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d Page 8 Published weekly since 1879 Summer Reading Program See Page 9 1870 Sonoma County, CA June 11, 1997 VoL CXVHI, Issue 24 35 Cents Train '97 Center Italian Villa are roles in the of Celebrity Wine 27 the Cloverdale '"The Event:" Ce- '97 to benefit Cloverdale Center. Trian '97" is its journey two hour train excur- the guests travel- and r, then the Russian Riv- While socializing favorite celebrities, ill enjoy fine wines as the train !its way back to Asti. to the Sbarboro Vil- late 1800's in Asti, will find fine wines dinner prepared professisonals. relax to live music the ambiance of stir- of the Alex- the r region, according to Chairman of the Wine Train EvenL lead information for the Wine Train '97 are calling 1-800-805- online at htt;:// Dept. and and objectives Fire Protec- were adopted by June 9. of these goals direction and priori- considers to in meeting the .... Girls find Native American artifact During an April field trip to the Russian River, two Jefferson School first graders discovered an Indian grinding stone. (Above) Jena Johnson (1), 7, and Lorraine Villa, 6, hold their discovery. Lorraine had moved the stone Iooldng for bugs. Jena looked at it and recognized it as an artltact. The pair have graciotmly donated their find to Jeffem School. New foundation slated for county park system In conjunction with the 30th 'Ie establishment of a Re- anniversary of the Sonoma gional Parks Foundation is an County Regional Parks Depart- exciting opportunity and one ment, the Board of Supervisors which the departmenthaslooked has directed the department to forward to for many years," An- take steps to establish a non- gelo said. profit foundation to support 'Fhe Foundation is a way for county parks, the many friends of our parks to The Department has been provide financial, volunteer and serving residents and visitors administrative assistance to the since 1967 and currently oper- Department to help bring about ates and maintains 35 parks needed programs as well as to through the county as well as take advantage of opportunities seven Veterans Memorial Audi- to improve, expand and acquire toriums, new parks, things which are The Regional Parks Depart- currently impossible due to lack merit represents the county's of funding, he continued. effort to preserve for public use The Department is currently the natural, scenic, and histori- in the process of establishing a cal resources of Sonoma county new regional park along the as well as providing Russian River in Cloverdale that recreational,social and cultural will join with the City's River services and opportunities to the Park in providing hiking trials, public, Director Jim R. Angelo picnic areas and river access to points out. local residents and visitors. Issues resolved in joint study session on Del Webb project Final action after a public hearing June 2 before Council According to Planning Direc- tor Joe Heckel, significant steps were taken by the City Council Wednesday evening with the so- lution of three major issues re- garding the proposed Del Webb project at the joint study session with the Planning Commission. The Council and Commission reached a consensus in accept- ing the old Environmental Im- pact Report and supplemental report as being consistent with the new development plan sub- mitred by Del Webb Corporation and the Land Partners of Clover Springs who now own the prop- erty that will be purchased and converted by Del Webb from a mixed housing to an over age 55 project. The second issue resolved was that City improvement stan- dards can be changed at some points for this project such as roll curbs rather than vertical, zoning codes and street widths. ..... The third issue, parkland, was resolved by an agreement be- tween Land Partners and the City to provide $400,000 worth of improvements to Furber Park in place of providing parkland within the project. This agree- ment also provides $25,000 to go for a parking lot and building pad for the proposed new senior center on Main Street. The agreement was negotiated by Council members Jim Teague and Robert Jehn with the Land Partners. However, no action was taken by the Council at this study ses- sion and final approval has yet to be given on all of these issues. The next step in the process to approve the new development plan will be a public hearing before the Council Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 at the Veterans Memorial Building. Time will be reserved for members of the Planning Commission to com- ment prior to opening the hear- ing for public input. In regard to the Environmen- John Wanger (L), City Engineer, and Mike Nixon, Planning Commi- Moner, discuss the Del Webb prolect at the Joint study tNmdon with tal Impact Report (EIR) Com- missioner Jim Remain was of the opinion that the new plan was not consistent with the old one. Based on his comment, Mayor Tom Sink asked the ap- plicants to put their findings in writing that declared the report was consistent. Remain ques- tioned the inclusion of homes into an area that was previously slated for a park. Jim Hummer, consultant for the applicants, read the text of the reporting holding that the change from a park with a ballfield, fencing and other improvements to homes would not have a sub- stantially different impact than the one addressed in the EIK There was a lengthy discus- sion regarding the change from vertical to roll curbs. Del Webb representative Jack Davidson showed pictures of the two con- figurations and held the roll curbs allowed for a straight side- walk with no need for a drive- way pad and this would allow more flexibility in home designs. Del Webb proposes to build the project initially in two phas- es for a total of 174 units. "One hundred homes a year is our selling goal," Davidson said. The new plan provides 170 parking places for visitors and the public. A 5000 square foot recreation clubhouse will be con- structed as well as a swimming pool ,bocce ball and tennis courts in the common area. Fire Chief Jack Rosevear ad- dressed the Council stating that the district is negotiating with Del Webb regarding a signifi- cant impact of increased emer- gency medical calls under the new plan. Rosevear, in a letter to the Council and Commission, states that with a proposed build out of 400 residential units the Dis- trict can anticipate about 100 additional calls for service per year. The most likely mitigation for Plemm turn to back page III I I III I I I I II adequate level of ser- according to Resevear. spells out the goals and objectives: the 1997-98 fiscal adequate personnel, and to provide for payments; to the fire station relo- and general facility costs with an ade- mechanism by to review special parcels with the to research equity vs County for- ) a plan to ad- issues by June 30, are to create a the level ofr- to building plan the Firefighters that plans designed to desired number of are done within the District's budget; and develop addi- sources; to con- Bowling Alley and Wheel Cafe become a part of history Heavy equipment has been at work demolishing the old Cloverdale Bowl and The Wheel CaM on South Cloverdale Boulevard. II El Two landmarks that have been a part of Cloverdale for nearly 60 years are fading into the past. Workers began tearing down Cloverdale Bowl last week and the Wheel Care will shortly share the same fate. The large parcel of land the buildings rest on has been in the Seghesio family since prohibition. The family built the Wheel and the beyling alley in the 1940s and both quickly became popular spots for friends to gather. According to Seghesio Farms General Manager Pete Seghesio, there have been several break-ins to both of th e vacant buildings, and numerous complaints about them being eyesores. I know Cloverdale had a rel push starting last year to try and beautify the city overall. We'retrying to do our part to make the City look prettier," Seghesio said. The Wheel Care, opereted by Joan and the late Carl Fennessey, closed in April of 1996 after the couple decided to retire. The business was put up for sale, but it wasn't taken over. The bowling alley was run by the Ricetti family for years until they sold it to another couple. It also closed in 1996. nen the Ricettifamily moved out of it, the overall business part of it went down. It was either put a lot of money into it or take it down. We didn't think it fit anymore with what Cloverdale has planned for the future," Seghesio said. - In the future, Seghesio believes the property will De the site for commercial development of some sort, but there are no plans at this time. II I I , I I IIII II