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Group of neighbors in Orland furious over Tehama Street project

A group of neighbors in Orland are mad about a road project. They say the project has cut away at their property. Action News Now Jafet Serrato went to Orland to dig into the conflict.

Posted: Aug 10, 2020 4:58 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2020 5:32 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. – A group of neighbors in Orland is mad about a road project. They say the project has cut away at their property. 

"My main concern is our yard and what they have done to it,” shared Traci and Jerry Richardson.


Photos shared by neighbors show Tehama Street before the project began.

"They took four feet of our yard," said Raymond and Minna Brown.

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Now, neighbors claim the city took their private property.

Traci and Jerry Richardson have lived on Tehama Street for five years. They showed photos of the trees that once stood in front of their home. “They came in and leveled and said they had an 80 foot right of way."

Action News Now Jafet Serrato took their concerns to city leaders.

"The city has long had a lot of public right of way in that area, some of which was unpaved and had been used by people for landscape but it was city public right of way," stated City Manager, Pete Carr.

Action News Now also took a look at the project demo map to see the property lines.

Featured in the video player above, city leaders say that a space shows between the red lines belongs to the city - which is roughly 80 feet.

The Richardson’s showed Action News Now the city's general plan. It shows Tehama Street is a minor collector street.
In order to be a minor collector street, Stillman says it needs to be 60 feet wide and 40 feet between the curbs.

City leaders say that Tehama Street does fit the definition of a minor collector street. They claim they have 80 feet of right of way and 56 feet of foot curb to curb width. They are saying they have not taken any private property.

"Some of the trees that were planted in that public right of way had to be removed," said Carr. "Trees are being replaced."

"To be honest, I don't believe a single word that comes out of Pete Carr's mouth," Traci Richardson said. 

Carr says the city sent a press release in January notifying the public about the construction and posted it on social media. But the Richardson’s say they were not notified.

"It was an accident that we found out about it, but nobody else in the street was notified about it," Traci said.

"I’m sure there are always opportunities to improve your communication, but there has been a lot of notification," Carr claimed.

Neighbors told Action News Now the city promised to replace their trees, driveway, and walkway by last week. City leaders say they never promised an exact date of completion and say they will get to it eventually.

If you live in Glenn County and would like to see where your property lines are, Click Here.

Below is the press release from Pete Carr:

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