Cotati council deals with limited agenda
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By Dave Williams  October 25, 2013 12:00 am

The Cotati City Council tackled a rather light agenda at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The only item on the regular agenda was the introduction of ordinances to adopt amendments to the state building and fire codes and uniform. Public hearing and a longer presentation will be heard by the council on these issues at its next meeting on Nov. 12.

The council also voted unanimously to approve the two items on its consent calendar. One of those items was the implementation of a holiday schedule consisting of the cancellation of the regular council meeting scheduled for Dec. 24 and the closure of City Hall from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1, 2014.

One issue the city has been looking into, although it hasn’t been placed on the agenda, was debris from accidents or construction being swept from city streets into the bicycle lanes. Glass swept into the bicycle lanes can cause flat tires for bicycle riders. And replacing a flat tire isn’t cheap.

City Manager Dianne Thompson, during her report, said police officers have been instructed to direct tow truck drivers to remove debris from accidents. Also, the city’s contract with Redwood Empire Disposal (RED) allows for police officers to text RED, which in turn will bring a street sweeper to clean up the debris. 

Before the council meeting, the city hosted a cultural display from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria at city hall. Tribal members were on hand to talk about their heritage.

Cotati’s name is derived from a village of Coast Miwok Indians who populated this area for generations. As many know, the Graton Resort and Casino will open on Nov. 5 in Rohnert Park. The City of Cotati officially stayed out of the fray when people were arguing for or against the casino.

“The casino’s a reality, and we’re going to be neighbors for a long time,” Mayor Mark Landman said. “We just felt it was a good idea for us to have a relationship.”

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