An overflow crowd of sometimes angry, tearful and frustrated people implored the Cloverdale City Council Monday night to put in a traffic light or make other safety improvements at a crosswalk that was the scene of a fatality last summer and serious injuries for two teenage boys on Halloween night.
Paul Cayler, the interim city manager in Cloverdale for the past five months, appears to have passed his audition.
Four years ago, a survey found most Cloverdale voters opposed taxing themselves to help bail out their city government. But has sentiment changed enough that they might now support some form of new tax to help the cash-strapped city?
The Cloverdale City Council has said it’s premature to join a public power agency intended to supplant PG&E as the city’s primary source of electricity.
A crowd of more than 100 filled the Cloverdale City Council chamber Wednesday night, mostly to register objections to hefty water and sewer rate increases. The City Council was able to lessen the sting by approving new rates that are a little less than what originally was proposed for the first year, but utility bills still will spike.
Cloverdale residents are on the verge of seeing steep jumps in their water and sewer bills, the result of a combination of forces, including the recession and the postponing of previous rate hikes.
Cloverdale residents enjoy the lowest water and sewer rates in Sonoma County, but it won’t last much longer. City consultants are recommending a 67 percent increase in water rates and 25 percent for wastewater.