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g :k Below Wine Center celebration See Below First baby of the year See E elow Published weekly since 1879 118 years of serving the community , Sonoma County, CA January 8, 1997 Vol. CXVIH, Issue 2 35 Cents Raging creek erodes levee Big Sulphur flooding threat Lemley are the proud parents of the "Rrat Baby of )New Year" in Cloverdale. Monica Jean Lemley was born Jan. 2, at 10:35 am, and weighing six pounds, five ounces. ley's have first of the year and Doug Lemley are the proud parents of the "First Baby Year" m Cloverdae. ............. baby daughter Monica Jean Lemley was born Jan. 2, 1997 10:35 am, weighing six pounds, five ounces, and measuring 20 long. was welcomed to world by her big brothers Chris and Russell her big sister Samantha; her grandparents Mick and Jackie and David and Linda Lemley; and her great grandpar- John Santana of Cloverdale, Billie & Eddie Nielsen of Fern- and Pat Kihle of Dinsmore, CA. Lemley's won the "First Cloverdale Baby of the Year Con- and won many prizes from local merchants including the baby seat from Ace Hardware; Ultra Diapers from Longs ,; a smoke detector from th e Cloverdale Fire Department; pizza from Papa's Pizza; a steak dinner from the Redwood a baby gift from Fast & Easy; a giR certificate from Rags a one year subscription to the Cloverdale Reveille, a box disposable diapers from Clover Super Market; $10 in gift from Penny Fair; diaper service from Bottoms Up Diaper Service; a $10 from Cloverdale Pharmacy; breakfast for two at the Ranch; baby items from Fleur De Mai; a $10 bouquet from Cloverdale Flower Shoppe, and two of Norm's steaks and a bottle of champagne from Cloverdale Food Time Fiddle Contest and set for January 25 all over the Western United States will in Cloverdale on Jan. 25 for the 22nd Annual Old Time Contest and Festival held at the Citrus Fairgrounds. De- as a means of preserving the Old Time Style of fiddling and for the Cloverdale Museum, the event has grown the years. Please tum to page 3 S By Roberta Lyons Although the Russian River doesn't usually present prob- lems in the Cloverdale area, the creeks flowing into the river do. Big Sulphur Creek, which drops out of the Mayacamas Mountains to the West of this valley has become a raging tor- rent of brown water after the recent rains. During the New Years holiday residents on Wil- son and River Reads feared a repeat of the 1995 flooding as the creek once again threatened their homes. Dr. and Mrs. Van Der Weken live on the' end of Wilson Road on the south side of the creek. After keeping an hourly, and then a half-hour flood watch through New Year's Eve, they started sand-bagging at 12:30 a.m. New Year's Day. 'We had 15 people sandbag-' ging the house. It was really great the way everyone came to gerber to help," said Mrs. Van Der Weken. In 1995 the Van Der Wekens watched as water from the creek Big Sulphur Creek as it roars by the Van Der Woken property on Wilson Road is a formidible body of rose to their barn. It didn't get :.= water that Is gobbling up property as it rushes bY. as far this time, and their house stayed dry, but about 10 feet of their creekside property has been sheered offby the coursing water. In 1995 several residents on Wilson and River Roads were flooded and after working for months to acquire approval and proper permits, were able to have the creek substantially cleaned out by Shamrock Sand and Gravel. The company did the work without charge in ex- change for the gravel excavated from the creek. Neighbors, including Nancy and Russell Burres who live on River Read and were flooded in 1995, say the work helped a lot - but it will have to be done again. Adding to the problem is a failing levy along the north side of the Creek that no one - either the County or the Army Corps of Engineers wants to take re- sponsibility for. According to Teresa Sauger, a resident who lives on the north side of Big Sulphur Creek and west ofthe Sulphur Creek bridge on River Road, the levy all along the creek is weakening and needs repair. The levy is basi- cally what keeps Big Sulphur  ..... ! i  Nancy Burres, a River Road resident with foot atop the sandbags surrounding her house. Creek from flowing over River Road: She believes the levy was built by the Army Corps of Engineers, but the Corps has not been maintaining it. Sauger is trying to document the construction of the levy and have it placed on the Corps annual maintenance inspection list. "This would re- turn the levy to the Corps active status list," she said, with the hopes that it would be routinely inspected and repaired. The Coqnty Planning Depart- ment told Sauger that it doesn't have the levy on a County map and that it's a "farmer built" levy. Sauger said that in this last storm 30 feet of the levy was lost west of the bridge. The Burres lamily and other neighbors sandbagged the levy east of the bridge over the New Years holiday td keep the water from over-flowing onto River Road and repeating the 1995 scenerio. The Burres also sand- bagged all around their house. The concern that residents in this area have is that County and Federal agencies appear unwilling to help them. Al- though no houses were flooded during this recent round of storms, the creek damaged prop- erty and is steadily eating away at its banks and the failing levy. Big Sulphur Creek isn't the only waterway causing prob- lems. An old concrete dam on Crocker Creek on south River Road has broken lose, unleash- Please turn to page 3 II I II I IIIIII IIII, Tax transfer polemic continues , members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Wine and Visitor's Center Committee close of Escrow on the Cloverdale Coffee Shop building with former owner Phyllis Schmklt. ratired and closed the coffee shop after 19 years. Those gathered made a toast to her years of ' and to the futuro of the new Wire and Visitor's Center. Picturod, front row, from and Visitors Center Committee Chairman Tim Ward, Chamber of Commerce Executive Chamber President Eleanor Webster, and Phyllis Schmidt. (Back row) Mike Nlxon, I)eMartini, and Jeff Welx. Lawyers for the City and Clo- verdale Fire Protection District conferred Dec. 30 to discuss the issue of property tax transfers from the City to the District. This is an issue that remains unresolved and that has prompt- ed the District to consider filing a Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and other relief in the Superior Court asking the Court to deter- mine that the City is obligated to continue to make the property tax transfer indefinitely, in ac- cordance with the representa- I III III IIII tion the City made to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and to the voters of the. District when it was formed. The District has not yet taken this action and is waiting to hear from the City. The District beard will meet Thesday, Jan. 14 and has sched- uled a Closed session with its attorney, Larry McLaughlin. According to Mayor Tom Sink, the session between the two at- torneys, McLaughlin and Clay Clement, a special counsel ap- pointed to handle the situation for the City, the discussion was productive with both sides ex- pressing a strong desire to re- solve the problem. The issue concerns a property tax transfer initially in the amount of $67,500 from the City to the District as proposed by the City before the Local Agency Formation Commission when the District was approved by LAF- CO for formation. The financing package, pre- sented to LAFCO by City Man- PleNe turn to page 10 III I I I IIIIIIIII I I I