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Page 10. Cloverdale Reveille. July 24. 1991 -:A !i!: :ii&apos;i::: : ! .ill < ? The old Mouhon Hill Winery on the M.P. Rosen property is considered an important historical asset to both Cloverdale and Sonoma County. Zanzi appeal to be heard by City Council An appeal, filed by Kedric R. Zanzi of a condition placed on his minor subdivision map by the Plan- ning Commission June 19 will be heard by the City Council tonight (Wednesday) July 24. The Council convenes in Cham- bers at City Hall 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. The Commission approved Mr. Zanzi's request to subdivide his 15,000 square foot lot into two sepa- rate parcels. T he condition im- posed by the Commission to be ap- pealed was a requirement that Mr. Zanzi remove a culvert on an adjoin- selection of members to a steering committee for preparation of the Master Needs Assessment for the Police and Fire Departments. This study will examine the long range needs of both departments in light of recent growth projections and the need to maintain an adequate level of service, according to Plan- ning Director Joe Heckel. The committee will be asked to work closely with the consultant preparing the study. Mr. Heckel has proposed nine mernbers to include one representa- tive from the City Council, Planning ing parcel and restore the channel to Commision and Hospital District, in a natural grade, addition to a maximum of three In other business,the Council will public members, the fire and police consider the first reading of a woo- chiefs and Mr. Heckel. dburning devices ordinance to in- Approval of a Change Order for elude fireplaces and the 1991 EPA extraworkrequiredontheEastThird approved list. Street Reconstruction Project will The Council will also consider also be an agenda item. Clover Spring Project...... continued town, avoidance of geological haz- ards and maintenance of visual amenities. The DEIR discourages any in- tense development of the hillside areas of the project noting that such development would negatively impact the oak forests and views of the ridgeline. Mr. Rosen stated that the findings of the EIR "won't be ignored." He said he doesn't believe the document is necessarily suggesting a scaling down of the project. "It's important to remember that we are dealing (in the EIR) with the issues relative to the development, not the develop- ment plan itself" Mr. Rosen said. He feels that the final develop- ment plan can be engineered to fit the requirements of the EIR. "We are a conuanity oriented company" Mr. Rosen s'bsed. He noted that he is from a Fifth'generation Sonoma County family. "We'are cognizant of the various issues including the need for parks and open space ..... If one impacts one should mitigate;" he commented. One of the difficulties faced by the City is determining what portion of the costs for improving and expand- ing services and schools should be allotted to the Clover Springs Devel- opment. Several other major housing projects are in various planning stages and must also share in these development expenses. According to the DEIR the City's present sewage treatment plant does not have sufficient capacity to serve the Clover Springs Development project area. Expansion of the treat- ment plant capacity would require improvements to the headworks structures; the aerated pond, storage ponds, chlorination station, outlet works, and miscellaneous ancillary structures. The City's water system will also need some improvements should the project go through including in- creased storage facilities and a better distribution system. One of the main concerns for both City and School officials here is the impact the project will have on the school population. "It is estimated that over 300 new students could flood the Cloverdale system when Clover Springs is completed. This issue has caused one school board member to suggest that Mr. Endangerment of the Pallid bat makes news all over Northern California The endangerment of a Pallid bat maternity roost, located in a barn on the proposed Clover Springs devel- opment site, has made the news all over Northern California. To many pragamatic individuals this concern over a bat seems silly and a bit extreme. A closer examina- tion of the issue, however, reveals why it is important to maintain and preserve bat habitat. According to scientists working with the Bat Conservation Interna- tional (BCI) foundation, bats are among nature's most gentle and beneficial animals, vital to the health of our environment. Unfortu- nately they are a much maligned and misunderstood creature whose numbers are rapidly declining be- caaue of both direct and indirect human influence. Scientists point out that bats are essential predators of night-flying insects and provide pollination and seed dispersal activi- tiein the wild that greatly influence the survival of many plants that are of a great economic importance. Bats belong to their own order. They are not rodents, but are more closely related to people than to mice. Contrary to popular myth, bats are not blind but in fact have excel- lent eyesight. They use high fre- quency sounds to navigate and can detect obstacles as fine as human hair in total darkness. "With such sophistication bats are unlikely to blunder into your head, let alone get into your hair," BCI literature states. The Pallid bat, which is the species found roosting in a barn slated for demolition (to make way for homes) on the M.P. Rosen property, is not on the endangered species list but con- cern about its well-being is increas- ing. Noted bat expert, Dixie Pierson, rclx)ns that the bat was once re- garded as common in California but a marked population decline has been noted in recent years. The de- cliue is probably caused by ongoing human disturbance and destruction of daytime roosts, Pierson reports. The Rosen barn site is one of just two roosting sites located in Sonoma County. Just last year Dr. Pierson found several bats at the Rosen barn site that had obviously been killed by humans and left scattered on the floor of the barn and stuffed into an old suitcase. Such vicious treatment ofbats is not uncommon and is oneof the problems contributing to the decline of all bat populations. Bats are particularly vulnerable to acts of vandalism during their day- time roosting hours. In some cases whole colonies of bats have been destroyed though one act of vandal- ism. According to Dr. Pierson, bats don't recov well from these acts of decimation because they only pro- duce one off-spring a year--and those off-spring don't always survive. Some bat species are already extinct. Others are seriously threatened. Despite the concern over the bat colony, its existence does not threaten the proposed Clover Springs projecL A mitigation plan has been developed and has received the approval of Fish and Game offi- cials. The plan calls for relocating the roost by constructing a special "house" for the bats, preferably on a small oak covered hill about 1200 feet northwest of the existing barn. It is recommended that material for the structure, whenever possible, be sal- vaged from the old barn. The roost will be vandal proof and an attempt will be made to provide temperature control by providing adequate insu- lation and air flow. Foreign Exchange students looking for host families Host families are being sought for high school exchange students from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Fin- land, Holland, Switzedand, Ger- many, Spain, Ecuador, Japan and Australia for the School Year 1991- 92 in a program sponsored by the American Intercultural Student Ex- change (AISE). The students, age 15 through 17, will arrive in the United States in Aug, 1991, attend a local high school, and return to their home countries in June 1992. Students are fluent in English, have been scrcenod by tick school representa- tive in their home countries, have spending money and medical insur- ance. Rosen donate land for a site and has also brought t sibility of establishing a district wherein the would pal the construction of school. Traffic impacts from are expected to be DEIR states that with development all Cloverdale Boulevard "operating unaccc would be warranted at Springs Road, Elbridge Cherry Creek Road, and Drive intersections. So far the most noted mental issue to emerge the project is the possible don of a maternity bat. Although this is an consideration, other issues like the loss ests and oak woodlands, corridors, wetlands, and grasslands, have been According the City's infrastructure gable" but loss of wetlandS, habitat, and significant clusters are not miti "would require Although the Planning sion could disregard the theEIR. unlikely that it would ing to the California Quality Act, a "Statemen t( riding considerations" by the project outway an: other consequences. "Considering the strain project is going to ices it's unlikely that could be made," Mr. "It's not our (planning spective garded." The next step in the ess is certification of the by the Planning lowed by the adoption Preliminar) going to be a tough Heekel stated, Coun( some very Shop Clo ve rdale IP- "-- -" -- "-- --" -- --i i -- -- .. '! 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