The council also approved a planning contract with Ricco Tinsman for the related to the 2017 “Building Homes and Jobs Act,” also known as SB2.

After much discussion at its regular meeting last Thursday, Oct. 24, the Dunsmuir City Council agreed to hold a series of workshops to educate the public on what they believe is a need to raise TOT tax to one percent, and to place it on the Nov. 2020 ballot.

The council also approved a planning contract with Ricco Tinsman for the related to the 2017 “Building Homes and Jobs Act,” also known as SB2.

Tinsman gave a summary of the project, which creates permanent funding for affordable housing, and the lack of vacant parcels that are accessible for housing development in Dunsmuir.

Councilors approved a new ordinance regarding hazardous vegetation and combustible materials and their abatement.

The council also voted to participate in the Employment Risk Management Authority with SCORE for liability coverage for employee lawsuits at $50,000.

Mayor Juliana Lucchesi says that she is looking into grants for trail maintenance for Mossbrae Fall trail and also to put bids in for sidewalks in town.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Whetstine introduced K9 officer Sam Kubowitz as the Dunsmuir backup deputy. Whetstine said the City of Dunsmuir is the department’s most patrolled area in south Siskiyou County.

Whetstine gave a report to the council:

Hours patrolled in Dunsmuir – 523; total calls, including self-initiated – 157; total cases – 19; traffic related stops – 20; citations – 10; arrests – 3; felony arrests – 2; misdemeanors – 4; burglaries – 2; petty thefts – 5; vandalism – 1; and disturbing the peace – 12.

Announcements

Sisson Museum executive director Jean Nels and Science Festival Event Coordinator Jessica Matthews held a presentation announcing the Siskiyou Science Festival “Beyond 20/20 Vision,” which will be held from May 2 through May 17, 2020. It will include free presentations, tours, school activity days and an all-day festival at Mount Shasta’s Sisson School on May 16 for both adults and children.

The festival needs volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsorship. Those interested can contact Matthews at siskiyouscifest@gmail.com or Nels at museum@mtshastamuseum.com.

Paris Petrick with Siskiyou Media Council announced that after one year they are now live on local channels YC-15 and channel 4.

Councilor Dave Keisler announced that Santa will be arriving in downtown Dunsmuir on Dec. 14.

On Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce is hosting a bake sale/cookie decorating workshop. For more information contact Jean Rogers at (530) 235-4849.