Report on Yreka City Council meeting 2 Aug. 2022

By Lorenzo Love

YPD Chief Gilman gave a report on the fire. Among other things, he said that with the mutual aid agreement with police from other cities, the police can provide 15 two-man patrol units to keep looters out of the evacuation areas.

YFD Chief also gave a report on the fire. Among other things, he said please don't call the Fire Department for info. They are overwhelmed with calls. Please can the Fire Info Hotline instead. 530-299-8920.

Accepted a Grant Award for $169,000 for removal, processing, and transport of contaminated soil at the camp where they hope to concentrate the homeless at 400 South Foothill Drive. A specialized contractor is required to perform the work with contaminated soils.

Awarded contracts to several consultant firms for things like grant writing and other technical issues so there won't be such an enormous screw-up like with the aquatic center.

Approved Special Event Siskiyou Scenic Bike Route to be held May 5-7, 2023

Awarded Siskiyou Rotary Picnic Table Replacement Project Request for Funds.

This is for the replacement of picnic tables at Upper Greenhorn Park. Sounds like they're $13K into a $19K project. They just want $1000 for this.

Approved “Kids Block Party 2022” to be held on September 17, 2022

Pending fire conditions as this would block Miner St.

Ratified Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency. See: https://ci.yreka.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/1221/July-30-2022-Proclamation-of-Local-Emergency?bidId=

Combined with Governor Newson's Proclamation of a State of Emergency in Siskiyou County, this will allow the City to be reimbursed 75% of its costs for the emergency.

Public Works Director Matt Bray reported on the City's water situation. We have full tanks but the City is using a lot so don't waste it. He reported he imposed a hard stop on all construction on Main St so lanes won't be blocked for fire trucks.

The city is lucky to have the fine city staff we have. Police, Fire, Public Works and City Hall are all working very long hours during this time of emergency. Many have been evacuated but stay on the job in spite of personal hardship.

There was a lot more. You should have been there.

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