City Council Passes Carr Fire Urgency Ordinances

Several urgency ordinances related to the Carr Fire were passed by the Redding City Council Tuesday night. As the community moves into a clean up mode, City Manager Barry Tippin asked the council to continue with the declaration of a local emergency. FEMA will reimburse funds the city has paid out in the wake of the Carr Fire, but only if certain requirements are met. One is the declaration of an emergency which allows clean up efforts to begin without a vote by the council for each item. Tippin told the council the city sustained considerable damage to its trail system including four bridges. Also Public Works Director Chuck Aukland said that contaminants could be entering the sewage system at each property where a home was destroyed, especially once clean up begins. He asked the council for $500,000 to cap the line at each lot preventing contaminants from entering the system. Auckland says that work must be done prior to property owners having their lots cleared which will begin as soon as Cal OES gives the clearance. That work can be done for free by the state, or a property owner can have it done privately. But according to an ordinance passed Tuesday night, it must be signed off by the city in order to insure uniformity. Tippin says clean up information will be posted on the cities website by Friday with informational meetings to be held as soon as next week.

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