Residents using Robinson Park near downtown Chico won’t be able to stay as late as they used to.
On Tuesday, the city council voted to change the park’s closing time from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m., as recommended by the Parks Board.
Mayor J.D. Clark said while the change was not the result of any specific incident recently, the park has been the site of occasional vandalism.
“There’s been vandalism off and on – things written on playground equipment, lights busted out,” Clark said.
The change had been made at the request of a resident deputy who would sometimes see people hanging out in the park after dark.
BUDGET AND TAX RATE
The council also approved a balanced budget of $2,279,128 in revenues and expenditures. The number was slightly higher than the one presented last month, Clark said, due to the addition of a new truck for the city’s animal control officer.
A tax rate of 48 cents per $100 valuation was also approved by the council, the same as the current fiscal year.
No one spoke during the public hearing on the budget and tax rate.
In other business, the council:
- appointed the city’s Economic Development Corporation officers: Clark, president; Larry Mader, vice president; and Ed Cowley, treasurer.
- approved a contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for city health insurance.
- approved a $4,000 budget amendment for the current fiscal year to allow the fire department to purchase an extractor to clean and sanitize bunker gear.
- discussed but took no action on a possible addition to the fire hall.