NEXT UP IN EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: City considering purchase of former Jacobs campus, local business owners Air concerns about arts alive Street closures | The lost outpost of the coast


Eureka City Council | Photo: Andrew Goff

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During next week’s meeting, Eureka City Council will discuss a range of important issues on the busy agenda, including the potential purchase of some real estate, funding requests, street closures and much more. Let’s get to it, shall we Arabs?

Purchase of the former Jacobs campus

The Board will meet with Real Property negotiators during a closed session to discuss the purchase of the former Jacobs Junior High School campus in the Highland Park neighborhood of Eureka.

The school was built in 1956 around the heyday of the lumber industry but closed in 1982 due to low enrollment. After the school closed, the school district continued to use the facility into the early 2000s for various functions such as adult education and a continuing high school. The district declared the property redundant in 2008 and except for the soccer fields and storage, the campus was not used.

The Eureka City School Board voted unanimously to sell the property again in May 2019 and the building was demolished in January 2021. The California Highway Patrol has indicated an interest in purchasing the property for use as a new residence, but it now appears that the city is the city’s primary contender.

What will the city do at the site? Who knows! Myles Slattery, Eureka City Manager, told outpost This is the first time the Council has looked into the matter. “We will need to know if there is any interest before we can discuss.”

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Film Commission Funding Request

The board will also consider a request from the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission for an additional $10,000 in funding from the city to help support efforts to host two of the studio’s major films in Humboldt County this year.

“Given a staff of two (we have a few) and a tight budget (we’re short on budget), we are concerned,” Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltin wrote in a letter to the board. “We hope that if we can remedy the situation, we will be able to perform at a high capacity for these projects that stimulate the economy with external dollars.”

One project, she added, is expected to bring in “more dollars than the last decade of county filming history in less than six months.” Details of the second project have yet to be decided, but Hesseltine said it has “enormous potential”.

“We’ve been courting both feature films for three years, and we’ve finally got the green light, and we’re honored to host them,” the letter continued. “We are humbly requesting additional funding (beyond our average annual funding) so we can have the right tools in our toolbox and be proud of the City of Eureka.”

What is production, you ask? Unfortunately, we don’t know.

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Arts Alive Close the Street

If you attended Arts Alive last weekend, you may have noticed something a little different. The city came out on one side and decided to implement a trial street closure in the heart of the old city to enhance the possibility of walking during the evening festivities.

How did it go? Well, things could have gone better. Some business owners have complained about parking being affected by the shutdown while others have reported a loss of revenue.

“One company during the shutdown saw a 30% drop in sales compared to [Arts Alive] In April, the task force’s report indicated. “…it has been difficult to compare the business impacts with COVID and the economy continuing to affect business in the region.” The concrete blocks used for closing were also criticized for not being “visually appealing” and the timing and mechanisms of closing were said to be “confusing and not well communicated”.

The idea of ​​giving a push to close the street to the council came last month. The Eureka Main Street board sent a dissenting letter to the board on April 20 asking the city to reconsider, citing concerns that the shutdown would significantly limit the reasonable access of employees, customers and residents to businesses or their homes. facilitates.”

“The Board does not see the need for a trial run of the proposed street closure on Second Street or F Street because it has been closed for First Saturday Night Arts Alive at times in the past,” the letter read. “The experience of board members who own businesses within the scope of the impact of the closure is that pedestrians do not use the street when the street closure is in place. Pedestrians continue to use sidewalks and congregate in front of store entrances. The added pressure on already limited parking is not good for businesses because people will decide to avoid the area In general, businesses that typically benefit from the additional customer traffic generated by First Saturday Night Arts Alive see a drop in sales when the streets are closed in the right place.”

Eureka Main Street has sent out a survey of business owners affected by the shutdown. The poll results will be presented to the council during a discussion on Tuesday.

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Those are the big ticket items. The council will also discuss its Climate Action Plan, unpaid garbage and recycling fees, Eureka City school development fees, and a proposed budget for 2022-23. Mayor Susan Seaman will also declare May “Older Americans Month.” You don’t want to miss her.

Eureka City Council meets on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM at Eureka City Hall – 531K Street. You can also watch the online meeting here.

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