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H00ave a Merry ',',00ristmas ( E P00I)AL00 Published weekly since 1879  -: ',"'-' Hoag & Sons 12- Railroad Spnngporl Mt 49284 Z8 118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA December 24, 1997 Vol. CXVIII, Issue 52 50 Cents I II Cloverdale Longs Pharmacy and their customers. make Manzanita Nursing and Rehab , patient's holidays brighter... i A giving tree adorned with patient's wish lists was set up at Longs Pharmacy. Longs customers chose lists from the tree, and purchased gifts for the patients. (Left, the manager of the Longs Pharnu, Steve Oberlatz and Pharmacy Tech Suezanne Huron performed Santa duty. They delivered a huge table full of gifts for the patients. (Left) Suezanne and Steve give Mary P. her present. (Right) Steve and Suezanne stand with Manzanita Activities Director Colleen Prince and Assistant Activities Director Chris Rapoza. Prince and Rapoza will , hand the gifts out to the patients. ? ...... City expects .... 266 homes to be built in '98 Approximately 266 housing units could be constructed in 1998 in Cloverdale. This triggered an audit of the City's infrastructure under the Growth Mgement Ordinance enacted by the City Council in 1997. The audit revealed that the City has more than adequate infra- structure, such as sewer and wa- ter and storm drain capacity to serve the 266 new homes, The audit results precluded the need for establishing a yearly allotment for building permits for the com- ing year. Had the City's infrastructure capacity been inadequate or close to capacity the allotment provi- sion under the ordinance would have been enforced. According to Planning Director Joe Heckel, such an allotment pro- cedure would give priority status to individuals who had applica- tions for building permits at the time the allotment program went into effect. Heckel's report stated that the infrastructure and public demand placed on Cloverdale by the 266 impending units would be met through installation of a number of city-wide public improvements and special conditions placed on the projects. ew law changes school bus stops locations may be abandoned new legislation taking ef- on the first day back to school, Jan. 5) following the holidays, motorists celing on Sonoma County Roadways must stay alert for school buses stopping to load and unload students, stresses the Cal- ifornia Highway Patrol. School bus drivers must now i i ! i i 2 owner of the local McDonald's Restaurant, and Debbie Hand check out the library's new computer. The PC, with funds provided by the Ronald McDonald House of the Bay Area, Friends of the Cloverdale Library, and Legion Auxiliary of Cloverdale, is primarily for the use of children. Library receives computer for children Cloverdale Library recently received a new computer pur- with funds provided by the Ronald McDonald House Char- of the Bay Area, Friends of the Cloverdale Library, and the Legion Auxiliary of Cloverdale. computer has several educational games and a word process- It is available primarily for use by the children of The games help build reading and math skills and older will find the updated word processor program makes typing reports much easier. hank George Georgeson of the local McDonald's franchise for in the original grant request. The American Legion and the Friends of "the Cloverdale Library came to our in meeting the $1500 grant from the McDonald's library manager Debbie Hand reported. library intends to purchase a few more games for the new , be able to offer children of all ages educational games that both instructive and fun. 1 activate the bus's flashing red lights which requires all traffic to stop in both directions. The current law requires flash- ing red lights to be activated only when the bus driver escorts a stu- dent across the traffic lanes. According to Cloverdale Uni- fied School District's Transporta- tion Supervisor, Rick Cummins, the new law will probably cause some problems for the Cloverdale area, especially fight at first. "We already have.trouble get- ring people to stop. Drivers run red lights all the time. People aren't going to realize what is going on and what they are supposed to do," he warned. Cummins believes that River Road and Dutcher Creek Road are just two of the areas that may cause some problems. A combi- nation of a fast speed limit and limited visibility may cause some bus stops to be eliminated all to- gether. "With this new law in place, many school bus stops may no longer be able to be used. School Districts will be establishing a school bus safety plan and review- ing many of the current bus stops," said Santa Rosa Area Public Af- fairs Officer, Wayne Ziese. A bus stopped in the traffic lanes will require good visibility in both directions before activating the over head flashing red lights to provide approaching motorists an opportunity to react to the lights. There may be changes in much of the rural Sonoma County area Please turn to page 6 Youth program seeking Irvine Foundation grant Last spring the City supported the application of the Social Ad- vocates for Youth (SAY) for Com- munity Block Grant funding to be used to form the Cloverdale Youth Partnership Program. SAY was successful in obtaining $48,000 with the City's support. At the Council meeting Dec. 17 the Council again gave its sup- port to the program by consent- ing to write a letter of endorsement to the Sonoma Foundation which has taken an interest in assisting the SAY steering committee in its search for additional funding sources. The Foundation is pro- viding the committee with the services of a professional grant writer, Ms. Ginny Helm who is working on a grant request to the Southern California based Irvine Foundation. If successful the grant could amount to as much as $50,000 a year for four years. AcCordihg to SAY Director Joann Silva, the program has sewed 384 children to date. If the Irvine Foundation gant is re- ceived more direct services to children and their families could be offered and another person hired to coordinate various ser- vices being provided. All three schools are covered today and the family advocate and counselor serve as a clearing house for referrals tO the various agencies involved. City Manager Bob Perrault told the Reveille that the-Police De- partment is beginning to make referrals to SAY. As an example, first offender youth arrested for shoplifting are referred to the pro- gram where they receive counsel- ing and are assigned to a number of community service hoers. "This program will not totally eliminate the community's juve- nile problems but it will help to alleviate them," Perrault noted. ii Bob Jehn newmayor in 1998 Reorganization o'f the City Council brought forth many compli- ments for Mayor Tom Sink as he relinquished the gavel to vice- Mayor Bob Jehn. Carol Chase will serve as vice-mayor this coming year. Councilman Jim Teague praised Sink for initiating the City's Growth Management program. Councilman Mark Kinsey ob- served that Sink was very thorough and always knew his. facts, "He is always working to make Cloverdale prosper." Chase complimented Sink for the skill shown in shepherding the Del Webb project through the City's development procedures and his contribution to solving of the Briarwood Mobile Home Park litigation. Mayor Bob Jehn observed that Sink, through his dedication and hard work had helped put Cloverdale on the map. Prior to the reorganization the Council presented a proclama- tion to Rosemarie Martinique recognizing her 11 years of service as the dining site manager for the Council on Aging in Cloverdale. Washington School students raise $340 for Food Pantry On November third, Washington School Student Council decided to have a "sabotage" fund-raiser in place of the canned food drive. Each third period class had a box in which each person in that class placed pennies. The "sabotage" came h to play when kids from the other classes put in dimes, nickels, quarters and dollar bills. When this happens, it subtracts from the total amount of pennies the class has at the end. For example, if you put in one dollar bill, it would take away 100 pennies. When the fund-raiser was over, it took the leadership class one week to count all of the money. After all those hours of tedious work, the students countedall of the money and came up with a grand total Please turn to page 7 Washington School Student Council President lan Jones (right) presents a check for $340 to Chalrman of Family Servlces Ellse Black, and Vlce-Chalr Theresa Johnson. The money was ralsed by students in a "sabotage" fundralser.