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Cloverdale Fireworks Display July 4 th at CHS Field 131 years serving the community E 1879 Published weekly since 1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Cooli00 off at Yorty.Cre&! brought people flocking to Yorty Creek. The water this year/s clean and plentiful, perfect for fishing, kayaking, tubing and just playing in the water. In addition to water sports, visitors to Yorty Creek can enjoy BBQs, wall climbing, Frisbee and sunbathing. The day use area is only a few miles from downtown CIo- verdale on Hot S prlngs Rd. and is a perfect hot weather getaway. General Administration Subcommittee input continues on property maintenance ordinance By Paula Wrenn Mayor Russell aptly summed up "the biggest chal- lenge in developing the language for the Property Maintenance Ordinance at the subcommittee meeting on June 22: "We all know blight when we see it, but it is harder to describe it." Opinions are far-ranging when the topic is regulat- ing how owners and occupants of private property must maintain it. The General Administration subcom- mittee, headed by Mayor Carol Russell and Coun- cilmember Joe Palla sought public input on draft language for an ordinance intended to encourage and promote property maintenance standards that protect public health, safety and welfare, but without interfer- ing with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property. It seeks to assure that garbage, machinery, mosquito- breeding conditions, weeds and other blight conditions do not go unabated, thereby creating negative percep- t-ions of the community. Resident Chuck Sibert was concerned about storing his RV alongside his home. He was essentially advised that each situation would be considered on a case by case basis. Palla indicated that such vehicles would ideally be appropriately parked on a gravel or paved area and visually screened from the main thorough- fare. Mayor Russell said vehicles stored out of sight are not likely to be a problem and that enforcement of the code will be complaint driven. Ron Cooper feels adequate health and safety regula- tions are in place and said he believes the new regula- tion will be very unpopular. He didn't like the idea that neighbors might use the ordinance to harass one an- other. "It's another level of government that doesn't do any good." Leif Magnusson felt enforcement would tie up time and money. Several members of the audience felt the draft ordinance would be restrictive and impossible to enforce. Bob Cox, a Planning Commissioner, spoke of living where there were much more stringent property main- tenance regulations and said they worked them out. He added, "A property owner does not have the right to do absolutely anything he chooses." While several property owners felt the ordinance would be intrusive, Ken Knight said, "We all know Cloverdale is wonderful. But visitors only have a visu- al, which is our only opportunity to make an impres- sion. " Bonnie Asien asked whether commercial property enforcement would also be complaint driven. She would like to see a system of positive reinforcement rather than punishment to encourage businesses to compete for cleanest, most attractive storefronts and >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 26 50 Cents Council reviews UGB and L&Lcontroversy By Paula Wrenn planners. "The smart land use and Central to the Cloverdale Cft,: planning technique would be to let Council meeting of June 23 were Asti Winery create a business plan hearings on the topics of the Ur- and bring it to the city. We don't ban Growth Boundary (UGB) and the Lighting and Landscape (Land L) District. A capacity crowd heard and participated in the discussions. Urban Growth Boundary Adoption of the 2009 General Plan required adoption of a UGB, which is intended to prevent sprawling growth outside the city limits. Following nearly two years of discussion, input from the pub- lic, and a recommendation from the Planning Commission, city staff Bruce Kibby presented the latest version of the recommended UGB and accompanying language pro- posed to go on the Novem- ber ballot. The intent of the hearing was to consider the Planning Commission's rec- ommendations for the boundary which will be in effect for 20 years, and to work toward finalizing bal- lot lan,uage m time for The Asti exception area and protection of the west- ern hillsides continue to be the most controversial as- pects of the UGB proposal. Though one remained con- cerned about including Asti and another was unsure whether the policy, as writ- ten, would adequately pro- tect the hillsides, council members seemed to gener- ally agree on most points. The over- all UGB presentation provided four alternatives. Asti Exception Area Inclusion of Asti Winery has been hotly debated. Proponents be- lieve there is significant destination visitor revenue and opportunities for jobs to be captured should the winery choose to expand in that way. The Planning Commission recommended that the winery and visitor areas remain used only for those purposes, and that the city consider what can be allowed on the 25 acres of vineyard that were not taken into account. Members of the public speaking against the Asti Exception Area had a range of concerns including po- tential cost of city services, water availability, corporate interests and unpredictability, and river contam- ination from agricultural uses. Bob- bi Stafford, a resident of Asti, was concerned about Cloverdale's po- tential intrusion of influence in Asti. "Your city will have great in- fluence on Asti's future. All of you [city council] have accountability to your constituents, but we are con- stituents of Sonoma County. " Planning Commissioner Melanie Bagby expressed surprise to see de- tails presented on the Asti options that had not been presented to the have enough information to make a decision like this." She continued saying the recent changes in the po- litical climate with the county re- garding Asti could make for a more positive relationship there, and she feels the city should drop Asti [from the UGB] as there isn't enough in- formation. >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 WEEKEND EVENTS FAMILY NIGHT AT THE CLOVERDALE HISTORY CENTER FRIDAY -- Presented bythe Cloverdale Historical Society, the second of the-=First Friday" series focuses on the young, and young-at-heart. Join CHS members and volunteers on July 2  for a watermelon eating contest, a scavenger hunt through the exhibit halls, old-fashioned games and more. The fun is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the History Center, 2i 5 N. CIoverdale Blvd.,just a short half-block north of the Farmer's Market. For more information contact the Society office at 894-2067. CLOVERDAEE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET FRIDAY-- On Cloverdale Boulevard downtown starting at 5:30 p.m. until dusk on Friday, July 2. Enjoy browsing for fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, along with sampling vinegar, olive oil, cheeses, hummus. New this week-a knife sharpener, so bring your knives and scissors for sharpening. Enjoy eating at the Farmers Market or a nearby Cloverdale restaurant. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE FRIDAY -- Bill Noteman and the Rockets perform this Friday, July 2 starting at 7 p.m. Their music is described as a =high energy blend of Chicago blues and rock and roll known as West Coast Jump." The evening's wine sponsor is Lone Oak Winery. This event is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and sponsored by many local and regional businesses. See Friday Night Live photos page 12 "POOH AND YOU" SATURDAY -- A live performance presented by the CIoverdale Performing Arts Center starting at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall located at the corner of Commercial Street and W. Second Street. Several recent CHS graduates and CHS students are in the cast. All ages will enjoy this performance based on "Winnie the Pooh," by A.A. Milne. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for those under 16. INDEPENDENCE DAY BREAKFAST SUNDAY-- The Knights of Columbus is hosting a pancake breakfast to help support the Lions Club annual fireworks display on the 4th. Come to St. Peter's Church Hall for pancakes, eggs, sausage and ham from 8 a.m. to noon. $8 for adults and $4 for children. "BRAVO BINGO" SUNDAY -- Enjoy Bravo Bingo on Sunday, July 4 starting at 2 p.m. at the Cloverdale Grange Hall located at the comer of Commercial Street and W. Second Street. Proceeds benefit the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. For more informa- tion call 894-2214. 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SUNDAY-- For over 30 years, the Cloverdale Lions Club has presented Fourth of July Fireworks for Cloverdate residents at the Cloverdale High School football field starting at dusk. Join them at the field again this year where professiona pyrotechnics will set off spectacular fireworks. Donations at the show will be collected. Please give generously. You can also send your donations to the Cloverdale Lions Club, P.O. Box 763, Cloverdale, CA 95425.