Gridley, CA. -- At Monday night's Gridley City Council meeting, members approved the critical lease agreement, taking a huge step towards allowing FEMA to place trailers in the City Industrial Park in the south part of town. Michael E. Boeger is a member of the Board of Trustees at Butte College. He spoke out in favor of the agreement, stressing that more than 1,000 students, staff and faculty at the college lost homes in the Camp Fire. He said, "This is an opportunity for people who would prefer to stay in Butte County because of their jobs or their family to be able to stay in Butte County and not commute from places like Redding or Sacramento. All the housing stock when you lose almost 14,000 homes-there are not that many available in Butte County. And this will help mitigate the damage that's occured. And help give people opportunities."
The city of Gridley could approve a critical lease agreement with FEMA and other federal agencies Monday night. It's all to secure temporary housing for Camp Fire survivors.
Action News Now reporter Stephanie Lin obtained a copy of the lease agreement. Gridley city council could approve a 12 to 24-month lease of their City Industrial Park to the United States General Services Agency.
Here are some of the key facts enclosed in Monday's city council agenda:
350 families would live in their own units on 73 acres. That breaks out to around 1,200 people who could live in Modular Housing Units (MHU) in the park. All recipients of a trailer would need to have passed FEMA screening and quality standards. The site would help resolve 15% of fire survivor housing needs based on current estimates.
The agenda goes on to detail various site characteristics, which include on-site property management services to assist survivors with recovery and school access for children. Each MHU will be outfitted with local utilities.
This is all not meant to be a permanent fix. Survivors may use their assigned unit for 18 to 24 months from the date of declaration. The lease also specifies July 1st, 2021 as the end of the agreement.
There are several positive fiscal impacts to the city listed on the agenda. These include an expected increase in electric, water and utility revenue. The extra money could allow the city to hire two more police officers and one more firefighter.
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