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Annual Events - Yreka Chamber of Commerce
In 2012 we had a tie with both Don and Claudia East taking the award, and in recent years honorees have included Siskiyou County Supervisor Grace Bennett (2013), Joan Favero (2014), and Yreka City Councilman David Simmen (2015) Dwight Roberts (2016)
In 2012, we had a tie with both Don and Claudia East taking the award, and in recent years, honorees have included Siskiyou County Supervisor Grace Bennett (2013), Joan Favero (2014), and Yreka City Councilman David Simmen (2015). (A full list of winners in available at www.yrekachamber.com.)
David Simmen won Citizen of the Year.
After his name was announced, he was celebrated with a standing ovation. Simmen was nominated for his interest in Yreka as a whole - past, present and future. He is known for lending a hand and spearheading many endeavors to make Yreka better. He has served in a varitey of capacities, including as a city council member and mayor of Yreka. He is currently spearheading an effort to get water to Yreka by gravity flow, which would reduce costs to the city. Simmen took to the stage and congratulated all of the nominees, as well as other community members for their dedication to Yreka. "The task of our future is in your hands," he said to the crowd.
Described as a Quality of Life Local Stimulus Initiative, the measure was introduced earlier this year by Yreka City Council member David Simmen.
If Yreka voters approve the measure, a one-quarter of one percent sales tax would be imposed in the city. The revenue from that increase would be collected by the state and then allocated to the city, Simmen said at a Measure I public forum Tuesday night in Yreka. From there, he said, a citizen panel - whose members would be appointed by the city council - would then assess applications from area non-profits in order to appropriate funds for special events or infrastructure projects administered by nonprofits receiving the funds.
Yreka City Council member David Simmen continued talks with the rest of the council Thursday night on the potential for purchasing senior water rights and a power plant on Fall Creek.
Yreka City Council member David Simmen continued talks with the rest of the council Thursday night on the potential for purchasing senior water rights and a power plant on Fall Creek. Fall Creek serves as the source of the city of Yreka's water, and Simmen brought his idea to the council at a previous meeting. He proposed that the city explore purchase of the senior water right on Fall Creek, where currently the city's right is junior to utility company PacifiCorp's holding. PacifiCorp also owns a power plant through which Fall Creek water is run before being diverted for Yreka's domestic water delivery system. Simmen's idea is to first gain the senior water right, opening up the possibility of a separate diversion point that could deliver the city's water by gravity feed and save a substantial amount on the cost of pumping the water the same distance. He also opened the door to exploring purchase of the power plant, which he said is currently technologically inferior, but possibly holds the potential for future profits through modernization. Simmen said that he envisions the savings and potential revenue from the project as a way to secure Yreka's future and reverse the trend of cutting services.