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0Ill!i!! IL!!U r $1 at the newsstand ;::i:-(i'~, !0 ILR,: D 0 -00-0000 | Visit www.doverdalerevellle.com for daily updates on local news and views School board revisits previously tabled issues By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com The Cloverdale Unified School District Board of Trustees reviewed a pair of formerly postponed issues during its regular meeting on Sept. 11, tackling both paying off its property lease with school bond money and creating a salary plan for the superintendent. Both issues were brought up during board meetings during the 2018-19 school year, but were postponed after continued clashing between the board and the public. Both items were approved by the board, 5-0. Property payment The board approved paying off the district's lease of a property on the south end of town, in unincorporated Cloverdale (earlier in the evening, the board reviewed a presentation from one of the parties developing an adjoining property regarding annexation). The district purchased the land in March 2018 as a way to solidify the possibility of the district having usable land for the future, and doesn't currently have a development timeline or plan associated with it. The property was originally purchased for $1.683 million, and according to the meeting's agenda packet, paying it off will total $1.705 million. However, paying it off with Measure H money will save the district $617,883 in interest out of the General Fund. The repayment of the lease was initially brought to the board in April, but failed in a 2-2 vote. During the April meeting, the public voiced concerns over the district's transparency regarding the bond money -- since then, it has held a town hall meeting devoted to discussing the funds as well as added a Measure H update page to its website. Additionally, the board voted to use $809,840 in Measure H funds to pay off its Prop 39 lease that was used to make energy efficient upgrades to the district, including occupancy sensors, LED lighting and WiFi-based HVAC controls. See CUSD Page 10 Opportunity for river and creek cleanups By Heather Bailey Staff Writer heather@sonomawest.com Every year during Creek Week communities throughout Sonoma County come together to try to prevent an environmental disaster from occurring by removing thousands of pounds of refuse from the Russian River watershed. This year's Creek Week takes place from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28. The cleanup involves management and collaboration by multiple organizations, including Russian River Watershed Cleanup, Russian Riverkeeper, Coastwalk, The Laguna Foundation, the cities of Santa Rosa and Healdsburg and Daily Acts. According to Russian River Watershed Cleanup, the Russian River watershed encompasses 1,500 square miles of forests, agricultural lands and urban areas within Sonoma and Mendocino counties; 95% of the watershed is in private ownership. The Russian River is about 110 miles long and flows from its headwaters near Redwood and Potter Valleys into the Pacific Ocean near the town of Jenner on the Sonoma Coast. The Russian River is a vital resource in Northern California, RECREATIONAL RIBBON -- A ribbon Preschool's new playground. cutting and open house was held on Friday, Sept. Photo John Koetzner 12 for 4Cs' Cloverdale By Zofi Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest:com Each year, Cloverdale's American Legion recognizes local first responders nominated by their place of work as EMT of the Year, Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year. Officer Kevin Burt was chosen as the Cloverdale Police Department's officer of the year, and answered some questions from the Reveille about his life and his job. Burt joined the CPD in the summer of 2017, and graduated from the police academy in 2016. Before coming to Cloverdale, he worked in the security industry. Due to time constraints, Burt chose to write answers to the following questions. What did you want to be when you were a kid? When I was a kid, oddly enough, I actually wanted to be a firefighier. When did you decide to become a policeman and why? I first started considering See Officer Page 10 HONOREE -- Officer Kevin Butt has been Photo provided on staff at the CPD since 2017. IS COIIlln: CLEAN UP -- Creek Week 2019 runs from Russian River Watershed. Sept. 21 to 28 and it's a chance for local communities to Photo Reveille archives help protect the local providing water for residential and agricultural use (the river supplies drinking water to over 500,000 area residents in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties), a popular summer vacation destination, one of the most heavily used rivers for canoeing in the nation during summer months and habitat for 34 species offish including three endangered salmonid species. Its popularity and its fragility often come into conflict as garbage and refuse pile up, causing issues not only for the watershed itself, but ultimately ending up in the fragile oceans. The beaches and sandbars along the river are popular picnic and party spots, and with the onset of summer, quickly become littered with cans and bottles, food See Creek Week Page 10 / Adopting all-electric reach code would make new residential developments use electric rather than gas By Zofi Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) headed to town last week to present to the council about the possibility of adopting an all-electric reach code for new properties in Cloverdale. Adopting an all-electric reach code has been a recent topic around the county, as it would aid in lowering the amount of per-home emissions. Should it be adopted, Cloverdale's all-electric reach code would only apply to single family residential construction, new construction of accessory dwelling units and multifamily residential properties under four stories. The code wouldn't apply to alterations or additions of single family, multifamily or commercial properties; new construction of commercial property; or new construction of multifamily over four stories. At its core, the all-electric reach code will aid the city and county in getting closer to various energy and greenhouse gas-related goals -- including a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases in buildings by 2030 (AB 3232), and going carbon neutral by 2045 (an executive order signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018). According to the presentation from SCP, energy efficiency-related reach codes have to be proven to be cost effective and must be re- approved every three years See Electric Page 10 By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com Following its recent trend of addressing how to combat the growing impact of climate change, the Cloverdale City Council adopted a climate emergency resolution last Wednesday, which aims for the city to adopt "immediate emergency mobilization actions to restore a safe climate and achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2030." The resolution passed 4-0. Councilmember Gus Wolter was absent. City Manager David Kelley said that the resolution's action steps revolve around six different areas including community engagement, land use, building energy, solid waste, transportation and water delivery and treatment. The resolution was created by a county climate mobilization group and has been sent to cities around the county. "We already know what needs to be done, and we have the knowledge to do it. We must face up to the climate science and the facts and go into emergency mode and throw everything we've got at this emergency to ensure a safe, livable climate for all," said Dan Fitzsimmons, a resident who also serves as a Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) Cloverdale representative. "I advise council to not view this resolution as a feel-good-in-the-moment act, passing this is a good first step but we urgently need all hands on deck to face this impending global catastrophe." See Zero Page 10