Activities and Status Report
Second Quarter 2004
Summary of Activities
1. Construction Division
The Department is administrating Thirty-Two (32) major capital improvement
projects with a total value exceeding $64 Million.
• 5 projects completed this fiscal year with a cumulative value of $6.2 Million
• 12 additional projects are currently under construction or soon will be with a total
value of $13.6 Million
• 19 longer term projects in various stages with a total value over $50 Million
2. Development Division
With the State’s construction of the BISC scheduled for fall, Staff continues to
work with consultants coordinating utilities and the Waterfront Drive Project,
and plans to begin City construction in Spring, 2005.
3. GIS Division
Staff applied for and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant for
planning and technical assistance. The grant will be used to assist with the
development of the City of Eureka zoning and General Plan Update maps and
other GIS applications.
4. Traffic/Signals Division
Traffic/Signals completed installation of battery backup systems at each of the
City’s 25 signalized intersections, which will allow traffic signals to continue to
operate when electricity is lost at an intersection.
5. Property Management
Property Management worked with DFG Staff to issue a “temporary entry
permit” for City property located along Elk River Slough and its tributaries.
DFG Staff will be sampling juvenile salmonid populations.
6. Utilities Operations Division
Utilities Division continues to monitor the trickling filter discharge to fine
tune the new odor reduction system fan speed with a goal of saving electricity
while still maintaining efficient trickling filter operation.
Kurt Gierlich Jeff Tedder Rich ‘Walt’ Walter
Jim Hilton Kristen Goetz Steve Burroughs
Virginia Beres Angela Martindale
The following projects were recently completed:
1. ‘H’ Street Bypass Sewer ($461,757)
This project consisted of directional drilled installation of a gravity sewer line from the
‘H’ Street Lift Station down Campton Road, plus the pavement overlay of H Street.
John N. Petersen, Inc. (Gierlich, SHN)
The following projects are currently in construction:
1. 2004 Flow Monitoring of Wastewater Collection System ($200,000)
This project was undertaken in anticipation of the planned 2004 Wastewater Facilities
Plan to collect flow data to be used in the analysis of the Treatment Plant and
collection/conveyance system. Flow meters were removed in May, with data anaylsis
work to follow. SHN and Brown & Caldwell. (Gierlich)
Note: this project will need to be extended for one more winter due to incomplete data.
Also, additional flow meter installations will need to be setup before the winter rainy
2. Multiple Assistance Center ($3,149,000)
Project started in February, 2004, with completion scheduled for January, 2005 .
DANCO Builders (Gierlich, Guy Hooper inspector).
3. High Water Tank Replacement ($1,477,307)
This project consists of constructing a new elevated tank to replace the High Water
Tank, then abandoning and remove the existing tank late in 2004. Pittsburgh Tank
and Tower. (Tedder, Hilton)
4. Fairway Drive Culvert Replacement ($547,885)
This project to replace the culverts at the “Barnum Driveway Curve” on Fairway Drive
started in June, 2004 , and will be completed October 15, 2004. Mercer Fraser
5. Mad River Pipeline, Indianola Section ($1,104,500)
This is the second of the Water Transmission System Improvement projects to be
constructed. It joins together the North and South pipelines constructed last summer,
and completes the parallel pipeline from Arcata to Eureka. Completion is scheduled
for September, 2004. Wahlund Const. (Gierlich, OLA)
The following projects have been awarded and are nearing construction:
1. ‘V’ Street at 4th and 5th Streets ($ 760,740)
This project to add turn lanes and widen the intersections was awarded to RAO
Construction. (Tedder , Hilton)
2. Manzanita and ‘N’ Storm Damage ($ 268,485)
The City will receive 75% of the bid amount in OES Grant funding, and will be
required to match the remaining 25% ($67,121) for this storm damage project. The
City will also receive an additional 10% administrative allowance ($ 26,848).
Construction will be completed by November 30, 2004. Mercer-Fraser Co. (Gierlich,
3. Progress Ave. Storm Damage ($ 178,279)
The City will receive 75% of the bid amount in OES Grant funding, and will be
required to match the remaining 25% ($44,570) for this storm damage project. The
City will also receive an additional 10% administrative allowance ($ 17,828).
Construction will be completed by November 30, 2004. John N. Petersen, Inc.
(Gierlich, Burroughs, SHN)
Bids for the following summer 2004 construction projects have been opened but have not
yet been awarded by the City Council:
1. Campton Road Storm Damage ($249,560)
The City will receive 75% of the bid amount in OES Grant funding, and will be
required to match the remaining 25% ($62,390) for this storm damage project. The
City will also receive an additional 10% administrative allowance ($ 24,956).
Construction will be completed by November 30, 2004. John N. Petersen, Inc.
(Gierlich, Burroughs, SHN)
2. Harris and P Storm Damage Repair ($ 9,700)
The City will receive 75% of the bid amount in OES Grant funding, and will be
required to match the remaining 25% ($2,425) for this storm damage project. The
City will also receive an additional 10% administrative allowance ($ 970).
Construction will be completed by November 30, 2004. Robert J. Frank (Tedder)
3. Sewer 2004 ($662,050)
This maintenance project will install sewer main and manhole lining in the gulch from
Cottage St. to Fort Ave., and replace the sewer mains on Washington Street from
Summer to ‘C’ Street, ‘F’ Street between 6th and 8th, and I Street between 6th and the
alley south of 6th. Wahlund Construction (Tedder, Beres)
4. Fisherman’s Terminal ($5,100,000)
This project will include a floating dock at C Street, a fisherman’s working dock and
work area westerly of C Street. (Siemer , Boughton)
The following projects are in design:
1. Commercial Street Fuel Facility and Underground Storage Tank Removal
Soils remediation and design of facility will be completed by December, 2004, at
which time project will be advertised for construction for Spring, 2005. SHN. (Gierlich,
2. Waterfront Drive Connection ($800,000)
This summer 2005 construction project will extend Waterfront Drive from the Adorni
Center to J Street for the State of California Boating Instructional Safety Center.
3. “C” Street and Piazza ($1,500,000)
This summer 2005 construction project will improve “C” Street from First Street to the
Boardwalk, including a public piazza area. (Siemer)
Longer Term Projects:
1. Waterfront Drive Extension Project ($10,000,000)
The extension of Waterfront Drive from Del Norte Street to Hilfiker Lane is currently
under environmental review. (Siemer)
2. 2004-05 Flow Monitoring ($ unknown cost at this time)
This is Phase 2 of the Wastewater Flow Monitoring project set up and operated last
winter. The work scope for this Phase 2 Flow Monitoring work is currently being
determined, and may consist of the installation of several manholes for flow metering, the
purchase of several additional flow meters, and additional consultant engineering
services. This flow metering will collect the flow data to be used in the Wastewater
Facilities Program (see below under Other Department Projects and Programs).
3. Third and ‘Y’ Sewer Lift Station ($350,000)
This project will replace the sewer siphon across the freeway at this location. Preliminary
engineering showed the siphon could not be eliminated due to grade elevation issues.
Construction of a lift station at this location is considered the best solution to the
maintenance problem associated with the existing siphon. Design will begin fall 2004,
with construction anticipated for summer, 2005. (Tedder)
4. Water Reservoir Maintenance Project ($400,000)
The reservoir has not been inspected since it was reconstructed in 1997. It needs to be
drained to have the liner inspected. At the same time the broken yard valves need to be
replaced. Preferred time of construction is during low water demand periods starting
October 1. (Gierlich)
5. Water Improvements 2004 ($400,000)
This project was designed, awarded, and cancelled this year due to funding issues.
6. Highland Avenue Utility Reconstruction ($260,000)
Reconstruction of the utilities and pavement on Highland Avenue from Broadway to
Iowa Street. Design was completed and project has been put “on the shelf” until
funding becomes available. (Tedder, Hilton)
7. Seventh Street Bikelanes ($370,000)
Project has been designed and put “on the shelf.” Anticipated grant funding
appropriation is 2008-9. (Walter, Burroughs)
8. Eureka Skate Park ($650,000)
This project consists of a 20,000 square foot skate facility at Cooper Gulch Park.
Construction is dependent on securing funding and permits. Redwood Fields
Committee has been fundraising and working with local contractors to begin
construction. The City is working with the architect on the plans, and once plans and
the environmental report are received, will apply for permits from the Corps of
Engineers and the Department of Fish and Game. (Boughton, Walter)
9. Anode Bed Replacement and Repair of Cathodic System Discontinuities
This is a continuing maintenance project on the cathodic protection system on the
Cross Town Interceptor Sewer. The last system survey indicated there are
approximately five discontinuities in the system. Construction is anticipated for
summer, 2005. (Tedder)
10. Mad River Pipeline
Design and construction of subsequent phases of the Mad River Pipeline project will
progress as funding becomes available. (Gierlich)
11. Sunny Ave and 14th & ‘P’ Embankment Repairs ($400,000)
Preliminary Construction Plans were completed in October, 2003, and have been
placed “on the shelf.” Construction funding for the projects has not been identified.
City staff will continue to visually monitor the embankments for signs of new
movement. (Gierlich, SHN)
12. High Tank Pump Station ($800,000)
This project will construct a new pump station to provide a backup system to the new
High Water Tank. Design will commence once the new High Tank construction is
complete, with construction projected to occur sometime in 2005, depending on
funding availability. (Tedder)
13. Mad River Pipeline, North Arcata Section ($2,000,000)
This section of the Mad River Pipeline Project will realign the pipeline around the
HSU campus in Arcata. Design will be completed over the next year. Construction
schedule will depend on financing. (Gierlich, OLA)
14. Martin Slough Interceptor ($30,000,000)
The 10 percent design was completed in March 2004. The Draft Environmental
Impact Report is currently being reviewed and is expected to be certified in July
2004. Funding for Final Engineering Design has been approved (55% EPA funds = $
433,700. 45% City participation = $354,800) and will be made available as soon as
the EIR is certified. Construction schedule will depend on additional grant funding.
(Gierlich, SHN, Brown and Caldwell)
15. McFarland Street Storm Drain ($85,000)
This project to replace a storm drain on McFarland Street just south of Myrtle Avenue
has been designed and put on the shelf awaiting construction funding.
16. Railroad Crossings ($100,000)
This project would replace the at-grade railroad crossings at various locations.
Project has been put on hold due to lack of funding. (Walter, Boughton)
Other Department Projects and Programs:
1. Wastewater Facilities Plan and Program ($900,000)
The Wastewater Facilities Plan will determine the current condition and capacity of all
components of the wastewater collection, pumping, and treatment system. The result
of this plan will be a long term program which will also identify phased expansion of
the wastewater treatment plant. This is an important program that needs to be
initiated this year. (Gierlich)
2. NPDES Phase 2 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program
Phase 2 of the NPDES storm water discharge regulations have come into effect. The
City’s program was filed October 31, 2003. The City will have five years to fully
implement the program once it is approved, which is expected to occur mid-year
3. Water Distribution System Modeling
This project will create a working model of the City of Eureka water system. The
resulting model will be utilized in analyzing and designing future improvements to the
water system, especially with respect to fire flow analysis and the impact of future
4. Parking Place Commission
The Department process staffing for this commission that makes recommendations
to the City Council relative to on-street and off-street public parking. (Goetz)
Brent Siemer Gary Boughton Dan Moody
Kristen Goetz Laurie Shannon Riley Topolewski
Development and review of many private and public projects:
1. Broadway Cinema Albee Street vacation improvements
2. C Street Reconstruction north of 1st Street
3. Eureka Pier (Ash-Vellutini)
4. F & 5th Street Parking Lot
5. 5th Street Plaza (Arkley)
6. Jefferson School quitclaim of sewer easement
7. Humboldt State University’s Boating Instruction and Safety Center (BISC)
8. Monitoring Wells and Soils Borings (for contamination plume cleanups)
9. Building Permit (review for PIRs and utilities)
10. Referrals (City and County)
11. Seaport Village (Goldan)
12. Subdivisions (Dunlap-Durham, Geller, McKenny, Schneider, West)
1. Boating Instruction and Safety Center (state project)
2. Carson Mill Site Brownfield Cleanup
3. Cooper Gulch Disc Golf Course (complete)
4. Eureka-Arcata Corridor (state project)
5. Eureka Skate Park
6. Fifth & R realignment (state project)
7. Fisherman’s Terminal (out to bid)
8. 4th 5th and V Street Congestion Relief
9. Multiple Assistance Center (under construction)
10. Myrtle Avenue Bike Lanes (complete)
11. Palco Marsh
12. 7th & Myrtle Avenue site closure
13. Traffic Signal Battery Backup (complete)
14. Waterfront Drive Connection - G to K
15. Waterfront Drive Extension - Del Norte to Hilfiker
1. Agreement for Encroachments, Monitoring Wells and Subdivision Improvements,
2. Building Permits, (88 permits, some with several reviews)
3. Certificate of Subdivision Compliance Descriptions, (0)
4. Coastal Development Permits, (7)
5. Conditional Use Permits, (1)
6. County of Humboldt Referrals, (6)
7. Descriptions for City Projects, (7)
8. Design Review, (6 meetings with 21 items total)
9. Development Coordination, (0)
10. Encroachment Permits, (59)
Fence Permits, (3)
Monitoring Wells and Soils Borings within Street right-of-ways, (3)
11. Historic Preservation, (0)
12. Indian Island Permits, (0)
13. Infrastructure Mapping and Document Archival, (0)
14. Insurance Reviews, (169, some with several reviews)
15. Lot Line Adjustments, (5)
16. Requests for Service or Complaints, (4)
17. Sewer Permits, (6)
18. Special Permits, (0)
19. Street and Alley Vacations, (4)
20. Tentative and final Parcel Maps, (8)
21. Tentative and final Subdivision Maps, (2)
22. Variances, (5)
23. Water Permits, (17)
In addition to assisting citizens at the counter, and working on future projects, Staff also works
on the following programs and attends the following meetings:
1. Capital Improvements Program
Each year, Engineering updates the City’s Five-Year Capital Improvement
Program (CIP) which is used to identify needed capital improvement projects and
to coordinate the financing and timing of improvements. The primary purpose of
the CIP is to assist in the orderly implementation of the broad and
comprehensive goals of the adopted General Plan and for the maintenance
and replacement of the City's infrastructure by establishing an orderly basis to
guide local officials in making sound budget decisions and by focusing attention
on community goals, needs and capabilities to maximize the benefit of public
2. City Council
Staff attends the twice monthly Council meetings to answer questions Council
may have on Engineering agenda items and to have a better understanding of
Council directions and concerns for the City.
3. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)
In order for the City of Eureka to receive Federal Financial Assistance from the
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the City of Eureka is required to sign
an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26. The City of Eureka has
established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance
with the regulations of the 49 CFR Part 26. Engineering updates the Program
yearly to reflect proposed use of Federal monies during the next fiscal year and
establishes a goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises participation on each
federal financed project.
4. Design Review
Staff attends Community Development’s twice monthly meetings and provides
written comments. The comments are generally preliminary notification of conditions
or permit requirements from Engineering, in order to perform certain work efforts.
5. Development Coordination Committee
Staff attends Community Development’s meetings, along with other departments
and utility representatives, to coordinate applicants projects and to set conditions.
6. Emergency Operations
Staff attends bi-monthly meetings to coordinate County and other agency
preparedness and responses to emergency events such as earthquakes, fires,
7. Humboldt County Association of Governments Technical Advisory
Staff attends monthly meetings coordinating county agency needs for
transportation, pedestrian and bicycle projects.
8. Humboldt County Liaison Committee
Staff attends the monthly meetings to coordinate agency and utility projects. The
County, cities and each utility company provide information to coordinate projects
in the most efficient and costly manner.
9. Insurance Reviews
Staff reviews insurance certificates and endorsements for all City
contracts and for contractors/persons wishing to work in City right-of-ways under
Encroachment Permits. Reviews require a technical knowledge of insurance
requirements and documentation which transfers the liability of the action of others
working for the City or working within our right-of-ways.
10. Open Space, Parks and Recreation Commission
Staff attends the once a month meeting to update the Commission on
Engineering projects of their concern and to answer questions
the Commission may have.
11. Parking Place Commission
Staff prepares the agenda and attends the monthly meeting to answer
Commission questions on the agenda items, and provides clerical support to the
12. Planning Commission
Staff attends Planning Commission meetings to answer City engineering questions
the Commission may have on agenda items and to have a better understanding of
the Commission’s direction.
The following projects or tasks have either been completed or are currently underway during the
period of July 15, 2003 to current:
1. Water Infrastructure Inventory
Initial linework creation and data attribution 100% complete. Items include: water
mains, valves, and hydrants. Water mains and valves attributed with data regarding
diameter, material, related files, etc. Application research in progress; edit sweeps
and updates underway to reflect current water projects.
2. Water Infrastructure Database Peer Review
Review of Water Infrastructure Database conducted and complete. Updates to
database currently underway and approximately 5% complete.
3. Wastewater Infrastructure Inventory
Initial linework compilation 95% complete, Edit sweeps underway, application
research, wastewater basin delineation, Project coordination with Brown and
Caldwell. On hold.
4. Display of GIS Data Via Trak-it Software
Use of City of Eureka created and maintained GIS files for the purpose of permit
tracking. Now updated to include City Aerial photography.
5. Parcel Database Updates
Updates to the existing City of Eureka parcel database. Changes in parcel
boundaries as dictated by the county assessor’s office and various other sources.
6. CDBG Planning and Technical Assistance Grant
In progress- Pursued and awarded a community development block grant for the
purpose of planning and technical assistance. This grant will be used to create, and
make available on line, digital versions of the City of Eureka Zoning and General
Plan Update maps. In addition, various other useful GIS applications will be
developed through this contract. Grant was awarded to Geographic Resource
Solutions (GRS) of Arcata, CA. GRS is 98% finished with phase 1 of the grant,
which is new data creation. Upon completion of phase1, phase 2: application
development will begin and should proceed into next quarter.
7. Implementation of ArcReader Free GIS Viewing Software
Initial implementation complete with efforts ongoing. Software allows for City of
Eureka GIS data to be viewed, queried upon and printed.
8. City of Eureka Housing Element
Completed. Coordination of inventory methods with RCAA to include City of Eureka
GIS data. Relation of RCAA database with City of Eureka parcel database.
9. Stormwater Infrastructure Inventory
On hold- Development of stormwater basin boundaries to assist in NPDES permit
process, minor infrastructure inventory.
10. Digitization of all City of Eureka Block Maps, Water Maps and Drainage Maps
Involves scanning all mylar block, water and drainage maps, then registering each
scanned map file to the proper coordinate system. Ongoing.
11. City of Eureka Sidewalk Areas
On hold. Approximately 70 percent complete. Digital representation of outdated City
of Eureka walk area map.
The Traffic/Signals Division of the Engineering Department has completed work on several
projects and continued work on other projects during this second quarter of 2004 . Several work
items have been delayed due to a lengthy jury service (32 days) by the Traffic Operations
Manager. Projects being worked on by this Division include:
1. Fourth/Fifth and “V” Street Improvement Project (continuing project).
After months of being tied up in the Caltrans permit process this project has finally been
awarded. The Traffic/Signals Division of the Engineering Department has ordered the
poles for this project and has been working with the Council of the Blind to upgrade the
walk/don’t walk pedestrian signals for the sight impaired pedestrian.
This project will reduce the congestion and delay that occurs for both morning and
evening commute traffic at 4th - 5th and “V” Streets. The City has completed final plans
and specifications for this project and advertized the project on April 18, 2004. The
Traffic Division has worked with Caltrans on the traffic signal and striping details for the
project. We anticipate completing this project in late summer 2004 prior to the opening
of the new Target store.
This project will include the addition of a left turn lane on 4th Street at “V” Street, the
addition of a south bound through lane on “V” Street between 4th and 6th Streets and an
additional through lane on 5th Street. The project will include traffic signal modification
and implementation of our first emergency vehicle pre-emption system. The emergency
vehicle pre-emption system will aid fire trucks responding to calls by changing the traffic
signal indication to green prior to the fire truck arriving at the signal. This system will be
expanded as other traffic signals are modified.
2. Fifth and “R” Street Improvement Project (continuing project).
This is a Caltrans project that has involved City staff coordination. Caltrans has
advertized and awarded this project for construction with construction expected during
the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005.
This project will realign and signalize the 5th and “R” Street intersection. “R” Street
between 5th and Myrtle will become a two way street and serve as a major connection
from Myrtle Avenue to both 4th and 5th Streets. Emergency vehicle pre-emption will
also be installed at 4th and “R” and 5th and “R”Streets.
3. Traffic Signal Battery Project (completed project)
Work on this project was completed on April 23, 2004. All traffic signals within the
City of Eureka, both State owned and City owned, are now equipped with battery
This grant funded project added battery backup systems at each of the City’s 25
signalized intersections. The battery backup systems allow the traffic signals to continue
to operate in cases of power outages and loss of electricity at an intersection.
The new battery backup system was tested during the first week of July when a large
portion of Eureka was without power for six hour, but the traffic signals continued to
4. Radar Speed Survey (continuing project)
Data collection for this project is nearly complete. We will now begin preparing the
report which will be presented to City Council in September for adoption.
Every 5 years the Traffic Division of the Engineering Department updates the Radar
Speed Survey so that the Police Department can continue use of radar for traffic
enforcement. For this project, vehicle speed information is collected at 72 locations
on collector and arterial streets. The vehicle speed data is incorporated into the
speed survey and is used to set speed limits that are enforceable by radar.
5. Traffic Signal Re-timing Project (project on hold)
On a regular basis, data is collected at traffic signal locations to determine if changes
need to be made to the signal timing. During the first half of 2003 peak hour traffic
counts and radar speed surveys were conducted at each traffic signal location. The data
is being placed in a traffic simulation and modeling program which will be used to
upgrade the timing at each signal and improve traffic flow between signals. The project
has been placed on hold while work is being done on higher priority projects.
6. Office of Traffic Safety - Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign
In June 2003 the City received notification that we had been awarded grant funding
to conduct a pedestrian safety project. The project includes installing in-pavement
crosswalk warning lights at two selected locations. The project will also involve
working with the Eureka City schools, senior resource groups and media to conduct
a pedestrian safety campaign.
Over this last quarter we have been putting the plans and specifications together for in-
pavement crosswalk warning lights..
This project is due to be completed in November 2004.
7. Traffic Studies
Over the last quarter there have been several traffic studies that have come through
our department for review. Some of the locations are as follows:
A. South Broadway Congestion Relief Study
B. Humboldt County Bicycle Transportation Plan
C. 5th and E Development
D. Buhne Street Medical Offices
8. Grant Applications
No new applications have been made during this quarter.
9. Parking Items
During this quarter the Parking Place Commission approved recommendations to the
City Council regarding raising parking meter fees, installing additional meters at un-
metered parking lots, installing diagonal parking on “J” Street between 3rd and 4th, and 5th
and 6th Streets, and installing improved signage at City parking lots.
In addition to the above items, regular items handled during the quarter included:
11 Special Event Requests
4 Transportation Permits
2 Street Light Requests/Complaints
10 Work Orders for new signs and/or parking controls
Traffic Signal Monitoring and Maintenance
Property Management Division
In addition to performing routine property management duties, which includes managing 313
parcels of real property and 50 leases for the City of Eureka and the Eureka Redevelopment
Agency, the following activities of interest occurred during the past quarter.
1. Acquisition, Sale and Transfer of Property
Acquisition of Public Street Easements and purchase of Property at 4th & 5th Streets at
“V” Street. The City acquire 2104 4th Street (Senn Electric)and portions of property
located at 427 “V” Street, 2111 4th Street, and a vacant lot on 5th Street as part of the
property needed for the City’s 4th and 5th Street at “V” Street road project.
2. Facilities Inspection
Inspections of City facilities occurs once every year. The inspection team
consists of representatives from the Fire Department and Public Works Building
and Facilities Maintenance Divisions, and the Property Manager. The inspections
are very beneficial in identifying facility deficiencies and anticipating future
funding needs. The following properties were inspected this Quarter:
April 7 No Inspection
14 Water Treatment Facility
21 No Inspection
28 Cooper Gulch Recreation Center and Municipal
Auditorium and Annex (Ink People and American Red
May 5 Dock B and Dock A
12 Adorni Center, Adorni dock area, Bonnie Gool Dock,
19 No Inspection
26 Tosco Dock, Eureka Forest Products-14th Street Dock, Del
Norte Street Fishing Pier, and Chevron Dock-Truesdale
June 2 Coast Seafoods Dock and Eureka Ice & Cold Storage Dock
9 Wharfinger Building and Public Marina
16 No Inspection
23 Eureka Municipal Airport (buildings and hangars)
30 Zoo buildings and Park Maintenance
3. License Agreements, Renewals and Terminations
• Eureka Little League
Eureka Little League signed an Amendment to their License Agreement
which extends the agreement six (6) years to April 30, 2010. The Eureka
Little League’s program is at Jacobs/Haney field (20-30 park).
• Food for People
Food for People extended the License Agreement for one year at 800 W.
Henderson, site of their Community Garden.
• Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
Renew License Agreement for the Madaket to use the C Street Dock and
the Museum to use the H.H. Buhne Building.
4. Activities of Interest
• Haying Parcel M
A local contractor has begun to harvest the vegetation off of Parcel M.
• California Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
The City has issued a “temporary entry permit” to DFG to enter City
owned property located along Elk River Slough and tributaries thereto to
sample juvenile salmonid populations.
• Weed and brush abatement
SWAP crews performed weed and brush removal at the following City
1. Multiple Assistance Center - 139 “Y” Street
2. Halverson Site
3. Seventh and Myrtle
A portion of Parcel APN 019-321-012 was sprayed to remove the pampas
• Informational Signs
Three informational signs have been placed at the Wharfinger, Sam Sacco
Amphitheater, and the zoo.
5. Follow-up Actions
• City Hall Inspection
16 deficiencies were noted by the Building Department; 5 were noted by
the Fire Department during the City’s Inspection Team walk through on
January 7, 2004. 14 of the Building Departments deficiencies have been
corrected. GFCI outlets will not be installed in the first floor bathrooms.
The last deals with asbestos issues and will not be addressed at this time. 4
of the Fire Department’s deficiencies have bee corrected. The fifth will
cost approximately $10,000 and has been submitted for budget
• Fire Department Headquarters Inspection
17 deficiencies were noted by the Building Department during the
City’s Inspection Team walk through on January 14, 2004. 12 of the
Building Departments deficiencies have been corrected. 1 has parts on
order. 1 has a worker submitted for repair. 2 will be performed by the
Fire Department. 1 needs to be a budgeted item.
Utilities Operations Division
1. The Quality Assurance Plan and Chemical Hygiene and Safety Manual were
2. The laboratory is monitoring the COD of the trickling filter discharge as part of
an effort to fine tune new odor reduction system fan speed. The goal is to
save electricity by reducing the power consumption of the fans while still
maintaining efficient trickling filter operation.
3. Conducted the analysis and submitted results required by the Disinfectants/
Disinfection Byproducts Rule.
4. Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health conducted a Business
Plan Inspection of pump station facilities.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance
1. The Lundbar Hill water boost station has been converted to radio data
telemetry and is in testing phase. This new system allows us to transmit flow
and reservoir level date back to the water treatment plant.
2. The Elk River Wastewater Treatment Plant 48 inch Effluent discharge valve
failed and has been removed and sent to the Bay area for repairs.
3. The Washington St. wastewater pumping station flow meter is back from the
service center. Staff installed the meter and it is back in service
4. One primary clarifier has been removed from service for maintenance.
5. The effluent pump building roof repairs are complete.
6. The biosolids application site has been mowed and hayed. The site will by
hayed one more time before biosolids are applied this year. Another cutting
will occur in the fall.
Water Treatment Plant Operations and Maintenance
1. The radio telemetry between Harris & K St. storage facility and the water plant
is to show too many errors to allow us to completely abandon the telephone
land lines. Staff continues to troubleshoot and fine tune the system.
2. Staff is researching new “smart” locks for the water treatment plant as part of
the City’s vulnerability assessment corrective measures.
3. Completed the bid package for fuel tank replacement at Lundbar Hills.
4. Added page on SCADA system to include data from Lundbar Hills.
5. Street dept. repaired sink hole at the drop inlet in the road around the raw
6. Adjusted the Lundbar Hills tank level set point for summer operation.
7. Serviced and test ran Ryan’s Slough booster pumps in preparation for
Underground Storage Tanks
The Pretreatment Section continues with the process of working with SHN to finish
the reimbursement paperwork for the golf course UGS project. (Update) Once SHN
receives copies of the last two cancelled checks submitted for payment, the
paperwork will be submitted to the State of California Underground Storage Tank
Twelve pretreatment facility inspections and thirteen wastewater samplings were
conducted at Eureka businesses. One new permit was issued to Forexco Inc. for the
discharge of treated groundwater. Regular pretreatment facility inspections are
preformed by the City to monitor and ensure compliance of all permitted businesses. The
Pretreatment Department also occasionally performs inspections of non-permitted
industries. Four inspections of non-permitted businesses were performed in the second
quarter. Three of these businesses will be issued permits for on-site oil/water separators.
To: David Tyson, City Manager
Date: July 13, 2004
From: Randy Nickolaus, Assistant City Manager
Subject: QUARTERLY STATUS REPORT
The following status report covers the period of April 1, 2004 through June 30,
2004, for the Personnel and Finance Departments:
1. RECRUITMENT AND TESTING
ASSISTANT ENGINEER I/II -- Applications are being accepted from
June 28, through July 16, 2004.
CENTRAL SERVICES ASSISTANT -- Applications were accepted from
June 21, through July 2, 2004.
COMMUNICATIONS DISPATCHER -- Applications are accepted on an
ongoing basis. A written examination was held on May 25, 2004.
CUSTODIAN – Applications were accepted from April 12, through April
23, 2004. An oral examination was held on May 18, 2004. An
appointment has been made.
FACILITIES MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR (Closed Promotional) --
Applications were accepted from April 30, through May 14, 2004. An
appointment has been made.
FACILITIES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN – Applications were
accepted from June 21, through July 2, 2004.
FINANCE DIRECTOR -- Applications were accepted from June 14,
through June 25, 2004. An oral examination is scheduled for July 16,
FIRE CAPTAIN (Closed Promotional) -- Applications were accepted from
May 14, through June 4, 2004. Testing was held on June 15, and June
16, 2004. An appointment has been made.
MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR (Closed Promotional) --Applications were
accepted from February 3, through March 9, 2004. An oral examination
was held on April 9, 2004. An appointment has been made.
PARKS AIDE (Regular Part-time) – Applications were accepted from June
21, through July 2, 2004.
POLICE OFFICER/LATERAL - Applications are accepted on an ongoing
basis. Lateral testing was held on June 23, 2004.
POLICE RECORDS SPECIALIST - Applications are accepted on an
RECREATION AIDE (Regular Part-time) – Applications were accepted
from April 4, through May 7, 2004. An oral examination was held on June
2, 2004. An appointment has been made.
2. NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATION
Four (4) new full-time and one (1) new regular part-time employees participated
in the new employee orientation, which involves preparation of files and
paperwork related to salaries, benefits and legal documents.
3. NEW HIRES
Twenty-nine (29) new employees were hired during this period
(includes regular, temporary and seasonal employees).
Fifty-five (55) employees were separated from the City during this
period (includes regular, temporary and seasonal employees).
5. PERSONNEL ACTION FORMS
One hundred twenty-one (121) personnel action forms were
processed during this period (includes regular, temporary and
6. LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
Negotiations continue for a successor MOU with the Eureka Police
Officers’ Association (EPOA). The current MOU expired December
7. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
For the months of April, May, and June, no disciplinary actions
were actually taken, although actions were proposed which may be
taken in later months.
8. NEW WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Eleven (11) new workers' compensation claims were opened during
Over five hundred fifty (550) insurance certificates have been
examined to insure they meet the established standards of
acceptability with regard to conducting business with the City of
Eureka or for using City facilities.
*In partnership with the Diabetic Consumer Action Group, a second
Diabetes presentation was offered for all interested employees on
April 1, 2004. This was an informative seminar geared towards
those who are diabetic, pre-diabetic, and who care for someone
*In a continuing effort to share resources among the local agencies,
the City of Arcata extended an invitation to participate in Defensive
Driver training held on April 23, 2004, and several City employees
*With REMIF’s assistance, VT & Associates came on-site to
present Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment training.
Two sessions were held on May 12 and 13. VT & Associates has
presented this course to over 16,000 police, city and private
industry personnel over the last ten years. Most of the attendee
evaluations commented on the presenter’s subject knowledge and
his effective and interesting style of presenting the information.
To: David Tyson, City Manager
Through: Randy Nickolaus, Assistant City Manager
From: Carolynn Thomas, Assistant Finance Director
Date: June 30, 2004
Re: Finance Department Quarterly Status Report
The following activities and accomplishments took place in the Finance Department
during the months of April, May and June 2004:
Sales Tax Revenues: Sales tax is the largest source of revenue to the City’s
General Fund. Reports from Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates (HdL) for the
quarter ending December 2003 show sales tax totals at $2,318,021, a 11.9%
increase compared with the same quarter in 2002. In the same period, Humboldt
County was up 7.1%, the Far North region rose 1.3%, and the state was up 5.0%.
Investment Reports: A quarterly investment report was provided to the City
Council. As of June 30, 2004 the fair value of all investments totaled $18,799,876 at
an average yield of 4.80% and an average maturity of 1.97 years.
FY 2004-05 Budget Preparation: The City Council has held two budget strategy
meetings on the FY 2004-05 Budget. The first meeting addressed the reductions
necessary in the General Fund budget to accommodate increases in retirement costs
and revenues lost through new State “takeaways”. The second meeting covered all
funds included in the proposed 2004-05 Budget. A public hearing was held on July
6th during the regular Council meeting to review and adopt the budget for the new
fiscal year. Following its adoption the 2004-05 budget document will be submitted to
the Government Finance Officers Association and to the California Society of
Municipal Finance Officers for annual award review.
Finance Advisory Committee Recommendation on 1% County-wide
Transactions and Use Tax Ballot Measure: Staff worked with the Finance
Advisory Committee to develop their recommendation for revenue enhancements to
the City Council. Their first recommendation to the Council was to support the
County in placing a tax measure on the November 2004 ballot. The 1% county-wide
Transactions and Use Tax would bring in $12.8 million in new General Fund
revenues county-wide and $2.6 million annually to the City of Eureka.
Transit Issues: Three transit system matters were brought to the City Council for
discussion and/or public hearing. First the “Zone System” of fare collection was
eliminated to allow collection of the full fare allowed by the Americans with Disabilities
Act since this allows for a fare equivalent to twice the cost of a fixed route (bus) fare.
Second, the Council approved submittal of a TDA claim for $692,740 to cover system
operations, and a request for STAF funds to pay for surveillance cameras in the
buses. Third, a public hearing was held on Unmet Transit Needs. Comments
received were sent to the Humboldt County Association of Governments.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2002-2003: The City’s
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was presented to the City Council
for their review and acceptance. The CAFR was prepared in accordance with the
new reporting requirements established by the Governmental Accounting Standards
Board (GASB 34). The CAFR was sent to the Government Finance Officers
Association for annual award review.
Issuance of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note Financing: The City issued a $1
million Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRANS) which is a short term obligation
issued by local governments to provide funds to meet projected cash flow deficits.
Since the State is reducing our VLF revenues by $360,000, ERAF shifts to the State
total $305,000 and Sales Tax revenues will be delayed during the 2004-05 fiscal
year, the TRANS will provide funds to maintain an even cash flow throughout the
New Contract with Outside Audit Firm: A three year contract for annual audit
services was approved with Moss, Levy & Hartzheim, Certified Public Accountants.
Based on their 54 years experience in public accounting and 27 years of performing
local governmental audits, it was felt they best meet the needs of the City.
Reorganization of the City’s Administrative Services Departments: To meet the
cost reducing measures necessary within the Finance and Personnel Departments
for the 2004-05 General Fund budget, and, with the retirement of the Assistant City
Manager who has supervised both finance and personnel functions, the Assistant
City Manager position has been eliminated. To maintain the necessary managerial
structure for these two budget programs, the Finance Director and Personnel
Director positions have been reallocated by the City Council. Other positions within
the Finance Department have been eliminated as part of the cost savings efforts.
Update of City’s Investment Policy: Each year the City Council reviews the City’s
Investment Policy to assure it complies with the investment goals of the Council. The
Council reviewed and adopted the policy to ensure safety of invested funds, that it
maintains sufficient liquidity to meet cash flow needs of the City, and to attain a
“market average rate of return” consistent with the primary objectives of safety and
To: David Tyson, City Manager
From: Eric Smith, Fire Chief
Date: July 12, 2004, 2004
Re: QUARTERLY REPORT- 2ND 2004
During the second quarter, the Department participated in the development of the City’s Strategic
Visioning while also preparing to limit it scope of services provided due to the downturn of the
economy. It was a time of mixed emotion as on one hand we were developing a vision for the
future, while on the other hand, we were was dealing with the reduction of services and the effect
that such reductions would have on the safety of our personnel and the citizens they serve.
Despite this difficult period, the department continued to reflect upon it’s “Mission and Vision”
making positive headway as noted below.
Fire Department staff continued to work with the City Council and staff in the
development and finalization of Strategic Visioning process. The process was
informative and allowed all stakeholders to participate in process of developing a
“Vision” for the future. The Fire Department is currently working on the implementation of
near term goals including the development of Municipal Code language that will better
define the it’s role. As identified in the Visioning timeline, our initial task is to develop and
deliver for Council review and subsequent adoption, a Municipal Code reflecting the
current role of EFD.
This year’s budget process was a very trying and difficult one. I can easily say that it was
the most difficult since my appointment to the chiefs’ ranks. During the development of
the requested 10% reduced budget, staff worked diligently even when the obvious loss
of personnel raised its ugly head. We entered the process sharing a common goal with
the City Manger, which was to avoid layoffs if at all possible, but the magnitudes of the
cuts needed were not possible if we were to meet the 10% requirement. I would like to
thank my staff, EFL, and Tracy Howard of the Finance department for their input, advice,
and support. By the time this report is printed, we will be working under the “Plan A”
budget alternative adopted by Council. We will have lost another firefighter’s position
and a part-time fire inspector’s position along with a number of other funding reductions.
These cuts, tied to those experienced in the last two years, will take years of sound
financial times and hard work to recover from. Should “Plan B” be implemented later this
year, the fire department we enjoy today will be a thing of the past.
The department assisted the City in its forward movement in emergency preparedness.
As mentioned in previous quarterly reports, we have been working with G.H. Smith
Emergency Planning on the update of the City’s “Draft” Emergency Operations Plan.
The draft plan was recently unveiled at a tabletop training exercise for City EOC staff in
the COE EOC located at Fire Headquarters. The training consisted on a simulated WMD
incident involving a dirty bomb. For the two days prior to the actual tabletop, City staff
attended EOC sectional training in an effort to refresh staff on their roles and
responsibilities in the EOC. The exercise went well and an after-action report is currently
being developed by G.H. Smith Emergency Planners for delivery to the City Manger
upon it’s completion. Training will continue in August 26th in preparation for a similar full-
scale tabletop exercise set for September 9, 2004. The exercise will involve a WMD
event again in the City of Eureka and City EOC staff will be working will a number of
outside agencies including the County of Humboldt and other community agencies.
The Joint Fire Services Committee consisting of Council members Bass-Jackson and
Jones and HFD #1 Directors Moore and Olsen continued to meet. During the second
quarter, a Memorandum of Understanding was developed that memorialized the goals of
objectives of both agencies relative to their fire protection system. Both agencies agreed
to continue to work towards consolidation, but at this time improved financial positions
on both sides was necessary for a successful union. Currently staff of both agencies
continues to work towards the development of common “core values” for the JFS
committee members. During the June meeting of the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs
Association, I was nominated and accepted the role of the Alternate OES Operational
Area Fire Coordinator for Humboldt County. In this role, I will be assisting CDF
Humboldt-Del Norte Unit Chief Ostipovich in the maintenance of the Fire Defense
Resource Inventory and Mutual Aid Plan, dispatching of Fire and rescue Mutual Aid
Resources. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the area chiefs towards the
modernization and improvement of our mutual aid and firefighter safety processes within
the county. Again, we met one of our Mission Statement vision of “Providing leadership
within our community as well as in the fire service locally, statewide, and at the
national level” via this assignment.
The department continued to make good on it’s vision of “Foster and promote
productive cooperation with allied agencies and organizations goal of assisting
allied agencies” through the donation or a surplus 1963 Crown fire engine. Over the last
several years, EFD was fortunate and was able to replace several of its aging fire
apparatus. In doing so, the most recent replacement allowed the department to surplus
one of the engines it was retiring from service to the Westhaven Fire Department. The
competitive process was opened to all Humboldt County Fire Agencies. Only two,
Myers Flat and Westhaven participated and submitted letters of need for review by a
committee of local fire chiefs. It was unfortunate that two engines weren’t available as
both departments easily justified their need. The committee however deemed
Westhaven the lucky recipient, and on April 9th, they took deliver of their new engine.
The department enjoyed what was most likely its last live-fire training burn during the
second quarter. Through the generosity of Cal Trans and Figas Construction, the
department burned a surplus Cal Trans residential structure on May 22nd. It went very
well and was attended by members of the City Council, Humboldt County Correctional
Officers, Humboldt Fire District #1, Arcata Fire District, and Samoa-Peninsula FPD. I
would like to thank Chief Jim Yarnall for his dedication and the numerous contacts,
follow-ups, and tenacity towards making this drill a success. Without his effort and
interaction with the Air Quality District, this exercise would not have happened. I would
also like to thank Training Officer Tod Reddish for his dedication, coordination, and plain
hard work. Many do not know that at the last minute Tod cancelled a trip out of town to
make sure that the drill occurred in an organized and safe fashion. The department
continues to keep it’s fingers crossed as it has requested grant funding for a live-fire
burn trailer through the ODP Firefighters Assistance Program on the behalf of EFD and
regional fire agencies.
During the second quarter, EFD prepared to enter the world of Geographical Information
Systems. Thru a the assistance of the Redevelopment, Engineering, and Public Works
staff, the department was able to begin the process of converting our response areas
maps to a computerized format. Up until this point, all maps utilized by the fire
department were drawn by hand, a very time consuming and detailed process. The
department is also preparing to use a consultant to assist it in the development of a data
link process for the visual display of incident of fire protection system information. This
system would be similar to the system utilized by EPD and would allow the department
to provide graphical displays of information. Our long-term goal is to be able to develop a
system that allows emergency responders to utilize such systems and their databases
while on scene at an emergency such as a large fire or hazardous materials incident. I
am personally very excited about the prospects this technology will provide our
department. I encourage the City to continue its support of the GIS technician, Riley
Topolewski in the Engineering department. Riley has been of great assistance in our
efforts to move to the modern age relative to mapping, data tracking, and presentation.
Attached is Chief Yarnall and Chief Bennett’s quarterly reports for the Operations and
Preventions Divisions of the Eureka Fire Department. I have also attached a copy of the
Eureka Fire Department Mission statement as a reminder of our mission and vision.
Eric M. Smith
Eric M. Smith
EUREKA FIRE DEPARTMENT
FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU
2004 Second Quarter Report
TO: ERIC SMITH, FIRE CHIEF
FROM: RICK BENNETT, ASSISTANT CHIEF/FIRE MARSHAL
DATE: JULY 3, 2004
PERIOD: APRIL 1 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2004
During the second quarter of 2004 a significant amount of staff time was dedicated to
budget review and development. This was a difficult and frustrating project due to the
anticipated reduction in available funds to manage programs. Our adopted budget for
04/05 results in the loss of our part-time Fire Inspector Leon Moses. His last day was
However, while Inspector Moses was here he continued his enforcement/compliance
efforts on the City Garbage project. As noted in our last quarterly report, City Garbage
of Eureka is upgrading their equipment to include use of automated collection trucks.
This requires clear space for operation of the automated equipment. City Garbage
identified numerous locations throughout Eureka that restricted the automated
equipment due to vegetation growth. They came to EFD requesting we enforce Eureka
Municipal Code requirements for vegetation. Inspector Moses conducted sixty-three site
inspections in the second quarter of 2004 as a continuation of this project.
Prior to termination, Inspector Moses ensured inspections of licensed facilities were up
to date. Loss of his position will result in the Fire Prevention Bureau not being able to
facilitate all fire and life safety complaints. We will triage complaints based on
seriousness and commit time as available.
Our fire investigators have been active investigating all fires in the City as well as
developing their ability through training. A State Fire Marshal Investigation 2A course
was held in Arcata in May. All EFD investigators have now attended that course.
Investigator Nicklas attended a State Department of Justice class on surveillance
techniques. We are attempting to bring a vehicle investigation class and an
interview/interrogation class to Humboldt County. Our investigators are now using digital
cameras to document fire scenes, which will save us film development costs.
We are continuing to work with North Coast Air Quality Management District personnel
in an effort to move them to providing continuous staffing for response to burn
The Fire Prevention Bureau continues to provide fire and life safety presentations and
training to a wide variety of groups. EFD provided two articles to the annual publication,
“Living With Fire in California’s Northwest.” With funding from the City Manager’s Office,
we recorded firework safety announcements to be broadcast via public radio on dates
leading up to the Fourth of July. We staffed the Humboldt County Fire Prevention
Officer’s fire and life safety trailer at Redwood Acres Fair for one day in June. We are
also working with specific occupancies to achieve code compliance. We have provided
input in special event applications and associated inspections.
Captain II Emmons completed 31 plan reviews during this reporting quarter. He conducted
inspections of all fireworks booths and their related storage locations for much of June, with
specific focus during the last week of June.
• We are working with other City departments on
o Sweazy Theater
o Waterfront Development Projects
o Lundbar Hill Subdivision
o The Balloon Track
o Veteran’s Center
o Code compliance with various occupancies
FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU DATA:
FPB CAPTAIN: Last Quarter Year to Date
Number Hours Number Hours
Code 2 3 11 8
License 2 2 3 3
Complaints 3 2 10 5
Occupancy 10 8 14 18
Construction 5 6 15 11
Special 1 3 8 7
Miscellaneous 0 0 0 0
City Facilities 9 9 26 21
TOTALS 32 33 87 73
FPB FIRE INSPECTOR:
Last Quarter Year to Date
Mandated Inspections R-1, 19 32
Commercial Inspections 1 2
Weed/Trash Abatement 63 133
Complaints 3 3
Alarm/Sprinkler Systems 3 4
Classes/Meetings Attended 2 5
Last Quarter Year to Date
Plans $1593.27 $4221.65
Permits 585.64 585.64
SUPPRESSION DIVISION PRE PLAN INSPECTIONS:
Last Quarter Year To Date:
Blocks 76 159
Inspections 280 553
Re-Inspections 99 178
R-1 Occupancies 144 244
R-1 Re-Inspections 88 155
EUREKA FIRE DEPARTMENT
To: Chief Smith
From: Assistant Chief Yarnall
Date: July 9, 2004
Reporting Period: Second Quarter 2004
In mid April the department filled the vacant Captain II positions. The Captain IIs provide
direct supervision to the Suppression Captains and have addressed department needs
and provide for enhanced continuity. The department also filled a vacant Captain’s
position that was created with the retirement of Captain Dennis Brandt. Firefighters
have been working diligently to obtain their Apparatus Operator Status. Apparatus
Operators serve to fill in for vacancies created by vacation, sick and disability leave in
the Engineer’s rank. The process to become certified as an Apparatus Operator is quite
involved and requires an intensive study and training period typically lasting
approximately six months. During this quarter two firefighters have achieved this
certification and several others will achieve theirs during the next quarter. These
personnel serve to reduce overtime usage when there are vacancies in the Engineer
ranks and staffing is at the 10 firefighter minimum.
Following the promotions created by the retirement of Captain Dennis Brandt the
department has chosen not to fill the vacant firefighter position. The position was not
filled to meet part of the budget reduction for fiscal year 2004-2005. This reduction
coupled with the unfilled firefighter position from last year reduces the number of overall
firefighters available to respond to incidents and also requires additional overtime funds
to maintain the daily minimum staffing at 10 firefighters.
The department received Homeland Security grant funding to purchase and implement a
new personnel accountability system. Captain Mike Bakke has been managing this
project and it will be put into place during July following training. The system provides
for increased firefighter safety by ensuring accurate personnel tracking on each
apparatus on the incident. The system not only tracks Eureka Fire units but also any
automatic or mutual aid units who are involved with the incident.
I would like to recognize the efforts of Engine Company 4 B Platoon who responded to a
medical aid call involving a 4 year child. Their direct actions were credited for saving the
child’s life. Crew members Captain Mike Schultz, Engineer Jeff Broberg and Firefighter
Jason Campillo were each awarded the Kris Kelly Memorial Star of Life Award on May
18th, presented by Larry Karsteadt, Executive Director of North Coast EMS at the
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chambers.
The second quarter was an active period with personnel again being very resourceful in
meeting the department’s training needs. The department was approached by Grocery
Outlet owners Mike and Mary Barber and their contractor regarding the department
utilizing the former Grocery Outlet store at 7th and Summer Streets for training. The
department was asked if we wanted to use the facility for a training burn. The
department declined the offer but used the building for extensive destructive training.
Training included venting a large portion of the roof, breaching wood frame and poured
concrete and block walls. Our thanks go to Mike and Mary who made this valuable
training possible. Mike and Mary are truly committed to the community. They previously
spearheaded fund raising efforts that resulted in the purchase of a thermal imaging
camera for the department.
During May the department was approached by Figas Construction owner, Bob Figas
about the possibility of conducting a training burn at 1808 Sixth Street. Figas
Construction had been awarded a demolition contract from CalTrans to demolish the
structure. Through the coordinated efforts of Bob Figas and Nancy Hueske the
department conducted a live fire training burn. The department offered the City Council
and Mayor the opportunity to participate in the burn. Three council members fulfilled the
necessary OSHA pulmonary testing requirements and training and participated in the
training. They made several entries and were able to observe fire behavior and
experience heat and smoke conditions typical of residential fires. I believe the Council
Members enjoyed their experience and provided them with insight into the firefighter’s
workplace. Outside fire and law enforcement agencies also participated in the activity.
Eureka Fire Department firefighters are being increasingly called upon by outside
agencies, primarily C.D.F. and O.E.S., to provide fire protection services both within
Humboldt County and Statewide. The federal government has mandated that all
wildland firefighters meet minimum qualifications and become certified in wildland fire
operations and behavior. In order to provide for firefighter safety on dynamic wildland
fire incidents and meet the federal mandates the department is spending significant time
and effort in training in these areas. Training will be complete prior to the mandated
Total training hours for the second quarter was 1187.
Apparatus and Grounds
The City’s last surplus 1963 Crown fire engine was donated to Westhaven Volunteer
Fire Department. It will provide the Westhaven community a great improvement over
their existing fire apparatus.
Progress continues on the Station 4 remodel. The necessary outside American
Disabilities Act project requirements were almost completed during the second quarter.
The final completion of the project should occur by August 1st.
Captain II Mike Marriott has been making continued improvements in the department’s
incident reporting program, Firehouse. Mike has taken the recent updates and
coordinated with software representatives to increase the accuracy of incident response
times. Mike is also working with City engineering staff on incorporating G.I.S.
technology into department needs. This is an exciting area as G.I.S. will provide many
operational enhancements. This project will be ongoing and take time but the benefits
will be valued.
As mentioned previously the department was asked to provide budget reductions for
fiscal year 2004-2005. This project required a significant time commitment and was
painful. Almost 80% of the department’s budget is personnel related so significant
reductions must impact personnel. With the City adopting 2004-2005 Budget Plan A the
Suppression division did not fill a vacant fire fighter position and if a future vacancy
occurs we will not fill it either. Under Plan A major cuts were made in training and capital
equipment accounts with smaller cuts in many other areas. We were however able to
maintain our 10 firefighter minimum daily staffing and retain all currently employed
suppression personnel. With the reduction in training funding the department will focus
on local and in house training. This situation is manageable for a short duration but
does not bode well for the long-term health of the organization. The same can be said
for a reduction in capital equipment purchases. The equipment needs are still there we
have just deferred the problem. The department has been very fortunate in obtaining
large equipment items through grant funding recently. Grant funding should not be
viewed as a substitute-funding source. If Budget Plan B is enacted it will result in the
loss of personnel and subsequently a reduction in minimum daily staffing and perhaps
fire station closure on a rotational schedule.
Eureka Fire Department First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter Total For Year
Type # $ Loss # $ Loss # $ Loss # $ Loss # $ Loss
# Fires 119 $97,0926
Structures(Resid, Comm, Mobile, Chimney) 29 $744,600 23 $57,950 52 $802,550
Vehicle Fires (Auto, Truck, R.V., Trailer) 8 $123,000 8 $42,101 8 $165,101
Grass/Brush/Trees (Crops, Orchards) 2 $0 30 $1,775 2 $1,775
Refuse/Not Classified(Undetermined, Other) 7 $200 12 $1,300 7 $1,500
# Explosions/ Overpressure 5 $0
Rupture (Steam, Gas, Air, Etc.) 0
Explosion (Vessel, Munitions, Heat/Burn) 1 0
Not Classified (Unable to classified) 3 1 3
# Rescue/Emergency Medical 1018 $3,000
Medical (Assist, Call, Treatment) 488 $3,000 525 488 $3,000
Rescue/Extrication 1 4 1
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 0
# Hazardous Condition/Standby 66 1000
Hazardous Condition (Flammable/Toxic) 15 $1,500 16 31
Faulty Equipment (Electrical, Gas, Oil) 21 $1,000 5 26 $1,000
Vehicle Accident (Spill, Leak) 0
Explosives (Found Explosives, Bomb) 0
Illegal Burning (Hazardous, Noxious, Illegal) 0
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 5 5
# Service Calls 165 100
Person/Public (Person in Distress) 65 $100 23 88 $100
Person/Public(Water, Smoke, Animal, Other) 9 30 39 $0
Unauthorized/Improper Burning (complaint) 12 11 23
Cover/Move-up(Relocation of Company) 1 1 2
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 9 4 13
# Good Intent Call 177 0
Incident Cleared Prior to Arrival 51 40 91
Wrong Location 0
Control Burn 5 10 15
Vicinity Alarm 0
Steam, ETC., Mistaken for Smoke 6 4 10
Hazmat Investigation, Not Founded 3 1 4
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 30 27 57
# False Alarm 83 0
Mischievous False Alarm, Bomb Scare 5 2 7
System Malfunction (PFAS) 3 2 5
Unintentional 8 2 10
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 30 31 61
# Natural Disaster 0 0
Earthquake, Flood, Windstorm 0
Lightning Strike 0
Unable to Classify/Not Classified 0
# Other 0 0
Citizen Compliant 0
Not Classified (Unable to classified) 0
Mutual Aid (Given) 0
Mutual Aid (Received) 0
Totals 816 $873,400 818 $105,126 0 $0 0 $0 1634 $978,526
Training Hours 1077 1186.97 2263.97
Civilian Injuries or Deaths 5 0 0 5
Firefighter Injuries or Deaths 0 0 0 0
EUREKA POLICE DEPARTMENT MEMORANDUM
To: David W. Tyson, City Manager
From: David A. Douglas, Chief of Police
Date: July 20, 2004
Subject: Quarterly Report – April through June 2004
We hope both Council Members and the Community who read the quarterly reports find
this a comprehensive and meaningful summary of the services and activities being
performed by your Police Department. As always, we invite feedback from you and look
forward to any comments regarding the information we present to you.
WHAT AREAS SHOULD BE OF MOST CONCERN:
1. Called for Services (CFS):
See our quarterly crime map (April through June) and CFS information. Service
requests from our citizens is an area we have no control over. We continue
attempts to target problems and encourage our citizens to assist in reporting
crimes. This increases the time spent on handling individual calls for service.
Our total workload increases as a result. Increased workload leaves less time for
proactive activities (officer initiated activity, OIA) and increases mandatory
overtime to handle the workload. Called for service now regularly exceeds
Officer initiated activity despite grant-funded traffic overtime.
The International City County Management Association ((ICMA) publication
“Local Government Police Management” (2003) suggests patrol staffing should
be structured so that no more than 25% of day-shift officers’ time is committed to
handling calls for service.” Even if we allocate ONLY the time spent from
dispatch to initial clearance without allowing time for report writing or immediate
investigation of leads, our officers committed time is well in excess of 40% and is
The last 14 months each had over 3,000 calls for service, more 3,000 call months
than the previous ten years combined, making this period the busiest months in
the history of the Eureka Police Department for service requests from our citizens.
19,088 CFS were handled by Department personnel from January 1 through June
30. This is 1,425 CFS more than the same period last year and reflects the highest
January through June number of service requests in the Department’s history.
The previous high for April through June CFS was in 1995 when additional grant
funded police officers were obtained for neighborhood policing. Sworn police
officer staffing was increased to 52. Called for services trended downward as the
assigned officers worked the problem areas until the grants ended in 1998. From
November of 1999 to date service requests have increased each year. The
attached 10-year comparison illustrates the upward trend in service requests.
Operational changes attempting to maintain current service levels began in
December and continue.
Police Service Officers (PSO) handled over 5300 (or 14%) of CFS in 2003 and
continued at near that level during first half of 2004. Despite a reduction in staff,
PSOs are now handling all animal control field responses and a large percentage
of traffic collisions in addition to what were already high caseloads. This has
directly freed up police officers for other needed activities. PSOs are now
participating as on-call evidence technicians in addition to their regular duties.
PSO workload will be reviewed for reduction in third quarter, 2004.
As an additional point, the crime map reflects only selected crimes. Person and
property crimes are shown. Total crime reports written are a much higher number
as the “Other Crime” category typically reflects 55-60 percent of crime reports.
During this quarter arrests are up over last year Please refer to the activity charts.
Activity reports showing calls for service and selected crime reports taken in the
City are also attached. Based on the need to maintain some level of workload
balance for officers, beats were last modified in January 2002, reviewed again in
December 2003, and will remain unchanged in 2004. Call volume in the west
side neighborhoods and the 101 corridor areas continue to require the most
concentrated police officer allocations. (See Crime Maps)
2. Assaults and Robbery
We are continuing to see high levels in some aspects of crimes against persons.
People assaulting other people is not acceptable and any increase is cause for
concern. Arrests are occurring. These crimes will continue to be worked very
aggressively. As shown in the attached map and charts, all categories of person
crimes are high and continue to require a high level of response and investigation
3. Vehicle Crime
A significant amount of the reported property crime in Eureka each year involves
theft of or from vehicles. This issue is discussed in virtually all of the many
public presentations or radio shows we do. Our citizens can do a lot to help
themselves and us in this area. The volume of burglary vehicle, grand/petty theft
and stolen vehicles continue to reflect this trend. Increased motel occupancy
during the summer months requires additional patrol efforts each year.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE DIVISION:
During the second quarter of 2004 we held 10 neighborhood watch meetings in the
evenings. Most were held at the police department and several were multiple meetings.
In most meetings we were able to address the issues within the next week
The locations of the neighborhoods were:
Highland Place and Highland Street (2)
Eighteenth Street off of Harrison (2)
Eighth and H Street area
Buhne and J Streets
1l00 Block of K Streets
Entire city, Jefferson School
3400 Block of Union St. (2)
In May we conducted a prostitution sting as a result of several citizen complaints. Eight
women were arrested for prostitution.
Eighteen transient camps were removed out of the Balloon track, PALCO marsh, Mauer
Marsh, around the sewage treatment plant and other green belt areas of the city. One
encampment we requested help from the County’s SWAP crew. They provided eight
prisoners and we removed 2600 pounds of rubbish and garbage from the camp. Attached
are before and after photos of the encampment.
We borrowed ATV 4-wheel drive vehicles from the Sheriff’s office and removed four
camps from Stinky beach at the request of the Audubon Society.
Three gang task force meetings were attended.
Besides attending the monthly meeting of the City Code Enforcement members, several
of the members inspected Floyd Squires property on Sunny Avenue and are in the
process of enforcing several regulations.
We also acted as mediators on two occasions between neighbors who were feuding over
use of property.
A crime prevention/safety talk was conducted for the harbor district.
We coordinated a meeting with the court administrative officer to find out why our cases
were not being resolved at the court level. Much work remains to be done to provide a
computerized spreadsheet of City ordinances and fines to the Courts in a format they can
upload to their new system, as entry of local City data is not their responsibility.
During this quarter, injury traffic collisions have increased 11% from last year. Total
collision reports have decreased .02% over the last year (527 this year compared to 534).
Citations for hazardous moving violations have decreased 14% (from 2074 to 1776 this
year) and arrests for DUI have decreased 20% (from 125 to 171 this year). These
decreases can be attributed in part to lack of personnel to work traffic enforcement. At
the end of this quarter we experienced a shortage in Police Service Officers. The traffic
officers have had to take some of the non-injury traffic collisions, which is taking time
away from traffic enforcement. If this pattern continues the department could become
more reactive to traffic issues. In general, proactive traffic enforcement is preferred over
reactive enforcement as it relates to traffic safety.
TRAFFIC ANALYSIS SUMMARY
This Quarter Year-to-date
Total collisions 270 527
Total collisions involving fatality 0 0
Total collisions involving injury 91 186
Total persons injured 118 256
Total DUI collisions 11 25
Total pedestrian collisions 6 13
Total citations 1031 2289
TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT
During this quarter we have had four DUI checkpoints and three street legal drag races.
There were approximately 500 total cars at the drag strip racing during this quarter. The
legal drag races continue to be a very popular event. We have aired two PSAs this
quarter. The PSAs have aired over 150 times throughout our local media.
TOP 5 LEADERS
14th. & B 7
4th. & R 7
Broadway & Bayshore Way 7
West & Myrtle 7
Broadway & 14th. 6
Street most collisions occurred on
H Street 10
Primary collision factors
Right of Way 110
Unsafe turn 93
Unsafe speed 73
Failure to Yield 59
Red signal, failure to stop 55
Violations most commonly cited
Unsafe speed 583
No proof of insurance 401
Unregistered vehicle 180
Unlicensed driver 179
The last quarter of the fiscal year proved to be very busy. An attachment is provided
showing a detailed breakdown of the training given to department personnel. A few
courses of special interest are:
Taser Recertification – 34 personnel were successful in the requalification for
using the Advanced Taser M26. The two-hour course was done using department
Ethics – Former EPD Chief Ray Shipley instructed an 8-hour course in Ethics to
39 personnel at College of the Redwoods. Sworn and non-sworn personnel were in
Perishable Skills Training – Officers are mandated by state law to complete a
minimum of 14 hours of perishable skills training every two years. The required
topics are: Firearms (4 hours), Defensive Tactics (4 hours), Driver Training (4 hours)
and Interpersonal Communications (2 hours). Again, we turned to department
instructors who completed the Firearms & Defensive tactics portions for most
Sexual Harassment – We sent 21 personnel to the 8-hour Sexual Harassment
training presented by the City Personnel Department.
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY AND OTHER DONATIONS:
Our Volunteers continue to serve the Department with enthusiasm and generosity.
They worked a total of 885 hours between April and June 2004, and logged over
1769 miles. The Volunteer Patrol Program, which depends on donations to operate,
received $900.00 between April and June. Also, our K-9 Program received
donations in the amount of $200.00 for those months. We have a lot of friends in the
Community who very generously continue to support the services of our Volunteers
and the programs they assist with.
We are very proud of our personnel, a feeling shared by the vast majority of our citizens.
Some members of the Department who received commendations during this quarter are:
• To Chief David Douglas from Kevin Kleckner, Naval Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps of Eureka High School to thank the Department for its generous
contribution to their program.
• To Sgt. Mike Hislop, Traffic Officer Tim Jones, and Detective Neil Hubbard from
Dennis Cacren, long haul driver, to thank them for their courtesy and concern
after he was involved in an accident involving a pedestrian.
• To EPD from the Eureka High School Student Government, to acknowledge the
danger involved in police work and to thank the department for reaching out to
• To Police Information Officer Suzie Owsley from Alayn McClendon to thank her
for being a part of Gottschalks Kids Day event.
• To Chief David Douglas from Edward Shellenbarger, Manager Eureka Central
Residence to commend Officer Krystal Griffith for her professionalism in
handling a very drunk individual who was in danger.
• To Officer Terry Liles from Sgt. Bill Nova to commend him for his investigative
ability and attention to detail resulting in the recovery of stolen property.
• To Chief Douglas from Stan Terris, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, to
commend the Eureka Volunteer Patrol for the great service they performed while
directing traffic for the 8 hours the signal light at Myrtle and West was being
repaired until the signal was back in operation, and then helping to pick up
• To Chief David Douglas from Melissa Arnold, Child Abuse Services Team, for
EPD’s participation in the CAST open house.
• To Officer Bob Martinez from Paul Jackson, Eureka High School, to thank him
for taking time out of his day to come to the high school and make presentations
to several classes.
• To Sgt. Jim Armstrong from Greg O’Leary who observed the Sgt responding
Code 3 to a call and due to the extra safety precautions taken by the Sgt., a traffic
collision was avoided when another vehicle ran a red light.
• To Officers Steve Dunn, Mark Victors, and Louis Altic from Sgt. Lynne
Soderberg, commending then on the capture of wanted felon from Massachusetts.
• To Sgt. Lynne Soderberg from Senior Police Record Specialists Wanda Levitt and
Kathy Prueher and Records Specialist Jim Isaac, to tell her how much they
appreciate the help she gave while they were experiencing a critical staffing
shortage during a period of time during the workday..
• To Officer Rob Mengel from Sgt. Bill Nova to comment him for his arrest of an
Operations Division most wanted person.
• To Officers Leah Alexander, Rodrigo Reyna Sanchez, Bill Dennison, Terry Liles,
Danny Kalis and Field Training Officers Brian Stephens and AJ Bolton from Sgt.
Patrick O’Neill to commend them for their participation in the arrest of a car thief
following a pursuit.
• To Field Training Officer A J Bolton and Officers Heather Selders, Leah
Alexander and Terry Liles from Sgt. Patrick O’Neill for their participation in the
arrest of a strong-arm robbery suspect.
• To Chief David Douglas from Chief Anthony Sollecito, Seaside Police
Department, for the professionalism and cooperation shown to his Detective in
locating a cold-case homicide witness and bringing her to our Department for a
PERSONNEL APPOINTMENTS, TRANSFERS, PROMOTIONS,
RESIGNATIONS, AND RETIREMENTS:
Miranda Chase – Dispatcher
Daniel Kalis – Police Officer
Keziah Moss - Dispatcher
Resignations, Retirements, Separations:
Valerie Cogdill – Dispatcher
Arlene Spiers – Dispatcher
Jackie Simpson – Animal Control Officer
Traffic Officer Tim Jones was honored at the annual Statewide Law
Enforcement and Community Recognition Dinner presented by Mothers Against
Drunk Driving (MADD). Officer Jones made 43 DUI arrests during 2003, more
than any other officer in the Department. Officer Jones is a traffic officer and
works primarily day shift, where half of his DUI arrests were made. The other
half was made on nighttime shifts while working overtime. Officers Jones made
it a point to work one evening out of his weekend on overtime for DUI
enforcement and also participated in all 14 DUI checkpoints sponsored by the
In June, over 5,000 retired and current police officers and firefighters
participated in the California Police and Fire Games in Stockton. Traffic Officer
Tim Jones (him again!) along with 3 others competed as a shooting team to beat
out 35 other teams and win the gold medal! The competition included shooting
paper and metal targets from various positions and distances. This is the second
year the team has competed together. We hope the team does as well when they
return to the competition at Lake Tahoe/Reno area next year.
The Eureka Volunteer Patrol Annual Awards Dinner was held on April 9.
It was well attended and allowed the opportunity for the EVP to share with invited
guests the high levels of service given by each individual member, as well as the
patrol as a whole. Awards were presented to Bob Gish, EVP Volunteer of the
Year, and Police Information Officer Suzie Owsley, who merited the Sunny Ward
Award for her services to the Patrol, the Department and the Community.
Several fundraisers have been orchestrated for the benefit of the family of
Officer Chris and Kelly Jenkins. Kelly Jenkins is suffering from leukemia.
Members of the Eureka Police Department and family and friends of Chris and
Kelly have worked diligently and determinedly in implementing a dinner and an
auction, raffle drawings and other fundraising activities to help fund the medical
expenses the Jenkins family is experiencing during this very difficult time in their
lives. A Kelly’s Sweet Treats food booth at the 4th of July activities in Old Town
also help to garner funds. All together, over $28,000 has been raised. Additional
fundraising activities are planned in the future. Special kudos to Police Services
Officer Cyndi Sundquist and Police Information Officer Suzie Owsley for taking
the lead on the dinner auction and sweets booth. Cyndi and Suzie are both to be
commended for their tireless dedication in their efforts to assist the Jenkins
April 1, 2004 – June 30, 2004
Class Title Ending Course Certified Student Student
Date Hours by Count Hours
Advanced Sniper/ Observer 5/14/04 24 POST 2 48
Advanced Taser M26 * 4/8/04 2 34 68
Amber Alert 4/8/04 2 25 50
Assertive Supervision 4/1/04 24 POST 3 72
Calif. State IAI Seminar 5/13/04 32 1 32
Child Abuse Reporter * 6/25/04 7.5 3 22.5
COPS In School 4/16/04 24 2 48
Defensive Tactics Training 4/8/04 3 11 33
Driver Training Instructor 4/2/04 40 POST 1 40
Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse 4/6/04 4 POST 7 28
Ethics 6/15/04 8 POST 39 312
Firearms Qualification * 4/19/04 2 2 4
Firearms Training 4/8/04 3 13 39
FN303 Training 4/3/04 4 3 12
Less/Full Access Operator 5/18/04 4 DOJ/NCIC 1 4
Missing/Unidentified Persons 5/7/04 8 POST 1 8
P.S.P. Defensive Tactics * 6/3/04 4 POST 38 152
P.S.P. Firearms * 6/3/04 4 POST 39 156
P.S.P. Tactical Communications 4/29/04 4 POST 2 8
Parole LEADS 4/23/04 4 14 56
Patrol Rifle 5/21/04 2 6 12
Public Records Act 5/13/04 16 POST 2 32
Racial Profiling * 4/29/04 6 POST 2 12
Radar Operator 5/27/04 24 POST 1 24
Records 6/4/04 40 POST 2 80
Sex Offender Registration/ 5/10/04 6 POST 1 6
Sexual Harassment 5/12/04 8 POST 21 168
SWAT, Training 4/19/04 5 7 35
Telecommunications Training 6/23/04 16 POST 2 32
Telecourse – Legal Update 6/20/04 2 POST 44 88
Telecourse – Qualities of a Good 4/30/04 2 POST 8 16
Telecourse – Use of Force by 4/15/04 2 POST 47 94
TOTAL 394.5 383 1,738.5
• - Indicates mandated training by either department policy or state law
PUBLIC WORKS AND BUILDING DEPARTMENT
April to June 2004
The 2nd quarter valuation of $8,680,726 is well ahead of last years 2nd quarter valuation
The Building Division issued 317 permits for the quarter. Staff conducted approximately
73 plan reviews, and investigated 53 new code enforcement complaints. During the
quarter 51 code enforcement cases were resolved.
2nd Quarter Totals
No. of Permits Valuation Fees
Commercial 3 $3,020,000 $36,361.66
Demolition 10 0 $517.00
Electrical 45 0 $2,932.65
Improv. Commercial 21 $1,773,837 $22,736.78
Improvement Residential 96 $1,157,571 $33,366.91
Mechanical 18 $320 $872.35
Misc. 0 0 0
Multi-Family 1 $188,876 $3,374.01
Plumbing 19 0 $792.35
Redevelopment 3 $12,996 $321.25
Re-roof Commercial 7 $345,103 $2,884.50
Re-roof Residential 69 $617,471 $12,143.24
SFD or Duplex 8 $1,251,111 $20,873.92
Signs 6 $37,850 $1,612.65
T.I. 11 $275,592 $8,036.36
TOTALS 317 $8,680,726 $146,825.63
2nd Quarter Summary
April May June Quarter Totals Last Years Totals
Permits ISSUED 96 113 108 317 265
Permits FINALED 63 71 66 200 198
Valuation 3,168,649 $1,644,655 $3,867,422 $8,680,726 $3,267,767
Inspections Performed 387 430 454 1,271 776
Plan Reviews 20 20 33 73 66
Redevelop. Permits ISSUED 1 2 0 3 6
Redevelop. Permits FINALED 2 2 1 5 4
Redevelop. INSPECTIONS 19 21 2 42 27
Seismic Residential Fees $129.92 $95.69 $102.51 $328.12 $294.12
Seismic Commercial Fees $371.34 $104.59 $644.97 $1,120.90 $504.76
Fire Plan Check Fees $278.89 $752.98 $867.99 $1,899.86 $2,119.57
Vacant and/or Boarded Buildings
Vacant and/or boarded building monitoring inspections were conducted in early July
2004 in conformance with Eureka Municipal code § 150.095. Thirteen
buildings/properties were inspected, four remain on the list with no action taken to
improve the properties, and a monitoring fee of $200 assessed to each property owner.
Notices of inclusion were sent to seven property owners. Two properties have been
removed from the list.
1105 McCullens 936 Carson
Monitoring Fee Assessed Monitoring Fee Assessed
Monitoring Fee Assessed
Case Will Be Referred to City
Attorney for Further Action
3524 G Street
Monitoring Fee Assessed
1423 Little 4th
Monitoring Fee Assessed
2nd Quarter CODE ENFORCEMENT
April May June Qtr Totals
Complaints OPENED 25 14 14 53
Complaints CLOSED 11 18 22 51
Chronology Actions 84 53 89 226
# of permits/code enforce. 5 3 8 16
Investigation Fee’s/permits $8,508.75 $547.20 $1,917.82 $10,973.77
COMMERCIAL PROJECTS OF INTEREST
Address Owner Valuation
1818 F Pac Bell A.C. Distribution upgrade $210,000
971 Myrtle Ave Tomac, LLC T.I. “Maly’s Beauty Supply” $12,500
800 W. Harris L&H Properties, LLC T.I. “Subway Sandwich” $60,000
310 Fifth, Building #C Security National T.I. “Quiznos” $50,000
2330 Buhne McKenny Humboldt Radiology $1,500,000
2700 Dolbeer St. Joseph Hospital Modular $20,000
642 W. 14th Eureka City Schools Convert Storage to Central Kitchen $1,300,000
RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS OF INTEREST
Address Owner Type Valuation
3225 Ingley Grace SFR $248,710
2227 Wood MacDonald SFR $149,332
1905 Huntoon Williamson Tri-Plex $188,876
806 California Dreyer Duplex $125,941
2926 K Elleman SFR $207,000
1606 K Edge SFR $131,000
3677 Dolbeer Sowa SFR $155,846
3415 Glen Lachowski SFR $82,155
The annual inspections of City Real Property are nearing completion. Facilities Division
staff have been busy performing repair and improvement work on items identified during
the inspection process. The inspection correction work list has been completed for City
Hall, the Ryan Center, Eureka Fire Headquarters and Fire Stations #3 and #4. The
Property Manager was notified after the corrective repairs were completed at each
facility. The annual inspection lists will be used to guide repair work on other City
buildings. The Facilities Maintenance Backlog is also being used as a basis for
scheduling work. Most of the work orders identified by departments as high priority
items have been completed. The Backlog list will be circulated to all departments on a
periodic basis to allow them to prioritize their own outstanding work requests.
At Fire Headquarters, new electrical conduit and cable was installed to service a larger air
compressor needed to refill the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (S.C.B.A.) used by
department personnel. Repair work on items identified in the annual building inspection
has been completed and the women’s shower stall is getting a new shower pan and tile
installed. The annual re-certification of all fire extinguishers in City buildings was also
completed. Both the Parks Manager and the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
participated in Emergency Operations Center training at Fire Headquarters.
The Spider Monkey cage at the Zoo required new flooring in the maintenance access area
to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. A new hand laid tile floor was
installed by Facilities staff to provide more sanitary surface to facilitate cleanup and
reduce the possibility of fungal or disease contamination.
Alves Roofing Company and Facilities staff completed installation of a completely new
roof for the Adorni Recreation Center. The new roof is a 40 year composition shingle
with a zinc roof cap to reduce moss buildup. Extensive wood rot was found above the
meeting rooms and along the lobby skylights. Several large support beams had to be
replaced and over 25 sheets of plywood were needed for roof sheeting. The roof is now
in good condition and should protect the building for many years to come. Interior
ceiling tile repairs are budgeted for the new fiscal year.
At City Hall, all the exterior windows and panels were sealed with clear caulking to stop
water from penetrating into the building. A 60 foot man lift was used to reach the upper
levels. Park staff removed one Cherry and one Cedar tree to allow the lift to access the
southwest corner near the flag pole, and new entry mats were installed at City Hall.
Traffic control system maintenance included the installation of new battery back-up
power supplies at all City signal locations. The new Uninterruptible Power Supply
(U.P.S.) system will operate the signals for 4 hours at full capacity and then continue for
an additional 4-6 hours to display a flashing red light. The overhead signal at 7th and H
Street was replaced with a new fixture and a new traffic controller was installed at Myrtle
and West Avenue due to a vehicle collision.
The Facilities crew and Parks staff worked together to repair and replace vandalized
banners along the entire length of the Eureka Boardwalk and at the F Street Plaza. The
project took several days and was reviewed by Main Street personnel upon completion.
The U.S. and Coast Guard flags at the F Street Plaza were also vandalized and three flags
stolen. A new full set of flags was installed for the 4th of July and were mounted with
shorter length ropes to reduce their vulnerability to vandalism. The flags can now only
be changed from an aerial lift. The Boardwalk and Plaza looked great for the July 4th
The new Fish Cleaning Station on Dock C has been a popular addition this fishing
season; however, it attracted a most unlikely new tenant to the facility. A 600 lb. adult
male Sea Lion adopted the site as a feeding station and was actually stealing salmon from
unwary fisherman. To reduce potential conflicts, the area was posted with warning signs
and the cleaning station is closed for two weeks. Fortunately the Sea Lion moved on to
other feeding areas and has only visited a few times since.
The Marina has filled up with boats for the fishing season. A total of 143 vessels are
currently mooring at the docks. Tenants working with Harbor staff and the Eureka Police
Department were able to assist in the capture of two young men who had broken out a
dozen car windows in the last two months. E.P.D. officers arrested the pair in the act of
vandalizing a vehicle after they were spotted by citizens living aboard a nearby boat.
Caito Fisheries moved out of the “K” Street dock and removed their office shed from the
site. Harbor staff constructed a short fence to reduce pedestrian access and installed
concrete parking bumpers to improve vehicle parking behind the Adorni Center.
Waterfront weed abatement work was performed all along Waterfront Drive and Marina
Way. Harbor staff and S.W.A.P. participants performed most of the string trimmer work
and Park staff used a tractor mounted flail mower to mow the open field areas. The weed
abatement work was completed prior to the July 4th celebration in order to reduce the
potential fire hazard.
In the garden, all the annual flower beds were planted and the perennials are growing
well. The Dahlias have been staked to support the plants and the floral display looks
great. The new Day Lily beds are growing rapidly for their first season and the public is
enjoying the more exotic looking flowers in the collection. The Union Jack Dahlias are
putting on a beautiful display of red and white flowers near the front of the garden. The
summer flower garden will feature Blue Ageratum, Marigolds, Cornflowers, Larkspur,
Morning Glory and Bluebonnets. The perennial flower beds include the first season of
our new Day Lily collection, the Union Jack Dahlias, Fuchsias, Butterfly Bush, Poppies
and over 150 specimen quality Dahlias.
At the Sequoia Park Zoo, Park staff installed an automatic watering trough in the
Wallaby paddock. Tree and shrubs were heavily pruned around the Aviary and large
plant material was saved for use as bedding for the bears.
Barnyard landscaping was cleaned up and additional material planted to prepare for the
official grand opening of the new facility. The barnyard vegetable garden is also growing
nicely and low border fencing was installed to keep the chickens from eating all the
Behind the Zoo, a large Fir Tree had fallen and smashed a 60 foot section of chain link
fencing. The tree roots tore out a 15 foot crater between the two perimeter fence lines.
Park staff used a tractor and dump truck to haul in 10 yards of soil and level off the area
prior to contract fence repairs.
All park turf areas were fertilized to improve plant vigor and growth during the heavy use
summer season. The turf areas are being mowed and trimmed on a weekly basis. All
automatic irrigation systems have been repaired and are operational. Manual irrigation
systems have also been repaired and additional sprinklers purchased to help with summer
watering schedules. Due to budget cuts of seasonal positions, no hose or hand watering
of perimeter turf areas is possible. All irrigation systems are being utilized at their
At Myrtle Grove Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day, all monuments were
trimmed and blown off. The perimeter of each mausoleum was weeded and a new flag
pole rope was installed. The cemetery roadway was cleaned up and the curb lines edged
prior to the holiday.
At Carson Park, the perimeter planters were cleaned and raked in preparation for the
Rhody Parade. The Eureka Rhododendron Club set up a large tent to host their annual
flower show and plant sale on the same weekend. The weather was nice for the parade
and a large crowd enjoyed the event. Carson Park was also cleaned up before the annual
Easter Egg Hunt.
The group picnic area at Cooper Gulch Park was trimmed and weed abatement work
completed to prepare for the official opening of the new nine hole Disc Golf Course. Tall
grass was trimmed back on all park trails and along the creek. The whole park was
cleaned up and the weather was nice for the event.
Ball field preparation work was completed at Hartman/Kennedy fields and at Cooper
Gulch Park. New home plates and bases were installed at both Cooper North and South
ball fields. The Cooper outfield fence line was also installed for the summer season.
In Henderson Center, ten new banners were installed along E and F Streets to identify the
area. The promotional banners were purchased by The Merchants Association and
installed by park staff. Several existing banner support brackets were repaired as needed.
The Washington Street hedge was trimmed back off the sidewalk. At K Street parklet, all
the shrubs were trimmed and the planter beds cleaned out. Weed abatement work was
started at West Plaza and throughout Old Town. The Glen Paul Workability crew
cleaned up the Second Street planters from F Street to I Street and began planting
summer annual flowers. Park staff pruned the street trees at Second and F Street and
hauled in five yards of bark mulch for use at the Old Town Gazebo planters.
All small turf areas are being mowed and trimmed on a weekly basis. The Adorni Center
and Sacco Amphitheater were cleaned up for the visit by the tall ship Lady Washington at
the Bonnie Gool Dock. School groups and the public were allowed to tour the vessel
and charter bay tours were also available.
At the Boardwalk, vandalized banners were repaired and remounted to balance the
appearance along the waterfront. The F Street Plaza flags were also vandalized and a
new set of United States and Coast Guard flags were installed. The new flags can now
only be changed from a boom truck; the lower rope halyards have been removed to
In preparation for the July 4th Festival and Fireworks Show, the Old Town Gazebo and
2nd Street planters have been trimmed, washed off and cleaned for the events. The
undeveloped City property near Del Norte Street, Marina Way and Halvorsen Park was
mowed down with a flail mower to reduce the fire hazard and clean up the site.
Halvorsen Park was fertilized by Park staff and is being irrigated by volunteers for “Blues
by the Bay”. Parks will continue mowing the turf area which has greened up nicely in
preparation for this event.
United States and Coast Guard flags have been installed along 2nd Street in Old Town,
along 4th and 5th Streets in Downtown and along F Street in Henderson Center.
Second quarter youth programs included the conclusion of our Hoopsters Basketball
season, as well as our Afterschool Recreation Program. Both activities enjoyed solid
support in the community. The Afterschool Recreation Program, in particular, has
flourished since its inception four years ago. Arrangements are ongoing with Eureka City
Schools for the 2004-05 school year.
Summer youth programs got underway in June. Day camp activities are offered at the
John Ryan Youth Center and Ross Park. Both camps were off to great starts with near
capacity participation levels. Carson Park Day Camp was dropped this year due to weak
attendance. The result has been a noticeable participation increase at our other sites and a
cost savings to the City.
Our summer Learn to Swim Program at Eureka High School’s swimming pool is
underway. Four sessions, each two weeks in length, are offered during the summer.
Participation in lessons has been excellent. Daily public swim and lap swim sessions are
offered throughout the summer.
Participation in youth programs totaled almost 24,000 for the quarter.
ADORNI RECREATION CENTER
The Adorni Center hosted the conclusion of the Recreation Division’s spring sports
leagues. Hoopsters Basketball, Men’s Basketball, and Adult Volleyball Leagues ended
their seasons during the second quarter of the year.
As preparations were underway for summer programs, a number of rentals were taking
place. In April, H.S.U.’s Annual Rowing Regatta and a dinner for Congressman Mike
Thompson were held. In May, events for the Rotary Club, Del Arte’ Theater and the
Women’s Health Fair took place. In June, Eureka High School’s Safe and Sober
Graduation party has held.
The Adorni Center was re-roofed in May. The much-needed construction is expected to
noticeably improve our ability to withstand the upcoming winter rainstorms.
Attendance in Adorni Center activities totaled over 16,000 for the quarter.
The second quarter saw the conclusion of our Men’s Basketball and Coed and Women’s
Volleyball Leagues. In addition, our summer softball leagues for adults got underway.
Coed Softball, which began in June, has twenty-three teams participating. Men’s and
Women’s Softball Leagues, which also began in June, have sixty-four teams. The
softball community has provided a positive response to the infield improvements at
Cooper Gulch, which occurred in October of 2003. We have received many positive
comments regarding the improvements.
Participation in adult programs totaled almost 10,000 for the quarter.
EUREKA PUBLIC MARINA
By hosting ninety-eight events during the second quarter, the
Wharfinger Building has already exceeded the number of events held
during the entire 2003 year. Since opening in 2000, the Wharfinger
Building has enjoyed increased popularity each year. Building
rentals in 2004 will show an increase of over 500% over our first year
of operation. Most recently, we have entered into long term rental
agreements with the Rotary Club and Faith Center Church. These
agreements are financially lucrative for the City, in addition to
providing long-term building availability for these groups.
Recreation Division revenues exceeded $170,000 during the second quarter of 2004. The
figure established a new all time high for single quarter revenue production. Afterschool
Recreation and Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues were the largest revenue-generating programs.
Construction of Sequoia Park Zoo’s new Entry Pavilion continued throughout the
second quarter of 2004. The Pavilion has begun to take shape with the majority of
exterior work now completed. Interior work is now the focus of construction. Rob
and Cherie Arkley donated $200,000 for exhibit development of the Interpretive
Center. Two firms specializing in zoo exhibitory are under consideration for the
The grand opening of the Zoo Barnyard was held in May. A weekend of festivities was
highlighted by several special events, including formal grand opening ceremonies, a
puppet show, and tours of the new Barnyard.
The newly formed Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation continued to evolve. The Foundation is
preparing for the opening of the Zoo’s Entry Pavilion and is busy planning the operation
for both the snack bar and the multi-purpose room.
A Blue Heron was added to the Zoo’s aviary in May. The Heron was acquired from
southern California and has adjusted nicely to our Zoo.
As summer neared and weather improved, a sharp increase in Zoo visitors developed. An
estimated 25,000 people visited Sequoia Park Zoo during the second quarter of 2004.
EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS DIVISION
Equipment operations personnel continue to replace the oldest police patrol vehicles with
five recently purchased replacement vehicles. This process requires the add-on
equipment (light bars, radios, computers etc.) be removed from the old patrol vehicles
and installed on the new patrol vehicles before they are ready for service.
The clean up of the City corporation yard continues with additional removal of scrap
metals and other surplus equipment. City staff has received positive feedback from
citizens and surrounding business owners for the clean up efforts. This also includes the
recycling of asphalt and concrete materials removed from various worksites, which is
taken to a local contractor for recycling into a base rock product. In the past, these
materials were taken to the landfill for disposal.
The Old Town wash down started again this quarter. Public Works personnel use a water
truck beginning at approximately 6a.m. on Fridays to wash down the streets in and
around Old Town. This activity does a nice job at giving old town a cleaned up look for
the weekend. The wash downs will continue until the rains resume in the fall.
Public Works staff processed more than forty work/service requests from other city
departments. These requests included street sign/pavement markings installations, weed
and rubbish abatements, street and alley repairs, providing personnel and equipment for
The Street/Alley Division responded to one hundred fifty-six (156) calls for service from
the public and other City Departments during the quarter. Calls for service included
among other things requests to fill pot-holes, road and alley repairs, damaged street signs,
drainage problems, and rubbish and debris left in the public right-of-way. Calls for
service are responded to within twenty-four hours and are resolved in a timely manner.
Staff focused their efforts during the spring on annual roadside vegetation abatement
activities such as clearing weeds, brush and some trees from along roads including:
Fairway Drive, Campton, Indianola, Walker Point and various streets within the city
limits. Vegetation removal efforts help to clear the roads, shoulders and bike lanes
providing for safe pedestrian and motorized travel. These efforts also reduce potential
winter storm problems relating to downed trees and blocked storm drains.
Public Works crews installed additional fencing at the request of the Police Department
behind the County Library in an effort to prevent individuals from setting up
encampments under an overhanging sidewalk. This area has been a constant problem for
the PD, County Library staff and citizens who use the library.
The street painting crew has taken full advantage of the dry weather. Staff has been busy
repainting or installing new street markings where necessary for improved visibility.
This includes repainting street center lines, lane lines, stop bars, disabled access parking
spaces and signage, parking lots and designated curbs. Re-painting provides better
visibility, reduces liability, and improves the Police Department’s ability to enforce
Public Works provided additional street signs, lights, cones, generator and other items to
the Police Department for their use during the Sobriety Checkpoints. Public Works staff
load and unload the items into a truck which the PD personnel take to the checkpoint site.
This saves PD staff time and frees them up to do more police related activities.
WASTEWATER COLLECTION DIVISION
Six new sewer connection permits were issued this quarter. In addition to installing these
sewer laterals, staff responded to twenty-three (23) calls for service from the public.
The sewer collection crew is taking advantage of the dry weather to do maintenance on
the City’s seventeen sewer lift stations which pump millions of gallons of sewage during
the rainy season. These efforts include pump replacements/rebuilding, computer control
upgrades, testing emergency alarm and backup electrical power generating equipment
along with general clean up and maintenance of surrounding areas.
WATER DISTRIBUTION DIVISION
Bruce Ziemer was promoted to Water Distribution Supervisor effective May 1, 2004.
Bruce started in the Water Division as a temporary Maintenance Worker I in 2001.
Bruce was hired as a full time Maintenance Worker I later in 2001, and was promoted to
Maintenance Worker II in March 2002. Bruce holds a State of California Grade II Water
Distribution Certificate, congratulations.
In addition to installing seventeen (17) new water services, the Water Division responded
to eighty (80) calls for service from the public.
Water distribution personnel have been working with Wahlund Construction , Oscar
Larson and City engineering staff on the current phase of the water transmission line
upgrade on Old Arcata Road near Indianola area. This work consists installing a parallel
water main next to the existing transmission main to provide a more reliable water
supply. Some of the tasks performed by City distribution staff include pipe locating,
water main shutdowns, technical assistance, emergency response, and assisting with
public relations -- all done in an effort to improve efficiency and provide the least
disruptive service to our water customers and local residents.