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Chico City Council to discuss budget, housing projects, price gouging, cannabis committee

The Chico City Council is set to discuss a variety of topics at a meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 10:57 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 10:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council is set to discuss a variety of topics at a meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

Proposed housing bill

The Chico City Council will discuss possible support for Assemblyman James Gallagher's bill to increase housing projects in Butte County.

Assembly Bill 430 previously faced opposition from Chico Mayor Randall Stone. He said he wanted the council to have more time to review it.

Gallagher said the bill will streamline the environmental review process for certain housing projects.

Price gouging ordinance

City Manager Mark Orme will introduce an ordinance to prohibit price gouging in Chico during and after an emergency.

Orme cites an ordinance adopted by Santa Rosa after the November 2018 wildfires.

It would last as long as the Camp Fire disaster declaration is in place. 

South campus neighborhood improvement project

The City Council will consider the South Campus Neighborhood Improvement Project, which is aimed at improving areas near downtown and near Chico State. 

The area that the project focuses on is from 2nd to Salem Streets. 

The project includes buffered bike lanes, better lighting and road work. 

City staff will also ask to apply for grant funding through Caltrans' Cycle Five Active Transportation Funding. 

2019-2020 budget

The Chico City Council is also set to review the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Chico Mayor Randall Stone said he wants to focus on road maintenance, saying the city had previously planned to spend $7 million on city roads, but have instead used funds to fill positions in other city departments.

"We've got some real problems and tremendous budget consequences that I've been talking about for years and we finally have the opportunity to see how bad that is," Stone said. 

Community members have also expressed concerns about the roadways. 

"There are potholes everywhere, people don't feel safe, traffic accidents are up by a huge amount," said Nichole Nava, a community member in Chico. "But, what also is important is our personal safety." 

Cannabis Advisory Committee

The City Council also plans to finalize its new cannabis advisory committee. 

The councilmembers will vote by ballot to appoint members chosen from 26 applicants. 

Those committee members will then review the pros and cons of bringing cannabis sales into the city of Chico. 

To view the full council meeting agenda, CLICK HERE

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