Chico City Leaders Talk FEMA Plans

City Council wants to bring community members in the loop about FEMA's plans to brings 250 temporary homes and a trash-sorting site to the city.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2018 4:36 AM
Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 11:36 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico City Council is holding a special meeting tonight to bring everyone in the loop about FEMA's plans to help in the Camp Fire recovery process.

One plan is to being 250 temporary trailer-homes to a lot off of Eaton Road.

That could mean about 500 additional vehicles using the two-lane route to Highway 99.

FEMA reps say the goal here is to keep people working in the area, allow kids to stay with their teachers for school - these trailers would make it possible.

They'd have on-site property management, as well as on-site recovery case management services.

There would be a park, a playground and a bus stop. The development would be hooked up to the sewer and water systems.

FEMA will pay for evacuees to stay there for as long as 18 months.

But Chico's leaders say they want people who live in Chico to weigh in before this happens.

They also want the public to know about plans to sort fire debris at Barber Yard.

It's a residential neighborhood - and city leaders worry about the impacts of dozens of trucks a day, hauling waste up and down 16th street.

FEMA plans to use the site of the old Diamond Match Plant to sort non-hazardous fire debris they remove from fire-affected areas.

Chico's Mayor Randall Stone says it may be a desirable location because trash can be sorted and sent off via the train.

But he worries about the impacts of the dust and damage from trash haulers.

If you live in Chico and want a say in the decision, you can speak up at the special meeting Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers on Main Street.

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