Enterprise-Record (Chico)

Oroville City Council approves Sank Park fence upgrade

- By Michael Weber mweber@chicoer.com

OROVILLE >> The Oroville City Council approved the final design and budget for its Sank Park perimeter fence project Tuesday.

Assistant Director of Community Developmen­t Dawn Nevers said the final design was made with input from the Oroville historical advisory commission and the city council.

“The story of the Lott Home and the park should be a reminder to us at the city of Oroville that we have accepted responsibi­lity of caring for this home and museum and the grounds for the enjoyment of our community and visitors; to preserve its history into the future,” Nevers said.

The Sank Park museum and grounds were bequeathed to Oroville by Jesse Sank in 1961, according to the staff report.

Nevers said the fence is designed to provide security to Sank Park and the C. F. Lott Home with improvemen­ts to lighting and dawn-to-dusk hardware. The perimeter of the fence, which goes around the block around the C.F. Lott home is cut at the corners for better visibility.

Mayor David Pittman said he appreciate­d the fence design could be used for different parks throughout the city.

“I think this is a very good idea. It certainly is time for us to change the chicken wire and get it out of there before the posts rot away,” Pittman said.

Councilor Shawn Webber said he was concerned about the fence’s cost, which he estimated could cost $570 per foot, and suggested the budget could cover additional lighting of trees too.

Nevers said the budget can be adjusted after bids for the project are submitted.

Pittman said several community members have put in donations to improve the park.

“I just want to mention we’re at a park that has been hugely supported by so many members. Hopefully it will help us buffer the sticker shock a little bit,” Pittman said.

The council approved the budget for the fence constructi­on up to $625,000.

Other business

The council approved several other items of note including:

Approval of a letter supporting the a bill from Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) called H.R. 1586 Forest Protection and Wildland Fire Safety Act 2023.

A resolution declaring the Ehmann Home as a historical landmark.

Authorizat­ion to transfer an Oroville dump truck to The Hope Center City Works Program.

 ?? JENNIE BLEVINS — MERCURY-REGISTER ?? White fencing surroundin­g Sank Park is pictured April 20, 2022 in Oroville.
JENNIE BLEVINS — MERCURY-REGISTER White fencing surroundin­g Sank Park is pictured April 20, 2022 in Oroville.

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