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Healdsburg Highlights - May 2016


Healdsburg Highlights - May 2016

Vineyards Will Use Recycled Water

Healdsburg has traditionally used potable – drinkable – water to irrigate their vineyards. But on March 21, the City Council began discussions about using recycled water during the five summer months that have previously permitted discharging its recycled water into the Russian River. A couple of pipelines currently deliver recycled water from its Foreman Lane sewage treatment plant to about 400 acres of vineyards. The plan is to now build a two-mile pipeline from the water treatment plant to expand recyled water flow to about 600 acres between Westside Road and the Russian River south. The City is willing to foot the construction cost, estimated to be about $600,000.

The long-term plans call for a pipeline network to deliver reclaimed water to parks, the golf course and school grounds. But the $9 million to $12 million price tag is more expensive than delivering water to agricultural areas and won’t use up enough to prevent future discharges into the river. Coping with the drought adds more costs to the taxpayers.    

Cerri Site (Purity Building) Public Open House #2

On Wednesday, May 4, the City of Healdsburg will be hosting a second public open house to discuss reuse options for the Cerri Site (Purity Building) on North Street in downtown Healdsburg. The City purchased the property in the 2000’s and City Council authorized funding to redevelop the property as part of the City’s current Capital Improvement Program. Three reuse options are being considered: (1) renovating and repurposing the existing structure (with parking), (2) removing the existing building and redeveloping the site with surface parking and modern shade structure, and (3) removing the existing building and redeveloping the site with surface parking and agrarian shade structure. Thursday’s activities will include a self-guided tour of the building and site 5-5:45pm (3 North Street), followed by a presentation on the design options and Q&A at 6pm at the City Hall Council Chambers (401 Grove Street)

67th Annual Twilight Parade

The 67th Annual Twilight Parade will be held on May 26th. This year’s parade theme: Barnyard Beach Party.

The 4-H and FFA youth put hours of endless hard work into their projects all year long. The Healdsburg Future Farmers Country Fair gives students the opportunity to show their animals, exhibit their still exhibits.  

The Annual Barn Dance is the HFFCF’s largest fundraiser for the year.  Without the continued support of all of our community, the fair and the opportunities brought to the community of Healdsburg would not be possible.  This year’s Barn Dance will be held for the first time in the Fall, Save the Date for November 12, 2016.