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Page 8 o The Cloverdale Reveille - December 26, 2019 www.cloverdaierevei[lacuna 2019: Cloverdale’s downtown experienced numerous business changes Continued from Page 1 Teachers Association of Cloverdale underwent the process of declaring a negotiation impasse. After entering into mediation for impasse in the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, the teachers association voted to ratify their contract with the district. The ratified contract outlines 2% on—schedule salary increases for the 2018- 19, 2019—20 and 2020-21 school years, as well as a 2% increase each year in the form of four professional development days. The end of the school year brought with it another round of student graduates. The 127th commencement ceremony for Cloverdale High School and Johanna Echols Hansen Memorial High School was held on June 7. During the ceremony, students presented the district with a class gift _ a bench with pink lettering in memory of CHS parent Vickey Scaramella, who died earlier in 2019 following a 14- year battle with cancer. Eden Winniford was valedictorian and Julie Edwards was salutatorian. In an effort to retain Vesign an Ad Contest sponsor A Winner! Be A Winner! Let local school students design an ad for your business. You provide the message and they’ll provide the imagination. Then, you select the winning designs that will appear in a Cloverdale Reveille special section on JANUARY 30,2020. We Reserve your ad today! Contact Brad at (707) 894-3339 p or brad@sonomawest.com students and bring back some who left to study online, the school district adopted a full- time independent study program at the beginning of its 2019-20 school year. The program launched in the fall and is available to students who have chosen, or are thinking about, enrolling in online classes rather than attending classes in person. Run by the administration at CHS, students participating will have the option of a hybrid schedule, where they can attend some classes in person‘ as well. While the district introduced the ’ program with the hope of I enrolling some students back into the district, Director of Curriculum Steve Charbonneau said that the district plans to monitor students in the program to make sure that it’s a good fit. The start of the school year also brought a new program to Jefferson Elementary School classes. Geared toward helping students develop social and emotional learning skills, Jefferson students take time every morning to do a short activity centered around a life skill that falls under the social and emotional learning sphere. REVEILLE Néservations dais. zinc A During one of the first days of school in August, students in a first grade class were tasked with finding out more about their peers. In September, the board of trustees approved (5-0) paying off the district’s lease of a property on the south end of town, using money from the Measure H bond. The district purchased the land in March 2018 as a way to solidify the possibility of the district having usable land for the future. The repayment of the lease was initially brought to the board in April but failed in a 2-2 vote. Cannabis The discussion surrounding Cloverdale’s cannabis ordinance made its first 2019 appearance at the Jan. 22 Cloverdale City Council meeting. The ordinance revision, which had nearly passed in 2018, was brought back to the council in an effort to allow two of the newly elected council members (Marta Cruz and Jason Turner) the ability to weigh-in on the discussion. As such, the council reviewed nine revision categories to the city’s then-draft ordinance. The primary discussion during the meeting surrounded how thecouncil wanted to tackle which canna—businesses are allowed in specific zoning areas , (namely in transit-oriented developments and in the downtown Core). The marriaan was directed to be brought back to the council again before sending it to the planning commission. When the ordinance was brought back to the council on March 13, there was limited discussion. Many of ’ the suggestions voiced during the Jan. 22 meeting (such as not allowing dispensaries in transit-oriented districts) were ultimately not integrated into the ordinance. On April 10, the city council voted to allow the city to move forward with dispensary requests for proposal that had been submitted during the 2018 RFP process. Two applications, one for California Wellness (later changed to Cloverdale Wellness) and one for ‘Quonset—Botanicals, sat in limbo during. the city’s cannabis ordinance revision process. By opening up the RFP process to the two previous applicants, the council allowed them to resubmit their applications with updated information. On May the city council voted to award a dispensary permit to Cloverdale Wellness. The council voted .not to award a permit to Quonset Botanicals. After nine months of revisions, the Cloverdale City Council approved the first reading of the revised cannabis ordinance on June 26. The ordinance was approved in a 4-0 vote and included changes to the provisions for special events, clarification regarding setbacks, updates due to changing state law, upholding the city’s set two-dispensary maximum, as well as additional clean-up items‘ with regard to language and phrasing. Business Jan. 1 saw the expansion of Plank Coffee. Cloverdale’s downtown coffee staple grew, expanding to open up a second location in Healdsburg on Dry Creek Road. This new location piloted Plank’s increase in food products, which eventually were introduced to the Cloverdale location as well. In spring, a new bike shop opened on First Street. Velofix is a come-to-you or open—by-appointment bike shop that took the place of Spoke Folk Cyclery in the Silverwood Building. The start of summer saw an increase in Cloverdale business development. During June, an open house was held at Edward Jones to nelebrate Al Myers joining the team, The Villas Assisted Living held a party to ~ celebrate 10 years of operation and. Fleur de Mai, a global boutique, opened its doors on East First Street. The Finishing Touches, a ' downtown staple for 17 years, closed up shop at the end of July to move to an online— only model. The store started out as a design center, shifted into home decor and, by the time owner Jeannie Griffitts was having her closing sales, had morphed into carrying a little bit of everything. “When I bought the design center and expanded it, a lot of my retail was home decor,” Griffitts said. “Then everything crashed, and that’s when I started getting into other things. People would come in and buy a gift for somebody, but they wouldn’t buy anything for themselves, and there was a , time when we only had myself and Antiques Uniques in this town — there was no other retail. So I started carrying a'lot of different things to make people happy. A FINISHING TOUCH — Jeannie and mortar location on July 27. Since Cloverdale’s base of businesses has been steadily growing, Griffitts said that she didn’t feel the retail component of The Finishing Touches was still necessary. As such, she decided to close the brick and mortar store and move her home decorating skills online, where long time Customers; can still contact her. Healdsburg’s Wicked Slush opened a pop-up in town for the summer, starting the last week of June. The soft serve/ slush spot took Cloverdale by storm, with regular lines of people patronizing the North Cloverdale Boulevard location over the summer. At the beginning of September, a ribbon cutting was held to welcome State Farm agent Erica Bishop to town. Bishop opened up her office earlier in the year. On Sept. 1, Furber Plaza gained Happy Donut, a donut shop with locations in Windsor, Ukiah and Willits. The owners decided to open up a shop in Cloverdale after hearing feedback from customers at their other locations that a Cloverdale one was wanted. In September, Dahlia Sage Community Market got new owners ~ Cloverdale residents Peter and Frances Kruger and Karie and Kurt Kelder decided to take over V operations of the market once Photo Zoe Strickland Griffitts closed up her shop’s brick they heard that it was up for sale. In an interview following the change of ownership, the Krugers said that they want 'to increase events and gatherings that position the market as a hub for the Cloverdale community. Businesses in downtown Cloverdale saw a sizeable amount of movement in fall, starting with Voss Signature Vintage moving south from its location on North ' . Cloverdale Boulevard (next to the Reveille offices) and into 117 North Cloverdale Blvd. Speed of Sound Music opened up a location in Cloverdale, taking Voss’ old location on North Cloverdale (207 N. Cloverdale Blvd). Included in the shifting of businesses was Next Door Comics, which left its spot on First Street and moved into the space that had housed The Finishing Touches (115 N. Cloverdale B1vd.). Erin Mewes, of Erin Mavis Clothing on First St. opened up a second store named Heart City, billed as a modern day five-and-dime, in Next Door Comics’ old spot (115 East First St.). Amid all of the moving, a few other new businesses popped into town — The Outpost opened up at 113 Broad St., and Rockin’ A Adventure Cafe opened up on South Cloverdale Boulevard . in front of the Renner Petroleum gas station. PINNACLE CAPITAL rr‘imrrg Bill Andrew, Financing MLO Lic# 278473 Cloverdale Realty Debbie Andrew, Sales RE Lic# 01729380 Rea! Estate Sales 8: Financing In One Convenient Location! Your House Could Be Listed Here...$0lD TOO! - FOR SALE Vlfillits Brooktrai|53 Bed, 2 Bath. $349,000 - Temp. off the Market - Immaculate Healdsburg residential / commercial mix. 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