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Frustrations rise in Chico over trash left at empty lot

Some people in Chico are frustrated over an empty lot where trash is continuously being dumped. The lot is owned by Chuck Patterson and is on the corner of Connors and East Avenue.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 11:11 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2021 8:57 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Some people in Chico are frustrated over an empty lot where trash is continuously being dumped. The lot is owned by Chuck Patterson and is on the corner of Connors and East Avenue.

Gabrielle Walters has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

"It is important to me how it looks, I live right across the street, but even if I didn't, if I lived down the street and was taking a walk, I would not want this trash to be at the entryway to my neighborhood," said Walters. 

Walters said when Chuck Patterson first bought the lot is when she started noticing trash build up.

"I called Chuck Patterson and talked to their customer relations person, I cannot remember her name right now, but she was very helpful. It seemed like in the beginning people would come right now and clean it up, but then it just kind of stopped happening," said Walters.

Walters said she called Code Enforcement a couple of times as well.

Chico Code Enforcement Officer Roy Wallis says when he received calls on the lot he contacted Chuck Patterson immediately.

"One was for some down branches, a fire hazard type issue, based on that, I notified the owners of the property, Chuck Patterson, of the violation and they promptly removed the branches," said Wallis. 

Wallis says the second call, in December, was a complaint about junk on the property and an overflowing trash can.

"Found that was the case, talked to a salesman at the used car lot, explained to him what was going on. The next day everything was cleaned up. Then I had Waste Management come to remove the garbage can," said Wallis. 

However, Walters says she is tired of having to call, or pick up trash on her own.

"What I would like to see is like once a week at the very least, but I think it is really a daily job or twice a week. I know that they have people who clean their parking lots over there, and blow the leaves and they have people who do that, so I just would want this parking lot to get that attention," said Walters. 

Action News Now spoke to a manager at Chuck Patterson who says they do their best to keep the lot clean. They plan to tear down the building next to the lot and then expand their Used Car Lot. 

Code Enforcement Officer Wallis says he understands the concern and it is important to keep lots like the one on Connors clear, so that people do not think they can dump their trash wherever. However, he says Chuck Patterson has followed all directions when he has contacted them about their property being dirty. 

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