Past Community Development Projects
Child Care Center 2005-2009
In 2004 the Planning Department submitted a grant to the HUD ICDBG program to build a new 5760 square foot Child Care and Head Start Center. The new center was built to replace the substandard facilities the programs had been operating out of for several years. The funding for this project was released in 2005. The project met several obstacles the biggest of which was insufficient funding. The bulk of the project was completed by the end of 2009 and the center started operations in January of 2010
Energy Audits and Community Outreach 2006-2007
Funding was received from the Department of Energy for Human Capacity Building in Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy systems. The funding allowed planning staff to complete energy audits on over 50 homes and provided training opportunities for staff and interested tribal members to learn about the fundamentals of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Informational brochures on energy topics were developed and distributed to community members during energy audits and made available at Yurok Tribal offices. Two events were organized to educate community members about energy efficiency and to answer energy related
questions. Planning staff visited three schools on the reservation where they conducted energy education activities and provided literature and compact florescent light bulbs for the students to take home to their families.
HUD Imminent Threat 2007
The department obtained funding from HUD to complete $425,000 worth of repairs on eight reservation roads damaged by the 2005-2006 winter storms.
Individual Solar Systems 2006-2009
The Planning department has assisted several tribal members with installation and/or maintenance of their solar systems. The following tribal members received assistance: Alberta Sylvia, Bernice Roubidoux, Awok Ollie Foeside, Gaylord Lewis, and Elizabeth Lemmons.
Individual Wastewater Systems 2006-2009
Planning Department staff provides assistance to tribal members through the IHS sanitation facilities application process. Planning staff reviews each application and completes the location and land ownership research. Planning staff also provides assistance to IHS staff to obtain both environmental and cultural clearance on scattered site projects.
Klamath and Weitchpec Generators 2007
In 2007 the Planning Department managed a project to install backup generators at both the Klamath and Weitchpec Tribal Offices.
Micro Hydro Project 2005
Planning staff designed, ordered, and installed a state-of-the-art micro hydro electric system for Georgiana Trull.
Tribal Utility Feasibility Study 2005
A contract agreement was entered into with the Schatz Energy Research Center to explore the possibility of the forming a Tribal Utility with a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and Tribal energy sovereignty.
Mitchell Road Power and Phone 2006
Planning staff worked with the Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) to install power poles along Mitchell Road. The IRT program is made up of military personnel that provide various types of services as a way to keep their training and skills current. The IRT program provided all the labor and equipment and tribal funds were used to purchase materials. Planning staff purchased all the supplies specified by PG&E and also issued a contract with a tree service to complete the brushing and tree removal work as needed.
McKinnon Hill Power and Phone 2007
Planning staff worked with the Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) to install power poles along McKinnon Hill Road. The IRT program is made up of military personnel that provide various types of services as a way to keep their training and skills current. The IRT program provided all the labor and equipment and tribal funds were used to purchase materials. Planning staff purchased all the supplies specified by PG&E and also issued a contract with a tree service to complete the brushing and tree removal work as needed.
Wautec Line Extension 2008-2009
In 2008 the department contracted with International line builders to complete the section of phone and power lines between Mitchell Road and Notchko Village along Highway 169.
Morek Won Recreation & Community Center 2006-2009
The planning department was awarded an ICDBG grant to complete construction of the Morek Won Recreation and Community Center. David Pierce brought on board as the project architect and Pacific Builders was issued a contract for construction. Pacific Builders starting work in October 2009 and will complete their contract obligations by June of 2010. Additional funding is needed to complete interior building finishes.
Public Safety Boat house renovation and upgrade 2007
The department solicited bids for and hired a building contractor to renovate and upgrade the Public Safety boat house in Klamath. JB construction was hired to extend the height of the building by four feet, install framing and siding, and to install a new roll up aluminum
door. Upgrades were also made to the buildings electrical system.
Public Safety Rehabilitation and Modernization 2007
The department solicited bids for and hired a building contractor to complete rehabilitation and remodel work on the Public Safety Office in Klamath. JB construction completed extensive remodel work on the office including retrofitting the existing garage into office space and building a connection between the garage and the main office.
Requa Boat Ramp 2008
The Planning Department worked with FEMA to authorize the repairs to the Requa Boat Ramp. GR Sundberg was awarded the contract to reinforce and extend the boat ramp using AarmorFlex matting.
Requa Wastewater 2007
Planning Department staff worked with HSU Engineers without borders to draft plan to expand the Requa resort wastewater system. The plan was to evaluate alternatives and determine cost estimates.
Economic Development Building Remodel 2007
JB construction was hired to complete remodeling work on the old RICA building. The contractor installed new drywall, flooring, lighting, bathroom fixtures, and interior and exterior paint. The landscaping was updated and new rock based was installed in on the driveway.
Tire removal Project 2007
The department coordinated a tire removal project that resulted in the removal of approximately 1,000 tires from the reservation.
Tsunami Sirens 2007-2008
The department secured the donation of several tsunami sirens from PG&E in Humboldt County. A contract was issued to Murray Wolfe Enterprises to complete the installation.
Tulley Creek Fire and Fitness Center 2006-2008
Funding was received from HUD ICDBC to construct a fire and fitness center in Tulley Creek. The project was advertised and awarded as a design/build contract. Kapel Construction was awarded the contract. Construction started in the summer of 2007 and finished in the fall of 2008. The building also provides office space for Yurok Land Management, Forestry, and Transportation staff.
Wautec Clean-up 2005
The planning department worked with YTEP staff to coordinate a one month cleanup effort in the Wautec village. Residents were able to get rid of excess trash and unwanted appliances.
Weitchpec Deck 2006
Planning staff managed the project to repair the foundation and install a new deck at the Weitchpec Tribal Office. The contract was awarded to JB construction.
Wind and Hydro Study 2008-2009
The Department of Energy funded a Wind and Hydro feasibility study. This project analyzed the potential for wind and/or hydro power on specific sites on the Yurok Reservation. The department worked with Environmental Engineers at Schatz Energy Lab at HSU. A 40 Meter (130 ft) meteorological tower was installed including monitoring equipment that will be able to provide data to determine if there is ample wind source at
the selected site. Two gauging stations were installed as part of this project. We put one in Ke’pel Creek and the other in Pecwan Creek. After one year we will have enough flow information to determine if the creeks are viable sources for hydro power.