The Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Greg Sparks of West Des Moines, Iowa has accepted the position of City Manager with the City of Eureka. Greg comes to the City of Eureka with a great deal of experience and knowledge as a City Manager. Mr. Sparks is currently employed by the City of West Des Moines as their City Manager and oversees a staff of 415 employees and an annual budget of 113M.
Previous experience: Greg served as the Town Manager of Mountain Village, Colorado. Mountain Village is a resort community adjacent to Telluride, in southwest Colorado. He managed a staff of 146 employees that offered a variety of traditional and non-traditional services to meet the needs of full and part-time residents, as well as a diverse visitor base. Prior to Mountain Village, Greg served as City Administrator in Owatonna, MN from 1995 to 2007, and as City Administrator of Worthington, MN, from 1988 to 1995. Greg began his city management career as an intern in Reno, Nevada in 1978, and has worked in management positions in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Please join the Hikshari' Volunteer Trail Stewards on our next work day Saturday, March 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. The trail is located along the Elk River in south Eureka. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Elk River Sanctuary parking lot at the end of Hilfiker Lane. We'll be weeding, planting and pulling invasive plants and picking up litter. New volunteers are always welcome. We have gloves and most tools but bring your own gloves if you wish and your favorite “weeder” if you have one. Rain or shine. For more info call Jane at 444-2357 or Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS CDBG Homebuyer with Rehabilitation Program - First Mortgage Lender
The City of Eureka is seeking a first mortgage lender to enter into an Agreement with the City of Eureka to provide first mortgage loans to low- to moderate-income eligible homebuyers within the city limits of Eureka. The CDBG Homebuyer with Rehabilitation program is funded by a grant from the State of California Community Development Block Grant and the City of Eureka will provide second mortgage, deferred (no monthly) payment loans, up to $100,000.00, due upon sale or maturity of the first mortgage loan, or in 30 years at 1.5% interest. An orientation meeting will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber on the 2nd floor at 531 K Street. The deadline for proposal submittal is Monday, March 24th, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. For a copy of the proposal, additional information, or to be added to the City’s Homebuyer Program waiting list, please contact Melinda Petersen in the Housing Division at 707-441-4214.
HELP PLAN EUREKA'S FUTURE - General Plan Update
First Community Workshop and Virtual Town Hall
The first General Plan Update Community Workshop was held last night at the Wharfinger Building. This was the first of four planned workshops with the next workshop anticipated in late summer. We would like to extend a big “thank you” to all who attended and received an overview of the City of Eureka’s General Plan Update process. Attendees also participated in interactive stations and provided input on various topics such as Annexation, Homelessness, and residential and commercial development. The input received last night will be included in the Key Issues and Community Objectives Report, and will help inform the Community Background Report as well as the Issues and Implications policy papers addressing key issues for the General Plan Update.
If you were unable to attend last night, you can still provide input during our first Virtual Town Hall, which runs through February 24th. Virtual Town Hall’s are a web-based avenue you can use to provide input on the General Plan, and the issues that were included in last night’s Workshop are the topic of the current Town Hall.
Please visit the Virtual Town Hall HERE. The General Plan Update website can be accessed by clicking the General Plan Update button on the left or at http://www.eureka2040gpu.com. Please call Lisa Shikany at (707) 268-5265 if you have questions.
HELP PLAN EUREKA'S FUTURE - General Plan Update
Public Review Draft of 2014-2019 Housing Element
The Public Review Draft of the 2014-2019 Housing Element has been posted on the General Plan Update website and is available for a 45-day public review and comment period - click here.
The Public Review Draft has also been submitted to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for draft review. Once the public and HCD provide their comments on the Draft, City Staff will work to refine the Housing Element in preparation of public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council. We anticipate sending the revised Housing Element to HCD for final certification in June, 2014.
Please feel free to e-mail any comments you have to: email@example.com. Comments can also be submitted at the Community Workshop scheduled for February 11, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building, #1 Marina Way, Eureka, and during the first Virtual Town Hall which will be available from February 10, 2014 to February 24, 2014. Please contact Lisa D. Shikany at 707-268-5265 if you have questions.
2013-2014 Community Park Clean-Up Series
Join the City of Eureka’s Parks & Recreation Department for the next event in 2013-2014 Community Parks Clean-Up Series! Come to Cooper Gulch on Sat., January 25th from 10am – 12pm and help us clean-up the park.
Activities following the clean-up include: recycled art, “Trash Talk” Teen Poetry Slam, community raffle, food, music & more!
Free drop off will be available at Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Transfer Station, 1059 W. Hawthorne St. through Sunday, January 12. Call (707) 268-8680. Recology offers tree pick up for $5 in Eureka and surrounding County on January 4 and 11. Call (707) 442-5711 for appointment.
Additional recycling sites are being offered in Arcata, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Fortuna, McKinleyville, Rio Dell and Trinidad.
Affordable Care Act
You may have heard that starting January 1, 2014, most people will be required to have health insurance as part of the federal health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's.
The new law, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare," recognizes that most people who don't have insurance would like to be covered but their job doesn't offer it, they can't afford it or they've been turned down because of a pre-existing medical condition. The Affordable Care Act provides sliding scale financial help so almost all Americans can get high-quality health coverage at a fair price. One of the most important ways that consumers and small businesses will purchase health insurance is through state operated marketplaces, like Covered California.
To find out more about how Covered California is helping connect millions of consumers and small businesses to health coverage, including Medi-Cal go to: https://www.coveredca.com/.
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The City of Eureka invites Eureka area high school aged students to apply for the newly created Ex-officio Student Member of the Transportation Safety Commission
At the suggestion of the Transportation Safety Commission, the Eureka City Council recently amended the Eureka Municipal Code – Transportation Safety Commission 33.121 to allow the Mayor to appoint an ex-officio non-voting high school student to the Commission for a term of one school year. The upcoming term will begin January 2014 and expires on June 30 2014.
The Transportation Safety Commission is charged with advising the City Council, the City Manager, and city staff in all matters pertaining to transportation safety as it relates to all modes of transportation including but not limited to, accessibility, bicycling, pedestrian, senior, student/academia, transit, healthy living and quality of life in the City of Eureka.
Eureka Chamber of Commerce Adopt a Block Program
The Eureka Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have come together to create a means for organizations to help clean up and maintain the city of Eureka. You can participate by adopting one of the areas the Adopt-A-Block committee has designated as needing special attention. Several of these areas have already been adopted. But many are still available. Adopting an area means you will take responsibility for an intial clean up and ongoing weekly maintenance for 1 year. Click on the Adopt a Block link for more information. ADOPT-A-BLOCK
Responses to this survey may be provided through December 15, 2013, and will be included in the Stakeholder Summary Report. Responses received after December 15 will be accepted as public comment, but will not be included in the Summary Report. A website dedicated to the General Plan Update will be launched in mid-December, and will provide additional opportunities for comments, questions, and input into the General Plan Update process.
Eureka Waterfront Trail - Connecting the Trails Redwood Community Action Agency developed a video to endorse the City of Eureka’s efforts in relation to the Waterfront Trail. The Eureka Waterfront Trail video, developed in Spring 2013, highlights the newly implemented 1.5 mile Hikshari' Trail in south Eureka within the context of the greater planned contiguous 6.5 mile Eureka Waterfront Trail. Through interviews, on-site footage and maps, this video portrays the benefits of this unique coastal corridor and outlines the remaining segments needed to complete the vision.
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City Council Vacancy - Ward 5
Councilmember Lance Madsen will be resigning his seat on the City Council representing Ward 5 in the City of Eureka. The City Council elected to appoint a replacement for the Ward 5 Council position through the Mayor's recommendation. Mayor Frank Jager is now accepting applications for the Ward 5 seat until 5:00 P.M. on November 18, 2013. Anyone interested in applying for this position is invited to complete the application and return it to the City Clerk's Office by the November 18th deadline. Please contact the Clerk's office with any questions at 441.4175. Application
Live Streaming Unavailable
The Granicus server that allows the City of Eureka to webstream City Council meetings live, is unavailable for the next 72 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. Eureka City Council meetings are available on Public Access, Channel 10.
REQUEST FOR BID PROPOSALS FOR HOUSING SUCCESSOR REHABILITATION PROJECT The City of Eureka is requesting Bid Proposals from State Licensed Contractors for the rehabilitation of a single family residence at 2315 Pine Street in Eureka owned by the City of Eureka Housing Successor. The rehabilitation of this property and subsequent sale to a low income household will further the City’s desire to improve the existing housing stock and to increase affordable housing units within the city. More...
2013 Strategic Visioning Plan
The 2013 Strategic Visioning Plan Executive Summary is now available for download and review. Please click on link: Strategic Visioning ES
The Transportation Safety Commission has completed a draft of the Transportation Safety Action Plan & brochure and is asking for public input and comments. This plan was developed to provide local neighborhoods opportunities to resolve their traffic safety concerns through use of traffic calming countermeasures. You can view the draft by going to the Engineering Department, Traffic/Signals, Transportation Safety Commission and you will see the draft link or see more below.
Eureka City Manager, William T. Panos has recommended the appointment of Andrew G. Mills to serve as Eureka Police Chief. Mills is a national award winning law enforcement professional and brings years of command and community policing experience to the position. The Eureka City Council plans to confirm the new Police Chief at the next City Council meeting on October 1, 2013. Mills is scheduled to start on November 4, 2013.
Join us for an electrifying Zumba Fitness Master Class at the Adorni Center on Sat., Sept. 14th from 1:30pm – 3pm. Facilitated by ZIN Member Lucibel Nunez of Fierce Fitness in Santa Rosa, this exhilarating experience is one you will not want to miss! Ticketsare available at the Adorni. $10 advance/$12 at the door. Pick up your ticket today! Click here for more info.
Sequoia Park Zoo Closed Monday August 26th
The Sequoia Park Zoo will be closed all day Monday, August 26th due to unavoidable construction requirements of the Watershed Heroes project. The Zoo plans to reopen Tuesday morning as usual unless unexpected developments are encountered on Monday.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.For questions regarding this closure, please contact Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager by email or at 441-4227.
Volunteer Trail Stewards at Elk River Access Area-Hikshari' Trail
Please join us for orientation and information August 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. Volunteer trail stewards will help monitor, pick up litter and assist with restoration events along the Hikshari' Trail. For more information contact:
Zootini at the Sequoia Park Zoo On Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 5-9 p.m., join us for our 7th annual Zootini gala–a benefit to support the Sequoia Park Zoo. Funds raised at this 21 & over only event will go towards the new Watershed Heroes project--scheduled to break ground this summer--which will bring otter, salmon, and bald eagles to the zoo in 2014. These projects are made possible with the generous support of our community. We look forward to seeing you at Zootini!
Groundbreaking today !!!
Groundbreaking today at the Sequoia Park Zoo for our new Watershed Heroes exhibit!
12:30 is the time ... the Zoo is the place. Look forward to seeing you there!
Parents Night Out Parents, take a night off and enjoy your own play date! Eureka Recreation is excited to offer “Parents Night Out” on Saturday, August 3rd from 6-9pm at the John Ryan Youth Center. Youth, ages 5-12 will enjoy an evening of games and a pizza dinner! The fee is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional family member. Extended care is available until 10:30pm for an additional fee. Space is limited.Pre-register at the Adorni Center. Call 441-4240 for more info.
Demolition and Reconstruction of Wendy’s Restaurant
On July 16, 2013, the City of Eureka Building Department issued demolition permits to Northcoast Environmental Contractors to demolish the vacant Wendy’s restaurant at 529 Broadway (6th and Broadway).
In November, 2012, a Conditional Use Permit was approved by the Planning Commission to allow the demolition and construction of a new Wendy’s restaurant, and in January, 2013, the Design Review Committee approved the proposed design.
A Building Permit application was submitted to the City in May, 2013, and the Building Permit will be issued soon for the construction of the new Wendy’s restaurant.
The proposed single-story dine-in restaurant with a drive-through facility will be approximately 3,579 square feet. The existing illuminated freestanding signs located at both 6th Street and Broadway frontages will remain, but will be refaced with the updated Wendy’s sign face. Additionally, 5 new wall signs will be added.
Red Panda Baby Healthy and Growing—Visitors Can View the Cub on Camera
The recently born Red panda cub continues to grow and thrive at Sequoia Park Zoo. Visitors to the zoo can catch a glimpse of the female cub via a closed-circuit monitor just inside the Barnyard area. At nearly four weeks old, the cub is not yet mobile, but her eyes are just beginning to open. Zoo veterinarian Dr. Kevin Silver examined the cub briefly while mom was out eating bamboo, and found her to be healthy and strong. “She has gained weight steadily since birth, and mom is doing a great job nursing and grooming her,” he said.
Last week a handful of lucky visitors were watching when Stella Luna brought her cub out of the den for the first time. She carried her around for a few minutes and even nursed her on exhibit. She returned the cub to one of the dens again after about five minutes, cutting the debut short. Red panda mothers typically move their cubs to new dens frequently during the first three months after birth. The baby won’t be out exploring the exhibit on her own until later in August. Zoo officials will be announcing plans for naming the cub soon.
Charlie Swanson Scholarhip
The Eureka Police Officer’s Association has announced this year’s winners of the Charlie Swanson Scholarship Awards. These awards are given out each year in memory of Eureka Police Detective, Charlie Swanson, who died on duty in 1996 while apprehending a burglary suspect.
From St. Bernard’s High School, the winner was Jared Guy. He will be attending College of the Redwoods and is interested in a career in law enforcement.
From Eureka High School, the winner was Andrew Kime. He plans on attending Humboldt State University, where he will study graphic design.
Each student will receive $1,000 for the college they will be attending next year.
City of Eureka Awarded $53,374.28 in Motion for Attorney's Fees
The Humboldt County Superior Court has granted the City of Eureka's Motion for Attorney's Fees against Floyd and Betty Squires. The Honorable Bruce W. Watson, ruling from the bench, awarded the City $53,374.28 in attorney's fees. The City requested reimbursement of the fees it had incurred when it was forced to defend a lawsuit filed by the Squires against the City claiming that the City and City staff had no basis to enforce code violations for substandard housing at numerous properties owned by the Squires.
Residential Appliance Rebate Program The City of Eureka is offering a limited number of rebates to City of Eureka residents for the replacement of older toilets and clothes washers with high efficiency units. More...
Apology to our Customers
A billing error has occurred while implementing winter averages into our system resulting in a corrected bill showing an additional amount to pay from last month. If you are one of our valued customers who received a corrected billing, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. All penalties will be reversed on these accounts. If you received a late notice and/or notice of disconnection of service, we apologize and all measures will be taken to ensure continuity of service to those that were a direct result of the billing error.
Staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding this billing error. Please contact the City of Eureka Water Department at 441-4267.
Budget Workshops Set for June 11th and 13th
On June 11th and June 13th the City of Eureka will host public workshops on our 2013-14 municipal budget. The budget workshops are at City Hall and start at 6:00pm. Please join us and participate in your local government!
Click here to review the proposed FY 2013-14 budget.
Benjamin Moore is going state-to-state to provide a color paint makeover for store fronts in the main commerce areas of North American towns. The hope is that it will have a revitalizing impact on the towns, the merchants and the families that live there, as well as the visitors that come by.
In an effort to increase street sweeping efficiency, the Public Works Department has developed an interactive map to inform residents and businesses of their street sweeping schedule so that an effort can be made to park off-street when the sweeper is scheduled to be in the area. Street sweeping in commercial areas occurs twice a month. Street sweeping in residential areas occurs once a month.
Statements of Qualification Requested for General Plan Update
The City of Eureka is initiating a two-part Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to select a qualified multi-disciplinary consulting firm or team for a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan/Local Coastal Program (GPU). The GPU also includes completion of a Housing Element Update, a Climate Action Plan, an Annexation Feasibility Study, and an Environmental Impact Report. The City is currently soliciting Statements of Qualifications as part one of the RFQ process. Only selected candidates will be asked to submit proposals in response to part two of the RFQ.
7th Annual Mayday Community Clean Up
The City of Eureka is inviting local residents, community service clubs and similar organizations to join them in the 7th Annual City of Eureka Mayday Community Clean Up on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Eureka is a beautiful place to live and work, and this day reminds us of the beauty of this community and the people. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate our community commitment of working together for the common good of the environment. It is a day for celebrating community pride, and a day to clean roadways, sidewalks and parks along our waterfront.
For more information and to register click here...
EPD and District Attorney Complete Criminal Investigation into Alledged Officer Misconduct
April 17, 2013 -- Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office served an arrest warrant on Eureka Police Department Sergeant Adam Laird today for violations of PC 149 (Assault Under Color of Authority) and PC 118.1 (False Police Report). The warrant service was the culmination of a joint criminal investigation conducted by Eureka Police Department Detectives and Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. The joint investigation was conducted after information had been received from a Eureka Police Officer about alleged criminal misconduct perpetrated by Sgt. Adam Laird. Sgt. Laird had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative leave since incident was reported.
The investigation was initiated at the direction of Chief Murl Harpham. In accordance with inter-agency protocol, the Eureka Police Department notified the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and formally requested its assistance. Since this is an ongoing investigation no further information is being released at this time so as not to compromise the integrity of the process.
Sgt. Adam Laird was booked into the Humboldt County Jail and was released after posting bail.Further media inquiries should be directed to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.
Chief District Attorney Investigator, Mike Hislop
Fair Wage Act - Minimum Wage Ordinance
Eureka residents James Decker, Kimberly Starr and Don Swall filed a Notice of Intent to Circulate a “Fair Wage Act” Petition on July 25, 2012. The ballot title was designated as the “Minimum Wage Ordinance”
Proponents submitted the necessary paperwork, filed notices and were authorized to begin collecting signatures. On February 7, 2013, the proponents filed 2651 signatures with the City. The County of Humboldt Elections office then verified those signatures and has certified 1,635 signatures as valid.
10% of the registered voters in Eureka were necessary for the proponents to qualify for the next regular election or 1, 370 valid signatures and 2,054 signatures were necessary to qualify for a special election.
Pursuant to Election Code 9215, Council could receive and file the Certificate of Sufficiency of Initiative Petition and take one of the following a actions:
1. Adopt the ordinance, without alteration at this meeting; or
2. Submit the ordinance, without alteration to the voters at the next regular election to be held on November 4, 2014; or
3. Order a report to be prepared by staff and present to council within 30 day as which time Council would have to adopt the ordinance without alteration or submit the ordinance without alteration to the voters at the next regular election.
At the Council meeting of March 19, 2013, the Eureka City Council elected to place the measure on the ballot for the voters to decide this issue. Minimum Wage Ordinance
EUREKA TO WELCOME TALL SHIPS LADY WASHINGTON AND HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN APRIL 11-17
The Eureka community will host the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain for their annual visit to the city’s waterfront near the Adorni Recreation Center from April 11-17. The ships will present sailing and dockside education programs to area K-12 students, walk-on tours, and public sailing excursions, including a value-priced sail on April 17.
Change in Access to City Hall
Effective April 1, 2013 citizens coming to conduct business at City Hall will need to enter City Hall through the K Street entrance to the building. The doors on both 5th Street and 6th Street will be Exit Only doors. These changes are being implemented to provide citizens entering the building with assistance in locating necessary departments or services and to address safety concerns within the building.
Please remember on future visits to City Hall that you must enter the building on K Street. When leaving the building you will be able to exit on 5th Street, 6th Street or K Street.
24 Hour Job Information Line
The City of Eureka continues to maintain its 24 hour recorded job information line to assist job seekers and all potential applicants with information on current job openings in the City. The number to call is (707) 441-4134, and the Job Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Elk River Access Area - Hikshari' Trail
The City of Eureka is proud to announce the opening of the new Elk River Access Area-Hikshari' Trail. The trail is a 1.5 mile multi-use trail from Herrick Avenue to Truesdale Street along the Elk River and Humboldt Bay. The trail provides amenities for recreation, wildlife viewing and non-motorized transportation.
Power to the Pedalers!
Riley Topolewski, GIS Senior Planner, says, “Power to the pedalers!” as he works with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) to update the Eureka portion of the Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan map. HCAOG’s goal is to “create the safest conditions for bicyclists by providing bikeways and improving roadways to eliminate barriers to bicycle travel.” The Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan update helps establish eligibility for Bicycle Transportation Account funding from the State.
Eureka to Hold Community Meeting on Police Chief Selection Process
The search for the City of Eureka's next Police Chief is underway, an City residents are being asked to participate in the process. To solicit input, a community Town Hall meeting will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to share their thoughts directly with Eureka City Manager Bill Panos.
The Town Hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Eureka City Hall.
Participants will be asked to share their thoughts or ideas on what qualities they would like to see in the next Police Chief. Particular focus will include:
1. What do residents see as the major law enforcement issues facing our City?
2. What type of experience is important for the next Police Chief?
3. What personal skills and characteristics should a Police Chief process?
4. How would Eureka residents like the Police Chief to be involved in our community?
The City Manager will be facilitating the meeting and listening to citizens concerns and ideas. Information received during this meeting will be provided to the City of Eureka's recruitment firm to include in their recruitment advertisement, and during the selection process.
Citizens who are unable to attend the Town Hall meeting are encouranged to send their comments to the City of Eureka using the "Citizen Comment" feature on the City's web page. Written comments can also be dropped off at the meeting, in the lobby of City Hall or by mailing to: City Manager, 531 K Street, Eureka, CA 95501.
Samoa Field Airport Hanger List
The City of Eureka is creating a list of prospective tenants for T-Hangars at Samoa Field Airport (formerly Eureka Municipal Airport). Although the City does not have any hangars available at this time, as hangars become available they will be filled based on the established list. Please contact the Property Manager, Lisa Savage for additional information at 441-4186 or 441-4194.
2-1-1 Help Line Now Available
The much anticipated launch of 2-1-1 Humboldt has now begun, providing Eureka and County residents with access to free 24/7 referrals to hundreds of community, governmental and social resources. 2-1-1 Humboldt is a neutral and confidential source of help and support in any non-emergency situation by phone via a three-digit phone number (2-1-1) or online at http://www.211Humboldt.org.
TRAFFIC CONTROL AT GROTTO & E
The City of Eureka will be performing underground utility work at the intersection of Grotto and E on Sunday, January 13, 2013, with traffic control enforced. The City is asking drivers to use extra caution in this area. Work will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. and will continue throughout most of the day.
Board and Commission Vacancies
Please click on the attached link to view Board and Commission vacancies for the City of Eureka.
November 30, 2012, Chief Ken Woods was announced as the Ronny Jack Coleman Fire Chief of the Year by the California Fire Chiefs Association during its annual conference in Sacramento.
This prestigious award puts him in an elite group of fire chiefs who have made a significant impact on the California fire service’s ability to meet the unique risks and challenges that are present within California.
SANDBAGS / SAND AVAILABLE
BE PROACTIVE WHEN PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS! The City of Eureka is making sandbags and sand available to City residents who may experience flooding during winter storms. Sandbags and sand can be picked up near the City's Corporation Yard located at 945 W. 14th Street, Eureka. Please follow signs to the sand location. Shovels may be available during regular hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.); however, it is advisable to bring your own shovel. For additional information and to make arrangements to pick up the sandbags, please call Frank Mathes at 441-4253.
For after hour flooding situations, please contact EPD’s non-emergency number at 441-4054.
Winter Storm Tips from Humboldt Bay Fire
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to give the public tips for preparedness in light of the approaching winter storm. The single most important item to consider is being prepared.
Humboldt Bay Fire is pleased to announce we are now offering a Pet First Aid & CPR course. This course is designed to teach students useful skills for caring for their pet during a wide range of pet-related emergencies. Properly applied First Aid can save your pet’s life, reduce recovery time and be the difference between temporary disability and lifelong disability. This program concentrates on basic emergency care as well as some common illnesses and other problems that your pet may be exposed to. For more information, please call Humboldt Bay Fire, (707) 441-4000.
When: Saturday November 17th, 2012 Hours: 8am-12pm Location: HQ classroom 6th & C. Street, Eureka Class size: 25 Cost: $30
Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Moratorium
On November 1, 2011, the City Council approved Bill No. 837-C.S., Ordinance No. 770-C.S., an urgency ordinance adopting a 45-day moratorium on the establishment of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the City of eureka. The moratorium ordinance directed the City Manager or his designee to suspend the processing of applications pending, or receive, for "Medical Cannabis Dispensaries" in the City of Eureka.
On December 20, 2011, the Council approved Bill No. 843-C.S., Ordinance No. 776-C.S., an urgency ordinance extending the moratorium for an additional ten months and 15 days. City staff has issue a report (Click Here) in conformance with Govenment Code Section 65858(d), which requires the City to "issue a written report describing the measures taken to alleviate the condition(s) which led to the adoption of the ordinance" ten day prior to the expiration of an interim urgency ordinance.
New Customer Service Counter Hours in Finance Department
Effective October 15, 2012 the Customer Service Counter in the Finance Department will be open 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday (except on holidays)
Proposition 37 - The Right To Know
City Council recently received information on Proposition 37 - California’s Right To Know
In November, California voters will decide if they want genetically modified foods to be labeled. The California Right to Know Initiative for GMO labeling, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods.
Humboldt Bay Fire Open House October 6, 2012 Humboldt Bay Fire is looking forward to hosting our annual Open House Saturday, October 6, 2012, during National Fire Prevention Week. We will provide live fire and antique fire apparatus demonstrations, tours and activities, and have displays provided by community safety groups. Our 2011 Open House was the first time the Eureka Fire Department and Humboldt Fire District #1 joined forces to provide the best activities from each agency. Due to the consolidation of both agencies, this year we are proud to present the first ever “Humboldt Bay Fire” Open House.
Please join us Saturday, October 6, 2012, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, 533 C Street, Eureka.
City Manager Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently accepting applications for City Manager
To apply for this outstanding career opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter electronically to:
No Drugs Down the Drain or in the Trash
In 1999 the United States Geological Survey conducted a study where waterways downstream of areas of heavy urbanization and agriculture were tested for a broad variety of pollutants. The study found that many chemicals including pharmaceutical wastes such as durgs, steroids, hormones, and personal care products were present in the water.
Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study
At the January 17, 2012 Eureka City Council meeting, Council approved Resolution 2012-02 supporting the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study to evaluate an alternative (eastern) rail route to connect Humboldt Bay to the national rail network. Council also directed Staff to develop a mechanism to acquire funding and technical support and to meet and coordinate with other jurisdictions along a conceptual route to insure the success of the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study.
Notice of Election
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Eureka, on TUESDAY, the 6th day of NOVEMBER, 2012, for the following officers:
Council Member, Second Ward Full term of four years
Council Member, Fourth Ward Full term of four years
Filing dates for nomination papers are July 16, 2012 through August 10, 2012, at 5:00 P.M. Nomination papers will be available at the City Clerks's Office Room 208, City Hall, 531 "K" Street, Eureka, Beginning July 16, 2012 at 8:00 A.M., and must be filed with the City Clerk no later than the August 10, 2012 deadline.
The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 8 P.M. on November 6, 2012.
Pamela J. Powell
HBF presents "Bark in the Park" Benefit 5K Walk/Run
Humboldt Bay Firefighters are proud to announce we will be hosting our first annual dog-friendly 5K Walk/Run on October 14, 2012. The event will take place in Sequoia Park and will benefit a local non-profit animal charity, with this year's pick being the Humboldt Spay Neuter Network. It is our goal to raise money for this organization through business sponsors, donations, and race participants. All proceeds will be donated directly to the benefiting animal charity.
For more information, please call Humboldt Bay Fire, (707) 441-4000.
DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Planned this Weekend
Eureka, CA – Eureka Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday June 29th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Measure Y - June 5, 2012 Election
Sections 22710 and 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code authorize the establishment of the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority (AVA), as well as the imposition of a fee on all vehicles registered in Humboldt County. The fee, which is referred to as the AVA Fee, is charged at a rate of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in the County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in the County. The AVA Fees are collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and are then dispersed to the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority. The fees may only be used for the abatement, removal, and disposal of any abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or vehicle parts, located on private or public property within Humboldt County. The AVA Fee must be renewed every ten (10) years.
A YES vote would authorize the DMV to continue collecting the AVA Fee in the amount of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in Humboldt County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in Humboldt County, for a term of ten (10) years.
A NO vote would mean that the DMV would stop collecting the AVA Fee.
The AVA Fee will not be renewed, and the AVA Fee will not be collected, unless the measure is approved by sixty six percent (66%) of the registered voters voting on the Measure.
Cassette Recording of State Voter Information Guide
The City Clerk's office cassette recording of the State Voter Information Gude for the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election. The cassettes include information about Propositions 28 and 29. The cassettes are beep-tone indexed and playable on any commerciall available recorder, as well as on Talking Book Recorders. The Cassettes are available to check out at the City Clerk's Office, 531 K Street, Eureka.
Voicemail Services Currently Down
Voicemail services for the City of Eureka are currently down. We are working with AT&T to resolve the problem and apologize for any inconvenience the outage may cause.
Email addresses for many City departments may be found on the department contact pages of this site. Alternately, you may choose to call back during regular business hours.
BUILDING INSPECTION REQUESTS MAY BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AT 707-441-4155 AFTER 8:00 AM.
Police Chief Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of Police Chief.
For a complete job description and application packet (including supplemental questionnaire), you may either:
1) call our Job Line at (707) 441-4134 to request that one be mailed to you; or,
2) contact our Personnel Department
City of Eureka Personnel Department
Eureka City Hall
531 K Street, Eureka, CA 95501
We will be accepting applications until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012.
The Proposed Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study Last month, the Eureka City Council passed a Resolution supporting the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study after the issue was brought to the Council’s attention by several local citizens at a Council meeting in late December 2011.At the Council meeting of December 20, 2011, Council heard a presentation by several citizens that were speaking in favor of conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an alternative rail route connecting the port facilities in Humboldt Bay to the national rail system. The presenters explained that this so-called “east-west” route was not a new idea, but one that actually had its origins in the late 1800s. The “Humboldt and Eastern Railroad” was in the process of acquiring financing and obtaining easements to build a rail line from Humboldt Bay area to the Sacramento Valley when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire made the competing north-south rail line necessary to supply materials to rebuild the City. Within a few years, the eastern route was shelved, but not before the route was scouted and mapped. More...
Earthquake at 1:07p.m., Monday, February 13, 2012 Northern California experienced a 5.5 earthquake at 1:07p.m. today. Details can be found at the following link: Click Here
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Fisherman’s Terminal Building Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification
Media Contact: Angi Sorensen
February 3, 2012, (Eureka, CA) -- The City of Eureka announced today that its newly opened Fisherman’s Terminal Building has been awarded LEED® Gold as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
News Release- Sandbags/Sand available
BE PROACTIVE WHEN PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS! The City of Eureka is making sandbags and sand available to City residents who may experience flooding during winter storms. Sandbags and sand can be picked up at the City's Corporation Yard, 945 14th Street, during regular business hours (8:00am-4:30pm). For additional information and to make arrangements to pick up the sandbags, please call Frank mathes at 441-4253.
For after hour flooding situatins, please contact EPD's non-emergency number at 441-4054.
City Council Public Hearings Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The City Council of the City of Eureka will hold three public hearings on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss Text Amendments relating to Secondary Dwelling Units and Setbacks for Historic Structures.
Click the "More" link below to access links to the Text Amendments.
The City Council of the City of Eureka will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, to introduce an Ordinance Amending Title 15 pertaining to Emergency Shelters and Special Needs Housing.
The proposed Ordinance would codify changes in the Eureka Municipal Code to achieve compliance with Senate Bill 2, and to satisfy Implementation Measures 2.11 and 2.32 in the City of Eureka’s 2009-2014 Housing Element. The proposed Ordinance can be viewed here.
Strategic Visioning Plan
The Mayor and Council have been meeting and working with Staff for the past several months to create a Strategic Visioning plan that will help guide the City for the next several years. Council has adopted the plan along with general timelines each of the initiatives. Council will be updated on the progress of each initiative throughout the year along with an overall annual review. Click below to review the 2011 Strategic Visioning document.
City of Eureka Waterline Break
The City of Eureka Public Works Department has completed repairs on one waterline break and is nearly complete on the 2nd line repair. Residents who experience discoloration in their water should let the water run for a short while to flush out pipes. The City's water supply is safe to drink and use. Thank you for your patience while City crews worked to repair the lines.
Police Chief Recruitment Citizen Survey Summary
Over 30 citizens participated in two Community Workshops to provide input to the City Council about the upcoming Police Chief recruitment. The forums were held on September 7, 2011 and September 14, 2011. Please click on the link below to read the summary of comments.
You are cordially invited to attend the Eureka Fire Department’s Open house on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Enjoy refreshments and free raffles for great prizes for all ages. Please come and meet your firefighters and fire staff, go on a tour to see the headquarters station house, the fire apparatus and equipment your fire department uses everyday. See demonstrations of emergency equipment and procedures, meet our area partners in emergency preparedness and see their informational booths, and much, much more.
Eureka Redevelopment Agency
Please click the following link to view the Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule, pursuant to Part 1.8 of the Redevelopment Law approved by the Eureka City Council acting as the Sucessor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency on February 21, 2012.
Eureka Seeks Community Input Into Police Chief Search
– The search for the City of Eureka’s next Police Chief is underway and City residents are being asked what they would like to see in Eureka’s Police Chief. To solicit this input, two community meetings will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to share their thoughts directly with City officials.
Meetings will be held:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fire Training Facility at Harris and L Streets
Participants will be asked to share their thoughts or ideas on this important topic. Topics of particular focus will include:
What do residents see as the major law enforcement issues facing our City?
What type of experience is important for the next Police Chief?
What personal skills and characteristics should a Police Chief possess?
How would Eureka residents like the Police Chief to be involved in our community?
The City Council has asked professional facilitator, Mary Gelinas, to assist the City with these community meetings which will be designed to gather input regarding what qualities are desired in the City’s next Police Chief. The Mayor and City Council members will participate in the meetings as listeners and table hosts for small group discussions.
In addition to the community meetings the City will be soliciting input from various community groups, as well as individual citizens through the use of an online survey placed on the City’s website.
Fire Chief Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of Fire Chief. To apply online for this outstanding career opportunity, click here.
Application materials are available from:
City of Eureka
531 K Street, Eureka, CA 95501-1165
(707) 441-4134 (24 hour job line recording)
City Attorney Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of City Attorney. To apply for this outstanding career opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter to Peckham & McKenney or by email to Apply@peckhamandmckenney.com.
Please do not hesitate to call Phil McKenney toll-free at (866) 912-1919 if you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.
Last year there was a lot of information regarding forthcoming energy efficiency incentives and financing opportunities. Well, they are here!!! Now there is help to prepare the construction community to deliver these benefits to consumers as well as expand business opportunities.
CHF financing 3% for Humboldt up to $1950 grants on each project 100% total project cost.
Up to $4000 incentives from PG&E for energy efficiency improvements.
COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ADOPTING MODIFICATIONS TO MEDICAL CANNABIS ORDINANCE
On May 3, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. the City Council will consider adopting modifications to the Medical Cannabis Ordinance.
The proposed Medical Cannabis Ordinance (updated April 25, 2011) may be viewed by clicking HERE
MEDICAL CANNABIS ORDINANCE MODIFICATIONS - PUBLIC HEARING
On April 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider draft amendments to the adopted Medical Cannabis Ordinance.
The draft amendments may be viewed by clicking HERE
Giants Trophy Tour
The San Francisco Giants will be visiting Eureka during their public tour of the World Champoins' trophy. The trophy will be in Eureka at the Wharfinger Building, #1 Marina Way, on February 8, 2011 from 4:30 P.M to 6:30 P.M. Viewing is on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge to attend the Trophy viewing. Fans will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the trophy and can purchase those prints on-line.
The "Crab Grass Band" will be on hand to welcome San Francisco Giants fans and the trophy to Eureka. The City of Eureka welcomes all fans to the Wharfinger Building for this exciting event.
Over-the-Counter, Prescription and Narcotics Collection Event
Humboldt Waste Management Authority is sponsoring a collection event for over-the-counter, prescription and narcotic drugs on Saturday, January 15th. Flushing drugs down the toilet or disposing them in the trash is not the proper way to dispose of them. Wastewater treatment plants and landfills do not remove the contaminates from the drugs, and they end up polluting the environment. Properly disposing of these drugs is critical in maintaining good water quality in our local waterways and a healthy environment. If you're intersted, more information is available in the following file: Event Flyer
4th Ward Councilmember Vacancy
Applications are being accepted by the Eureka Mayor's office for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Eureka City Council in the Fourth Ward, for a term ending November 6, 2012. All applicants must be residents and registered voters within the fourth Ward of the City of Eureka. Applications are available at the City Clerk's office, 531 "K" Street, Room 208, Eureka.
Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk's office by 5:00 P.M. Monday, December 13, 2010.
November 30, 2010. Please note the RFQ has been revised to reflect that the deadline for the City to receive RFQ responses has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010. Except for the change in the deadline date, no other changes have been made to the RFQ since November 4, 2010.
November 4, 2010. Please note the RFQ has been revised to require submittals for distribution of medical cannabis to include the information listed in section 5C
Energy Tip for October Changes are coming as PG&E begins installing SmartMeters in your home or business beginning in October. SmartMeters will provide the technology necessary for consumers to learn new energy habits. More...
California Voter Information Guide on Cassette and in Large Print The Eureka City Clerk’s office has received a copy of the cassette-recorded version of the Official California Voter Information Guide for the November 2, 2010, Statewide General Election.The audio cassette was provided by the California Secretary of State’s Election Division and is being made available, free of charge, to persons who are blind or visually impaired. A large-print version of the Voter Information Guide is also available for public review. More...
Ridgewood Village DEIR Technical Comment Letter Submitted
The City of Eureka's Technical Comments for the Ridgewood Village Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) have been submitted to the Humboldt County Community Development Services Department. To review the comment letter and attachments, click the links below.
The City Council of the City of Eureka sent a letter to the County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman, Clif Clendenen, enumerating the major concerns the City Council has with the County of Humboldt’s Ridgewood Village project and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).
The Council’s concerns include the size of the development; the substantial impact the project will have on the City’s public services, infrastructure, and citizens; and the failure of the DEIR to fully study those impacts and provide required mitigation. Additional issues raised in the letter include the use of a fundamentally flawed traffic model, the connection to Lundblade Drive and traffic issues for Lundbar Hills and other City neighborhoods, as well as identifying mitigation measures, or the lack thereof, both within the City limits and involving the State’s facilities without consultation with either agency.
Finally, the letter also addresses the Council’s concern over the lack of communication from the County regarding the project. The Council concludes by asking the Board of Supervisors to take as much time as needed to properly evaluate and respond to the comments regarding the project and the DEIR, instead of rushing through the project.
Safe Routes to School
Your are invited to "Step Into Safety".
Dont miss this fun event for all ages and learn how to get kids to and from school safely at the Back To School Family Fun Day, Saturday, August 28th, from 9am to noon at Washington Elementary School.
More information provided in the Flyer link below FLYER
NEW SMOKING ORDINANCE
The Eureka City Council has voted to adopt an ordinance regulating secondhand smoke, prohibiting smoking in certain public places and amending the Eureka Municipal Code. The ordinance, which goes into effect on August 23, 2010, limits public exposure to secondhand smoke in public areas. Eureka is now one of more than 33 jurisdictions in California with a comprehensive smoking ordinance to limit public smoking in areas such as:
Dining Areas, Entryways, Public Events, Recreation, Areas, Service Areas, Sidewalks & Worksites.
Proposed Water Rate Increases
The City created a Utility Rate Task Force which was comprised of 11 citizens of Eureka to review the water and sewer funds and work with City staff to develop new rates which would be based on projected costs of the systems for the next five years and be fair and equitable to all residents of the City. Using the California Rural Water Association’s recommended methodology for calculating water and sewer rates which are fair to all users of the system, the Task Force and Staff developed and recommended to Council the proposed water rate increases which were noticed on August 1, 2010 to all property owners and rate payers in the City.
Last Day to File Nomination Papers is August 6, 2010
The nomination period for Eureka Mayor and Council Wards 1,3, & 5 is July 12, 2010 through August 6, 2010. Nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk by 5:00 P.M. August 6, 2010 for the Mayor and all Council seats. Please contact PamPowell, City Clerk at 441-4175 for additional information.
Ballot Measure Designation Letters and Argument Timeline
The City of Eureka will have three Ballot Measures on the November 2, 2010 General Election. Please see the attached notice announcing the argument time-line and ballot measure designation letters.
MARINA CENTER LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAM AMENDMENT BALLOT MEASURE
The City Council has placed the Marina Center Local Coastal Program Amendment Ballot Measure on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot. If approved by the voters the ballot measure would amend the City’s adopted and certified Local Coastal Program consistent with the amendments detailed in the certified Environmental Impact Report for the Marina Center Mixed Use Development Project, with the addition of a Q Qualified Combining zone to restrict the allowed uses on the property.
For a summary of the ballot measure please click the "More..." link below
To view the full ballot measure, click HERE(then scroll down to the Marina Center Local Coastal Program Amendment Ballot Measure section)
Replacing an incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb can help save the planet. Almost 20 pounds of CO2 can be avoided each your by simply replacing a 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent bulb. This is based on only 2 ½ hours of usage each day. Just think how much CO2 can be avoided by replacing all of the incandescent lamps in your house. And, you will reduce your utility bill by about $5.00. Not bad for a $2.00 bulb.
Community Pedestrian Safety Training Monday, April 26th from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm At the Wharfinger Building, #1 Marina Way
The City of Eureka will be hosting a free pedestrian safety training workshop. This training teaches basic pedestrian safety best practices, includes a walkability assessment, and small group discussion. Come share your experiences, learn about options for change, and hear about what the City of Eureka is doing to facilitate pedestrian safety.
CITY COUNCIL. HOUSING ELEMENT PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
On February 2, 2010, the City Council opened the public hearing on the draft Housing Element and received public testimony. The City Council took action to continue the public hearing to Tuesday February 8, 2010 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall.
To access the draft Housing Element and the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration initial study please click the links below:
City of Eureka Damage Assessments teams are finding dangerous damage in chimneys and appliance vent pipes.
In many cases the damage caused by the earthquake is not readily visible. Inspectors have found cracks in chimney flues could cause a fire in your house. Leaks in vents from gas appliances such heaters, water heaters, dryers or stoves may release dangerous carbon monoxide.
The flues and bricks of a chimney are designed to protect your house from heat from a fire in your wood stove or fireplace. The earthquake caused noticeable damage to chimneys city-wide. City inspection teams have also found damage that is not easily noticeable. This damage includes cracks in bricks and linings and dislodged chimney insert pipe.
Second Community Workshop to Discuss the Regulation of Medical Cannabis
On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 the City of Eureka will be hosting a community forum to be held in the Council Chambers at Eureka City Hall. The purpose of the forum is to provide information to the public related to the proposed ordinance and the regulation of the cultivation of medical marijuana and formation of medical marijuana collectives. The ordinance is not intended to interfere with a patient’s right to medical marijuana, as provided for in California Health & Safety Code Section 11362, nor does it criminalize medical marijuana possession or cultivation by specifically defined classifications of persons, pursuant to state law.
EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT HOTLINE
The City of Eureka is collecting information about earthquake damaged property. If your property has been damaged by the January 9, 2010, earthquake please call 441-4164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide the following information:
~ Your name
~ The address of the property damaged
~ Your phone number
~ The type of property (e.g., residence, commercial, etc)
~ The type of damage
~ The estimated cost of the damage
~ Whether you have Earthquake insurance, and
~ Whether you are the owner or a tenant of the property.
MARINA CENTER EIR CERTIFICATION The Eureka City Council will hold a special meeting to consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report for the Marina Center project. The City Council will meet on October 27, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Council Chamber, Second Floor, Eureka City Hall, 531 “K” Street, Eureka, California.
Rental Housing Ordinance
The proposed ordinance and amendments to existing code provisions to create a Rental Housing Program can be accessed at the link below.
Annual Review of Service Rate Adjustment for Solid Waste Collection
At the July 7, 2009 Council meeting, Council postponed a decision on this year's rate adjustment to further assess the rate proposals and provide additional opportunity for public comment. Please click on the item below for additional information.
Oversized and Recreational Vehicle Parking Permits are now available for NO COST from Eureka Police Department.
Examples of Oversized or Recreational Vehicles would be any motor vehicle over 25 feet long, any motor vehicle over 96 inches wide, any motor vehicle which is designed, used or maintained as farm machinery, any non-motorized vehicle, such as a semitrailer, trailer, trailer coach, utility trailer, two or more axle camper, or a one-axle camper which has been detached from its drawing vehicle and any recreational vehicle over 20 feet long.
Rental Housing Improvement Program
Item #13 the Rental Hosing Improvement Program will be removed from the April 21, 2009 Agenda. The proposed ordinance has been pulled from the agenda to allow for additional community review and discussion before the official introduction of the ordinance.
The proposed oridinance is available be clicking the link below.
Dial-a-Ride 24-Hour Advance Reservation System
In an effort to make Dial-A-Ride more efficient, a new computer aided dispatching system is being implemented in the near future. The amount of passengers utilizing the Dial-A-Ride service has outgrown the capabilities of the current paper and pencil dispatching system. The new dispatching system will help improve the Dial-A-Ride service by shortening the amount of time the passenger has to wait for their ride. This system will also make it easier for the dispatchers to get the passenger to their destination on time.
Police Department Community Survey
Eureka Police Department has developed a Community Survey. We are asking community members who live, work or frequent the City of Eureka to take a few moments to tell us how we are doing, what their needs are and what we can do to further assist them. The Eureka Police Department holds their partnership with the community in the highest regard. We want to provide the highest quality of police services. Community input is needed to meet this goal.
City of Eureka Sales Tax
The voters of the City of Eureka approved a one-quarter percent retail transactions and use tax in the November 2008 General Election (Measure D) and a one-half percent retail transactions and use tax in the November 2010 General Election (Measure O).
Businesses within the City limits must impose the statewide sales tax of 7.25% plus the City's use tax of .75%, for a total of 8%. Click here for a listing of addresses within the Eureka City limits by street name. For information about applying sales tax to delivered sales, please review the Board of Equalization publications listed later.
Jessie Faulkner/The Times-Standard Posted: 02/11/2009 01:15:21 AM PST
North Coast volunteer firefighters spent 136,863 hours at reported incidents in 2008 and spent more than 50,000 hours in training, both snippets included in the first-ever Humboldt County Fire Services Annual Report presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
On a Sunday afternoon in early December 2008, Mel and his wife Judy were competing in a dog agility meet at the horse arena in Redwood Acres. At the same time, Eureka Firefighters were at Redwood Acres for their annual toy drive. Capt. Chris Emmons, Engineer Mitchell Mills, Firefighters Jason Campillo and Donald Penn were collecting toys for the annual toy drive, when they were dispatched to a medical aid call at the horse arena. When the fire crew got to the Mr. Sample, bystanders were performing CPR. The bystanders turned out to be a physician and a nurse. Mr. Sample had no pulse and was unable to breathe on his own. The fire crew applied the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Mr. Sample in an attempt to get his heart to start a normal heartbeat. The AED was administered twice and a normal pulse was regained. By the time Mr. Sample got to the hospital, he was awake and talking.
On June 3, 2008, the Eureka City Council voted unanimously to amend Eureka’s existing Solid Waste ordinance to enable a mandatory/universal garbage and recycling collection program in Eureka. The ordinance was adopted to assist the City in meeting State recycling/waste diversion mandates and reducing illegal disposal and public health concerns in Eureka. The ordinance enabled the following services:
Universal Curbside Garbage Collection
Starts December 2008
Universal Curbside Bulky Item Collection
Starts January 2009
Voluntary Curbside Greenwaste Collection
Starts January 2009
Universal Curbside Recycling Collection
Starts July 2009
This program applies to all improved properties within the City of Eureka. For more information about the program, click here for More...
Street Sweeping Schedule Change
Starting September 1, 2008, the City of Eureka will be reducing the frequency of street sweeping in the residential areas of the city. Due to budget reductions, residential areas previously swept weekly, will now be swept on a monthly basis. The monthly sweeping will occur the first full week of each month, with different routes being swept between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, click on the "Street Sweeping Map-Day Route" or "Night Route" for the scheduled daily sweeping routes or call the Public Works Department at (707) 441-4203.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
To increase the effectiveness of street sweeping in your neighborhood, please follow these simple steps:
Remove your vehicles from the street during scheduled street sweeping days.
Keep the street path clear of lawn and tree trimmings; trash and debris; illegal driveway approaches such as concrete, metal or wood ramps.
Do not pile or stack leaves in the street. Whenever possible, leaves should be removed completely and placed in green waste containers.
If we try to sweep over a pile of leaves or debris, our equipment can become plugged. Please do not rake leaves into piles in the street. The months of October through February are our heavy leaf season. Please note that there may be delays in our schedule during this season.
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Strategic Visioning Update and Economic Development Plan
The 2007 Strategic Visioning Update and Economic Development Plan are now available on line. The City Council met with staff earlier this year to review the Strategic Visioning document and Economic Development Plan.
Local Businesses Donate Funds to Save Eureka 4th of July Fireworks Show
The show will go on! Eureka City Councilman Mike Jones will hold a press conference on Wednesday morning to announce that the City has secured commitments from several local businesses to provide all funds necessary for the annual Eureka 4th of July Fireworks show. The press conference will be held at 10:30 AM at the foot of F Street in old Town Eureka on Wednesday June 25.
The local businesses who have collectively committed to paying the full cost of the show include the primary funder Best Western Bayshore Inn. Other include Chapala Cafe, Evergreen pulp Inc., Mercer Fraser Co., and the Pro Sport Center.
"I can't thank these businesses enough for their commitment and dedication to our community," said Councilman Jones. "Without their support and advocacy, this traditional Eureka event would not have happened. It is through their generosity that we are able to keep this tradition alive, and allow our Eureka citizens and families to enjoy it again this year."
This year's show will cost approximately $30,000. Once funding became available late last week, the City worked swiftly to complete all of the necessary permits and logistical arrangements needed to put on a successful show. Local businesses, entities and citizens assisting with this logistical effort included Pacific Affiliates )offering use of their dock), Mercer Fraser Co. (barge), Mr. Leroy Zerlang (tug boat operator ) City of Eureka Harbor staff, and Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.
The fireworks show will start promptly at 10:00 PM on July 4 at the Eureka waterfront.
This is for individuals only, open to all artistic disciplines. this will be a one-time honor to an artist currently contributing to the creative environment in Eureka. Anyone can nominate, including self-nomination by submitting a cover letter of nomination that details the artist's accomplishments, resume and up to three letters of reference to:
Eureka Art and Culture Commission
Attn: Gary Bird, Special Projects Manager
Eureka City Hall
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Eureka Redevelopment Agency "Presents" 615 Myrtle Avenue OPEN HOUSE June 5, 2008 3 - 5 pm
This home is a settlement era 1878 vernacular style 1,302 square foot home with two bedrooms, two baths, and an office area. This home is located at the corner of 7th Street and Myrtle Avenue. This homes has been completely rehabilitated by Will Adams Contracting. Features include: sunny private porch, new garage, new roof, paint, fences, landscaping, kitchen remodel, energy efficient windows and doors, bamboo floors, and more. More...
Boys & Girls Club
On June 9, 2008, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the Conditional Use Permit for the new Boys & Girls Club at Harris and "J" Streets. For more information please see "More..." below. The draft EIR can be viewed by going to the Community Development Department homepage and cliking on the Boys and Girls Club link. The staff planner is Sidnie L. Olson, AICP, Principal Planner, 441-4265. More...
The Personnel Director should be knowledgeable, resourceful, perceptive, and responsive, and must be able to effectively utilize available resources to advise the City Manager and City staff, and to effectively represent the City on all personnel matters.
Eureka Receives Low Interest Loan
The City of Eureka has received a low interest loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) at their July 24, 2007 board meeting. The 2 million dollar loan is for the renovation of C Street between 1st Street and the Boardwalk, including the construction of a market square/public plaza, construction of a fisherman's work building and cafe, and a 41 space off-street parking lot.
City representatives traveled to Sacramento today to attend the I-Bank Board meeting where the item was discussed and approved. City staff along with Mayor Virginia Bass attended the I-Bank meeting to present the C Street project along with the request for funding. Mayor Bass stated "I am very excited for the C Street improvement project to proceed and I am elated that the I-Bank board supported this important project fo rthe City of Eureka".
This financing package will allow the city to move forward with the necessary waterfront improvements to accomplish the City Council's visioning goal for the development of a Fisherman's warehouse and work area.
Eureka Police Chief Holds Town Hall Meeting
Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen will hold a coffee meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, from 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m at O-H's Town House in Eureka. "It is my intent, in an effort to improve communications between the Eureka Police and the community, to hold periodic public meetings. These meetings will afford the members of the community an opportunity, in an informal setting, to meet with me, discuss issues, and ask questions," stated Chief Nielsen. " A vital component of a successful relationship is an ongoing dialogue. It is a priority for me to have a police department that is responsive to the needs of the community and to accomplish that goal I need to have input." This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Eureka to meet Chief Nielsen and talk to him about concerns and suggestions for the police department," stated EPD PIO Suzie Owsley. "We'll even spring for the coffee."
Fire Protection Standards of Coverage The City recently hired the firm of Citygate Associates, Inc. to prepare an innovative Standards of Coverage study for our Fire Department.Utilizing local data, national guidelines and computer modeling programs, the study is analyzing local infrastructure and geography, department policies, performance standards and other values in an effort to identify and increase local fire protection and efficiency measures.
( SORC Final Report ) More...
On December 19, 2006, Eureka Firefighters concluded another successful toy drive.The toys were presented to Captain Ramon Ocano from the Eureka branch of the Salvation Army.Salvation Army members will wrap and distribute the toys locally to needy children, “sharing the magic of Christmas”.
Eureka Firefighters want to thank the community for their amazing generosity.
The Eureka Firefighters and Salvation Army are kicking off the 58th Annual Christmas Toy Drive.Eureka Firefighters will be collecting “new” toys at the Bayshore Mall, November 24 & 25, and at Redwood Acres Humboldt Artisan’s Craft Fair, December 1, 2, and 3, 2006.The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to children in our community who may not otherwise receive a new toy for Christmas.
This event provides the opportunity for citizens to “Share The Magic of Christmas”.
Eureka, CA ~ Eureka’s 150th Anniversary yearlong celebration of the founding of the town government, will be wrapping up the year with a ceremony on Saturday, December 2, 2006, with a presentation of the Time Capsule by Pam Service, director of the Clarke Historical Museum, and the City’s announcement of which building under construction will house the Time Capsule until it’s opened in 2056.
Regional Disaster/Hazard Mitigation Plan
Please help your community's disaster planning efforts and FEMA funding eligibility by completing a two page questionnaire and returning it to the Humboldt County Planning Department or the City of Eureka no later than January 15, 2007. More...
On Monday, October 23, 2006, the City of Eureka will hold a public workshop on the concept of a universal/mandatory garbage and recycling curbside collection system in Eureka.The workshop will be held from to at the Wharfinger Building at No. 1 Marina Way in Eureka.All Eureka residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. More...
For the past decade the residents of the City of Eureka have experienced reduced revenues for essential services due to the continued takeaway of local resources to “bailout” the State of California. The State lawmakers have failed to recognize that the monies spent at the local level have the greatest impact upon citizens.
Eureka, CA ~ As part of Eureka’s 150th Anniversary celebration, the Great Dates display boards are on view through August 30th at the Eureka Main Library on the second floor in the ArtGallery. View historic photos and peruse 150 years of important dates in Eureka’s past. From the founding of the town government, all the way to the present, there are a wealth of interesting facts and some compelling photos. Librarians report that the public really enjoys the exhibit.
Eureka, CA ~ Eureka’s 150th Anniversary is celebrating the founding of the town government on April 18, 1856 and the ensuing 150 years of history in a variety of ways at various venues throughout the City.
The San Francisco Fire Department Historical Society will present the 1906 Great Earthquake & Fire Exposition on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 15, 16 & 17, 2006 on San Francisco's Pier 48. This free exposition will be the largest event of its kind commemorating the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's Great Earthquake & Fire. The three days of activities surrounding the exposition will include historical exhibits with vintage fire apparatus, historical artifacts & photographic displays, fireboat tours, safety & preparedness exhibits & displays.
EUREKA, CA ~ As the New Year unfolds, watch for ongoing focus on the rich 150-year history of Eureka, California - from the time of first contact with the Native people to the founding of the town government on April 18, 1856, through one-and-a-half centuries of community innovation, toil, development, landmarks and landmark moments, to the present.
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Firefighter receives training
A Eureka Firefighter recently attended a week of training on combating fires at flammable and combustible liquids facilities. Some of the components included firefighting tactics, the thought processes of terrorists, effects of terrorist incidents on firefighters, and familiarization with refineries, pipelines, and transportation of the materials. The training was grant funded training sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and was held at the University of Nevada-Reno Fire Science Academy in Elko, Nevada during the week of December 5-8, 2005. Seventy-two students from throughout the United States attended the training session. The Department of Energy will continue the program into 2006.
The Eureka Fire Department does not want to see anyone’s holidays ruined by a fire event.The holidays should be a time of family thanksgiving and joy.Please remember to think of safety in all of your holiday activities.
Statistically, there are twice as many candle fires in December as in any other month of the year.
Licensing your dog in the City of Eureka has changed
No longer will your dog’s license need to be renewed only in June or July each year. Following the example set by the County of Humboldt, the license will now be due at the same time of year that your dog received its rabies vaccination.