City officials to extend declaration of emergency in Fortuna

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FORTUNA- Weeks after one of the worst fires Fortuna has seen in nearly 30 years, city officials continue to look for outside funding to cover emergency response costs.

Tuesday city council members will vote to extend an declaration of local emergency. On January 28 a fire wiped out five local businesses on main street. Later that afternoon, a 5.7 earthquake added to the response.

The city says they are working toward any avenue possible to divert spending city general fund dollars on the emergency response effort. The cost would greatly diminish general fund reserves. Extending the local emergency may entice other government organizations to help cover the costs.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, staff will appoint an ad hoc litigation review committee for an ongoing case against the city and will appoint a new member to the historic commission.