Trinidad Tidings: Council gets down to business in the seaside village

CASA WALK Jan West, Gary Stillman and Dana Hope were part of the winning Trinidad Civic Club team who participated in the CASA Kid Walk last weekend. The club raised enough money to train two court-appointed child advocates. Not pictured is Penne O’Gara.

Trinidad Civic Club Co-Presidents Dana Hope and Jan West, Penne O’Gara and Gary Stillman led the CASA Kid Walk, “A Walk to Change Lives,” as a top fund raising team for the court appointed child advocate organization which trains individuals to mentor children in the court system. There were 31 Kid Walk teams last weekend.

A 10-year-old child in the CASA program was asked, “Why do you love your CASA?” and the reply was “Because I do fun stuff with them and they always help me do things I don’t know how to do, like art and homework. We make smoothies at CASA and buttons, she comes to my art assemblies. I love my CASA so much that I even want two! She helps me do better in school and with everything I need.”

Steve Volow, Executive Director of CASA since 1999, writes that the child advocates trained by funds raised make it possible for foster children to improve at school, obtain services to counteract childhood trauma, enjoy a stable, consistent adult presence, receive corrective experiences, and to grow up healthy and happy, often reversing generational patterns. Find out more about sharing your time for Humboldt County foster children by contacting Development Director Chelsea Brown at (707) 443-3197 ext. 206 or email [email protected].

Full house for last City Council meeting

The Trinidad City Council sorted through a full agenda before a full house in Town Hall last Wednesday starting with slides of Mayor Rotwein’s trip to Washington, D.C. for a Mayor’s Conference last month and the announcement of Planning Commission vacancy opportunities for citizens interested in completing Trinidad’s General Plan and addressing the many improvement projects which come before the commission. John Graves, Richard Johnson and Diane Stockness are the current commissioners. There are two current vacancies with other terms ending in 2018, so four places may be applied for now.

Unmet transit needs (one audience member suggested having an airport shuttle to Santa Rosa, Oakland or San Francisco when the local airport is shut down due to weather) was on the agenda.

Next was a presentation by District Attorney Maggie Fleming in favor of passing countywide Measure O on the Nov. 6 ballot relating to law enforcement, fire and public safety, and road maintenance. If approved by voters, the measure would continue the work of the Measure Z priorities passed several years ago.

She assured the audience that the money from passing the sales tax measure would remain entirely in Humboldt County and be administered by the county Board of Supervisors with recommendations from a Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

Rebecca Crow of GHD Engineers gave a presentation on water rates and water policies. The council voted to hire GHD to continue its work on evaluating maximum water production rates in anticipation of requests by the Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria and Emerald Forest to add water hook ups.

Trinidad’s water supply comes from Luffenholtz Creek so further studies will take place there on its capacity to expand the system. The council meeting ended with a discussion on appointing citizens to a Short Term Rental Committee. The number of short term, or vacation rentals, has been reduced in recent years, but policy matters concerning them in residential neighborhoods, remain a topic of interest in the village.

Councilmembers Susan Rotwein, Dwight Miller, Jim Baker, Jack West and Steve Ladwig and City Manager Dan Berman deserve much credit for the thoughtfulness, dignity and patience with which they receive comments from a wide diversity of interested citizens. Good to witness a packed Town Hall for consideration of important town business.

On Nov. 6, citizens will have a chance to vote for three City Councilmembers among the six candidates running: Incumbents Susan Rotwein, Dwight Miller and Jim Baker, former City Councilmembers Mike Morgan and Tom Davies, and former Planning Commissioner Brett Gregory.

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