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April 30, 1980     Cloverdale Reveille
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goes to court for highway funds Director i kounced today Department of gone to court to highway CalTrans is in U.S. District would require formula e Federal Aid High- highway funds Last week the Federal Highway Administration informed CalTrans that its federal highway obligation authority for the remainder of the federal fiscal year, ending October 1, has been reduced from $330 million to $148 million, as part of a nationwide cutback in highway expenditures. CalTrans contends that the method selected for allocating the reduced level of highway funds among the states is arbitrary and unfair. "While we fully support President Carter&apos;s efforts to reduce spending to control inflation at this time, we feel the formula devised by the Federal High- way Administration to distribute the remaining federal highway unobligated balances between the States leaves California with over $100 million less than what we consider to be minimally equitable," Giantui'co explained. According to indications from the Federal Highway Administration, the remaining balance of obligation authority to the states was distributed by a method which penalizes those states, like California, which had planned to obligate the bulk of their federally-participating program in the latter half of the Federal fiscal year. CalTrans supports a more equitable formula based on sharing the reduction among all states in proportion to their percentage of highway program ap- portionments in 1980, under the Federal Aid Highway Act. "We are vigorously fighting this Continued on page 6 C.H.S. Band trip countdown '18,200 k Clovef dale ff00qvez'lle 00e<,SHEO lifornia Volume 102 No. 18 Wednesday, April 30, 1980 1 Section 18 Pages 20 cents erdale rt faces I cut-off it Wtll not of, less than 9,000 I fuel which means OPerated Cloverdale be able to sell 30. two tanks and To meet the it would be r to install two new at an estimated his wife Ruth, for the city Years said: "My Chevron has on all small air- this is an in- of private two 2,000 gallon tanks now. Our quota, which the oil company has been giving us, won't fill those tanks so why should they tell us we have to have two 9,000 gallon tanks. We use an average of 1579 gallons a month," he explained. "Chevron wants to cut out the middle man and send our fuel right from the plant. They will require us to take a truck and trailer load of 9,000 gallons of 80 octane and the same amount of I00 octane. Each costing ,000. That would be a total of $18,0. They won't sprit a load of half of each octane, nor will they split a load with the Heald- sburg Airport. It is necessary for us to have both Octanes, as different planes must use the octane grade the manufacturer recommends." Brazell went on to say that he Continued on page 6 / Cloverdale Airport operator Dick Brazell said not having aviation fuel will be a hardship on local plane owners, as well as people who fly in for fuel. He said the airport is listed in / / f -- S many guides as having fuel for sale and pilots will have to be directed to other fuel sources. Photo by Janice. ncilman steps down after blasting Grand Jury, P.D. J q van song" was a salty tirade against the Grand Jury Photo by Janice. Councilman Dr. Clifford Snider, defeated earlier this month in a bid for re-election, stepped down from the Cioverdale City Council last week. But, he didn't do it quietly, much to the surprise of an overflow crowd which jammed the Council chambers. Snider leveled a blast at a recent Sonoma County Grand Jury report implying conflict of interest in Cloverdale government, but was paticularily incensed about coverage of the city in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "In the seven years I've been in Cloverdale, the Press Democrat has seemed to go out of its way to make Cloverdale Government, look awful," he stated. '*They will print everything had they can about us, but if there is any good news, it's buried on page 28." Citing the city's excellent football and basketball teams, he noted that there is rarely any coverage of their activities. "But let three young men smoke one joint on the bus coming home from a game, and the paper makes it sound like we have a dope crisis in Clover- dale," Snider charged. Turning to the Grand Jury story, Snider quoted that "because of lack of a conflict of interest code in Cloverdale, no further action can be taken on these allegations." "That is patently untrue," he ex- ploded. "We are - and have been covered - under two state laws dealing with conflict of interest for several years. If they had any evidence, they could have nailed us all. But there doesn't seem to be any evidence at all. Otherwise, there would have been in- dictments". The reporter who wrote the Grand Jury story was a particular target of Snider who scornfully called him "an investigative reporter". "He hides behind allegations and seems to get most of his 'facts' from rumors in bars," Snider scoffed. "This 'crack' reporter said that the City Council two years ago was in- vestigating one of our employees about a possible conflict of interest. Non- sense. He talked to a impressionable Councilman and the gossip mongers in town and came up with a sensational story." "The Cloverdale Reveille, on the other hand - which is an excellent small town newspaper - did investigate the charges. They looked at the documents, read the depositions, talked to the people involved, and printed the facts. The Press Democrat doesn't seem to care about the truth so long as it can make Cloverdale look had." Snider added. At times visably and vocally angry, Snider spoke for about 10 minutes, but concluded in a quiet note." "I looked at many places before deciding to move here. This is a beautiful community with many fine residents. We deserve better than we have been getting. The Reveille does an excellent job, and it's about time the Press Democrat woke up to the fact that Cloverdale is an excellent community and started treating it as such." The audience, many of whom. ob- viously agreed with Snider, for defending the city applauded when he finished--others were too awestruck by hi profane language against the Grand Jury and Press Democrat to show any reaction. [man er pre- City coun a resident of ringing of Peter's Church she had nothing except when it 6 a.m. on Sunday said that looked into since or more signatures The Mayor then Angelo assignment, to and Father Church to worked out. evidently didn't $calese is the the chimes to City Council . Newly elected officials sworn in Atthe April 22 Cloverdale City Council meeting, newly elected councilman Angelo Scalese, reelected cmmcflwoman, Marie Vandagriff and city clerk, Barbara Peugh were sworn in to their offices. Councilman Sealese took his chair among the other council members for the last half of the meeting. SWEARING IN Re-elected City Clerk Barbara Peugh Was sworn into office by Mayor Domenichli. The council also alp proved a merit slary increase for Mrs. Peugh who has served as city clerk for two and a half years. Re-elected Councilwoman Marie Vandagriff and new Councilman Angelo Scalese were th sworn into office by Mrs. Pengh. In other post election business, the council adopted a resolution declaring the official results of the April 8 elec- tion. RESIGNATIONS Council members accepted the resignation of Park and Recreation Commissioner Larry Lagle. ,He has resigned because he has accepted a job as custodian of City Park. Councilman Scalese also submitted a letter of resignation from the Park and Recreation Commission. CITY ALLEY8 Councilman Jerry Moore announced the public works committee will meet with property owners adjacent to alleys five, six and nine to resolve the question of future ownership of the alley property. The city now owns the alleys but is interested in deeding the land to nearby property owners or arriving at another solution for disposal of the land. RAT BAIT Moore also announced rat-bait will "be sold to local residents because com- plaints have been received about rodent problems in the Caldweil tract. He said the bait will be sold at cost for $1.50 for two pounds. CEMETERY CLEANUP The council authorized the use of a city employee to drive a dump truck during a cemetery cleanup planned by the Cloverdale American Legion Post on May 18. Post Commander Joe Annello said 85 to 125 students from the Rio Linda Academy will help during the cleanup. PUBLIC HEARINGS Public hearings were scheduled by the council for May 13 on the final draft zoning orlinance and map and on the proposed use of federal revenue sharing funds. PROCLAMATIONS A proclamation of friendship was approved for the Cloverdale High School Band to take on their trip to Vienna to present to the mayor of Vienna and the Austrian Minister of Education. The council also declared May 4-10 "California Hire a Veteran Week" at the request of Councilman Congd0n. Continued on page 3 Geyserville will celebrate May Day Sunday Geyserville, that lively but old fashioned town just off Highway 10i toward the north end of Sonoma County certainly had its share of April showers this year. .......... Now its time to celebrate the proliferation of May flowers. And Geyserville is a town that knowll how. It's been tossing its May Fete in Hoffman Grove since 1976. Maybe five years doesn't seem like a long time but this May Fete is a near duplicate of the May Day celebration as it was in 1920 and 1930 in almost the same spot. The Geyserville Historical Society sponsors the event and co-chairman Willie Briggs and Keith Lamps(m have been woi'king for months to line up food booths, games of skill, and with the Geyserville High School in the selection of a May Queen. The date for the party this year is May 4 and along with a May pole and music a lot of popular regulars will return. As is traditional the Cloverdale Ladies' Auxiliary of the Amerteaan Legion Color Guard will open the ceremonies. Next the May Queen will be crowned by the Geyserville Chamber of Com- merce president, Frank Pastori. Then the dancing will begin with the grammar school children twining the fluttering multi-colored ribbons armmd the tall May pole. The Historical Society will benefit from the School sandwich booth. There will be a pie eating contest, a quilt raffle and a handsome gate prize. The Christian Women's Association will serve salad. FJoise Hoffman will again bring the ponies from her stable for rides for the children. Camp Poyowatree will supply flower garlands for all. The library will sponsor a book sale. But there's more food and fun. River Valley Nursery School combines the two with a food booth, raffle*and puppet show. The Kiwanis Club will supply soft drinks and hot dogs. And the Chamber of Commerce will offer samples of the fine wines from the many wineries which  the small town. The high point of the day will be the Fire Department's water fight. The festival starts with the (bmee'| coronation at approximately noon. The booths open one-half hour later and fun lasts until five p.m. The weather man has promised fair weather. Weather DATE H I LOW April 21 62 39 April 22 68 40 April 23 74 50 April 24 74 47 April 23 73 45 April 26 74' 41 April 27 85 46 RAIN .14 .14