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Pandemic recovery funds could bring new hospital resources in Chico

With $22 million to help the city recover from the pandemic, Chico leaders would like to improve the sewer infrastructure to have more hospital services.

Posted: Jun 9, 2021 5:40 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 5:02 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico has $22 million from the American Rescue Plan to help the city recover from the pandemic.

The city will have $2.9 million for small businesses, $5.8 million for government services and $6 million to upgrade its infrastructure.

Improving the sewer system in Chico could help bring new hospital resources to the city.

The city is now setting aside about $6 million for sewer improvements in the area of east Chico to be able to have more hospital services.

People in Chico think this is a good way for the city to spend this funding.

“I think Enloe does a wonderful job but they are covering every single base,” said a Chico resident who did not want to be identified. “If you have someone else, I think it is healthier.”

“One of those opportunities to help support the region with additional hospital supports is huge,” said City Manager Mark Orme. “However, the sewer doesn’t go out all the way in that direction yet."

Not all of the $6million will go towards sewer improvements but it will also go towards boosting event locations like the new location of the BMX track near the Chico Airport.

Orme said the city hopes to make some of these improvements within the next year.

The city council will meet for its next meeting on June 15 at 6 p.m.

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