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PAGE 8- WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3, 2010 ii i PERFORMING ARTS CENTER CONT. developed the plans for a 99 seat, state-of-the-art theater, "the best in the entire region." Jim de Priest, a veteran and well respected direc- tor, as well as founder of several well known repertory theater groups including the Sonoma County Repertory Theater, Main Street Theater in Sebastopol, and the artistic director of Free Shakes- peare on the Green in Windsor, be- came involved in the early stages seeing the potential of a thriving theater venue in northern Sonoma County. According to de Priest, a 99-seat theater is not only intimate, but it enables the actors to perform without microphones. As an added benefit, professional or equity ac- tors can work without being paid much higher equity wages, which many non-profit theater groups cannot afford. The original budget for the center was $2.5 million dollars but fund- ing was pared back to $1.8 million, of which almost $1.1 million dollars was for the purchase of the build- ing. So with a funding gap of al- most $700,000 at the onset, board members appealed to the commu- nity for assistance in the form of volunteer effort as well as financial support to complete the outfitting of the new facility. As of this writ- ing, the gap has been narrowed to $30,000 according to Brigham. She and other board members are ac- tively seeking additional financial support. If you can help, please ei- ther visit the Cloverdale Perform- ing Arts website at www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or contact Mary Ann Brigham at Ruth McGowan's Brewpub, 894- 9610. One of the reasons that funding for the performing arts theater was approved initially is because it is envisioned that the theater will be an engine for economic develop- ment here and an anchor for down- town Cloverdale. In addition to the six productions (five shows each) for the 2010-2011 season, the board will tap into the Los Angeles-to-Se- attle theater circuit, bringing pro- ductions here from out of the area. The theater is well-suited for live music and comedy shows and will be home to the city council and planning commission. It may also be used by CHS drama students for their productions. "The performing arts center will be a reason for peo- ple to come to Cloverdale and will give local residents a reason to come downtown," said Brigham. Upon opening its doors, the building will belong to the Clover- dale Performing Arts Center, a non profit corporation so they do not need to pay rent but funding is nec- essary for the productions which average $5000 per. "Ticket sales, sponsorships and yearly member- WO.)r KS • Brakes II~PIP’;$N ~ D~l~’~f;’ • Tune-Ups Work • Timing Belts • CV Joints Guaranteed ASE Master Tech " 0" Change & Lube 894-3614 • Fuel Injection Service • A.C. Repairs & Conversions 101 N. Cloverdale Blvd. OPEN THANKgOIVING Full Turkey Dinners (with all the trimmings) Available To Go! Call ahead for to go orders r"--m "h I 2 for 1 Entree Special I I Buy one Entree Get one Free/ I Lunch or Dinner I Exp. Nov 30, 2010 i k.. ....... .J 894-45;00 • 116 E. Firsf gf. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Closed Mondays. ships will help, but for the first year, we would certainly welcome a ma- jor underwriter," commented Knight. He went on to say that there are other opportunities to under- write what could be a full scale the- ater program for both children and adults, complete with naming rights ..... Theater seats, lighting, carpeting and the lobby chandeliers are be, ing installed this week. Later this month there will be a ribbon cut- ting and on Friday evening, Dec 3, the curtain will go up for A Christ- mas Carol. COUNCIL CONT. judgment filed with Sonoma Coun- ty Superior Court will formally dis- pose of the litigation. The parties will cooperate on recording of ease- ment agreements. It was necessary to remove the pond land from the land conservation contract pursu- ant to the city's power of eminent domain. City representatives report being pleased to resolve the complex and long-standing legal issues and ex- pressed appreciation for Sirrah's cooperation in reaching a conclu- sion in the matter. As of the time this story was filed the city manag- er had insufficient time to respond to a request for additional informa- tion such as estimated cost of litiga- tion. The public speaks Prior to council business getting underway, Richard Cowart ad- dressed the council in the general public comment session. He read a statement requesting the support of city council for efforts of CAFI~, a program focusing on financial edu- cation and fostering micro-business within the city. In summary, the re- quest was for city council to desig- nate the CAFI~ proposal as its highest priority for CDBG funding in 2011 to improve CAFI~.'s chances of obtaining the program funding. The request specifically stated CAFE does not wish to interfere with any other applications from local organizations that might al- ready be in process, and that the deadline for city council action is Jan. 5, 2011. Other city business Highlights from Council member reports were: • Councilmember Wolter was speaker at the Thyme Square sculp- ture dedication, a well-attended event on Oct. 26. • Councilmembers Palla and Cox spoke with high school seniors about volunteerism and Palla hopes some can be recruited to at- tend the Nov. 6 SMART meeting to express the needs of youth for transportation. • Councilmember Raymond spoke of the retirement event of Jer- ry and Nora Webster from CCOC. • The monthly Sonoma County Council Members and Mayors event was a first for Councilmem- ber Cox. He met with Mike McGuire, Efren Carrillo and United Way regarding CAFI~. He reports the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center now "really looks like a the- ater." • Mayor Russell remarked that Asti Tour De Vine has become "an economic development point," at- tracting almost 500 people from other areas, even other states. She said Sonoma Gazette has invited events charging $15 or less to sub- mit listings. She expressed appreci- ation to several community volunteers for gathering supporters to attend the SMART workshop in support of board commitments to the full project. The Consent Calendar was ap- proved unanimously. In addition to approval of the previous meeting's minutes, it included a resolution adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Water System Improvement Project (2011) and a motion order to allow submittal of the annexation application for Riverdale Ranch development at the north end of the city. In Subcommittee Reports, the Airport, Finance, Planning/CDA, City/Fire District, City / School Dis- trict Subcommittees did not meet. The General Administration Sub- committee covered many topics: • An update on Alexander Val- ley Regional Medical Center by Mark Thayer, AVRMC Board Chair. The cost of Electronic Health Records implementation will be about $400,000 but will make the health center eligible to apply for reimbursement increases after 90 days. The FQHC application, if suc- cessful, could mean $600,000 in funding to the health center. AVRMC is recruiting for a physi- cian to live in town and city staff is looking into whether employee housing could apply. • The city booth at the 2011 Cit- rus Fair (Feb 18-21) will highlight council accomplishments and the 5- Year Work Plan. The poodle skirts are in for another workout as the fair theme is 1950s. " The city chamber furnishings at the new theater could be set up to be televised or for video streaming. • The GA Subcommittee will rec- ommend that Council not pursue the Private Property Maintenance Standards Ordinance as it may be unnecessary if the Zoning Ordi- nance adequately handles the con, cerns. • The Subcommittee is looking into the practicality of the Food Pantry using the old firehouse bays for temporary food storage during the holidays. • The next two month's standard meeting dates are being replaced with one meeting on Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m. The Public Works Subcommittee meeting topics included: • A golf cart/electric vehicle or- dinance is being prepared. Coun- cilmember Palla acknowledged student Ava DomenicheUi for her excellent "green" suggestion and Wants fo be sure she is included in further developments. • Discussions continue regarding properties for dog and skate parks. 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Cloverdale Blvd. Downtown Ctoverdale • 707-894- t072 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE • CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Foster Grandparents bring love and affection to area children. Foster Grandparents teach children love Foster Grandparents Program of the Redwood Empire Area celebrat- ed their 45th year of providing ser- vice to schools and non-profit organization in Ukiah. Four wom- en were recognized for their work at Washington Elementary/Middle School and Cloverdale High School. Margie Schoell received an award for 10 years, Jane Lloyd for seven years and Catherine Dixon for three years of active service. Donna Martin was recognized for her service of 11 years and for her nomination for the Older Volun- teers Enrich America Award. Presidential Service Awards signed by President Obama were presented to Jane Lloyd for over ,,~, 4,000 hours of service in Sonoma County and, previously, to Donna Martin. Catherine Dixon earned the Gold Award for 500 hours of ser- vice. Foster Grandparents work direct- ly with special needs children in a tutoring and supporting role. The North Coast Branch generated 82,476 yearly hours of volunteer time worth over $1,719,624. The Foster Grandparents Program in five northern counties is sponsored by North County Opportunities, Inc. through a grant from the Cor- poration National and Community Service. Information about becom- ing a Foster Grandparent is avail- able at 462-2596. Foster Grandparents teach children love. some of the same properties, so the PW Subcommittee will review their prioritized lists of site options. Mike McGuire has been asked to look into the potential dog park site west of McCray Road. There is also dis- cussion of a shared site for both groups. • Staff has identified approxi- mately six grant resources for fund- ing the Cloverdale Creek project. They will submit funding applica- tions as soon as funding becomes available. • Water usage is up from 2009, but remains below the 10-year high. • Possible location of street lights is under consideration for three places on Cloverdale Boulevard be- tween Clover Springs and Elbridge. • Staff is in contact with Caltrans regarding poor landscaping and debris on the on/off ramps. Mayor Russell thought there might be funding from fast food companies to clean up under the overpasses. • The next Public Works Subcom- mittee meeting is November 30 at 10:30 a.m. There was no report from City Counsel Eric Danly. The city man- ager had several items: 1)Memoranda regarding Eco- nomic Development will be placed on the website. • 2) A copy of the two-page ad pur- chased by Carla Howell for the city in the Business Journal Commercial Development Guide was distribut- ed. 3) Staff on the Opportunity Re- sponse Team of the Economic De- ~;elopment Plan are in the process of setting up a realtor/client meet- ing. While it doesn't necessarily mean at this point that the business will locate here, it appears the sys- tem is opening up communication. The mayor would like staff to have a speaker's bureau type effort to "tell our story" of successes to vari- ous groups looking for speakers. The next City Council meeting is scheduled at the regular time of 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10. November spay and neuter clinics for cats and kittens Free spay and neuter clinics for tame and feral cats will be held at the Sonoma County Animal Shel- ter, 1247 Century Ct. (off Airport Blvd.) in Santa Rosa on Nov. 4, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23 and 30. In order to participate, you must call 565-7100 to sign up. (Press "1" for English and "9" to speak with operator.) All cats must be dropped off at the County Shelter between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on the day of their appointment. The pick-up time is at 4 p.m. All pet cats must be in a hard carrier and the cats should have no food after 8 p.m. night before. Wa- ter is OK. Feral cats must be in traps. Cats and kittens must be at least two pounds with no sneezing or diarrhea. These clinics are for private individuals only. Please call Feline Rescue at 494-5544 if you have any questions.