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Below Published weekly since 1879 Toastmaster's host See Page 3 1879 Liberty Ship cruise See Page 6 118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA October 29, 1997 Dist fling. Directors were fi- to on a staffing _ Department at meeting Oct. 20 after the 2-2 on options Fire Chief Jack Rose- earlier meeting. vote (Coby Richards the board decided to t with the California De- , (CDF) begin- first part of November ,30 for an engine and respond along with the Fire crew. Director was absent. Staffing pattern also pro- one 24 hour shift to be !qualified volunteers and/ through the remainder the board directed to the board at the meeting containing a Fire Fighter/ to fill the resigned recently to with the Tiberon will result in being available to on a 24 hour basis. hopes to have the hired by July of goal is to offer sup- g opportunities to enable them to be of their time to Please turn to back page Paul Armstrong and Cally Reese were named Homecoming King and Voi. CXVIII, Issue 44 35 Cents Penalty provision strengthens City's nuisance abatement law Fines for uncorrected violations How to prompt property own- ers with rundown buildings to ei- ther upgrade their property or, in the case of seriously substandard buildings, to abate and demolish them is an ongoing problem for city officials. In September the City Council directed staff to develop a stron- ger penalty provision for Clover- dale's Nuisance Abatement Ordi- nance which will allow the City to levy a fine if certain violations have not been corrected. The penalty provision can only be triggered after the city has pro- vided notices of violations to the property owner and no response has been received. The penalty provision will also give the City the means of achieving a higher level of cost recovery in the imple- mentation of its nuisance abate- ment program. At the Oct. 22 meeting the City Council held a public hearing and first reading of the provision which will become part of the Nuisance Queen at Friday night's ceremony. Homecoming festivities began on 'Abatement OTdinance. Thursday with a night rally and the king and queen were crowned at halftime during Friday night's game with Lower Lake. A" young admirer gives queen Cally Reese a hug. Council confirms Hot Springs Road closure Arguments offered in opposi- tion to the closing of a portion of Hot Springs Road from 175 Hot Springs Road to Foothill Blvd. failed to convince four council L:  ) - members that the closure should be canceled. Councilmen Jim Teague, Mark Kinsey and Bob Jehn and Mayor Tom Sink voted to proceed with the closure plan. Councilmember Carol Chase voted against the closure feeling that the closure should not occur until the City determines how the new routing is functioning. The closure will divert traffic from the Cloverdale Blvd. access to Hot Springs Road to the new city street Del Webb Drive that is routed through the Del Webb Clo- ver Sprmgs project to connect to the future Foothill Blvd. Del Webb Drive will allow vehicular traffic to connect to Hot Springs Road and give access to Lake Sonoma. The decision to proceed with the closure also includes a com- mitment to provide a second drive- way access to the Comazzi's 43 acre parcel lying above the por- tion of Hot Springs Road sched- uled for closure. The new alignment, would have made it difficult for large trucks, trucks and trailers and motor homes to negotiate the sharp turn into the Comazzi's's property. Working with the City Engineer, a second driveway with a wider turning radius has been designed which satisfies the property own- ers' concerns. This plan is subject to an engineer's review. Arguments against the closure centered mostly on the belief that it wasn/t necessary; that it would put too much traffic bound for Lake Sonoma through the new subdivision, and that this would result in excessive noise and litte. - ing along Del Webb Drive. Oppo- nents also argued that the closure would pose problems for emer- gency vehicles. However, Mayor Tom Sink not- ed that the City's Fire and Ambu- lance Districts as well as the Cali- fornia Division of Forestry all said they could not see any problem arising due to the closure City Manager Bob Perrault was directed to implement the "Condi- Please turn to back page In addition to providing the City with the ability to fine a property owner who has a documented vi- olation of the building code, the new provision may also employ other methods of correcting a vio- lation; such as, initiating a civil or criminal proceeding. The amended ordinance estab- lishes a three-tier system for how fines are to be levied on certain types of violations. For the most serious such as an unlawful use of a property or the occupancy of an illegal structure, a fine of $25 a day can be assessed to the property. For less significant violations, such as having a noncommercial junk- yard or an unlawful excess of an- imals, a fine of $10 per day can be assessed. A $15 a day fine can be levied for an unlawfully occupied residential use or structure or sub- High School FHA-HERO instructor Sue Cummins (front) (back row, from left) Alex McNulty, Callle Reeee and received awards at the Sonoma County Office of Education's Sonoma County Prevention Celebration for.their efforts students against tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. instructor and receive awards County Office of Education held its first Sonoma Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 19. Thirty-six indi- groups that have made a difference by working to alcohol and other drug use by children and youth in presented Reward Awards. the FHA-HERO instructor at Cloverdale High School of those honored for her efforts in regard to alcohol and She was given anindividual award. "I would like thank Mr. Dick Johnson because he submitted the appli- program The whole organization is being Cummins said. to attend, but deserving of recognition for their efforts on in the past two years include CHS students Brett Cum- Gurries and Jennifer Tegnell, coincided with Red Ribbon Week, a nationwide cam- of and promote substance abuse prevention standard housing conditions on a property under specified circum- stances. The ordinance establishes how a penalty is to be levied and the opportunities provided to the property owner for reconsidera- tion or an appeal. Double yellow lines on Main Street aimed at stopping illegal U-turns A petition signed by 16 local residents prompted a study by Police Chief Rob Dailey of the intersection at East FirstStreet and Main. The City Council heard his re- port Oct. 22 and, after hearing the Chief's analysis of the problem and from business owners in the area, the Council decided to in- stall double lines on Main Street both north and south of FirstStreet in order to cut down on the num- ber of cars that make illegal semi U-turns on Main to access park- ing spaces in front of the Food Center. The double line was suggested by Councilman Mark .dnsey. Chief Dailey's report indicated that most of the traffic vs pedes- trian problems at this busy inter- section were related to line-of- sight and not to traffic volumes or increased pedestrian traffic. III III I In order to correct the line-of- sight problem modifications in the parking pattern would have to be made. Parallel parking in front of the Food Center would improve the line-of-sight, or removing Please turn to back page Downtown boulevard plan study underway An important feature of Clover- dale's Downtown specific plan will be the reconfiguration of Clover- dale Blvd between Lake and Third Streets, identified as the true cen- ter of the City's downtown. The City has accepted full re- sponsibility for this portion of the Please tum to back page Council wants in on transit plans Cloverdale's City Council has endorsed the Sono- ma/Marin multimodal transportation and land use study prepared by Calthorpe and Associates with one provision important to Cloverdale's fu- ture. While the Calthorpe Plan envisions a bus and rail system in both counties, it foresees a commuter rail service that stops at Healdsburg. The City Council, in its resolution of endorse- ment states that the City is committed to securing commuter rail service to Cloverdale and endorses the plan provided that commuter rail service does include Cloverdale. The plan sets forth a number of highway 101 improvements mainly in the south county area. It Includes transit oriented systems in Healdsburg, - IIIIIII IIII III II I II I I I Windsor and Lakewood Village Shopping Center as well as Santa Rosa, Cotati and sites in Marin County. Transit improvements include the Northwest Pa- cific railroad commuter line which, again, would run from Healdsburg to Larkspur in Matin. Sixty percent of the $463 million plan would be financed by an half cent sales tax increase in both counties to be voted on in November, 1r98. Ithas not yet been determined if such a sales tax measure wouJd require a simple majority or a 2/3 vote .of approval to pass. The remainder of the total cost would be financed through local, state and fedotal sources. Bus fares would cover 20 to 30 percent of their operating costs, rail fairs 30%. IIIIII IIIIll Illllll II II I IIII I IIII III II III II The famous Blue Angels put on thelr alr show the same day that many Cloverdale residents traveled to San Francisco to enjoy a tour and crulse on the ,Jeremiah O'Brlen, For more photos turn to page 6. -- I II I III III I III II I I IIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIII I IIII III I II