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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 -- Page 3 POLICE LOG CONT. 11:53 p.m. Caller reports a group of people are arguing in front of the Dante. Sunday, March 27 6:41 a.m. Citizen reports a small fire near the bridge at the River Park. 11:17 a.m. Report of a hole form- ing near the creek area on S. Clover- dale Blvd. Public Works was notified. 1:44 p.m. Caller on Sherwood Cir. reports the possible theft of his dog. Officer reports the dog was located by his owner and checked OK. 2:45 p.m. Report of loud music coming from a residence on Lake St. 8:35 p.m. Report of a reckless driv- er near Dutcher Creek. 10:10 p.m. Caller on S. Jefferson St. reports being awakened by some- one knocking on their door but when they answered it, no one was there. FIRE CALLS Monday, March 21 Medical aid on N. Main St. for a male subject having a seizure. Medical aid on S. Main St. for an unresponsive female. Hazard situation on Hwy. 101 at Asti for a vehicle into a light pole. No injuries reported. Medical aid on Porterfield Creek for an elderly female with a ground level fall. Medical aid on Asti Rd. for a sub- ject experiencing diabetic problems. Public assist on Clover Springs for a subject who needed assitance to their feet. Tuesday, March 22 Medical aid on Venezia Way for a male subject feeling ill. Wednesday, March 23 Medical aid on Washington St. for a child with a cut to his finger. Hazard situation on Cherry Creek Rd. for a tree and power lines down. Thursday, March 24 Report of two trees down in the roadway on Cherry Creek Rd. Medical aid on E. First St. for a male subject who is not feeling well. Auto aid to Healdsburg for a wa- ter rescue near Memorial Beach. Friday, March 25 Medical aid on Cherry Creek Rd. for a 78 year old female with chest pains and fever. Smoke check near the First Street Bridge. Was a warming fire only. . Medical aid onClovercrest Dr.,for an elderly female feeling ill. Medical aid on N. Cloverdale Blvd. for a female subject having a seizure after an argument with her boyfriend. Saturday, March 26 Medical aid on Merlot Dr. for a male subject with lacerations on his hands. Fire crew responded to the River Park for a Port-o-potty that was on fire. Fire is being investigated for arson. Sunday, March 27 Medical aid on North St. for a fe- male subject having difficulty breathing. Court followup in Dante dust-up The court dates for most of the individuals involved in a July 2010 brawl at the Dante in Cloverdale have been continued to April 12, but one conviction in the case has been completed. Seven young Cloverdale resi- dents were allegedly involved in the incident which occurred in the early morning hours of July 10, 2010 at the Dante bar on Railroad Ave. Charges range from obstruct- ing a police officer, and disorderly conduct, to unlawful assembly. One defendant, Manuel Vasqu- ez-Hernandez, was convicted of one of two counts he was charged with. A charge of unlawful assem- bly was dropped, but he was con- victed on a charge of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a peace of- ficer. He was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail, which was stayed until June 17 because he has been re- ferred to a "work release," pro- gram, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney's office. He has to report on April 7. www.animalhos 00italofcloverdale.com PG&E outage affects over 2500 customers A tree fell and downed a power line on Thursday, March 24 knock- ing out electricity to 2,570 custom- ers in the southern part of Cloverdale. The first outage was reported at 9:53 a.m. and the last customers had service restored at 2:56 p.m., ac- cording to Brandi Ehlers, spokes- person for PG&E. CITY COUNCIL WASTE MANAGEMENT CONT. tion is good." The Reveille obtained from Regor the letter from Curtis Michelini, president of Industrial Carting of Rohnert Park. Michelini explained that his company pro- vides debris box and recycle hauling services to several cities under non- exclusive agreements, and asked to be able to be considered for the same work in Cloverdale. Councilmember Cox was con- cerned that service to Clark Park was not noted, but it was pointed out that some city parks do not have Ann and AI Gillis after his return from his tour of duty in WWll. ANN GILLIS CONT. There was little time for fun on weekends because the laundry and ironing needed to be done. Oh, and then the silver needed polishing. Eventually Ann, as she was now known, moved in with a girlfriend and landed jobs with better pay and more freedom. Following completion of her BA degree in 1942, she took additional courses to gain office skills and accounting knowledge. She liked the excite- ment of the Bay Area and hoped to land a job in an important business office. When she was hired by Califor- nia Farm Production Council she was able to use her Spanish language skills. It was a time when many California workers had left to enter military service due to the war effort. The council facilitated immigration of Mexican nationals for agricultural labor. Today, she credits her mother with instilling in her the will to pursue her goals and succeed at work she enjoyed immensely. Courtship Dancing topped the list of social activities for the hardworking young professional woman with boundless energy. When tall, handsome, blue-eyed A1 Gillis introduced himself at a dance, there vcas a atual. spark b eveen.them. He didn't know how to dance, but decided he had better learn if he was going to successfully woo this lovely, energetic young woman. He was a diesel machinist in the Navy. They became engaged in 1943, and wrote daily letters while he was in the Pacific. Ann was invited to be a USO hostess, a perfect volunteer job for a gracious and outgoing social dancer. Still, her priority was meeting Al's ship whenever it returned to a Califor- nia port. They married when he returned from the Pacific for good in 1945. Diverse career The new Mrs. Gillis worked in a civil service position at the Appren- ticeship Standards Office, and was promoted to the highest position available for women at that time, senior stenographer. When Al's company closed and he could no longer find work in his field, they sold their Bay Area home and accepted an offer to live with Ann's parents in Cloverdale because "in those days, wives went where their husbands found work." When A1 found work in a local lumber mill, Gillis worked for a "wonderful boss," Henry Trione who went on to become one of the area's most successful entrepreneurs and a local philanthropist. Gillis talked her husband into building a home near her parents; not hiring a general contractor, but doing the construction themselves. Neither had construction experi- ence, but they set to work with a "how to" book and a dream. Project obstacles and teasing from friends about their construction endeavor tested the couple's mettle. She finally quit her job to help complete the house. They managed to turn what was at times a nightmarish project into a comfortable home, where they live to this day. Gillis returned to work in a secretarial position for a lumber company, but left when their daughter Shirley was born. As much as she enjoyed business, she was more fulfilled during the 2.5 years at home with her baby daughter. Looking back, she wishes she could have stayed home longer with Shirley, but when A1 required Ann's capable assistance when he decided to open an insurance office. She did not particularly like the insurance business, but helped him run his office for 27 years. The middle years were extremely busy. When she was in high school Shirley worked part-time in the insurance office and her mother had some time to pursue other interests including art education and painting. A1 became involved with the Fire Department, so Gillis she joined the Ladies Auxiliary. They were active in the Grange. She served in various arts groups and organizations, including a decade as Cloverdale's representa- tive to the Sonoma County Arts Council. At her bidding Santa Rosa Junior College brought an evening art class to Cloverdale. She helped raise money to purchase a potter's wheel and kiln for local artists. Gillis says her biggest volunteer effort involved staging elaborate fundraising dinners alongside other civic-minded friends to help build the senior center, where she and A1 remain active today. Pivotal event In 1997, at age 77, Gillis was employed by a local physician when she was diagnosed with stomach cancer, an event that changed her life. At first she was overwhelmed by the illness and the grueling treatments. Most worri- some for her was whether she could recover her strength and vitality, so dramatically depleted by the disease and treatment. ! Again a book played an impor- tant role in her life. When she read about organic food and its impor- tance to health, she committed to an organic diet. That she recovered so completely made her feel she needed to share her message of the benefits of organic gardening and eating. The health scare also served to reshuffie her priorities. She says,=: "We'all have troubles and moments we have to suffer and be sad. Then put them in a corner and move on because the time goes so fast and you have to enjoy every moment." Painting had long since replaced music in her life, and Gillis began to draw heavily on its therapeutic benefits. Her paintings have won awards, but she most likes that painting takes her "to another world." She feels blessed to sell enough paintings to keep a supply of empty canvasses to fill when she isn't cooking, gardening or volun- teering. Looking back and ahead Gillis credits organic gardening and purchasing foods free of chemicals for her present good health and long life. Her "food is love" philosophy is an expression of gratitude and a way of giving back. It involves passing on organic Old World recipes taught to her by her grandmother in demonstrations for small groups of friends. Most recently, Gillis was guest chef and speaker at a Girlfriends & Gnocchi event hosted by Alexander Valley Regional Medical Center as part of the Breast Friends for Life Program. Guests literally had a hand in preparation of the all- organic meal consisting of gnocchi with three sauces, salad, wine, with berries and lemon curd over angel food cake for dessert. Gillis' daughter Shirley Murray made the amazing Bolognese sauce. Her service to others is just a matter of Gillis doing what comes naturally to her. She shrugs and smiles, saying, "I really haven't done anything compared to what others do. I just love people and I like to cook, so I keep doing it." bins directly serviced by North Bay, and wording can be changed as needed. There was no public com- ment on the topic, but Pam Davis of North Bay Corporation said she feels it is a good agreement. She re- sponded to a question from Coun- cilmember Palla by indicating there is no grant money at this time for downtown recycling containers, but there will be stackable refuse con- tainers for downtown summer events with special tops. The read- ing of the resolution to extend the amended franchise agreement with Redwood Empire Disposal was unanimously approved. Also under New Business, came the second reading and adoption of the ordinance amending the city's Water Efficient Landscape Ordi- nance. Any inconsistencies have been addressed that might conflict with the California Green Building Code Tier 1. It was also unanimous- ly approved. Public hearings In preparation for a second read- ing of the proposed ordinance to adopt Cal Green Building Code Tier 1, City Engineer Paul Wade re- searched and presented more detail about added costs to developers, as requested at the last council meet- ing. North Coast Builders Exchange and the Construction Coalition esti- mate construction costs could in- crease up to $2/sq. ft., half due to mandated energy efficiency require- ments. Both organizations support recommendations for "a uniform re- gion-wide set of green building or- dinances", and stated that Tier 1 is closest to current LEED standards. Councilmember Russell spoke with NCBE Executive Director Keith Woods who told her the standard- ization would reduce cost and has- sle for builders and developers. Councilmember Maacks was skepti- cal. He said, "Santa Rosa did an analysis in May of last year. They found these programs become more costly to the homebuilder and home buyer, but I could not find the fig- ures." The second reading was ap- proved with Maacks the sole nay vote. The second public hearing dealt with the possible adoption of an up- dated City Service Fee Schedule. The last update took place in 2009. All departments were reviewed. Cer- tain fees that involve staff time in service to an individual can be ad- justed based on a time and material basis. If staff salaries go up or down the affected rates can be changed without review by council. ,r,: ,  . Addztionally, rather than a fine/ ftxtffttt'ar'geatvitiation;'smff Ma:' Tuma.oend they be dealt with as a community service. Councilmember Maacks indicated he would prefer not to deal with the [fee schedule] while police de- partment salary negotiations are on- going." Councilmember Palla said the Finance Subcommittee found the fee schedule to be "seriously out of whack" and he would like for the "general fund to no longer subsidize services that benefit select individu- als." Councilmember Russell wants to make sure fees for pets do not apply to service dogs. The reading was approved with Maacks as the dissenting vote. Council Reports With respect to council member activities outside of subcommittee work, Councilmember Russell not- ed that she was pleased that SMART board chair Valerie Brown spoke up against a suggestion that the Clover- dale shuttle be cut from the budget. She said the SMART board has iden- tified $106.5 million in potential sav- ings. Councilmember Cox said that CAFI and Redwood Credit Union are planning a financial workshop. Legislative Update With regard to the redevelopment agency dilemma, Attorney Nancy Thorington said there are two vol- untary options being discussed. She said the option to give a year of af- fordable housing to a school district would cost about $600,000 in ex- change for two more years to work out projects. The option to give a percentage of redevelopment funds for ten years would not work for Cloverdale. Any proposal to make these actions mandatory would vio- late voter approved propositions, she added. CIA)VERDALE MINI STORAGE 35 INDUSTRIAL DR. (707) 894-3682 OUR RATES ARE LOWER THAN MOST. 6X6 = $45 112X12 = $95 6X12 = $6t 10X26 = $145 10X10 = $82 i 10X30 = $1571 i SECOND MONTH FREE ON SELECTED SIZES NO ADMINISTRATIVE FEES • NO DEPOSITS, 24 HOUR ACCESS • ON SITE MANAGER OFFER SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE Details • The Safe Routes to School presen- tation was postponed. • Under Subcommittee Reports, the subject of disaster planning is on the Public Works agenda. Coun- cilmember Russell appreciated that a visitor complained about the debris on Caltrans property leading into the city. Russell was delighted to have an impartial let- ter as proof that the Caltrans fail- ure is a detriment to the city. Councilmember Palla asked that Russell include a request to Cal- trans to cut the weeds, as well. • Clark Park security is still being worked on. • Council members gave final direc- tion to Mayor Wolter on their choices for the regional and coun- ty posts so he can vote at the May- ors and Councilmembers meeting. • With respect to the Joint City/ CUSD Subcommittee Coun- cilmember Maacks asked whether the city and CUSD should get to- gether regarding Prop 84. It was explained that in 2006 the propo- sition came about to provide funding for streams, recreation and parks. Councilmember Palla said there is $184 million in fund- ing available, but cautioned com- petition will be stiff. The skate park and Kleiser Park Outdoor Learning Center could match the grant guidelines. The cost for a grant writer would be $3,000, plus 2-5% of the funded amount. Regor said the grant would leverage bond proceeds. The application deadline is July 1. Maintenance and water costs must be neutral or Kleiser Park won't be eligible, ac- cording to Palla. The Airport Open House is sched- uled for May 7. New Permit Fees Fees in all City departments were reviewed and the schedule updated. All new fees will be listed on the city website. Here are a few of the non-development fees that are most likely to impact citizens. • Dog licenses: Spayed/neutered $20/$1 for seniors; un- spayed/neutered $40/$20 for seniors; license delinquency $60.64. • Animal impound: With license/rabies $85 per occurrence per dog; without license/rabies $110 per occurrence per dog. • Special event permits (parks/plaza reservations): 1-25 persons, $150 minimum; 26-75, $200 minimum; 76 and more, $250 minimum. • Fingerprinting services: $45 • Vehicle storage: Impound release $80 each release. • Cemetery burial: Casket $1,242, Cremation $110. • Sonoma County transit fare within Cloverdale (one-way): • Student 90’, adult $1.10, senior 55’. SALMON CONT. ed to prevent widespread extinc- tion of Coho salmon in central Cali- fornia. The Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program is a broad coalition of government agencies, scientists and private landowners dedicated to bringing back productive salmon runs. Its members include the California De- partment of Fish and Game, which manages the hatchery component at the Don Clausen Warm Springs Hatchery, National Marine Fisher- Agency, University of California Sea Grant Extension, U.C. Coopera- tive Extension and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, along with hundreds of cooperating landowners. "Since 2001, the San Francisco District has partnered with numer- ous entities in establishing and maintaining the Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Breeding Program," said LaCivita. "The re- cent return of these spawning adults is proof that this collabora- tive effort is having a positive effect ies Service, Sonoma County Water in the watershed." -Brandon Beach [ i LOOKING FoRL0cALcoMINGEVENTS? / THEN CHECK OUT OUR [ WEEKLY CALENDAR ON PAGE 1 1 J ' I ANIMAL I..tOSPITA OF CLOVERDA[.E Want to get $5 OFF any vaccine? Interested in a FREE nail trim? How about $15 OFF a microchip? 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