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Page 8 The Cloverdale Reveille September 5, 2019 www.cloverdalereveille.com Photos Zoe Strickland ADIEU - The Ctoverdale City Council issued a proclamation to former interim Police Chief Robert Stewart on Aug. 28, thanking him for the work he did during his year-long tenure in Cloverdale. Following the proclamation, the staff at the police department gave Stewart a parting gift --a framed Cloverdale Police Department uniform shirt and a framed ,police badge. "You were reallythere for us, and ~ou set an example of what a peace officer should be " Mayor Bagby is pictured (above) handing Stewart the proclamation. Stewart and the staff of the Cloverdale Police Department are pictured (top) giving Steward his framed uniform and badge. Jefferson Elementary is at the carnival. Those willing looking for volunteers to to volunteer are asked to help with the Jefferson contact Kristi at School Carnival on Friday kristi94566@aol.com or Sept. Danielle at Volunteers will be daniellestrebOl@gmail:com. involved in running booths The Jefferson School Carnival made its return last year after a brief hiatus. Last year's carnival was host to a large bounce house, classic carnival games and more. Zo~ Strickland Continued from Page 1 application being submitted and potentially approved, the city has to evaluate weather conditions and account for possible delays. Once the taxiway project is underway, Rincon said it will take 35 days to complete. Rehabilitating the taxiway isn't the only work needed at the airport. When asked about the damage that the airport levee sustained during the February floods, Rincon said that no work has been done to repair the part of the embankment that was damaged by the atmospheric river. However, he acknowledged the need to make repairs to the levee before rain begins again -- the city has been meeting with FEMA to discuss temporarily patching the levee break. The city has been working on project descriptions and gathering specifications for the repair, Rincon Said. "We have to get it out before next winter's rains," he said. "Within the next two to three weeks we're going to get a solicitatipn out." Continued from Page 1 prepared culture," Bowen said. There are four elements to getting people prepared, Bowen said: having'a plan, making a kit, being informed and getting involved. Be Prepared Cloverdale will begin with a set of eight workshops (dates to be determined) around town that will put all of the necessary information in one place -- Bowen said that attendees will get handouts and help when it comes to figuring out how to create communication plans, put together emergency kits, secure important documents and so on. Bowen is spearheading the workshop sessions as well, and is getting prepared to do so by taking classes through FEMA. The workshops will all be presenting the same information, but will be held at varying times throughout September and October to allow community members to go to an event that fits their schedule. "When PeOPle walk away it's a whole community approach and it shows them the bigger picture, but it shows them the components to go back home and get themselves prepared," she said. Following the workshops, Bowen said that NC's outreach will shift intb being neighborhood-based. Through Be Prepared Cloverdale, the goal for now is to get four neighborhoods actively involved in preparedness strategies -- looking at where their exits are in case of an emergency, creating contacts and building connections with the folks in their neighborhoods as a way of building stronger community bonds. She sees the future of Be Prepared Cloverdale in hosting block parties where neighbors can share preparedness strategies and potentially win preparedness kits. The program will also be incorporating other disaster preparedness tactics, such as participating in this year's Great ShakeOut, a worldwide earthquake drill in October. When asked why she chose Cloverdale to pilot the effort, Bowen said that Cloverdale was the first city that seemed interested enough to act on the program. "Cloverdale is a leader-- they heard about it and they were on it," Bowen said, referring to a presentation she gave with District Four County Supervisor James Gore in early July about the program. At the council meeting following the presentation, the Cloverdale City Council agreed to partially fund the pilot program in congruence with funding from Gore's office. "I've had similar conversations with other town officials and although they show interest they really don't move forward with it," she said. "I think it's a really good community because we have a mix of English and Spanish speakers and we have the city of Cloverdale, but it's surrounded by county as well -- it's kind of the perfect mix to be able to look at a project like this," she said. All of the materials and workshops will be presented in both English and Spanish, Bowen said, which will ideally be able to target most members of the Cloverdale community. "The ideal result is for awareness about preparedness, that it's not a big scary topic and that it's doable," Bowen said. "I think that if we start looking at preparedness differently, that it's not a bunch of freaks that are doomsdayers, it's not the worst-case-scenario people, it's a reality that we have to live in." Those who want to get involved can do so by searching "Be Prepared Cloverdale" on Facebook, or by emailing Bowen at nuestracomunidad707@yahoo .com. To find out more about Nuestra Comunidad, visit nc707.org. Continued from Page 1 doing now' and then what are the reasonable increases to expect in terms of everything from labor cost increases to inflation to growth," Leland said. Additionally, the prediction includes a "stress test" which attempts to take into account potential recessions, as well as city pension rates and an increase in overall employment costs (such as a 2% cost of living adjustment). "If you just forecast on a linear straight line without respect to recessions, you're going to overshoot every time," he said. measure on the 2020 ballot. According to Leland, the city would need a revenue increase or budget cuts of about $650,000 per year to sustain the budget. The first suggestion, which Leland seemed to favor, was for a local sales and use tax (TUT). Leland recommended Cloverdale look at putting either a 0.5% or 1% sales tax measure on the ballot. The former would bring in approximately $575,000 in fiscal year 2021 while the latter would bring in an anticipated $1.149 million. The second suggestion put forth was renewing and increasing the user utility tax (UUT). The 3% tax is set to sunset in 2021. If This 20-year forecast model, which predicts the city were to try and renew the tax with a the city's financial state every year until 2039, 3% increase (making it a total of 6%), it would exists as a moving document, which means bring in an estimated $469,200. that the city's finance department can change Finally, Leland floated the idea over parts of the model as data changes -- increasing the city's transit occupancy tax adapting the program as the finances see fit. (TOT) an additional percent, which would "Twenty years is a long time from now and bring in $22,900 of revenue in 2021 , one thing that C / Yifee: yoffiS that ' 'D rlng this year is the time tha you what we predict now for 20 years from now isn't going to come out, not even for 10 year or five years -- there are a lot of moving parts. But the validity of the forecast is how realistic the functions are and your (the city's) ability to continue and update the model." Potential causes Cloverdale, like many other cities, still hasn't fully recovered from the Great Recession. Moreover, the city's revenue per capita is still sitting below where it was pre- recession in 2007. This gap between where Cloverdale was and where it sits currently is "one of the larger ones," Leland said. While Leland said that other cities are sitting below that pre-recession point as well, he pointed to the reasoning behind Cloverdale's lag beingdual-pronged --part of the post-recession revenue gap is because of "the strength of the underlying economy" and part is because while other cities have gone to voters for an increase in taxes, Cloverdale hasn't. "When they have, that gap begins to close -- but we haven't seen anybody statewide that's closed it yet," he said. Floated financial fixes After setting up the financial picture for Cloverdale's future, Leland recommended some possible areas of revenue to the council -- all of which deal with putting a tax got to do the planning so that whatever expenditure cuts or revenue increases you plan for, and if voter approval is required, can take effect in fiscal 2021," he said. "If you wait much longer, you're going to have problems. Your timeline is such that you've really got to take action in the next year." The possibility of addressing Management Partners' presentation and recommendations has been added as a standing item on the Finance, Police and Administration subcommittee. "I think the more immediate thing we have to do is we can start talking about a ballot initiative. We're almost out of 2019, 2020 will be hear before we know it," Vice Mayor Gus Wolter said. "I don't know how we can get away with not considering something," Mayor Melanie Bagby added. Bagby added that she wants the subcommittee to discuss ways to increase city revenue beyond a ballot measure, citing the need to address things like blight in the downtown and the impact of empty spaces on the city's tax revenue. "It's better to know than not to know," Bagby said. "And this is the tool to really change our behavior, change our priorities and make sure we don't end up in bankruptcy." THANK YOU! T ECH TREK AAU Because of you, nine amazing 8th grade girls attended Tech Trek, a residential camp at Stanford University featuring Science Technology, Engineering and Math. You helped our Ioca! girls envision a future in STEM. AAUW Healdsburg THANKS YOU for your generous donations. : E&M Electric and Machinery. : Max Machinery, Inc. : :: Rotary (lub of Healdsburg (Noon) : Soroptimist International of Heatdsburg Soroptimist International of Windsor Mickey & Jerry Sarquis Ann Allan i Heidi Blumenthal . bie'De mon Photo Rollie Atkinson FOUR DECADES PLUS - Many grateful patients, co- workers, family members and retired physicians gathered last week at the Healdsburg Primary Care center to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Paul Marguglio. Marguglio has been practicing medicine in Healdsburg for 43 years where he has raised his family and now enjoys visits from his grandchildren as well. "It has been my pleasure caring for my patients needs and it is with mixed emotions that I leave the practice after all these years," he said. His old friend Dr. David Anderson (pictured with Marguglio at right), who preceded Marguglio in retirement after a similar lengthy service to the Healdsburg community helped "mast" his friend with a few of his famous self- written limericks. A cake decorated like a doctor's smock with a stethoscope was made by Costeaux Bakery. / I