Chowchilla council adopts 45-day moratorium on high-speed rail

The Chowchilla City Council adopted on Tuesday an Urgency Ordinance that imposes a temporary 45-day moratorium on the construction of any portion of the proposed high-speed rail system within the city limits unless negative impacts from the proposed project are resolved.

The next step is a consideration of an extension of this Urgency Ordinance at the next City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. An extension would allow the city more time to prepare a more detailed ordinance outlining specific standards required for building a high-speed rail project that minimizes the adverse impact on the citizens of Chowchilla, the city said in a news release.

Proposed routes being considered by the High Speed Rail Authority would bisect the city in two directions, creating public safety issues by delaying emergency response times, eliminating or damaging existing businesses within city limits and causing blight and excessive noise issues, according to the news release.

Said Mayor David Alexander, “The Chowchilla City Council is taking necessary action to protect the health, safety and welfare of the city's residents from the potentially detrimental effects of the high-speed rail project.”--Sun-Star Staff