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..:. . , rdale, Sonoma County, CA :ouncil Session choses CalTrans mid-town access City Council met in Thursday afternoon 10 minutes had finalized, alternative three plan for the mid-town for the 101 Bypass proj- was deadlocked at the in a 2-2 Vote on the lect Alternative Three, the freeway by- ue at Rail- a four way inter- Fair Road. resulted when Coun- to abstain be- employed by CalTrans. Tom Sink and ainst the motion 24 by Councilman he did not want to :City Council blamed route should delay the project slated for July 1, 1992. ticipated by CalTrans. What changed his mind by Thurs- day, Aug. 1, was a letter from Preston W. Kelley, District Director, written July 26, that assured the Council that the Cloverdale bypass project would not be delayed if the Cloverdale BlvdJ Railroad Ave. intersection design were revised. The new design will realign the in- tersection about 180 feet to the south, thus forming a four way connection where as the preveious plan did not connect with any side street. Mr. Kelley assured the City Coun- cil further that if the acquisition of the Belford-Parker site could not be com- pleted by April 1, 1992 then CalTrans would delete this portion of work from the main contract so it would not cause a delay. A separate con- tract would then be prepared for this portion of the project. CalTrans was in favor of Alterna- tive Three, a plan it introduced to the City, because it provided better ac- cess and traffic control and also be- Chase wanted to "cause it precluded acquisition of the Selection of a mid-town Beacon Gas Station, a property that until the City's growth apparent. She had the money for the trust fund where it F interest until such time as ' to decide upon the Senior Trans- , assured the Coun- for a trust not be accepted. He that if the City were interchange with the it latex on, the City to find the money to do Sink based his argu- that acquisi- property COndemnation which in the project beyond period now an- could contain contaminated material. Mr. Kelley said he felt that the pur- chase and mitigation of the Beacon parcel could take years depending upon the level of contamination. The entire question of the mid- town interchange was raised by City staff some weeks ago when Traffic Consultants TJKM criticized the origi- v.al 'Railr Ave. design and recom- mended a South Street connection instead. The City Council approved $2600 for TJKM to prepare a more thorough presentation of the South Street con- nection. It was ruled out finally be- cause it would require removal of four existing homes; would have cost the City some $100,000 and would have impacted the senior apartment complex located on the south side of the street. school graduates arked the end of a suc- school for many and staff. This end of a six week for promo- and the completion ' all 41 students involved. Jessie Garrison, and Francisca Leyva, ;from a two hour English course and a two hour math course for six weeks, to achieve their goal. There were also five who received their high school diplomas at the end of this six week course. The graduat- ing seniors are Nikki Alfero, Tina Carnes, Brian Johnson, Joe Tapia, and Adele Toms. Congratulations to all for their hard work. Travinsky, Brian Johnson, Tinct Carnes and Nikki summer school teacher, and Dr. Saw. Students Joe Torres are not pictured.The students received their high # Mr. Travinsky, summer school principal and Franny Leyva, Gren, Dr. Sato, District Superintendent. The were promoted from the eighth grade. -,.--_.., -...., 8Z Vol. CXlI, Issue 32 Aug. 7, 1991 35 cents Circuit Rider crew leader, Ruby Fales works" with Clover- dale youth, Eliza- beth Phelps and Alex Johnson at a Lake Street residence in- stalling a new fence. Planning intern Jeff Russeil kneels next to a newly planted lawn that is part of the neighborhood improvement project Local neighborhood improvement project now underway The Neighborhood Improvement Program, providing a variety of serv- ices for local residenLs, is well underway. The program is operated under the auspices of the City's Community Development Agency and is being directed by planning intern, Jeff Russell. The yard Cleanup Program has been quite a success according to Mr. Russell. Circuit Rider Productions, a non-profit corpoi'ation located in Windsor, has contracted to provide labor for the program. Circuit Rider specializes in "human services" projects, crew leader Ruby Fales explained, hiring local youth to work on a variety of jobs. Presently, Cloverdale teens who are part of the Circuit Rider crew, are busy completing the first few projects for residents in the Lake Street area. The work crew has been busy clearing brush, trimming trees, repairing and painting fences and planting lawns. "The Circuit Rider work crew is eager to embark on additional projects and needs more eligible residents to apply for this free service," noted Mr. Russell. The yard Cleanup Program, along with a Free Paint Voucher Program and Free Dumpster Program, are available to Cloverdale citizens who live within the City's Redevelopment Project Area. Residents must meet certain income elegibility requirements to qualify for assistance. For more information, contact Jeff Russell at 894-2521. Bank robber runs straight into the long arm of the law! After the initial terror had passed, a bank robbery at Cloverdale's Bank of America branch last Friday afternoon turned almost comical. Cloverdale police were notified at 3:10 p.m. that the bank had just been robbed by a white adult male with red hair worn in a ponytail last seen running northbound on Clo- verdale Blvd. Cloverdale police officers Art Ccrini and Kevin Griffin were in a meeting with Police Chief Rob Dailey when the call was received. They ran out the front door just as the suspect was running past the police station, with two bank cus- tomers in hot pursuit. The officers drew their guns and ordered the sus]ect to halt. 27-year old William Randolph Myers of I II I Fieidbrook was arrested without in- cident. As Officer Cerini.was preparing to retrace the suspect's route in .search of the money, Mr. Myers told him not to bother, indicating the money was in his pocket. Not only did police recover the S512 stolen in the robbery, they also recovered the hold-up note, which had been stuffed into his pocket iii iii iiiiii i with the cash. Police say Mr. Myers, after stand- ing in line like a customer, presented the teller with a note demanding money. Although the note stated he had a gun, no weapon was found. Mr. Myers was transported to the Sonoma County Jail where he is currently being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. "Vineyard Meadows" now under construction Heavy equipment is at work in the vineyard on Franklin Street and I_as Colinas Drive as the construction of building sites gels underway for Frank Seghesio's Vineyard Meadows sub- divison. Mr. Seghesio is a former resident of Ciovetdale and his family has owned and operated the vineyard for many years. He now makes his home in Santa Rosa. Vineyard Meadows is comprised of 9.3 acres that is being subdivided into 48 6000 square foot lots. Mr. Seghesio said his plan is to sell the lots and let the purchaser build the home of his or her choice. Cal Trans discover CalTrans crews, while mowiffg weeds along the roadside, discov- ered 26 marijuana plants on north- bound 101 just before Hiat Road Aug. 1. The plants were found in one gal- This plan will be followed if the market dictates, he noted, but if the market is not right he would not be concerned about waiting for the market to change and he would also consider building houses on the lots himself. "We can't really dictate 100% what types of houses people would build there, but we would like to see ranch style houses...homes more compat- ible with the area." he declared. Currently construction of improve- ments such as streets, waterlines, and storm drains is underway. Mr. Seghe- sio hopes the project will be com- pleted before the first winter rains. pot plant s Ion plastic bags filled with potting soil with a can of insecticide sitting close by. Cal Trans called the sheriff's de- lmrunent and the plants were destroyod. , L Several huge earth movers are preparing the land for a new subdivision in C loverdale to be called "Vineyard Meadows," The development is located on the Seghesio property, Franklin and Los Colinas streets 7"he developer plans to initially sell the empty lots to individuals for home sites.