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130 years serving the community p Publ~hedweeklvsince1879 8 *********** ORIGIN MIXED AOC SMALL TOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 949 1879 II,l,,I,,I,,.ll,,ll,,Ih,,,,ll,,hllh,,h,l,,,I,hll,,,I,,ll Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, April 22, 2009 V, dume CXXX, Issue No. 23 50 Cents City working on voluntary water conservation program IN RESPONSE to several years of lower than normal rainfall, Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast owners Don and Mary Stuart have rede- signed and replanted the inn's front yard with heat and"~lrought resistent plants. The spring color array is spectacular. The Stuarts re- opened the inn on April 15, 2005, and in four years have transformed the Inn's interior, exterior and grounds, resulting in a unique setting surrounded by beauty. 2009 announced for Friday N Live in Concert season to run from June 12 - September 4 The Cloverdale Arts Alliance is lineup will feature some of North- pleased to announce a number of ern California's premier bands and exciting changes to the 2009 Friday also touring acts from cities such as Night Live free summer music con- New York, New Orleans, Chicago, cert series. In collaboration with Cincinnati, and San Diego. The full the Cloverdale Certified Farmers lineup will be announced within the Market, the season has been in- next few weeks. creased to 13 weeks running every The event's concessions have also Friday from June 12 through Sep- been enhanced for 2009. In addition tember 4. Also, the festivities will to high quality local wines, craft begin earlier than in the past at 6:30 beer from Ruth McGowan's Brew- p,m. allowing families with young pub and assorted non-alcoholic bev- children a chance to enjoy more of erages will be available. the evening. Christopher Greenwald, chef/own- The criteria by which the bands er of Bay Laurel Catering will be are selected have been modified for featuring world street food such as 2009 in an attempt to present a Caribe Style Chicken Sandwich and weekly celebration that is "Genu- Caggiano Pork Sausage from the inely Cloverdale." While the series "Gastro Shack" located in the plaza will continue to present a broad during the concerts. range of musical genres, it will no Seating is limited, so plan to ar- longer be focused entirely on rive early or bring your own lawn world music. This year the empha- chair. Concert attendees from out- sis will be on music that is both of-town may obtain a lodging dis- artistically excellent and also up- count by calling The Historic Inns of beat and entertaining for those in Cloverdale at 800-894-1737 and Lhe audience who just want to have mentioning Friday Night Live. Fri- a good time. The dance friendly day Night Live respectfully asks musical styles will include swing, that you help us comply with the country, blues, zydeco, salsa, blue- conditions of our ABC permit by not grass, afrobeat, funk and soul. The >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 PREPARING AND FERTILIZING THE SOIL for another community gar- den on River Road is AI King who helped get this project underway. If you are Interested In planting there, contact the Senior Center at 894- 4826, All ages are invited to use the garden. The r6port to the Cloverda the status of the Cityq, Water Treatment O1 delivered the report xa current operations of about conservation. "History has alread some insight into wha does happen to our ac city well site. We knoi aquifer's static level L, by the level of the Ru~, and dramatically drot high demand dry tool year. The highest pro( for our facility was 2(3 dez reported. He presented a gral showed that in 2004 tl plant produced 528.6 gallons of water. The single production day 2.85 MG (Million Gall 2008, the single highe production was 2.2 M "Trending our aver use since 2000 we can highest demand perle month of July, which typically when the Rt and our aquifer level; tn the years followi s~ceessful in its wate] sh~ed the average ]: 2000-2008 based on g~ 2000, Each person us( spike came in 2004, w gallons per day. The ] person using about 1! The water plant is < has three filters each, Per Minute (GPM); TI million gallons of sto] system pump station, mains. All of the water is C river and treated at tt Facility. The four wel By ~oberta Lyons City's Department of Public Works gave a le City Council recently about water plant and supply. )erator, Darren Hernandez, hich reviewed historical data, he water system, and ideas provided t can and uifer at the V that the influenced sian River ,s during our [ths of the luction year 34," Hernan- ~h which ;e water million ~ighest in 2004 was ans). In ;t day G on July 5. ~ge monthly see that our d is the Ls also ssian River CLOVERDALE'S are low," Hernandez said. ~g 2006;~ ttie~(Zity has been very conservation efforts, A chart er capita water usage from dlons per person per day. In d about 184 gallons a day; a ith each person using about 189 ow was in 2008 with each ;2 gallons a day. apable of producing 4.5 MGD. It "apable of filtering 1050 Gallons [e city has four wells, 3.95 age capacity, two distribution and 45.2 miles of City Water rawn from wells next to the e Cloverdale Water Treatment that the city currently has in production were constructed in 1968, 1974, 1976 and 2006. The three older wells were re-habbed in 2007. The water from these wells is pumped into the water treatment plant which was constructed in 1995 and expanded in 2001, The City is currently in the process of completing a hydro geological study of the well field and the surrounding city property. The study will help water treatment facility was built In 1995. determine a new well site, and well design. The new well will help correct the source water deficiency currently experienced during high demand periods, Hernandez said. Other improvements include a 16 inch water transmission line down Asti Road and installation of a fourth filter. Funding for all three of these major projects is currently being applied for through the USDA loan program and stimulus package funds. Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma are well below normal levels and there will be possible impacts to the Russian River flows. Cloverdale is facing its third straight year of lower than normal water levels. Although not yet mandatory, citizens are being asked to reduce their residential water consumption between 15 to 20 percent. Last year, residential water usuage was reduced between 11 and 15 percent in the summer months. i Cloverdale Mayor Joe Palla hasThe Alexander Val challenged local residents to get out ley Regional Medica and walk in the 10weeks beginning Center has agreed tt April 25. "Can Cloverdale lose two help area resident: and one-half tons in 10 weeks?" the keep track of their dai mayor wondered. That's 1,000 peo- ly strolls by providin~ ple eachlosing five pounds, pedometers to th. "Walking is great exercise. Itfirst 1,000 people thai helps clear the mind and keep us istration for I-Walk healthy," Palla said. April 25 from 9 a.m. "That's why I challenge everyone the Medical Center, 6 living in the greater Cloverdale Cloverdale Blvd. area to spend 30 minutes at least Southards. four days a week walking," he add- Pre-Registration fo: ed. parents at Washingt( Mayor Palla will lead a series of take place April 2, walks. The first will depart at 11 school's Move-A-Th~ a.m., April 25 from the registration event to get youngst~ area. "National statisti iWALK sign up. Reg- Cloverdale is to 12 noon at Tarman Dr. at next to students and ,n School will L during the ,n~ a one-day rs moving. :s show that two million adoles- cents (or one in six overweight adoles- cents) aged 12 - 19 have pre-diabetes," said Deborah Howell, Executive Director of Alexander Valley Regional Medical Center. Our goal is to beat that number in Cloverdale through ex- ercise and healthy diet, she added. "I-Walk Cloverdale" is part of "I- Walk Sonoma County" launching in mid-May. Dr. Mary Maddux- Gonzalez, Health Officer for the Sonoma County Department of Health services, provided a Power Point presentation to the City Council about the I-Walk Project. She commended Alexander Re- gional Medical Center, and Execu- tive Director Debbie Howell in particular, for taking the lead in or- ganizing the upcoming I-Walk Project. While health insurance and elec- tronic medical records are national issues, staying healthy is personal. The City of Cloverdale, Cloverdale Schools and the medical center all support I-Walk. "Can the Senior Center out walk the Boys and Girls Club?" wonders vice mayor Carol Russell, chair of the Council Subcommittee on Health Action. Russell also repre- sents Cloverdale on the county- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 PLANNING PROCESS NOT AFFECTED BY ECONOMY According to Chris Coursey, the Sonoma-Marin Are (SMART) spokesperson, SMART has not been spare, upheaval that has roiled the global economy over the like thousands of other government agencies that rely on sal for funding, and on bond sales to finance capital projec feeling the impact of the economic downturn. However, Coursey related, unlike many of these agenc: not in the middle of a project. "We have two years of engineering in front of us before we get to construction, expect the economy to affect that process at all." "Lower tax receipts and reduced bonding capacity may f~ for additional revenue sources once we move into the const] and our board is committed to do that if necessary," Cours "We believe the federal government will be much mc transit projects under the new administration. And even th projections assumed no new state money over the course would be very surprising if new state transit money isn't that long a period," he said. In conclusion, Coursey said that the SMART board i, acknowledges th.at the economy has made its job more diff be developing contingency plans that recognize "worst-c Right now, though, we remain committed to delivering the ] put before the voters last year, and our Board of Directors commitment on Wednesday." Rail Transit t the financial past year. Just es tax receipts ts, SMART is es, SMART is planning and and we don't )rce us to look uction period, ~ said. friendly to ~ugh our 2008 of 20 years, it available over realistic and cult. "We will tse scenarios.' )roject that we reiterated that IT IS HOPED THAT SOME DAY the Cloverdale Depot will function as a train depot, along with the other transit functions it already serves.