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11-25-2019 MERA Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report

MERA Next Generation Project Update

The Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) has completed a Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the proposed Next Generation Radio Communications System Project.  

Background: The MERA radio system is vital for emergency countywide communications between police, firefighters and public works crews. The emergency communications system is a network of radio antennas and equipment linked with microwave connections. However, the combination of older equipment and recent changes to frequency requirements now requires an upgrade of the radio communications system. Funding for the system is generated by a parcel tax that was authorized by Marin County voters in 2014.

The current system includes 15 active communications sites. The MERA Next Generation System would retain and upgrade 10 of the functioning sites, decommission five existing sites and add equipment to eight new sites, which include previously developed infrastructure not part of the MERA system.

Three proposed changes in Mill Valley include a new proposed site at the MMWD Water Tank located at Sequoia Valley Road and Edgewood Avenue, and decommissioning the two existing sites located at Mill Valley City Hall and the Public Safety Building. The City of Mill Valley submitted comments related to new proposed site, which are addressed in the FSEIR.

Public Meeting
The MERA Governing Board will hold a public meeting to consider certification of the FSEIR at the following time and location:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Novato Fire Protection District Administrative Office
45 Rowland Way, Novato, CA  94945

MERA Next Generation Project Documents
A copy of the FSIER is on file with the Marin County Department of Public Works, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304, San Rafael, California, and available for public review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A copy of the FSEIR and all related documents can be accessed from a link on the Marin County website: https://www.marincounty.org/depts/pw/divisions/projects/mera

Project Contact Information:
Ernest Klock, MERA Operations Officer
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304, San Rafael, CA 94903
MERA-EIR@marincounty.org
Phone:  415-473-4368.