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Efforts continue to clear-out encampments in Chico

Public Works says the cost for the recent clean-up at Bidwell Park was around $4800 and the price for clearing other areas could be similar.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 6:30 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2021 9:24 AM

CHICO, Calif. - It's been a week since the city of Chico began clearing out encampments at local parks. 

Public Works says the cost for the recent clean-up at Bidwell Park was around $4800 and the price for clearing other areas could be similar.
At this time the majority of lower Bidwell Park is cleared out but there are other encampments set up in other parts of town, some are near Caper Acres Park and there are also some near Cypress Street, as well as other places in Chico. 

Erik Gustafson with Public Works says they are focusing on clearing out lower park areas moving west from Caper Acres.
Action News Now asked city leaders about the new encampments now showing up around town.

Chico City council member, Scott Huber said, "That's what two of us warned the rest of the council about, putting people out on the street without a place to go. It's wrong and it's a mistake."

Sean Morgan, who also serves on the Chico City Council says now that they are enforcing the rules against camping, more providers are stepping up to help find solutions.

"It's not gonna happen overnight, give us the benefit of the doubt. We are all working together, the city, law enforcement, and service providers. This wasn't happening a month ago, this wasn't happening a year ago. We weren't all working together," said Morgan.

We know that one short-term solution has been placing some of the people into local hotels.

The next Chico city council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 2.

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