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IS Cloverdale Fireworks Display July 4 th at CHS Field 130 years serving the community  :  Published weekly since 1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Volume CXXX, Issue No. 31 50 Cent No immediate L:,. plansamset for city layoffs By Roberta Lyons the engineering department's sec- Despite the recent direction by retary will have reduced hoursi the Cloverdale City Council for Building inspections will be by ap- City Manager, Nina Regor, to come pointment only. up with a "Layoff List" Regor an- Both Regor and council members nounced at a special June 22 budget lauded the city's employees for meeting that right now, no layoffs agreeing to concessions including a are planned so no list was created, zero Cost of Living Adjustment "It is not in the best interest of the (COLA) and reduced vacation sell- city to lay off employees," she com- backs. Stephen Cramer, head of the mented. And, since right now the Cloverdale Police Officers Associa- budget is still an interim budget tion said he is still concerned about and is in a state of flux, waiting for the possibility that the decision to the State of California to figure out lay-off employees is simply being what it's going to do, the city man- delayed. "The budget still shows • ager is making some assumptions excessive legal and engineering about city finances that she hopes fees. I stand by my statements of a will allow everyone :-:::::::::::v:v.:v. ::: ::.:.: ; couple of weeks ago to stay employed, iii!:TY::hi:haret:::i!ii:i: that the city could budgetReg°rpresentationStarted her iiit:X'.  - :i ' save money by hir- ing a well-qualified Fourth fJuly by stating that in all ! city attorney." Right ome celebrate the o at this of her 18 years of now the city con- 00Yehas been rksdisplayWh'e working on many i :i:i tracts with a law ar's Cloverdale firewo rich different city bud- !ili!ii!ii!iNiiie: g0[i:il : firm in Santa Rosa. gets, Cloverdale's ........................................................................... Cramer did thank tedby th Cloverdale Lions 09/lO:budget "is the hardest bud- Reg°randc°uncilf°rc°mmunicat- presen get rhave ever done. So much is out ing with the employees and Regor ,° of our control. We don't know how stressed again that both the council Club for many years. This year the fireworks will much money the state will take and administration are united in from us - it could be as much as wanting to preserve the jobs of all take place at the high school football field, North 400,000,,, she related, city employees. She did have a bit of good news, Council members then wrestled Cloverdale Boulevard and School Streets, at saying that it appears state legisla- with what the next step should be tors may remove the proposed in working on the city's $6.2 million property tax takings from the table, budget. Regor stressed that the sundown. Come early to reserve a greatplace to which for the city amounts to over. budget she was presenting is pre- ' $180,000. Also, the city is hoping to liminary and there were still more enjoy this traditionalpatriotic display, get federal money in the form of a funds, including the Community $475,000 rural law enforcement Development Fund, that needed to grant. Still, the state wants to take be reviewed. She thought she $150,000 in Highway User Tax and would have a much better idea of $90,000 in Prop. 42 revenues, the final budget by early Septem- City announces new 2009 fireworks sale and use laws To save money, the city is work- ber, given the problem of not know- ing on reducLqg both engineering ing what money the state will be and legal fees land will be closing confiscating from cities. Due to the ongoing drought con- used during extended dry weather The safety of the community and permit to sell will also be immedi- the Planning, Building, and Engi- Council member Mary Ann ditions in the region and resulting periods. The new ordinance has the its residents is a high priority for ately revoked, neering office on Fridays. The City Brigham was uncomfortable with concerns about fire, the Cloverdale following conditions: the city, so violations of this code Any person who uses, discharges Engineer will have an on-site pres- waiting that long. "I'm worried we City Council has approved an ur- Only "safe and sane" fireworks may are taken seriously, or explodes fireworks in violation ence of just two days per week and >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 gency ordinance limiting the sale be sold, and sales may only take place If a seller violates the ordinance, of the ordinance my be charged and use of fireworks, from July 1, 2009 through July, 4, 2009 he or she can .be issued a citation with an infraction, with a $100 fine Fireworks are an important between the hours of lOa.m, to 9p.m. and charged with amisdemeanor, for thefirstviolation;a$200finefor FRIDAY NIGH T Lrlj¢ American tradition in celebrating They may only be used, discharged, or which carries a penalty of up to a the second violation within one the 4th of July. However, they can exploded on July 4th from 11 a.m. to $1,000 fine and one year imprison- year; and a fine of up to $1,000 and also present a fire hazard when midnight, ment for each violation. The seller's a misdemeanor charge ford third Zvd i or subsequentviolationwithinone Andre Thierry & __ eco Ma_ c : Community Development Director Bruce Kibby retires year. Each separate discharge in vi- Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, non-alcoholic beverages and foo olation of the ordinance is a sepa- the recipient of the 2008 West Coast will be available for purchase. Fri rate offense. By Mary Jo Winter getting on the Planning Commission and going to This code will be enforced by Blues Hall of Fame award for "Best day Night Live respectfully asks City business took a brief recess at last week's City statewide meeting, I've found that when Bruce both the Cloverdale Police Depart- Zydeco Group," will appear in Council meeting to allow time to recognize and honor speaks, they listen. Cloverdale has been really lucky ment and the Cloverdale Fire Dis- the Cloverdale Plaza on Fri- Community Development Director Bruce Kibby for to have him here." trict, day, July 3. Merging tradition- his 6 !4 years of service to the city. Kibby retired June Deferring  what they dubbed his keen fashion For questions about this ordi- al Zydeco music with new 30, but has agreed to stay on as a part- time consultant sense, several members of the Council, Planning nance, please contact City Hall at influences of hip-hop, blues, through the end of the year. Commission, and City staff, dressed in his favorite 894-2521. jazz and rock, Andre brings City Manager Nina Regor noted that he made a "uniform" of blue chambray shirts and khaki pants, his exceptional, multi-dimen- huge impact on the community during his tenureand Kibby said it has been a pleasure to work in =| l|i I P=i! fllalr sional musical talents to the is leaving behind a strong legacy. Council member Cloverdale, calling it the most fun place he's ever forefront. Gus Wolter said Kibby was "always on top of his worked. He said he was very impressed with how the Dance the night away to an game. Everything he did was very well thought out." City responded to things that would bury other cities, energetic two-step, a tradition- Most often, people spoke of his calm demeanor and like the loss of jobs and the freeway bypass. "Clover- announces al Creole waltz or an original the way he could easily put technical jargon into dale had done an excellent job of city planning before hard-driving blues blend that language they could understand. It was pointed out I got here. The ideas came out of the community. It tltIU -"-='n"='"n is distinctly Andre Thierry &. that Kibby is not only well respectedlocally, he is held was actually very easy for me when you have a City Zydeco Magic. At 29 years- in high regard throughout the State. According to Staff and a Planning Commission like we have in old, Thierry is already consid- Planning Commission member Bill Cox, "After Cloverdale." By Roberta Lyons ered a legend among Zydeco An emotional Michele Winter- musicians and fans alike for bottom announced her resignation his original compositions and as Cloverdale's City Clerk, at a spe- mastery of the single row, cial city council meeting on June 22. double row, triple row and pi- Because her announcement was ano key accordions. made during the public input por- Steeped in the deep roots of tion of the meeting, and not agen- his Louisiana French Creole dized, the council did.not respond heritage, Thierry was influ- to her comments, enced by such notable Delta Winterbottom is the elected city musicians as Houston Pete Pi- clerk for Cloverdale, and for many tre (Pa-Pa as they called him), years held the position of both and the late great Clifton Che- elected city clerk, along with a paid nier. Evocative of a sultry bay- staff position as city clerk. That po- ou evening, this will be a night sition was eliminated over a year of music that will capture your ago, and Winterbottom has contin- heart, your soul and your ued as the elected clerk only. imagination, that you help us comply with the "As recently determined this last All festivities including the Clo- conditions of our ABC permit by year, by the city manager, city at- verdale Certified Farmers Market not bringing outside alcoholic bev- COUNCIL MEMBERS GUS WOLTER, left, Carol Russell, Mayor Joe Palla; city manager Nina Regor, council torney, and city council of the City begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early for erages to the concerts and dispos- members Jessalee Raymo¢td and Mary Ann Brigham recognize Bruce Kibby's contributions to the city as of Cloverdale, the position of elect- limited seating or bring your own ing of any alcoholic beverages Community Development Director for the past six and a half years, ed city clerk has been diminished to lawn chair. Craft beer, local wines, >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3