City of Dunsmuir to tackle housing issues

Shareen Strauss
Ricco Tinsman, a former city planner, addresses the Dunsmuir Council during their Sept. 5 meeting about obtaining a grant for proposed rezoning, development, CEQA streamlining and low-cost building strategies.

Thursday’s council meeting was the first on the job for new Dunsmuir City Manager Todd Juhasz.

The council voted unanimously to authorize Juhasz to sign a professional service agreement with Ricco Tinsman, formerly a city planner with general planning knowledge, to evaluate Dunsmuir’s housing needs and put together an application for the California Department of Housing and Community Development SB 2 grant program to help fund the Dunsmuir’s housing planning efforts.

The council also reviewed and discussed the first reading of the Abatement of Hazardous Vegetation and Combustible Material Ordinance to reduce fire hazards around private properties.

Mayor Juliana Lucchesi summarized the ordinance as “common sense stuff.”

Dunsmuir resident David Hicks commented that some of the wording and definitions in the ordinance need to be clarified and suggested a change to give the fire chief the ability to override.


Caltrans is at the final section of pavement reconstruction between the central Dunsmuir southbound off ramp and the Sacramento River Bridge. The central southbound 730 exit will be closed for approximately one month and the southbound Mott Road on and off ramps will remain closed. The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 15, which is one year ahead of the original schedule.

The Steampunk Festival on Sept. 21 and 22 will be held in downtown Dunsmuir. It is a costumed event of science fiction, steam engines and the 1870s, as in the TV show “Wild Wild West.” People are encouraged to look for costumes.

The 1727 train project is taking longer than expected. To volunteer, call (530) 925-9365.

Paris Petrick with the Siskiyou Media Council announced that the organization has a new website with live streaming of College of the Siskiyous football games.

Councilor Dave Keisler presented Cub Scout leader Arthur Boyd with worn American flags that will be ceremoniously disposed of.

Keisler and Lucchesi presented eighth grader Christopher Schrievers with a certificate of recognition and act of kindness for donating his $10 allowance to the pool during the Dunsmuir Pool Fundraiser. “I’d rather have my friends go swimming,” he said.