Humboldt Supervisors to declare local health emergency due to smoke

EUREKA – Due to increasing health impacts of smoke coming in from multiple surrounding wildfires, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to approve a resolution proclaiming a local health emergency.

Humboldt County Public Health Officer, Dr. Donald Baird, has noted that the current air quality poses a significant risk to the health and safety of county residents.

When and if the local health emergency proclamation is approved, the county will prioritize emergency duties put forth by the state.

Also on their agenda, the Board will take a vote to approve a $23,000 agreement with SIPCA LLC for cannabis track and trace services.

If approved, Humboldt will be following in Mendocino County’s footsteps, where they have been working with this company for their cannabis track and trace program needs.

Supervisors note that benefits of brining the program here would help track cannabis cultivation within the county and in doing so help in regulation, tax collection and aid law enforcement with verifying compliance.

The contract would extend to December of 2018, and the county would reassess the necessity of the program then.

Also, the Board will consider approving additional funding to protect the Murray Field Airport.

Supervisors will vote to transfer over $14,000 to pay for old markings on the runway strip of the airport to be fixed, in order to keep the airport in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Contracting these services is costly, but if not done there is a risk the Murray Airport could lose its permit and be closed until the work is done.

The meeting will take place Tuesday starting at 9AM at the Humboldt County Court House in the Board Chambers.