -- but the displays are first-rate and capture life the way it was decades earlier. The curator is Samantha Kimpel, who is also in charge of the Hamilton Field History Museum, which opened in 2010.
The house where the museum is located is one of the original homes of Novato, built around 1850. It is at the corner of De Long and Sherman avenues, just across De Long from Novato City Hall. Admission is free and special school and group tours can be arranged outside of normal operating hours.
Novato Sanitary District 500 Davidson St, Novato, CA94945 Novato Sanitary District is a sewage treatment and disposal plant based in Novato. The district is separate from the…More city government and provides a wide range of services for the town, including wastewater collection and water treatment work. The district serves more than 50,000 residents and aside from water treatment work, offers waste disposal, recycling work, waste collection and residential food scrap composting, among many other services. Check the main website for details on disposal services, or call for more information or questions about recycling or waste issues.
The internationally accredited district, founded in 1926, serves nearly 64,000 people and covers 71 square miles. As…More a district, it is not part of the city government and survives mostly on assessments from local property taxes.
The district traces its history to the establishment of a volunteer fire brigade in 1894. The first vehicle purchased by the district was a 1923 Ford that remains on display at the Fireman's Fund Insurance building on San Marin Drive, and it is driven in the annual Fourth of July Parade. In fact, the fire district is 34 years older than Novato, which was incorporated in 1960.
The district, overseen by Chief Marc Revere, has five stations around the city: Redwood Boulevard (Station 1), Atherton Avenue (Station 2), San Marin (Station 3), Ignacio (Station 4) and Hamilton (Station 5). Its annual budget is approximately $23.5 million.
In August 2009, the Center for Public Safety Excellence granted international acceditation to the district, a first for Marin County and only the fifth time a California district received the honor. The district has a Fire Explorer program for teens interested in firefighting as a career, and it offers countless classes on public safety awareness for the public.