City of Eureka’s actions against ’11 worst’ Squires properties on hold for now

EUREKA – The City of Eureka has agreed to a temporary hold on abatement activity for properties owned by Floyd and Betty Squires.
Staff served an inspection warrant on what the city described as the eleven worst properties owned by the Squires on August 8th.
Those inspections found more than 250 health and safety code violations ranging from mold and cockroach infestations to fire and structural hazards.
Since then, crews demolished two of the eleven, the Blue Heron Ldoge on Broadway and a residence at 833 H Street, both vacant. And last Friday residents were evicted from three addresses on 3rd Street in Old Town, so it could be boarded up.
Attorneys representing the city and the Squires reached an agreement in concept to cease further action for the next few weeks. Public Works officials noted that only covers properties not deemed an immediate hazard.