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Page 10 The Cloverdale Reveille September 19, 2019 www.cloverdaJereveJlle.com Continued from Page 1 constructed single familyand I have just taken it on homes must be electric, myself at least for the last 10 as the city's energy code is Kuykendall said that multiple years to strive for the goal of updated. Sonoma County towns are net zero homes. They have The cost of building all considering the all-electric almost all been all electric, electric homes is anticipated reach code, with Santa Rosa, and I have dealt with all of to cost $6,171 less than Windsor and Petaluma these issues that have come building a home with gas, SCP wanting to go with that up for discussion. In my own Senior Programs Manager option, experience, all electric is Rachel Kuykendall said. There was limited public easy, it's sensible." comment, with most All of the council (Vice The options questions directed towardMayor Gus Wolter was As Cloverdale entertains Kuykendall having to deal absent) was in favor of the idea of adopting a reach : with clarification of theadopting either the all-electric code, there are three options estimated cost comparisonreach code, or the all-electric for it to consider: doing between building all electric favored reach code. However, nothing besides the required and gas homes, all expressed wanting to adoption of the updated state "Most of the work I've done discuss the issue further energy code (which includes a in the last 30 years orso has before making any decisions. requirement for solar panels been single family and low on new builds); an all-electric rise residential," said Pete Up next favored reach code, which Gang, an architect who came As this was the first time states that homes built with forward during public information about the code gas have to meet a higher comment on the presentation, was brought to the council, energy efficiency standard; an "I've also been deeply the council directed the city to all-electric reach code, which engaged in the wild world of have the item move to the states that all newly green, sustainable building planning and community development department, where it will be discussed in further detail, as well as work on putting together a workshop to discuss the code with developers. The process to adopt a reach code is public and multi-pronged. Going forward, Cloverdale is required to hold two public meetings before adopting the code. In order to have the code come in at the same time as the state's energy code on Jan. 1, it has to be submitted to the California Energy Commission for approval by Oct. 1. The city will be scheduling a special planning and community development subcommittee meeting to discuss the reach code, with the goal of getting the code pushed through in time for the 2019 energy code adoption in January. super. Continued from Page 1 Salary plan At the recommendation of Board of Trustees President Todd Lands, the board also reviewed the creation of a step increase for the superintendent position. This item was initially brought forth during at the board's June meeting, but postponed at the request of both the teachers and the superintendent since the Teachers Association of Cloverdale (TAC) had yet to reach a negotiation agreement with the district. TAC reached a tentative agreement with the district on Aug. 30 and, as of press time, had yet to vote to ratify. According to an update put out by Lands on Sept. 12, Superintendent Jeremy Decker "has made it abundantly clear that he does not want to receive a higher increase than teachers." As such, Decker's three-year salary schedule mirrors the tentative agreement with TAC -- both the steps and raises of the schedule are 2% each year for the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years with his benefits totaling $8,400. The salary increase is dependent on both a positive evaluation and the district not being in qualified or negative status. Continued from Page 1 becoming a police officer when I was about 17. Growing up I had a lot of youth sports coaches who were in different branches of law enforcement who were positive role models. I saw them as impactful and inspiring, plus the uniform, police car and equipment was cool. Can you summarize your life in seven words or less? "Always smile, work hard, take it easy." Or police life: "You really can't make this stuff up." What's the funniest or strangest thing that's happened to you as a police officer? I really can't pinpoint anything in particular, throughout my time working in Cloverdale I have had some really funny moments, some very serious moments and some completely bizarre experiences. Overall I can say this town has been a great place to work and I hope to continue serving the town of Cloverdale with pride. What's your favorite part of the job? Your least favorite part? My favorite part about this job is offering guidance to those who need it, solving problems. My least favorite part of the job is the associated paperwork that comes with police work. Who do you look up to the most? I look up to my parents most, they taught me to have a strong work ethic, to persevere, to be positive and to not sweat the small stuff. Their examples have helped to shape me into who I am. What do yon like best about Cloverdale? My favorite part about Cloverdale is the small town atmosphere and the support the town provides to law enforcement. The people of Cloverdale have embraced Community Policing and with the support of the town, we are able to work collectively to solve problems. Continued from Page I river becomes an attractive place for people who have wrappers, plastic bags, nowhere else to live. Without campfires, discarded pool toys public service, garbage and and beach chairs and lost or other refuse simply piles up. discarded clothing. Canoeists Agricultural debris, such add a steady stream of chip as plastic sheeting and bags, sunscreen tubes, drink netting, pipe, hose, buckets bottles and sandals to the and other containers, often river. Fishermen discard find their way into creeks and plastic foam bait containers then into the river itself. and packaging from their During heavy rains, flood tackle, waters sweep through fields According to Russian River and riverside houses, taking Watershed Cleanup, the river away everything not fastened is also used by some as an down and some things that alternative to paying dump were. fees, especially along the In 2018, the Russian River more isolated reaches where Watershed Cleanup had 242 there is a minimal risk of volunteers that removed being caught. Household 15,500 pounds of garbage from garbage, broken TVs, the watershed. This breaks microwaves, mattresses, easy out to 64 pounds of trash per chairs, construction and person, and in addition remodeling debris and volunteers also collected 51 automobile parts and tires are tires in need of proper thrown down the banks, to be disposal. ultimately washed Creek Week is also a great downstream, time to work with neighbors, Other sources of poUutionfamily, schools, businesses, include flooding and churches and other agriculture as well as community members to pick homeless and migrant camps, up trash that would In the summer, the riparian otherwise find its way into forest along the banks of the local creeks. Tell us what you're curious about. Continued from Page I Fitzsimmons requested that the council seek or appoint a group to serve as teachers, advocates and city ambassadors to help educate community members on climate issues. Resident Brooke Green suggested looking at idling school buses in line during school drop-off as a way of addressing one local form of carbon emissions. The resolution included points of action for the six areas described by Kelley, including implementation of the zero waste resolution that was adopted by the city council earlier this year. Additional points involved considering a polystyrene ban, considering the use of electric vehicles for city use when possible, increase the planting of trees, updating the city's zoning ordinance and others. Pete Gang told the council that while reducing future emissions is important, they need to also keep in mind that the emissions currently in the atmosphere will have a lasting impact on climate change as well. Gang also asked the council to "do everything possible to engage and involve the community, because this issue is on everybody's mind." "I want to commend the city for bringing forward this resolution, and I want to really Commend you for the work plan that's been put together," said Jane Elias, a resident who is also a Cloverdale RCPA representative. Elias echoed Gang's recommendation for promoting community involvement and education in regard to climate change Councilmember Jason Turner suggested that Cloverdale create an action group devoted to climate ' ) change, while Councilmember Marta Cruz requested the community engagement efforts include reaching out to all members of the community, specifically outreach to Cloverdale's Latino community. She also requested%hat the ~l~~'-~ with the~loverdale Unified ~':~ School District to discuss how to loop the district in on climate-conscious efforts. The city staff were directed to add the suggestions voiced by both the council and the community to the resolution's work plan. 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