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PAGE 6 -- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 • CLOVERDALE REVEILLE ° CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Cloverdale City Council round-up State of the budget report By Paula Wrenn In her mid-year report on the status of FY 2013/2014, City Finance Director Jeanne Cavallari indicated that prop- erty and sales taxes have increased 12 percent and 10 percent to date, though she only has five months of sales tax information at this time. General Fund expenses will increase by about $150,000 in 2014/2015 when it is projected that a police department posi- tion and accounting position will be filled. Police and public safety make up about 59 per- cent of the general fund bud- get. Cavallari expects that rev- enues could exceed expendi- tures for this year and the result could be a general fund balance of about $200,000. Still to be improved are Landscape and Lighting dis- trict expenses which are being brought into balance through a plan designed to gradually raise rates and cover the work required. The city will have to spend $420,000 on its water system to be eligible for the $4 million in USDA loans. The water enterprise fund has shown significant improve- ment since the implementation of the new rate increases. On the other hand, necessary water conservation will reduce revenue to the utility. Cavallari was praised for a thorough representation of the figures that is easy to follow. "I like the format and I&apos;m tickled pink," said Councilmember Maryann Brigham. The report Is available online at the city website. Other council business (From the city's Jan. 22 meeting) • On the consent calendar, council approved a resolution to appoint Coastland Engineering to prepare and file the annual engineer's report for Cloverdale Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District. Additionally, council unanimously approved denial of nine claims against the city related filed by the Ponce Family and Guadalupe Castro Barragan and to refer them to the city's insurer REMIF. • In his report on the Joint City/School District Subcommittee, Joe Palla said the two city positions for accounting and law enforce- ment are expected to be filled in February. • Another topic out of Palla's meeting with the schools was water conserva- tion and concerns how it will impact school sports. Consideration is begin given to whether other conservations efforts can allow enough room for turf on one or two fields to be maintained. • In her council report Mayor Carol Russell said she is working with the Arts Alliance, chamber and various community and business vol- unteers including Joyce Mann to dress some of the vacant windows on the boulevard. She hopes some of it can be done before Citrus Fair to make the downtown more appealing to visitors. • Under New Business council discussed the proposed Library Joint Powers Authority that can now include Cloverdale. In discussion of the suggestion that the county and Santa Rosa should have two representatives each, it was agreed to compromise in sup- port what the original mem- bers agree to for representation on behalf of those jurisdictions in order to get a seat and full representation for Cloverdale. Winter burn suspension temporarily lifted On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit tem- porarily lifted the burn suspen- sion within the state responsi- bility area (SRA) in Sonoma, Lake, Napa and portions of Colusa, Solano and Yolo Counties. The temporary lift- ing of the suspension also includes the unincorporated areas of Napa County protect- ed by CAL FIRE / Napa County Fire. Unit Chief Eric Hoffmann stated, "The recent rainfall has increased fuel moisture condi- tions in our area, which sup- ports lifting of the burn sus- pension." The burn suspension may be reinstated, if needed, due to current drought conditions, which will increase hazardous fire conditions. Property own- ers interested in conducting open burning are required to check with their local fire agen- cy and air pollution district to ensure they meet all fire and air pollution permit require- ments, prior to burning. With the cooler moist tem- peratures department person- nel encourage property owners to continue their outdoor housekeeping of providing proper clearance, of 100 feet of defensible space, around their structures. Actions to maintain or create a defensible space include: • Maintain 100 feet of defensible space • Remove all dead plants, grasses or weeds from within 30 feet of structure • Trim trees 6 feet from the ground • Remove all leaves, pine needles and debris from roofs • Create an Evacuation Plan - practice the plan with your family. DROUGHT CONTINUES CONT... year "was drier than any year in 400 years." Written records in the Ukiah Valley date back to 1894, and those records show that 2013 was the driest since human records have been kept. Comparing where we are now after last weekend's storm, with rainfall totals dur- ing the drought year in February 1977, "we are still six to seven inches below where we were then," McGuire said. Because the situation is so dire, officials from several agencies that manage water supplies gathered in a historic meeting last week to discuss the water shortfall and work together on solutions. "It's important that we are talking as one voice as a: region," McGuire said. "Last week, we had an unprecedent- ed meeting with all water dis- tricts and cities, and the Sonoma County Water Agency, that utilize water between Healdsburg and Ukiah. We came together to start planning for the worst case scenario when it comes to drought conditions." There are a few potential pieces of state and federal leg- islation moving forward in the coming weeks that could bring funding to the area to help with water storage and censer- vation. Brad Sherwood, Community & Governmental Affairs Manager for the Water Agency said the agency is on top of a few pieces of legisla- tion that could fund water sav- ing and supply projects, which would help with recycled water use and storage, as well as water saving programs. "They would be funding opportunities and maybe some other regulatory leveraging opportunities that we will be looking at as well," Sherwood said. "It's fast developing right now." The county Board of Supervisors will also be dis- cussing additional opportuni- ties at its Feb. 25 meeting, which could include opportu- nities for residents including a toilet retrofit program and a "cash for grass" campaign - where residents would be encouraged to remove lawns and replace them with native and drought tolerant plants. The county will also discuss conservation, water storage, and "what we are going to be able to do as a region to con- serve as much water as possi- ble for the summer and into the falL" McGuire said. Meanwhile, engineers and specialists are working several fronts on the science-side of the water issues. "We are preparing for the upcoming frost season and irri- gation season and working on how to conserve water on the ag side," Jasperse sat& Measuring temperature inver- sion layers, for example, could help vineyards and other agri- cultural industries use less water by helping them deter- mine if they could use wind for frost protection rather than sprinklers. The Water Agency has also been working with researchers to get a better understanding of significant rain events, called atmospheric rivers, so they can be better predicted. The "narrow but intense" storms are currently hard to predict, but play a big role in both droughts and floods. "They loom large on both sides of the scale," Jasperse said. If water officials can bet- ter understand and predict these systems, water supply, storage and flood control could be completely changed. For example, in December 2012, the north county was hit by four "atmospheric events." Because of the deluge of rain, the Army Corp of Engineers had to release water from Lake Mendocino, based on the rules they follow for flood control. But, after those storms, the area didn't really see another significant rainfall event for the entire year of 2013. "In hindsight, it would have been great to have held on to that water," Jasperse said. Lake Mendocino feeds the Russian River Watershed, which is the main source that wells in local cities above Lake Sonoma pull from. "The idea is, working with meteorologists, researchers d dam operators, to see if we can incorporate improved fore- cisting and hang on to some wter." Improved forecasting with chmged flood control regula- tiozs could keep reservoirs at a higler capacity. Jasperse said the research from the introduction of soil moisure probes and addition- al chta collection during storm, to improve computer modeh could have an impact on the !uture of the watershed as well. For row, Jasperse said, with every trn of the weather through he end of April, the water agency will be updating its plans aad projections. "Even vith this significant storm, it brely made a dent," McGuire autioned. "We're hoping for tie best but hunker- ing down ard planning for the worst." Subscribe to the Cloverdale Reveille by calling 894-3339 or visit www.cloverdalereveille.com. I !BUSINESS & SERXqCES.,DIRECTORY • SERVICES , • SERVICES • • SERVICES • • SERVICES • Jules Stove & Chimney Works hirnney leaning Jules Volper • 894-2110 Fully Insured J ulesStoveChimney.com .......................................... Randy Hatch er,,:,,,,:. ..... :J iii!!i!ii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiJ  ';iiii!y5.::::ir:i:' . %1::?:: .... Deep Cleaning • Carpet & Fabric Protection Tile & Grout Cleaning • Area Rug Cleanint - Most Furniture Moved . Cloverdale's own retirement home for seniors at ::"ii. • , : imn. 61 1 Cherry Creek i,; innnii00 llliIoliilfa [m iil IIIII! 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