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2015 Stormwater Survey

February 3, 2015 to April 30, 2015

The North Coast Stormwater Coalition (NCSC) invites all community members to participate in the 2015 Stormwater Survey. The NCSC is a collaborative effort of several governmental agencies to reduce stormwater pollution and protect local watersheds. The Coalition will use the survey to gauge the public’s knowledge of stormwater issues, including the impacts of urban run-off and other discharges into local waterways like Yreka Creek its their tributaries. The survey responses will help direct the Coalition’s regional stormwater pollution prevention education and outreach.

Your input is invaluable. Please complete the survey online by April 30, 2015 by following this link:  http://goo.gl/forms/mH5xdA6i05  or pick up a hard copy at Yreka City Hall.

Burning Restrictions Lifted in Yreka

October 23, 2014

Yreka Volunteer Fire Department Chief BJ Laustalot announced that climatic conditions have sufficiently changed to allow burning within the City limits. Chief Laustalot wants to remind citizens that burning will be allowed only during daylight hours in small piles (3'x3'x3') and that reasonable and ordinary care must be exercised. Before burning please call the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control at (530)842-8123 for burn days and burning requirements.

Burn Permits previously obtained from City Hall are still valid. Burn Permits are free and can be obtained from Yreka City Hall - 701 Fourth Street - Mondays through Thursdays 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Fire Hall Water Dispenser Discontinuation

August 4, 2014

The bulk water dispenser located at the Fire Hall at 401 W Miner St will be closed starting Monday August 4, 2014. A new bulk water dispenser located at 195 Greenhorn Road (near the intersection of Greenhorn Road and S Oregon St) will open Monday August 4, 2014 to replace it. If the new water dispenser is unable to operate, the water dispenser at the Fire Hall may reopen for an indefinite period.

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Stage 2 Drought Public Notice

July 24, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board has issued emergency regulations that require the City of Yreka to implement mandatory water conservation measures. To comply with this, the City is implementing Stage 2 “Water Alert” of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, effective August 1, 2014. The increase in water conservation measures is the result of ongoing drought conditions in California.

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North Yreka Creek Trail Project

July 8, 2014

Construction on the North Yreka Creek Trail Project is scheduled to begin in July according to the Yreka Department of Public Works. The project will create a trailhead and picnic area for the Yreka Creek Greenway at Deer Creek Way (north of Montague Road/Highway 3), and will widen the creek corridor to improve flood passage. In addition, a number of improvements will be done at the Yreka Creek Greeway Visitor Center, by the Siskiyou County Museum. View the press release for more information. 

Home Water Surveys

June 13, 2014

Get a jump on high summer water bills!  The City of Yreka Public Works Department is offering FREE home surveys to our customers to help them reduce their water bills by using water more efficiently. We all enjoy our beautiful landscapes that add so much to our lives and home values, but landscapes can use up to 60 percent of our water in the summer and can drive up our water bills.  A home surveyor will come to your home to check for leaks, indoors and outdoors, check water using appliances, check your irrigation system, and make recommendations to help you save water. 

To schedule a FREE home survey call 530-841-2370, or to do the survey yourself, download the surveyView the press release for more information. 

Online Utility Billing Portal and Credit & Debit Card Payments

June 2, 2014

The City of Yreka is now accepting credit and debit card payments for utility bills. Customers will also be able to view or pay utility bills online. Card payments will be accepted online, at City Hall, or over the phone. View the press release.

City Hall Closed to the Public on Fridays

May 9, 2014

City Hall, at 701 Fourth Street will be closed to the public starting on Friday, May 30, 2014. Emergency services will operate normally. For more information, view the press release

Work Starting Soon on Wastewater System Improvements

March 12, 2014

A major improvement project, including excavation in the streets to replace sewer pipes, will be started this month in the northwest portion of the City according to the City of Yreka Department of Public Works. Construction will generally be west of Oregon Street, between Lane Street and Lennox Street. Work will affect Lane, Miner, North, Yama, Oak Cedar, Pine, Prospect, Park and Fairchild Streets as well as Arlene Court.
Residents who may have items stored in the alleys in these neighborhoods are requested to move them immediately to facilitate this important repair project.

Murder Suspect in Custody - Yreka Police Department

January 28, 2014

On January 28, 2014 Elias Samuel Bullington, 26 years old is in custody for the murder of Henry S. Cooper Jr. Bullington is currently lodged in the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka, California. Cooper's body was discovered on July 9, 2013 near the 1000 block of Deer Creek Way, along Yreka Creek in Yreka, California. 

The Yreka Police Department has been working continuously on this case to solve this ruthless murder. Chief Brian Bowles added, "I am very proud of the Yreka Police Department's team effort on this case, and we are very happy to be able to give Cooper's family closure of this tragic event".

Further details involving this case are being withheld at this time. 

City Hall Flag at Half Staff

January 15th, 2014

Former City Council Member/Mayor Donald Carey passed on January 1, 2014.  In accordance with the City’s Flag lowering policy, we have lowered the flag at City Hall for 5-days in his honor. Flags will be at half staff at City Hall from January 15th to January 19th. Donald Carey, who was Mayor from 1972-1974, served on the Yreka City Council from  1970 – 1974, 1974 – 1978, and was appointed to the City Council again in January 1993 - 1994, to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Giardino. 

Public Review Draft Yreka Housing Element

December 9, 2013

View the Public Review Draft of the Yreka Housing Element.

City Council Meeting Calendar

December 9, 2013

The City Council recently finalized their meeting calendar for 2014. The City Council meets the first and third Thursday of every month, not including special meetings, however, there is several canceled meetings in 2014. View the City of Yreka City Council 2014 Meeting Schedule.

Utility Account Set Up Fee Lowered Beginning January 1, 2014

November 25, 2013

The utility account set-up fee has been reduced. Beginning January 1, 2014, customers setting up new utility accounts will pay a $75 non-refundable fee.

The City’s utility account set-up fee covers the staff time and other expenses associated with setting up new accounts. These expenses include administrative costs associated with account setup, reading water meters at the beginning and end of an account, turning water on for new customers and other related tasks.

Burn Ban Lifted in the City of Yreka

October 3, 2013

Yreka Volunteer Fire Department Chief Allan Jones announced that climatic conditions have sufficiently changed to allow burning within the City limits, effective 10/2/2013.   Chief Jones wants to remind citizens that burning will be allowed only during daylight hours in small piles (3’x3’x3’), and that necessary precautions must be exercised. Before burning please call the Siskiyou County Air Pollution Control at (530) 842-8123 for permissible burn days and burning requirements.

Burning permits previous obtained from City Hall are still valid.  Burning Permits are free and can be obtained from Yreka City Hall at 701 Fourth Street, Yreka, CA.

Yreka Police Department Acquires Armored Vehicle

September 26, 2013


The Yreka Police Department (YPD) recently acquired an International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. The MRAP is an armored vehicle that is designed to protect passengers from a number of different potential threats. It was acquired via the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program at no cost to the YPD. There will be a number of changes to the vehicle including upgrading communications equipment, installing different seating, as well as other customizations. With upgraded communications equipment, the MRAP will be able to serve as a mobile command center. There are no weapons mounted on the vehicle.

The YPD acquired the MRAP in order to provide additional protection for officers and the public in general. In addition, the MRAP will be able to serve as a rapid response vehicle for emergency situations. Having an armored vehicle allows the YPD to negotiate with, engage or search for active shooters or armed suspects, and to rescue injured or trapped officers or citizens, while minimizing risk to officers and other first responders. Last year alone, Yreka had two incidents where armed suspects took hostages.

Acquiring the MRAP has been a long process. Chief of Police Brian Bowles worked for 7 years to acquire an armored vehicle before being approved to receive this vehicle. Once the vehicle upgrades are finished, he is planning on making the MRAP available to other local law enforcement agencies for use. 

Miner Street Grant Program 

August 2, 2013


The Miner Street Grant Program, which consists of the Facade Grant Program and Community Projects Grant Program, are now accepting applications for eligible projects. To learn more about the different programs and what projects are eligible, visit the Miner Street Grant Program page

The Miner Street Grant Program, which is funded entirely by a private donation from the Stewart Trust, was founded last year in order to help businesses, property owners, groups and individuals beautify Miner Street through investments in commercial buildings and community oriented projects. So far, 7 projects have been completed as part of the Miner Street Grant Program. There is also a number of projects that are currently under way as part of the Miner Street Grant Program. 

Work Starting Soon on Oregon Street Overlay

June 21, 2013

The City of Yreka Department of Public Works would like to inform the public that S. Oregon Street, from Miner Street to Turre Street, will be under construction from June 24 through July 3. The work includes placing an asphalt concrete overlay, pavement markings and signs. Intersections, including W. Miner Street and S. Oregon Street, will be closed at times during the work, and detours should be expected. The overlay will be a continuation of work that started last fall, which included upgrades to water and sewer mains.  Sunrise Excavating Inc., of Redding, CA, is the contractor for the project.

Parking along S. Oregon Street may be limited, and sections of S. Oregon Street will need to be closed during portions of the project.  Parking restrictions and street closures will be posted in the affected locations 48 hours in advance.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to watch for trucks and other construction equipment and use extreme caution if they have to use the affected streets.  It is advisable to use alternate routes to avoid the construction areas if possible.

New Bike Racks Installed in Miner Street Plaza

Post Date: March 7, 2013

Bike Rack Bike Rack

The Economic Growth Group's Bicycle Tourism Engage Business Committee, and the Northern California Resource Center installed two new bike racks in Miner Street Plaza. The racks, which were designed and built locally, are part of a broader plan to make Yreka more bicycle friendly. The City's Miner Street Grant Program, which is privately funded, provided a grant to pay for the racks.

New City of Yreka Business Newsletter

Post Date: December 26, 2012

The City of Yreka’s new Business Newsletter aims to keep our local businesses up to date with any changes that might affect them and provide information on resources to help businesses thrive. This irregularly published newsletter will be sent to business license holders as important issues arise. Email Updates for issues concerning businesses are also available from the City.

Fire Department Receives Grant 

Post Date: November 5, 2012

On October 2nd, 2012 the Yreka Volunteer Fire Department (YVFD) received approval for a Cal Fire Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant application that the YVFD had submitted. This grant provides a 50/50 match to help rural fire departments be better prepared for fighting, primarily, wildfires.

The YVFD will be using the grant to purchase safety gear to better equip the department to fight wildfires. The following equipment will be purchased:

  • 40 sets of Wolfpack Gear Wildland Web Gear
  • 40 sets of Wolfpack Gear Tool Pouches
  • 40 sets of Wolfpack Gear Glove Keepers
  • 10 sets of Wolfpack Gear Radio Chest Harnesses

The new safety gear will be able to carry mandated fire shelters, water, tools and any other equipment needed to fight fires.

The grant will provide $6,141 towards the purchase of the gear, and privately donated funds from the YVFD’s Benefit Fund will provide the grant match. 

Oregon Street Overlay

Release Date: October 3, 2012

The City of Yreka Department of Public Works would like to inform the public that parts of Oregon Street will soon be under construction. Oregon Street, from Miner Street to Turre Street, will receive a new asphalt concrete overlay by the end of the year. In addition, portions of the sewer and water mains along this section of Oregon Street will be upgraded.  Sunrise Excavating Inc., of Redding, CA, will be starting work in the second week of October.

Residents and businesses will be notified when their water service will have to be turned off in order to connect new water lines.  Parking along Oregon Street may be limited, and sections of Oregon Street will need to be closed for a day, during portions of the project.  Parking restrictions and street closures will be posted in the affected locations 48 hours in advance.

Funding from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) will pay for the street work, and City water and sewer funds will pay for upgrading the water and sewer mains.

Parents and students are asked to pay extra attention when dropping off and picking up at Jackson Street School during construction. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to watch for trucks and other construction equipment and use extreme caution if they have to use the affected streets.  It is advisable to use alternate routes to avoid the construction areas if possible.

Please contact Jeannette Hook, Administrative Assistant, at (530) 841-2336 if you have any questions.

Safe Routes to School

Post Date:  January 12, 2012

The Safe Routes to School Project is under construction.  This project is designed to improve routes that students take to school by improving sidewalk conditions, installing electric signs to alert drivers to the students, and improving crosswalk markings.  The work and location of the work are shown on the following map.  The funding source of $400,000 is the Safe Routes to School Program administered by Caltrans, and the City is required to contribute 10% or $40,000.  The contractor is R.B. Aldrich from Ft. Jones.

View the Safe Routes to School Project Map (PDF)

Channel 10, KTVL, News recently aired a story about the project.
News Story Video Clip

Hen Ballot Measure

Release Date:  December 22, 2011

For information please view the full press release:
City Council Prepares For Ballot Measure
Resolution 2943, Impartial City Attorney Analysis


Klamath River Dam Removal

Posting Date:  November 21, 2011

The City expresses concerns regarding the Klamath River Dam Removals and the City's Water System.  For more information, view the City's Comment Letter to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Secretarial Determination on Whether to Remove Four Dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon.

2010 Chip Sealing Project

Release Date:  June 10, 2010

The Department of Public Works will be placing a chip seal on various streets this summer. We are asking residents on the streets below to please remove all vehicles and/or trailers etc. from the street prior to 7 am on the days scheduled for chip sealing.
The following streets are scheduled for work, weather permitting, on the following days.

View the Project Details and Street Schedule (PDF)

Work Starts on Stormwater Detention Basins

Release Date:  April 2, 2010

Construction work will begin the week of April 5th on two stormwater detention basins that will reduce the amount of stormwater flowing across the streets in town. One of the basins is located on the east side of Shasta Avenue and the other basin is located west of Sherman Street, behind the houses facing Knapp and Lennox Streets. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2010.

We would appreciate it if parents could keep an especially sharp eye on school-children in these areas during the construction. We are requesting that motorists and pedestrians to avoid the construction areas and use caution if they have to travel through the affected areas. The contractor will provide reasonable access to residences, but there may be some temporary street closures during construction.

The construction contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, Bellet Construction of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This work is one of the final elements of a $5 million grant received in 2006 to make numerous improvements in the City’s stormwater management system. The Department of Public Works has already completed two phases of the project.

These detention basins will delay storm water for several hours to reduce the peak runoff during large storms. Steve Neill, the City’s Director of Public Works, explains that slowing down the runoff will reduce the potential for flood damages in susceptible areas of town. The project is also expected to improve water quality, as well as the spawning and summer habitat of endangered steelhead and salmon, by reducing the amount of fertilizers, pesticides, trash, and other debris that reach Yreka Creek from the streets within the City.

City Starts Work on Two New Construction Projects

Release Date: April 23, 2009

Work started this week on two large construction projects in the City of Yreka. The contracts for the two projects were recently awarded to Ron Hale Construction of Shasta Lake City and Knife River Materials of Medford according to Steve Neill, Director of Public Works.

Knife River Materials will be working downtown to replace water mains and services on Fourth Street between Miner and Jackson and on Miner Street between Broadway and Fourth. Then, a new layer of asphalt concrete, typically known as an overlay, will be placed on Fourth Street between Miner and Rose. The water line replacement is funded by the City's Water Fund and the overlay is funded by the State Transportation Improvement Program.

Ron Hale Construction will be placing an asphalt concrete overlay on numerous streets throughout the City. Work has already started on Turre Street. Portions of Campbell Avenue, Herzog Street, Jackson Street, and East Greenhorn Road will also receive a new overlay, and the construction will include additional streets in these general areas. This work is also funded by the State Transportation Improvement Program.

Residents are encouraged to utilize alternate routes to avoid construction in these areas. The contractor will maintain access to businesses, but the street may be closed one block at a time and parking may be restricted during the construction. "We would appreciate your patience and consideration as the Department of Public Works completes these important improvement projects," stated Neill.

Another project that is expected to be built this summer is a new storm drain across Main Street and to Yreka Creek just north of Bruce Street. Caltrans and the City a partnering to complete this project that will reduce flooding along Main Street (State Route 3) through Yreka.