The crowd was correct in surmising that the council, during closed session after the regular meeting, would discuss and ultimately settle with Roseburg prior to a Sept. 30 court date, when a judge was scheduled to rule on the Roseburg Forest Products v. the City of Weed lawsuit.

There was quite a turnout at last week’s Weed City Council meeting as many expressed their frustration with the council’s anticipated settlement with Roseburg Forest Products related to the city’s rights to Beaughan Springs.

The crowd was correct in surmising that the council, during closed session after the regular meeting, would discuss and ultimately settle with Roseburg prior to a Sept. 30 court date, when a judge was scheduled to rule on the Roseburg Forest Products v. the City of Weed lawsuit.

Many of the so-called “Weed 9,” who are involved in the lawsuit, urged the council to take their time, do it right, and allow the judge to make their ruling.

Jim Taylor, a member of the Weed 9 and president of the Water for Citizens of Weed group, said he’s concerned with the council’s transparency. He asked them to wait until September to take action.

“Only then should the city attempt to secure water rights” in other, potentially more expensive and time consuming ways, he said. “This has been going on for four years. Don’t quit with only 45 days left.”

“We need to be informed, the citizens need to know,” said Weed’s Monica Zinda. She asked the council to address the public before any major decision was made in closed session.

After public comment, a few members of the council spoke about the lawsuit to the extent they could and defended their choices.

“I’ll say it then, and I’ll say it now, I made my decision based on fact,” said councilor Stacey Green.

Chamber announcement

Richard Dinges, previously of the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, has now moved to the Weed Chamber of Commerce. All members of the council said they are excited to have him on board.

Pacific Power

A representative from Pacific Power discussed high fire danger and emergency awareness, and how this will affect citizens of Siskiyou County and the city of Weed.

The presentation is part of Pacific Power’s wildfire mitigation systems in response to the devastating fires caused recently by electric producing facilities.

Pacific Power has been clearing vegetation near its facilities and has been working with CAL FIRE to clear around homes. It has also been working to get weather stations installed for data tracking in high threat areas.

Mayor Ken Palfini asked if there is a plan to alert the public in case of a dangerous situation, and was ensured that Pacific Power is doing everything it can to reach its current customers to learn how they prefer to be notified in case of an emergency shutoff.

Road paving project

The city is attempting to land a Community Development Block Grant from the state for its upcoming street paving project.

Rod Merys of Great Northern Services was present to discuss how this grant has provided Great Northern funds in an ongoing housing project that’s underway.

After public comment regarding other ways people may want to see the funding used, the council unanimously approved the grant’s submission.

“We’re going to get a street paved!” said councilor Sue Tavalero.

“We need to make our roads safe,” said councilor Bob Hall.

“Weed California, a colorful garden of ethnic diversity”

Hall reported on the Siskiyou Revitalization Committee’s recent meeting, where members are discussing how to revitalize and “brand” the city of Weed.

His revitalization ideas stress ethnic diversity and cultural strength. Hall used some examples of nearby towns that have held festivals that embrace other cultures.

“We’re blessed with diversity,” said Hall. “We need to start thinking about how people can be a part of the community again.”

Concert series

Grocery Outlet, Roseburg Forest Products, Crystal Geyser, La Florista, Lemurian Industries, Dos Amigos and the City of Weed have put together a series of community concerts to be held every Saturday in August from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Plaza on Main Street in Weed.

Some concerts coincide with other events in the city, such as the Main Street Car and Bike Show on Aug. 24.

This Saturday, Aug. 17, Honeyglove will be performing.