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Day Page 5 Oooa,ioo,o B&amp;G Club ...... See Below ', Lions Easter Egg Hunt 00;ee Page 3 Published weekly since 1879 1879 118 years of serving the community 7 0 Sonoma County, CA April 9, 1997 VoL CXVHL Issue 15 35 Cents insurance improves rural areas ief Jack Rosevear re- good news that the Fire Protection Dis- e to improve its rating in the ru- flow and emer- response test from the Services Office, con- 27, the rating in low- a "9" to an "8." :aSsistance and generosity .Reuser, of Reuser Inc. m qualifying the Dis- the new rating. When 3800 gallon wa- available for 24 hour within the District the became possible:. will mean savings for ers in the rural of the District whose in- Please turn to page 8 Rosa Auto closes branch Rosa Auto Parts closed branch store on March 28 after three selling quality NAPA to Cloverdale cus- said the decision to close the store due but we didn't have to sustain the we had. We didn't re- a lot of money either." said. at SRAP owns stores and the local to be closed for the growth of the compa- two employees who at the local branch were to other stores. Pri- g the store, Auto Parts. Del Webb California Corp., the agency seeldng permimdon from the City of Cloverdale to build retirement housing for people age 55 and over donated $2,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Clovwdale last week towards their campaign fund to rebuild lhe club damlod by firs and complete ormtruction of a new gym. Above, Club Executive Director Mardanne McBride a(cepts the donaUon from Del Welbb Sales Banag Nk Brook.. I I II City's taX inCreases escape Prop. 62; Sales tax revenue falls significantly Taxes increased by action of the City Council in 1993 were, for a time, threatened by a court decision that held these reve- nues were subject to Prop.62 challenges. However, according to City Manager Bob Perrault, the three year statute of limitations to such challenges appears to have run protecting these revenue lines for the city. They include the Transient Occupancy Tax, Real Estate Tax, Business Licenses and the Util- ity User Ta While increases in these tax- ing areas will stand, the Council no longer has the discretion to adjust these items. Future in- creases must be approved by a vote of the people scheduled at elections to be held at the same time as Council elections are held. In his report to the Council, Perrault noted that sales tax revenue has dropped significant- ly from ahigh of nearly $400,000 in the early 1990's to $265,000 at present. Much of this loss was attributed to closure of Beck's Fire Apparatus and to a lesser extent the By-Pass. The City expects to realize an additional $40,000 annually with the completion of the Furber Ranch Shopping Center now under construction. Perrault also noted that Clo- verdale's per capita General Fund expenditure is estimated to be the lowest in the County at $274. Sixty percent of these expen- ditures are focused on law en- forcement." Engineering costs to the City total $143,500 this fiscal year. About $90,000 of this amount is developer driven and expendi- ture will be made only if there is offsetting contributions from the developer. Is to police hit all time high Police Depart- crime report for The re- each and limits. It also explains a series of programs the department has participated in during the past year. Adop#-A-Cop The police department contin- T()TAL CALLS FOR SERVICE v i  i }i Kerry Roam, 16, and Michael $ormno, 18 clean a head- 35| of students worked around town during .  aivlti includl Inting tr aound up Im graffltl rmnval, mfur.sNng the lml room at CHS, vlsltlng resments at Msnzanlt rr. ued with their Adopt-A-Cop pro- gram last year where officers worked with elementary school classes. Officers interacted with students in a relaxed, non-au- thoritative manner and listened to children and discussed issues important to them. As officers established a rapport with their classes, they talked about their jobs, concerns for young people, the importance of completing school and living drug free. Cop o Cml The police department re- ceived a grant to fund one addi- tional police officer. The officer will be used in a variety of com- munity oriented policing pro- grams including the Adopt-A-Cop program. Other programs under consideration include a School Partnership; Business District Foot and Bicy- cle Patrol, and others. Another application for a grant to pur- chase lap-top computers which would allow officers to write re- ports in the field and increase officer availability is also under review. ockx Tme & Pmsive Alcohol Seam Because of the department's successful participation in the DUI. Checkpoint Program, the California Office of Traffic Safe- ty gave the department a Radar Trailer and two Passive Alcohol Sensors (PAS). The radar trailer monitors traf- fic and gives motorists a visual display of the posted speed and their vehicle speed. It has prov- en extremely effective at reduc- ing speeding in problem areas. The PAS are hand held intox- ilizers that allow officers to get preliminary blood alcohol read- ings in the field. Prevention and Pemonol Safety Presentations The department also made pre- sentations in the community on various tovics including bad checks, bicycle safety, personal safety for seniors, burglary pre- vention, neighborhood watch and others. County-wide Crime Prevenlk)n Grant The Sonoma County Sheriff and the Chiefs of Police of each city have joined and obtained a county-wide crime prevention grant. The Sonoma County Sher- iffs Department administers the funds from this grant. The mon- ey is used throughout the coun- ty to address the issues caused by criminal activity in Sonoma County. It funds a detective, pro- bation officer and prosecutor. Please turn to page 8 General fund in balance as fiscal year progresses Projected to continue During a mid-year budget re- view presented to the City Coun- cil City Manager Bob Perrault reported that revenues and ex- penditures in the General Fund should remain balanced for the remainder of this fiscal year. Overall revenues are expected to increase by $27,340 and ex- penditures will increase by $23,780. The General Fund budget for the 1996-97 fical year totals $1,535,500. Construction permit revenues are expected to yield $80,000 rather than the budgeted amount of $60,000 and the City will receive $75,505 from the insurance fund. Sales tax is running slightly below projec- tions and the staff is now fore- casting revenues of $250,000 down by $15,000 from original budget pr0or, While most departments re- flect year end projections that are at or below budgeted amounts there are two excep- tions, Central Administration and Planning and Building. Administration expects to spend $396,865 as opposed to the $298,850 originally budgeted. This expenditure reflects the $67,500 in prtoperty tax trans- fers to the Fire District and a payout of accumulated benefits associated with transfer of fire department personnel to the District amounting to an esti- mated $40,000. The higher expenditure in the Planning/Building Department is due to additional plan checks required for commercial build- ings now under construction and unanticipated costs associated with the Healdsburg contract for building inspection. Revenues from water system operations will be $727,500 rath- er that the budgeted amount of $724,300. However, increases in chemical and personnel costs will see expenditures equalling revenues. Sewer operations, on the oth- er hand, will have a positive balance of $9,075 at year's end as revenues wlfl ex<! ndl, tures by that amount. This pos- itive balance is due to the 10% adjustment the Council ap- proved for the sewer enterprise during budget sessions. Fare box revenue from the city bus service is still below the required 10% bringing in a 8.1% return. Total estimated reve- nue for the year is $48,590 with expenditure pegged at $49,210. Telecommunication law before Council tonight Discussion of a proposed tele- communication facilities ordi- nance will be on the City Coun- cirs agenda tonight, Wednesday, April 9. The Council meets at City Hail, 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. The ordinance will regulate the location and design of tele, communication facilities in the City A public hearing on the ordinance was held by the Plan- ning Commission and was then forwarded to the Council for adoption. Telecommunication equip- ment under consideration with- in the ordinance includes anten- nas, pole or panel style, satellite dishes, and transmission tow- ers. The intent of the ordinance is to adopt regulations designed to minimize visual impacts. The Council is also expected to consider the latest proposal from the Cloverdale Fire Protection District in closed session. The proposal asks for a period of 18 years in property tax transfers rather than the 10 years offered by the City. Other agenda items will in- clude Little League fees for the use of the ball field at City Park;a report by City Manager Bob Per- rault on need for increases in development impact fees; the annual Police Department re- port, and support of legislation that would make skateboarding a hazardous recreational activi- ty. 63OO 6200 6100 6000 50O0 58O0 57O0 5600 55OO 53O0 5200 5103 Calls for service Include only events where an inc.]dent number was asadgnod. They do not Indude the thouasnds of telephone earls, citizen omacts and miscellaneous events which occur every day where no incident number Is almigned.