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Eureka City Council
May 16, 2023, 6 p.m.


1. Proclamation-Older Americans Month


1. Area 1 Agency on Aging Presentation

2. Forest Moon Festival




1. Public Hearing and Resolution Confirming and Ordering Special Assessments for Unpaid Garbage

The Eureka City Council will hold a public hearing to deal with unpaid garbage and recycling collection fees. The Community Services Department is responsible for making sure property owners subscribe to collection services. If a bill goes unpaid for 60 days or more, a special assessment will be put on the property's taxes. The City recommends filing this assessment and collecting it with annual property taxes. The City Council will finalize a resolution to address these unpaid fees.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Dungeons & Dragons campaign!

Title: Eureka City Council: The Garbage and Recycling Crisis

- City Council Members
- Robin Praszker (Community Services Department)

Setting: The City Council Chambers in Eureka

Plot: The City Council is holding a public hearing to address the issue of unpaid garbage and recycling collection fees. The Community Services Department has administered the Mandatory Garbage and Recycling Collection Ordinance within Eureka Municipal Code Chapter 51 and is responsible for securing and maintaining collection services.

The City Council has notified property owners about their delinquent accounts and sent a final notification to inform them about the special assessment process. The attached “Report of 2022 Fees for Garbage and Recycling Collection” lists the amounts due for all delinquent accounts from the 2022 calendar year.

During the public hearing, the City Council members hear objections and protests from the property owners. Some argue that they were not aware of their responsibility to subscribe to the collection service, while others dispute the accuracy of the fees.

Robin Praszker presents evidence to support the fees and explains the legal procedure to record a lien or special assessment against a property. The City Council deliberates and makes adjustments as deemed necessary.

The resolution is passed, and the City Council orders the special assessments to be collected from the property owners. As the property owners refuse to pay, the City Council has no choice but to acquire the assessment by filing a lien with the County Auditor to collect the amount owed to the franchise hauler with annual property taxes.

As a result, tensions rise between the City Council and the property owners, leading to protests and disputes. The campaign will follow the City Council members as they navigate through the challenges of enforcing the resolution and dealing with the aftermath of the garbage and recycling crisis. They must balance the needs of the community with the legal and fiscal responsibilities of the City Council.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportSpecial Assessment ResolutionFinal 2022 delinquent list City of Eureka_May 2023


1. Council Meeting Minutes

2. Water Improvements 2023 Project - Award

The Eureka City Council is considering awarding a bid to Mercer-Fraser Company for a water improvement project. The project will replace valve clusters on certain streets to prevent disruption during paving and provide better control in case of water main breaks. The bid amount is $523,500 and the total cost for construction, including contingency and management, is $691,650. The project aligns with the Council's goal of providing effective services. The Council must decide whether to approve this project.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a megachurch sermon!

Dear beloved members of our megachurch,

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today I want to talk about water, and how important it is to our lives. As you may have heard, the Eureka City Council recently approved a Water Improvements 2023 Project, and awarded Bid No. 2023-13 to Mercer-Fraser Company for the amount of $523,500.

Water is an essential component of our daily lives. We use it for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Without water, our bodies cannot function properly, and we cannot survive. It is therefore important that we ensure the safety and quality of our water supply.

The Water Improvements 2023 Project aims to replace valve clusters on H and I Streets, and on California. These valves are critical components of our water distribution system, and are essential for controlling water flow and pressure. By replacing these valves ahead of paving, the project will ensure that the paved surface will not be disturbed, and add additional distribution system control in the event that a water main break occurs.

I am pleased to inform you that Mercer-Fraser Company was selected as the preferred bidder for this project. The company's proposal was determined to be the lowest responsible and responsive bid, and the City Council approved the recommendation to award construction of the project to them.

As a church community, we have a responsibility to support initiatives that promote the well-being of our city and its inhabitants. I encourage you to pray for the success of this project, and for the safety of the workers who will be involved in its implementation.

Let us also take a moment to reflect on the importance of water in our lives, and to give thanks to God for the blessings of clean, safe water. May we never take this precious resource for granted, and may we continue to work towards ensuring that everyone has access to it.

In closing, I urge you to support the efforts of our city officials and workers who are working tirelessly to ensure that our water supply is safe and reliable. Let us join hands and hearts in prayer for the success of this project, and for the well-being of our entire community.

God bless you all. Thank you.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportWI'23 Bid Summary_Council

3. Sunny Avenue Acquisition No. 2 (APN 006-181-011)

The Eureka City Council is considering buying a 2.1-acre property on Sunny Avenue for $38,000. Most of the property is low-lying land and mapped as a wetland. The city intends to use the property for mitigation to compensate for wetland impacts resulting from development of a trail or other city projects. However, any upland area would most likely be used for city facilities, projects, or housing in the future. The acquisition was found exempt from further CEQA review, and the Planning Commission found it to be in compliance with the city's 2040 General Plan. The property's preservation aligns with several General Plan policies, and the purchase would help ensure preservation of this wetland/riparian corridor.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a town crier's speech!

Hear ye, hear ye! Attention all citizens of Eureka! The City Council holds an important agenda item today, regarding the acquisition of Sunny Avenue Acquisition No. 2, APN 006-181-011. The City Manager, Miles Slattery, has prepared a recommendation for the council to approve a resolution authorizing the acquisition of the property for $38,000. The council will also authorize the chair and staff to sign all necessary documents to effectuate the acquisition and approve the appropriation of necessary funds from the General Fund.

The purpose of this acquisition is to support the development of the Bay to Zoo Trail. The subject property is an approximately 2.1-acre undeveloped parcel located between 1429 Sunny Avenue and City-owned 1310 Myrtle Avenue. The majority of this parcel is low-lying land, mapped as wetland in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory.

Should this acquisition be approved, it would primarily be used for required mitigation to compensate for wetland impacts resulting from the development of the Bay to Zoo Trail, and/or other City projects. Any upland area would most likely be used for City facilities, projects, or housing in the future, potentially in conjunction with any contiguous uplands on the recently-acquired property to the south.

In addition to the intended purposes, City ownership would help ensure the preservation of this wetland/riparian corridor. The acquisition is deemed beneficial to the City because the preservation of undeveloped greenways and gulches is supported by a number of 2040 General Plan policies.

As of May 8, the Planning Commission has found the proposed acquisition to be exempt from CEQA and in conformance with the City of Eureka’s 2040 General Plan. I implore all of you to attend this council meeting to learn more about this important agenda item and ensure the future preservation of our natural resources. Thank you and have a blessed day!

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportProperty Aquisition (APN 006-181-011) Resolution

4. FY2023-24 CIP Project Budget Early Alocation

The Eureka City Council is considering an allocation of funds for capital projects in the upcoming fiscal year 2023-24. This allocation would help the Public Works Department plan major projects and make necessary procurements for the construction season. The budget for the current fiscal year would be adjusted to carry forward unspent portions into the next fiscal year. The total amount to be allocated for each project and fund is included in the attached document. This recommendation has been reviewed and approved by various city departments.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a sea shanty!

(Verse 1)

Come gather 'round me hearties, and listen to my tale,
'Bout the Eureka City Council, and their budget for sale
The Finance Department's prepared, with a plan to front-load
The CIP projects for 2023-24, and get them on the road


Oh, we'll approve the appropriations, for the capital projects bold
And set the Public Works to sea, with procurement tales untold
A small portion will be spent, in the year of twenty-three
And the budgets will be adjusted, for smooth sailing you will see

(Verse 2)

The purpose of this allocation, is to ready the crew
For the upcoming construction season, and see what they can do
They'll carry forward unspent portions, with an adjustment made
To make sure they have the funds, for the sails they need to trade


Oh, we'll approve the appropriations, for the capital projects bold
And set the Public Works to sea, with procurement tales untold
A small portion will be spent, in the year of twenty-three
And the budgets will be adjusted, for smooth sailing you will see


The attachment provides detail, of each project and its fund
Reviewed and approved by all, to make sure they all conform
To the city's goals and plans, for a better tomorrow's rise
And to keep our ship afloat, as we chart the budget's prize


Oh, we'll approve the appropriations, for the capital projects bold
And set the Public Works to sea, with procurement tales untold
A small portion will be spent, in the year of twenty-three
And the budgets will be adjusted, for smooth sailing you will see


So let's raise a glass to the Council, and to Public Works as well
For charting a course to success, and the budgeting tales they tell
May the seas be calm and fair, as they set off on their quest
And may the city of Eureka, forever be at its best.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportFY2023-24 Early CIP Project Budget Alocations Detail

5. Crowley Property Construction Contract

The Eureka City Council is considering awarding a construction contract to Mercer-Fraser Company for the Crowley Community Development project, which aims to reduce homelessness in the city. The project is being funded through a grant from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness and contributions from the County of Humboldt and the City itself. Mercer-Fraser Company has offered to donate a portion of the construction costs. The recommended action is to approve a sole source award for construction services. The fiscal impact is included in the budget. The project breakdown and funding sources are presented in a table. The sole source award is authorized by the Eureka Municipal Code.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a movie trailer!

In the small town of Eureka, homelessness has become a growing issue. But the city council has a plan to combat it. They've partnered with community groups and secured grant funding to create a sustainable community development. But that's just the beginning.

In order to make this development a reality, they need contractors to do the heavy lifting. And that's where the Crowley Property Construction Contract comes in. The council is preparing to vote on awarding the sole source contract to Mercer-Fraser Company for the amount of $333,810. With a contingency of approximately 5%, the total cost for construction would be $350,000.

It may not sound like much, but the impact of this development could truly change lives. With modular living facilities from BOSS Cubez already being funded by a grant, remaining portions of the grant will offset construction costs for the site preparation. The table below breaks down the project costs, as well as the funding availability and sources.

But not everyone is pleased with the council's plans. Some residents worry about the impact this development will have on their community. And with the election just around the corner, tensions are running high.

Will the council's plan pass, or will it fall apart under the weight of opposition? Find out in the thrilling drama, Crowley Property Construction Contract.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report



1. Bil No. 1027-C.S. Section 150.029 Board of Appeals

The Eureka City Council is considering a proposal to amend the Eureka Municipal Code Section pertaining to the Board of Appeals. The proposal suggests reducing the membership of the Board of Appeals from seven to five members to improve efficiency and to align with the California Building Code. The proposed amendments will also provide some clarifying language to the appeal process. This proposal is not expected to have any significant environmental impact.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Pokemon duel!

Trainer 1: I choose you, Blastoise!

Trainer 2: I choose you, Pikachu!

Trainer 1: Let's battle it out in Eureka City, where they're discussing changes to the Board of Appeals.

Trainer 2: What's that got to do with our Pokemon battle?

Trainer 1: Well, the proposed changes to the Board of Appeals involve reducing the number of members from seven to five. This could make it easier to fill vacancies and ensure quorum for important decisions.

Trainer 2: Hmm, I see your point. But let's focus on the battle at hand. Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!

Trainer 1: Blastoise, use Water Gun to counter!

The two Pokemon exchanged attacks, but it was Blastoise who emerged victorious.

Trainer 1: Good job, Blastoise! This win reminds me of the proposed changes to the Board of Appeals. Even though they may face obstacles, ultimately, they will lead to a more efficient and effective decision-making process.

Trainer 2: I see your point. But in this battle, I think you just lucked out.

Trainer 1: Maybe, but in the grand scheme of things, we all have to rely on good decisions being made, whether it's in Pokemon battles or city council meetings.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportBil No. 1027-C.S. Board of Appeals


1. Regional Climate Action Plan Update

2. Solar Renewable Energy Improvements – Reject Bids

The Eureka City Council has a project to install solar panels on a water treatment plant. The project was advertised for bid, but all of the bids received were too expensive. The council is recommending that all bids be rejected and that they request a loan extension to try again later. There will be no immediate financial impact.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Socratic dialogue!

Socrates: Good day, friends. I gather we are here to discuss the Solar Renewable Energy Improvements project?

Kelly Allen: Yes, that's correct. I am the project manager for the Public Works department and I have prepared a recommendation to reject all bids for Bid No. 2023-19.

Socrates: Interesting. And what led you to this decision, Ms. Allen?

Kelly Allen: Well, we opened the bids on April 27th and we received three bids for the installation of roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels at the Water Treatment Plant Reservoir and Tank Farm. However, all the bids received were higher than our budgeted amount, so we cannot currently afford to proceed with the project.

Socrates: I see. Did you perform a thorough evaluation of all three bids to ensure that they were not within the budget?

Kelly Allen: Yes, we did. We reviewed and evaluated the bids and came to the conclusion that they would exceed our budget.

Socrates: Have you considered rebidding the project at a later date, as you mentioned in your recommendation?

Kelly Allen: Yes, we have. We plan on requesting an extension on our CEC loan to allow us to rebid the project at a later date.

Socrates: Very well. And what are the potential consequences of rejecting all bids for this project?

Kelly Allen: There are no immediate fiscal impacts as the project has not yet started. Additionally, rejecting the bids will allow us to reassess our budget and come up with a plan that is financially sound and effective.

Socrates: I see. And how does this project fit into the council's goals and strategic vision?

Kelly Allen: The Solar Renewable Energy Improvements project is aligned with the council's goal of being a financially sound city providing effective services. By implementing renewable energy solutions, we can reduce our carbon footprint and save on electricity costs in the long run.

Socrates: Thank you, Ms. Allen, for your insights. Does anyone else have any questions or concerns regarding this recommendation?

(Additional discussion takes place amongst the council members)

Socrates: It seems as though we are in agreement to reject all bids for the Solar Renewable Energy Improvements project at this time. Thank you, everyone, for your time and discussion today.

(Council members nod in agreement as the meeting comes to a close)

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

3. FY2023-24 Proposed Budget Introduction



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