The March 21 meeting, during which all councilors were present, began with a presentation from Richard Dinges about the Airport Industrial Park near Mott Road, including a proposed layout for an industrial distribution center that would bank on its proximity to Interstate 5 in order to attract the interest of distributors.

The main topics of discussion at last week’s Dunsmuir City Council meeting were the Airport Industrial Park, the pool, and final rate study reports for sewer and solid waste.

The March 21 meeting, during which all councilors were present, began with a presentation from Richard Dinges about the Airport Industrial Park near Mott Road, including a proposed layout for an industrial distribution center that would bank on its proximity to Interstate 5 in order to attract the interest of distributors.

After he shared the history surrounding how Dunsmuir received the land from Siskiyou County, Dinges noted how the lot in question for development creates a new form of economic development for the city. The layout plan involved leaving the runway with plans to repave it to be used for distribution.

The other half included the distribution center and the gun range.

Councilor Dave Keisler questioned how the gun range would be impacted by these additions, to which Dinges replied that the gun range would only be improved because a paved road would make it easier to access.

Dinges said that Dunsmuir’s location between Portland and San Francisco makes it an efficient choice for distributors. The sturdiness of the roads connected to the airport from I-5 are also in good condition, which makes this potential industrial park an even more prime location.

The council was also informed that the FAA was involved in a grant process that required the council's signature on an agenda item that evening. Councilor Matthew Bryan expressed frustration that the council was asked to sign the Airport FAA Grant Application-Resolution, which deals with such a large sum of money, on such a short notice.

Mayor Julianna Lucchesi agreed with Bryan about the swiftness of the decision, and the council asked to push the decision forward to another meeting once more information could be ascertained.

However, they were informed that the grant application and sum in question were on a tight deadline.

This action item is part of a long standing relationship in which Dunsmuir has received grant money from the FAA via the Airport Capital Improvement Plan. Potential funds from such grants are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

The council voted via roll call, with councilor Bruce Deutsch and Keisler casting yes votes. Lucchesi hesitantly voted yes. Bryan abstained, and Arth voted nay.

“I share the sentiment of council member Bryan, and we will have a workshop on this sooner rather than later and have more information on alternatives,” said Lucchesi said. “For the sake of today and making incremental improvements, I will vote in favor.”

Another item of new business included the treasurer’s report. At the beginning of the meeting one member from the audience commented about a different type of accounting system which they suggested could be a more efficient strategy when it comes to maintaining a recreational facility, such as the pool. Concerns from the crowd were met with reassurance from Keisler during his report.

“The pool ain’t closing; we are going to fix it. Next year we will get a new liner. The pool is not closing. We need volunteers. We need lifeguards. I’m working on an idea that Dunsmuir could have a lifeguard academy. If it costs them $200 to be a lifeguard, then we will give you $100 back on your training, and you serve two years in Dunsmuir – free,” Keisler said.

Keisler also mentioned that the Dunsmuir Rotary on April 13 is having a golf tournament. They are seeking gifts for winners and the money goes toward the backpack program for Dunsmuir Elementary School students.

The final rate study reports about sewer and solid waste warranted a motion by Keisler to schedule petition of protest about rate increases. This was seconded by Bryan.

A public hearing on the topic is scheduled for May 16.

Finally, a handout was shared with those who attended the meeting regarding the countywide CodeRED Emergency Notification system. CodeRED is a service that alerts those who are registered by text or phone in case an emergency takes place.

Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services encourages all individuals to sign up for this free service by visiting www.public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/6F327CCDFFFD.

The handout noted that those who are not registered for the system will not receive an alert if an emergency, such as a fire, were to take place.