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Hwy. 101 s00cident ee Below Eagles basketball -- ii:i 7 Quilt fundraiser See Below Published weekly since 18 79 118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA January2 1997 Vol. CXVIII, Issue 4 35 Cents ii  iii'/' Vintage Towers Bed and Breakfast Inn in Cloverdale, Cindy and Gus Wolter, were the ;of the beautiful quilt made by the Clover Quilters. Proceeds from the quilt raffle, over donated to the Cloverdale Historical Society. The quilt is entitled "Wild Grape," and is the crested by the group for the Historical Society fundralear. The group makes two quilts . proceeds from one benefitting the society and from the other, the Clover(kale Citrus CCOrding to one of the quilters, Marge Gray, 10 women work on the project and each quilt always The group meets at the Citrus Fair twice a month in space donated by fair manager, :luilt is hanging in the living room of the Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1913 and on the National Register of Historic places. Pictured with the quilt are Cindy Woltar and artist, annual Fiddlers Contest crowd despite the. rain rained and rained and still Came. 700 fiddler fans braved early downpour on Saturday listen to of rid- the 22nd Old time Fiddle Contest, , the Cloverdale His- a lot to do and hear. pickers and gui- were jamming all test or just had a entertaining every- saw and harmonica frequent visitor, was to amaze the crowds iid force the of the Clear Lake but the gap was filled performances by Ron son David and Colt Jan Kiesselbach and Tim Rued and his Sylvia, and Bill Her- player in Clo- e. Charlie Blacklock the afternoon audience with the wildly sweet sounds of his saw accompanied by a vari- ety of instruments. Just after the noon intermis- sion the crowd was treated to the sounds of Blue Grass Friends, a group of players from various Bay Area bands. Included in the group were Cloverdale's Ernie Hunt, Bob James of Nice, Patrick Ickes of Kelseyville, and Elida Ickes from Millbrae. A surprise entertainment round by Hughie Smith, winner of the Senior Division at the na- tional contest in Weizer, Idaho last year, gave the audience a thrill. In a judging system where ties seldom happen, the Junior Divi- sion saw a tie for first place be- tween the sisters Amy and Beth Kiesselbach, which forced a spe- cial playoff of a single tune. The youth winners by division were: Pee Wee Divison: no en- trants; Junior - first, Tristan Clarridge of Burnt Ranch; sec- ond, David Wolf of Palo Alto; third, Glen Thomas Tuchel of Graton; fourth, Kim Hymas of Anderson; fifth, Zach Norman of Novato. Junior Division: first, Amy Kiesselbach of Woodland; second, Beth Kiesselbach of Woodland; third, Chris Rovetti of Windsor. Youngest Fiddler trophy went to Zach Norman, 9. Linda Reed of Guerneville won the $20 gift certificate from Longs Drugs; Esther Meyn of Clover- dale won the commemorative Tshirt and hat and Jack Right- mer of Cloverdale won a Clover- dale Historical society cookbook. ARer a rousing playing exhibi- tion by the three judges, Ron Anglin of Oroville; Delbert McGrath of Sacramento, and Amber Randall of Isleton, the day closed with the adult award ceremony. Winners were: Senior Divi- sion, first, Art Deems of San Jose; second, Rod Skelton of Kelseyville; third, Bill Herron of Clearlake. Progressive Division: first, Tashina Clarridge of Burnt Please turn to page 10 Department Installation & Awards Banquet was the reclplent Bud Emmal Sorvlce by the Clover- RreflgMers As- By AI OelMd On Friday, January 10, the Cloverdale Volunteer Firefight- ers Association held its annual Installation and Awards banquet at the Veterans Memorial Build- ing. This event recognizes vol- unteer firefighters for their contributions to the fire depart- ment and the community. The following members were installed as association officers for 1997: President Brad Avansi- no, Vice-President Melanee Southard; Secretary Terry Con- way; and Treasurer Michael Pie- hl. Past-President Melanee Southard was recognized for three years of service as the Clo- verdale Volunteer Firefighters Association President. The evening was highlighted with awards for individual contribu- tions by volunteer firefighters and one citizen. Bruce Reuser, owner of Reus- er Inc. was awarded the Bud Emmel Service Award. The Bud Emmel Service Award is pre- sented to any firefighter or mem- ber of the community who exemplifies dedication, support and service to the Cloverdale Fire Department. This award was named in hon- or of the late Bud Emmel, who loved Cloverdale, especially the fire department. Bruce Reuser was presented the Bud Emmel Service Award for his many con- tributions and never ending sup- port to the Cloverdale Firefighters. This past year, Re- user Inc., was a primary sponsor of the State Championship Fire- men's Muster which was held in Cloverdale in August. Reuser Inc., was also instrumental in a joint agreement with the Clo- verdale Fire district in provid- ing a water tender to help fight fires in the rural areas. Reuser agreed to provide, maintain and staff the water tender. Thank you Bruce! Brad Avansino was awarded the 1996 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Brad has been a Please turn to page 2 City Council offers Fire District tax transfers over next 7 years In a closed session Jan. 22 the City Council approved instruc- tions to their special counsel, Clayton Clement, to prepare a memorandum of understanding with the Cloverdale Fire Protec- tion District to provide ongoing funding for the next seven years in the amount of $67,500 from the City's property tax revenues. Should the Fire District accept he provisions of the agreement, terms are to be renewed at the end of the ten year agreement (three years already having passed) for a period agreed upon by the City and the District. Discussions for renewal be- tween the two parties shall con- sider: a. The fact that the citi- zens of Cloverdale benefit from the services provided by the Dis- trict; b. The fact that the City is obliged to provide many services to its citizens, all of which com- pete for limited resources; c. the fact that the City sources of rev- enue are severely limited and subject to substantial future un- .certainty, and d. What measures :the District has taken to control xpenditures and maximizerev- enues. In his memorandum, released to the Reveille Jan. 23, Clement states he has found no sugges- tion of a permanent transfer of property taxes from the City to the District. He also states that the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) resolution and certificate of completion re- quires only the County transfer of property taxes to the District. The memorandum stems from a dispute between the two enti- ties over continued transfer of $67,500 in property taxes to the District. The City initially en- tered into a two year agreement with the District for the trans- fers. On the third year the City Manager advised the City Coun- cil not to renew the agreement based on budgetary restrictions facing the City. The Council ini- tially agreed to this but later approved transfer of the proper- ty tax in this current fiscal year. (The memorandum proposes a 10 year period of payment begin- ning in 1994-95 when the Dis- trict was formed). The District has always con- tended that the transfer should be made at least for from five to seven years, and later has con- cluded that the transfer should be in perpetuity. Mayor Tom Sink has been the sole member of the Council to openly state that the City is ob- ligated to support the District; although he has not personally outlined on what terms. In Clement's letter he points out that the Council recognizes that fire protection is very im- portant to the citizens of Clover- dale and the other residents of the District and recognizes a re- spon sibility to con sider the needs of the District as part of its over- all budgeting process. The City, according to Clem- ent, is willing to recognize a com- mitment despite what it consid- ers to be its freedom to deal with the question in each year's bud- getary process. The letter concludes by point- ing out that even when reviewed in the light most favorable to the District, the maximum commit- ment from the City that could be ]mplied from any of the materi- als relating to the District's for- mation would be seven years. He further states that this of- fer should not be misinterpreted by the District as merely an open- ing offer, that the City is not prepared to make changes to the terms of the memorandum of understanding as offered here. Fire District Board Chairman Janet Collins said she could not comment on the proposal as this was a matter for the full board to consider. She indicated that the Fire Board would be reviewing the memorandum of understand- ing at the regular board meet- ing, Monday, Feb. 10. Officials meet over Sul phu r Creekissue By Roberts Lyons Residents along Big Sulphur Creek were bracing Friday for what was threatening to be an- other major rain storm over the weekend. Sandbagging and installation of a silt screen took place at the Van Der Weken home on Wil- son Road in order to keep the creek from eating away more property. Other residents on Wilson Road were sandbagging as well. As of Monday morning, how- ever, the Van Der Wekens re- ported that no more flooding damage had occurred. "Every- thingheld it's own," noted Shalia Van Der Weken. Thursday night residents had met with County officials, in- cluding Supervisor Paul Kelley, and Bob Morrison and Bob Cortelyou from the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). The meeting had been called to discuss the necessity for the continued dredging of Big Sul- phur Creek and to review the problems with the levee on the north side of the creek - a levee that protects River Road as well as various private properties. According to Dr. William Van Der Weken, as far as the dredg- ing issue is concerned, the meet- ing was positive and produc- tive. "It went very well, everybody is cooperating. The agency wants to see that creek dredged too. They said they would do everything in their power to help," Dr. Van Der Weken noted. Starting with the floods of 1995, Big Sulphur Creek has been filling up with excessive gravel, caused by massive land- Pk.me turn to Imge 10 Wednesday, Jan. 22, three were injured in a vehicle accident on Highway 101 near Citrus Fair Drive. According to CHP officials, Claudia Chavez, 24, of Uklah was driving her Dodge Colt when she lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway and hit a guard rail on the highway. Officials say she was uninjured, but three of her passengers were. Erendila Avtlla, 22, of Uklah was taken to Hsaldsburg General by Bell's Ambulance for abrasions to her neck and face. Margarita Garcla, 30, Uk.lah, was taken by Cloverdale Ambulance to Community Hospital with almrasiofls to her head and neck and contusions. Jose Garcla, 25, Uklah, was taken to Community by Cloverdale Ambulance for bumps and bruises. The car was totaled. The cause of the accident is Mill under Investigation.