Special Chico council meeting could lead to mask enforcement, more public engagement

In response to Butte County being placed on the state's watchlist, Mayor Ann Schwab called a special meeting to discuss the city's future measures of the pandemic.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 12:13 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 9:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - In response to Butte County being placed on the state's watchlist, Chico Mayor Ann Schwab called a special meeting to discuss the city's future measures of the pandemic.

It was a special meeting, and therefore, strictly only items on the agenda could be discussed.

Protestors organized outside City Hall earlier before the special meeting, demanding a more interactive way to participate in the city's decisions.

"We have put with this for like three months now, trying to figure out a way to allow us back in city council meetings, and we get excuse after excuse after excuse," said a protestor holding up her sign.

The council agreed that hearing people's voices is necessary.

"This should be something that should be addressed, move forward," said City Council Member Randall Stone. "Get the public engaged however possible that can be made electronically, physically, however -- all of the above."

The city council unanimously passed a motion that allows the public to engage with the city council via electronic and online devices. The council says the order is flexible in case in-person participation is possible.

"But this order as worded does allow the flexibility, or we should say it does not have the ability to have people present, but it does have the flexibility to then still allow electronic only and have a pure web-x based."

Another motion that passed was the discussion of issuing face-covering enforcement throughout Chico.

"Today I'd like for the council to consider amending it's COVID-19 emergency resolution to operationalize city enforcement of the statewide order of face coverings and other state mandates related to COVID-19," said Vice Mayor Alex Brown.

However, some people in the community think it's too much to enforce face coverings.

"Waste of resources, don't do it," said Alex Day.

"The pandemic has taken a massive toll on our community's health and the economy," said Brown. "And the impacts only continue to worsen."

The city council unanimously passed the motion to discuss enforcing face coverings within Chico in their next meeting.

The next council meeting will be held on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

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