Dunsmuir City Council supports trail to link cities

Lauren Steinheimer

Support for the proposed bike and pedestrian trail connecting Dunsmuir, Mount Shasta and Weed was shown during the regular meeting of Dunsmuir’s City Council on Thursday, April 16.

Michael Williams, chair of Mount Shasta’s active transportation committee gave a presentation that included an overview of plans for the project.

Council authorized the city’s participation on an ad hoc intergovernmental committee focused on planning the trail and appointed councilor Nick Syrrist as Dunsmuir’s representative.

A donation of $1,000 to support the Dunsmuir Autumn ArtWalk was approved. The ArtWalk is scheduled for Oct. 10. Interim city manager Randy Johnsen reported that this agenda item sparked a lot of discussion among councilors about the need for a uniform procedure to solicit donations from the city.

Council voted to proceed with improvements to the community center funded by the Community Development Block Grant program. The improvements were recommended by the Recreation and Parks District, according to Johnsen.

Burn Day information was reviewed, and council decided to refer to staff to determine the best way to ensure that citizens are aware of brush burning regulations.

Johnsen said the Dunsmuir Fire Chief investigated the allegations of illegal leaf burning that were brought up during the public forum on Feb. 28 and found them to be within the regulations of the county.

The introduction and first reading of ordinance No. 544, adopting the Dunsmuir city code was approved.

Benson Roofing was authorized to repair the roof of the Amtrak depot building.

In old business, council approved the roster of city council appointments and assignments with an amendment to include a loan committee for CDBG programs. They did not appoint a neighborhood watch representative to the public safety committee. Two ad hoc committees were agreed on: one for the airport and the other focused on solid waste.

The city manager was authorized to contact the Forest Service to inquire about leasing space at Mott airport for heliport landing/takeoff and storage during fire emergencies.

No developments were made regarding city council protocols.

Consideration and review of recommendations from the Feb. 28 Town Hall meeting was tabled until May 21.