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- SPECIAL CITRUS FAIR AND PARADE SECTION IN THIS WEEK'S REVEILLE - 00130yearservingthecommunity000000" wee lysincelS79 I '""""'"'"'"'", Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 The Citrus Fair Performers invite ),ou to "Let's Mix it Up" at the Citrus Fair, Feb. H and Feb. 15 at 7p.m. .... Pre-sale tickets only CONTESTANTS for the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Oran Orange and Lily Lemon contest rehearsed on Fri- day at the fairgrounds. In back from left: Kashaya Marrufo, Desti- ny Gren, and Cura Slegemund; second row from left: Daella Mar- rufo, Everett Slegemund, and Brlanna Wallace; third row from left: Emily Steel, Sadie Toninato, and Elizabeth Edens; fourth row from left: Kaylee Mills, Kayden Hemphill, Renatta Montes and Ashlyn Simmons; front row from left: Ryan Moffett, Griffin Garri- son, and Alex Linklater. The CIt- rus Fair starts this Friday and runs through Monday, Feb. 16. Cloverdale could face water issues soon By Roberta Lyons The City of Cloverdale will be facing the same water issues as all of the other entities on the North Coast if rainfall doesn't pick up in the few remaining months of the season. The city operates its water wells on the west bank of the Russian River, so the water supply is depen- dent on the river's aquifer. The Sonoma County Water Agency is reporting that it plans to reduce its output from Lake Mendocino, which will mean lower water levels in the Russian River this summer. The water agency, which provides water to several hundred thousand customers from Windsor to Nova- to, has announced the possibility of 30 to 40 percent mandatory cut- backs if the water supply doesn't improve soon. According to Cloverdale's City Manager, Nina Regor, the city is planning to drill a new well, to be paid for out of city water funds. Cost is about $56,000, but the city is also applying for a USDA loan to fund the well. City officials are working on vol- untary conservation efforts and will be producing a plan soon. "The wells aren't low for right now, but >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Volume CXXX, Issue No. 6 50 Cents II I I Growth boundary takes center stage at General Plan meeting ;': By Neena Hanchett )After six years and numerous meetings and study sessions, the Cloverdale Planning Commission invited the public to comment on Cloverdale's revised 2009 General Plan at their regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 4. A General Plan is the city's long-term planning and land use tool. It identifies the type and distribution of land uses throughout the city, makes provisions for ftiture land use and also includes provisions for circu- lation, noise, parks and recreation, conservation, de- sign and open space, public health and safety and urban lighting. Last Fall, the City Council unanimously agreed to protect important farmlands from urban development by developing ...... an Urban GrOwth Boundary (UGB) in:iwhich urban type development ',. would not be permitted out- side the designated bound- aries .except in two existing developed areas, the Indus- trial and Asti Exception Ar- eas. Within six months of UGe supporters Waht language in general plan build houses and housing developments. Elissa Morrash, local resident and business person commented to the commission, "We are already con- tributing to sprawl by having people live here and work in places like Marin and Napa. Before we take steps to eliminate jobs here we need to think long and hard." After hearing all the UGB comments, the commis- sion was addressed by the Southwest Gateway Prop- erty Owners Group, a group of Cloverdale property owners who have land holdings south of Sandholm Lane. Their goal is to broaden the scope of land use beyond the current General Industry (M-l) zoning des- ignation currently in the General Plan update. The area stretches from Sandholm Lane south to Dutcher Creek Road. They believe that "their collective land holdings allow for a wide range of develop- ment opportunities and choices that can provide a better mix of land uses and superior development opportu- nities than the current industrial zon- ing designation," according to a press statement released last the adoption of the General Plan, the council would adopt a UGB ordinance and place the ordinance on the ballot at the first election following the adoption of the General Plan. That intention is written into the revised 2009 General Plan. Speaking in favor of the UGB Exception Ar- eas, lifelong resident and business owner Bruce Reuser, cautioned against restricting or prohibiting services such as sewer and water to those existing businesses as the area cur- rently produces several hundred jobs. Extend- Wednesday. According to owners' group spokesperson Michael Marovich, the property owners would like "placehold- er" language in the 2009 General Plan which would allow the group to develop a master plan for the devel- opment of the area consistent with the city's overall land use plan. The group envisions that some of the property might be set aside for the Citrus Fair which has outgrown its current location. Other mixed-use type development could include Commercial/light in- dustrial for regional employers with distribution needs, Destination retail, health care facilities, educa- ing city services t6 thos tisnessegeb'uld -tioil, t name a few. mean that they could expand and produce even more jobs and revenue which could fill the city's coffers. A UGB would prevent the city from providing city services to areas out- side of the boundary, unless the area is de- fined as an Exception Area. As Cloverdale is the only city in Sonoma County without a UGB, Daisy Pistey-Lyhne, of the Greenbelt Alliance, told Planning Com- missioners that there is continued and grow- ing support for a UGB and the group's recommendation for specific language needs to be a part of the General Plan as it is with all the other cities in Sonoma County with a Gen- eral Plan. Pistey-Lyhne and several local residents in- cluding Diane Bartleson, Steve Nurse and Melanie Bagby, addressed the commission saying that the inclusion of Asti as an Excep- tion Area would pave the way for sprawl de- velopment after the UGB's expiration in 20 years. Concern was also voiced about Clover- dale's economically challenged downtown core as well as about the preservation of Cloverdale's small-town character. The majority of speakers in support of a UGB for Cloverdale want the specific language included in the General Plan. Local resident Steve Nurse commented, "The case for a UGB gets stronger all the time. Do not leave it to the City Council. I recommend that UGB language be in the General Plan." Jerry Moore, a Cloverdale resident since 1955 and owner of a business in the Rains Creek Water District area, commented, "It's comical all this talk about a perfect storm for rampant development. I don't think that some evil Planning Commission or City Council will blow this city apart with development." He went on to comment that the city needs to look at the expan- sion of employment and jobs, rather than continuing to The open public hearing for the General Plan will be continued at the March 4 Planning Commission meet- ing. The Final EIR should also be released prior to that meeting. Public comments accepted on golf course project EIR By Neena Hanchett Last Wednesday, Feb. 4, after approving a new pick- et fence design for the front of Cloverdale Historical Society, located at 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale Planning Commissioners and the public heard a brief overview of the Alexander Valley Resort (AVR) project's history since 2002 given by Jerry Haig, the city's consultant on the AVR project for several years. The 45 day public comment period for the project's Draft Environmental Impact Report (DREIR) closes on Feb. 14 and the commission welcomed verbal com- ments on the project at the meeting. The AVR project includes a 100 to 150-room resort hotel with a full service restaurant, conference facili- ties, a spa facility, an 18 hole golf course, 60 to 70 attached resort housing units, approximately 140 de- tached single family dwellings, approximately 25 larg- er single family estate-type homes and a mixed use commercial center. The planners heard from Bob Sexton, President of Tyris Corporation, the project's operating and manag- ing agent for the developer, Spight Properties II, LLC. Tyris Corporation is part of Spight Properties II, LLC. He told the commissioners that it would probably be >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 AFLOAT IN A SEA OF HUMANITY: MEMBERS OF THE ASTANA Cycling Team, which includes world- class cyclist Lance Armstrong, rode through Cloverdale on Saturday, Feb. 7, on a practice ride for this week's 800 mile Amgen Tour of California from Feb. 14 to Feb. 22. From the Astl Road the practice ride progressed up Geysers Road. The Amgen Tour of California starts in Scramento on Saturday, Feb. 14 and will be in Santa Rosa at the end of the first leg between 4 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb, 15 in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Ave. and Third St. Photo by Ron Pavelka Reflections on the Presidential Inauguration By Lynda Hyland Burris First of all, it was my husband's idea. Just after the presidential election, I called our lifelong friend, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (she introduced us, and was my matron of honor at our wedding), to see if I could get a ticket to the inauguration for our granddaughter. And my husband said, "Why don't you go, too?" So, I spoke to Lynn, and then, like everyone else, I went on-line and requested tickets through the Congresswoman's office. My granddaughter is 23 years old, a beautiful biracial black woman, and a doctoral student at UCLA. The significance of a biracial black president being elected was not lost on me, as I was able to experience this election through my granddaughter's eyes. I think if I understand anything about this past year, and certainly at the inauguration, it's that I will never completely understand the depth and the passion felt by our African-American brothers and sisters in this historic time. It was palpable, in that crowd on Tuesday. It was like I could hear their collective heart beating, and the sense of it all was that they were feeling "justice and liberty for all," for the first time in their history. On inauguration day, we left our room at 6:00 a.m., and arrived at the end of a very long line of "blue ticket" holders at 7:30 a.m.(there were six sections, designated by color, and gates to enter through according to >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 4 LYNDA BURRIS and her granddaughter at the Inauguration. ] fl ir H H