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Page 3 / .. .., visits uDrary : See Below / //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Soroptimists install new officers See Page 6 Published weekly since 1879 1879 llk00 "- 118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA August 20, 1997 O 4t notes on Liberty Shtpa, are left to right, Christine Rlker, John Lorsntz, A! Adtws, and Jack retells some of he hhflory for the Uberty Ships as learned dudng her research while picture of the Jeremiah O'Brkm. The copy in the photo is a print of the original. on Liberty Ships serving inthe Merchant Marine during WW II. Ahders and Stuart Navy in the Pacific Theatw of Operatkms dudng WWII. time to get on Liberty Ship cruise Army, Navy, Marine, Coast era] and the S.S. Jeremiah time of this writing seats on the bus 32 for a Jer- It is expected trip will bring many to the World War II either the e or the Pacific. includes sailing the San Francisco Bay Fleet is in dur- There will be an the Blue An- permits. Coffee greet you as you at 9 am and a sumptu- will on deck during the Big Band 1940's. You can deck and exchange Guard and Air Corps stories of the times as you visit with old and new friends. While a definite date has not been set, a member of the (YBrien staff suggested the Friday, Oc- tober 10 cruise. Due to the small- er number of passengers during week days, it would be easier to tour the ship, see the engine room, and check out the ship's store. During the past two weeks, veterans of WWII were given priority to make reservations. The wives and widows of veter- ans are a]so cordially invited to join the group. Members of the local Ameri- can Legion Post were spurred on to offer the cruise after listening to Christine Riker speak on the subject of Liberty Ships in gen- O'Brien in particular.- She is a local resident who painted the O'Brien as the ship wasin action during the Normandy invasion. The water color painting is available for purchase and also available are prints ready for framing. Details will be made available on the cruise for those interested. As of today the reservation list is open to anyone-veteran or non veteran-interested injoiningthe group on the cruise. Reserva- tions can be made by calling 894- 9056 or 894-3640. Cost of the cruise is $100 per person and an additional charge for the round trip to San Francisco will be $25 per person, making a total of $125 per person. Further details will be published in next week's Reveille. lease by Council was finalized Council Wednesday City and the Clo- at City park , will be used jointly as it has for many and with the newly Youth Program for rental has been in- $175 to $195 to utility costs. extends from the end of Year in June, 1998 the 1996 school year Youth Program. hearing before te was determined by since the Co-op o11- i morning would be compati- business the Council the annual Pm mm tD tk-p, cto the Cow m the ql gut at me Ck)venkda Laxwy on k.g. 13 dudng their Grand Rnale Party for the Summer Reading Club members. The children received Cto ice ream and each left wflh their very own bookto kmp. (Above) Clolhe Cowwlth Iheu Gamlmau and Aman Maladt. At lint 90 children ,nd up for the evenL VoL CXVHI, Issue 34 City approves annual Fire Dist. transfer forlO years Months of negotiations concluded Ailer months of negotiations e City and the Cloverdale Fire Protection District have signed an agreement that stipulates payment by the City to the Dis- trict of $67,500 annually for a period of 10 fiscal years from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2007. The payments are to be made in two installments within 30 days of receipt by the City of property tax revenues from the County. Upon expiration of the agree- ment it is to be renewed on terms and for a period agreed upon by the two entities. Negotiations for renewal are to begin six months prior to its expiration. The agreement is a resolution of a dispute between the City and the District in regard to the transfer of the $67,500 in prop- arty tax revenue to the District. The City, when forming the District had shown in its project- + ed budget presentations that it would effect a property tax trans- fer annually of $67,500 showing a period of seven years. The City met this commitment for two years and on the third year City Manager Bob Perrault notified the District that the transfer would no longer be forthcoming' due to budget constraints. The District strongly objected to this position and ultimately filed a Petition for Writ of Man- date and Complaint for Declara-. tory Relief in the Sonoma Coun- ty Superior Court. Following this move the two sides began negotiations. The City ultimate- ly paid the District for the third year ending June 30, 1997. The District has maintained that the tax transfer is obligato- ry. The City has denied this stating that the transfers made were voluntary contributions. Parcels pile in at Post Office during UPS strike The Cloverdale Post Office has seen a 30% increase in volume since the United Parcel Service (UPS) went on strike, Postmas- ter Arleen Zuniga reports. Since the strike, she said the local office has seen an increase in parcels, express mail and a lot more lobby traffic. "We've al- ways had a lot of traffic Men- days and Fridays, but we've had an increase in lobby customers mailing express mail, priority parcels, plus the dsual money order and stamp acquisitions," she said. One rural route mail- man compared the experience to Christmas. Zuniga says the office has not had to make many changes to meet the increased demand. "Our workforce has done an ex- cellent job managing the extra load. We're just working harder, faster, and sometimes adding a few hours in, like on a few of the city routes to deliver the in- creased volume of parcels,  she said. According to Zuniga, the Post Office offers next-day delivery and its prices are extremely com- petitive for up to the first five pounds. "After that [UPS] beats us out--but not for the first five mmm rum to hick pqe 35 Cents The agreement stipulates that the District will fully release and discharge the City, Council mem- bers, staff, etc. from all actions, damages, and liabilities. Each side will pay its own attorneys fees and other costs. Janet Collins, Chairman of the District Board, said she was glad to see the matter resolved. 'l'he District needs stability and be- ing assured of this annual reve- nue will give it to us. Now we Pkmm rum to t, ek pIIp City Depot project hits funding snag MTC withholds money for rail platform Phase two of the Cloverdale Depot project is ready to go to bid in September, but construction may be held up while the County searches for funding for a rail platform. According to David Knight, Transit Systems Manager, the County feels that the two should be b|t togm. -. However, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is withholding the $300,000 for the platform until a regional plan is submitted that guarantees passenger/commut- er rail services. Knight told the City Council Wednesday night that there is nothing available now to satisfy this requirement. However, Knight said the Coun- ty is looking for an alternate funding sources. He said that the money might be available from sale of a county-owned par- ce] of land due to take place in September or funds might be made available if a bond issue passes in the 1998 election. Knight said the County is also trying to secure federal funding for these kinds of projects but that the matter is currently held up in Congress. He assured the Council that in spite of the funding snag, the projeet, wldc, h lure tmem approved by the Beard ofhpenm, was moving along and should go to bid in September. Cost for the depot is an estimated halfa mil- lion. The Park and Ride lot, located at Asti Road and Citrus Fair Drive, is finished and will be officially opened in September, the date to be announced. The Sonoma County Transit will operate from that Iocation and also will come into town as usual. The Disabled Vats van will use it and possibly Grey- hound and Mendocino Transit. I I II I IIII II I I I lllll Car entries available for Street Celebration Applications are now available to car buffs everywhere for the Fourth Annual Street Celebration and Car Show, sponsored by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cloverdale. This year's event is Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 am-4 pm in downtown Cloverdale. Entry fee is $25 per vehicle and includes a dash plaque, goodie bag, and a chance to win a trophy. A "hot" 97 commemorative T-shirt, by designer Larry Ericksen, is free to the first 50 entries as incentive to sign up early. The Passions will be featured with live music of the fifties and sixties taking place on the Plaza Stage. And along those lines contests such ashula hoop, yoyo, 50's-60's look-a-like and the twist will be featured. Activities include a children's game area with a bounce". For the third year Dennis and Caroline Matasci will feature h Frog Jump competition. Space will be limited, call the C]overda]e Chamber of Commerce today for more info, 894-4470. ...... II II IIII IIIIII II IIIIIIIIII g Ray's Food Place prewdent says store will open in October The grand opening will be October, 1997 for Cloverdale's new Ray's Fo, od Place in the shopping center complex at the south side of town according to Doug Nidiffer, president and CEO of the stores' parent corporation, C&K Market, Inc. The 42,000 square foot store is located adjacent to Payless, a combination designed to offer consumers a complete shopping experience in one stop. A service center where customers can send and receive FAX and Western Union transactions, purchase money orders, photocopies and keys, a video department offering more than 3,000 video rentals; a floral department and an espresso bar are among the innovative departments to be found in the new store. In addition, the store will feature a full self-service meat department offering Harris Ranch beef, a full-serve fish counter and a bakery deli with fresh items baked daily, sliced meats, cheeses and a variety ofsalad selections. No stranger to this area, the company operates markets in Willits, Davis and Clearlake. Company President Doug Nidiffer, whose parents, Ray and June Nidiffer  the company in 1957, commented, "This is a family owned business with a strong sense of community and family values. We are proud to provide our customers with an honest value for their shopping dollar. A quality product and old-fashioned customer service, that is what Ray's Food Place is bringing to Cloverdale."