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00l+yearsservi+t+community000000'00 wee++cel+ - EIIDaL Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, May 18, 2011 I I Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 20 50 Cents Avirtual university in Cloverdale? By Paula Wrenn Things just happen differently in a small town. You can't always foresee when or how a kernel of an idea might germinate and take root in our fertile rural community. In this instance, one idea has the po- tential to sow expanded education- al offerings in our countryside community to include university- level aeronautics and business courses. Affable and always-thinking Councilman Bob Cox was enjoying a refreshing beer at the local brew pub some weeks back when he made the acquaintance of a new resident. Leonard Bonyeau, he learned, is an airway transportation systems specialist for the FAA at Sonoma County's Charles Schulz Airport. When Bonyeau explained he is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's World- Wide Campus, that's all it took for Cox's brain to shift into automatic networking and community-build- ing mode. Bonyeau described "at- tending, the highly respected Prescott, Arizona-based institution while stationed in Germany. Cox thought it would be a great idea if Ctoverdalians had that same op- partunity. in short order Cox and Bonyeau arranged for city representatives Nina Regor and Paul Wade to meet with Embry-Riddle director of aca- demic support, Natalla Franklin on April 29. Franklin, who gamered interest while participating in the May 7 Cloverdale Airport Open House, told Cloverdale officials the closest virtual ERAU campus to Cloverdale is currently located at Travis AFB. She explained that the facility needs for a virtual universi- ty are relatively simple; a comfort- able room with a dedicated Intemet line and some students to interact in real time with the instructor. According to Cox, the cost of a course is around $700, whereas some schools charge that and more per credit. Additionally, online courses that do not feature a live instructor can also be made avail- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Council members Local decision making IS ISSU6 disagree on regional agendas By Paula Wrenn At the May 11 City Council meet- ing, City leaders discussed a staff recommendation to endorse the re- gional legislative agendas of vari- ous agencies on whose boards the council members par- ticipate to represent Cloverdale. Each city appoints a council member to serve on the agency boards, and board members then vote on issues based on their city's needs and direction. Councilmember Mike Maacks, who at- tended training presented by the League of Cities in January, wrote an objection dated April 13 to a statement in a communication from the City Manager regarding the use of "the League of California Cities' legislative agenda as our base agen- W q da." In his response, Maacks ex- CALAMITY JANE and Black Bart are expected at Saturday's Wild Day in downtown Cloverdale starting pressed concem about being "the at 11 a.m. There will be piny rides, arts, crafts, food, music, Old tinpAphotos and much, much more. The only one on the Council unaware of Cloverdale Senior Center wiil sis0 be holding a pa:ncake" breakfas .r(le'@al 'ate from 8 to 11 an, . ..-this ,.f+oct/'. He. ked,. "Is +i-posible tlat the city agenda is being driven Kleiser Park hindraising success water any new park vegetation that might be planted. In fact, the well could even be used to water the football field, which could end up being a significant savings for the school. A design committee has been established and is working closely with the city and the school district. Karen Shimizu, the housing and redevelopment director for the city is working on the project as is Melissa Cox, a landscape designer, and Marge Gray who is creating a picture rendition of the park to help with fundraising. The Kleiser Park Committee, which is a operating through the Cloverdale Rotary Club has already raised almost $15,000 for the project, which is enough to kick off work at the park now that a water source has been secured. The school district is unable to spend any money on the project, but has gotten the OK from its financial advisor to move forward since >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 by a third party outside of local con- trol? I understand the role of the League and its history but it has grossly overstepped its original in- tentions and I strongly object to their goals driving our agenda. I want this matter to be discussed at the next public meeting." The agenda discussion focused on understanding that during legis- lative and congressional sessions, the regional organizations are peri- odically sent requests to advocate on behalf of cities they represent. According to Councilmember Palla and Mayor Welter, the legislative requests often do not allow suffi- cient time for board members to bring information to full council meetings for hearing and votes. By appointing council members to rep- resent the full Council at a regional meeting, it is generally understood that other council members will be By Roberta Lyons The project to improve Kleiser Park, on the north end of Cloverdale Blvd. near the Cloverdale High School is moving forward, reports main organizer of the effort, Joan Tillman with the Cloverdale Rotary Club. The park was donated years ago to the city, which eventually transferred it to the school district. In the '60s, the park was developed with a central fountain and interesting sculpture, but over the years it has fallen into misuse. Currently, the Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) is working with the Rotary Club, the City of Cloverdale, and many community members, to revitalize and beautify the park. The most recent update is that a well on school property has been tested for water production and recovery time and according to CUSD Superintendent of Schools, Claudia Frandsen, the well is sufficient to advised and asked for input when possible, but that when time is lim- ited, the board member votes based on his/her best understanding of interests of his/her constituency. In addition to serving on com- mittees of the League of Cities, Cloverdale council members serve as representatives of Association of Bay Area Governments; Climate Protection Campaign; North Coast Rail Au- thority; Redwood Em- pire Municipal Insurance Fund; Rus- sian River Watershed Association; Sonoma County/Cit- ies Solid Waste Advisory Group; Sonoma County Health Action; Sonoma County Transportation Authority; Sonoma County Waste Management Agency; Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit; and Sono- ma County Mayor/Council Legis- lative Committee (of the League of Cities). Most of the boards repre- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Help Dog Park win $100,000 from PetSafe PetSafe is sponsoring a $100,000 nationwide contest "Bark for Your Park" to help one community build a dog park. The contest started April I and will end on June 1. On July 13, 15 finalists will be picked and the on-line voting be- gins. Cloverdale has already been nominated so all you have to do is go to www.barkforyourpark.com to register and add your comments. The Friends of the Cloverdale City Dog Park thank you for taking the time to help bring a safe, fun, clean dog-friendly park to Clover- dale. Chamber building sold - plans call for cooperative wine tasting venue Ted and Deanna Starr, owners of a cooperative tasting room down- Milano Family Winery in Hopland town that will be called Vine di have purchased the Chamber of Amore - which translates loosely Commerce building at 105 N. Clo- as Love of Wine. They will be invit- verdale Blvd. They will be opening ing other local wineries to join them to pour their wines. They expect to have about 20 wines available to dis- cover from those winer- ies. All of the wines will be from small production winemakers known for high quality with limited distribution and avail- ability. The tasting room will i be a comfortable venue THE SALE OF THE CHAMBER BUILDING to with a tasting bar, lounge Ted and Deanna Starr has been completed, chairs and tables that will Pictured are the Starr's real estate agent, lend one to try a new Robert J. Parker from AVS Realty Group, wine or'relax with family back left; Ted Starr and Marshall Kelly from and friends over a glass Keegan & Coppin, Deanna Starr, front left of their favorite wine. and Carla Howell, Chamber CEO. Free Wi-Fi will be avail- able on the premises for the com- munity and tourists to use while sipping on a glass of wine. It will be a perfect place to gather after a long day, before going to dinner or tak- ing in a play. For the traveler, it will be an anchor for the wine country that surrounds Cloverdale. The space will also feature an event room for wine tasting classes or available for that special occasion - birthday, anniversary, retirement or any occasion worthy of a special designation. Wine will be available for tasting, flight tastings, and wine will be poured by the glass. Wine will also be available by the bottle to take home to enjoy or to give as a gift. Travelers to the area will be able to sample wines from several winer- ies in one place and make selections to take home with them. Plans in- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 OFFICER RACHEL CARDIN was awarded the 2010-2011 Police Officer of the Year at the fifth annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Saturday, May 14. Dispatcher Joe Miller, right, received the 2010- 2011 Police Employee of the Year award. Both were presented by Police Chief Mark Tuma. The ceremony also commemorated the 160 police officers in the nation who lost their lives in the line of duty last year.