Dunsmuir doesn't want chlorinated water

Sarah Kirby
Dunsmuir City Councilors Dave Keisler and Matthew Bryan discuss library funding during last week’s meeting.

The Dunsmuir City Council discussed UV disinfection as a way to avoid state mandated chlorination at its meeting last Thursday, June 20.

The council authorized funding for the completion of planning and design for the downtown tank relocation and replacement project, spring improvements, water main replacement and the UV disinfection funding application.

UV disinfection is a physical process that instantaneously neutralizes microorganisms as they pass by ultraviolet lamps submerged in the effluent. The process adds nothing to the water but UV light, and therefore, has no impact on the chemical composition or the dissolved oxygen content of the water, according to the website TrojanUV.

The council listened to a presentation from PACE Engineering representative Paul Reuter, who explained how much of the project is possible utilizing state grants.

Reuter noted the city has had some water readings that tested high for certain bacteria and were deemed unsafe by the state. If the city is unable to come up with a solution by a certain date, they’d be forced to chlorinate their water supply.

“Every citizen in Dunsmuir” would be calling the state to complain about the chlorination, Reuter said.

UV Disinfection provides a solution to the city’s problem, and due to the city’s springs, Dunsmuir may qualify for more funding, said Reuter.

Other business

The council examined the Community Funding Promotion procedure. Mayor Juliana Lucchesi noted that community organizations interested in receiving funding must compete in an equal fashion for funds.

The council did note, however, that the pool and the library were the main beneficiaries of this special tax when it was originally campaigned for years ago.

The council also authorized staff to use Preliminary Budget 19/20 in the accounting system, effective July 1 and designated Lucchesi as the League of California Cities voting delegate, and they selected Bryan as the alternate for the annual conference.

Comments from the public

During public comment, an audience member who recently submitted paperwork to establish a cannabis cultivation facility in Dunsmuir spoke about the inspection process.

He felt that more steps were being added to the process including a building inspection, and he added that he spoke to the building inspector who was not sure what he was supposed to be inspecting.

Overall, he asked the council how the city plans to regulate the cultivation process in the future, and he asked that all parties involved be held to the same regulation process.

Two other members of the public spoke about the importance of supporting the library with the Community Promotion Fund. They said foot traffic for the Library in 2018 was 8,200 people, and it was noted that many individuals are using the library computers. One woman, who is part of the Friends of the Library Committee, added that the current library budget mostly covers the librarian’s salary. She noted that currently the library is ”barely making ends meet.”

Vice Mayor Matthew Bryan commented on the request for library funding.

“I love libraries, and I think Dunsmuir’s library does a great deal of good for our community,” Bryan said. “We want to fund as best as we can, but law enforcement was a significant cut as well. Bear with us through this difficult year, and we are trying to build stronger years in the future.”


Lucchesi said Caltrans’ construction work by the north Dunsmuir exit will no longer have nighttime shifts starting in July.

“One thing that did get brought to our attention was that a couple of individuals were throwing rocks at the Caltrans workers, and I apologize. Please do not accost and please do not harass these workers.”