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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Resolving Problems

Who do I call to report sidewalk problems, potholes or damaged roadways?

Call the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 305 to report these problems or send an email.

Why doesn't the City do more complete road repairs rather than simply patching the potholes?

Due to budget restrictions, the City of Chowchilla cannot always do complete street reconstruction. The City has been maintaining City streets using a chip seal procedure. In most cases, reconstruction costs approx. five times more than chip sealing. Filling potholes can prevent further deterioration of a street until such time reconstruction can be accomplished.

Who do I contact if a street light needs repair?

Call the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 305. When you call, please provide the number posted on the street lighting pole. If you do not have the pole number, please provide the location and closest address available when you report it. Public Works will then refer it to the responsible agency.

Who is responsible for routine maintenance of sidewalk, curb, gutter and street trees?

Routine maintenance is the property owner's responsibility. For sidewalk and curb repairs or problems with street trees, please contact the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 305 or send an email.

Where do I call to report water leaks or a broken hydrant?

Call the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 305 or send an email.  If problem occurs on a weekend or an emergency situation exists, please call the Police Department at (559) 665-8600.

Who do I call if I have a sewer blockage in the line that is not on my property?

The Chowchilla Municipal Code # 13.12.065 Section E states in part that "House branch sewer, including their connection to sewer mains, shall not be considered as City property or become a part of the City sewer system, and their maintenance and repair shall not be provided by the City." If you experience a problem that you feel is the City's responsibility, please call the Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615, extension 305 or send an email. If problem occurs on a weekend or an emergency situation exists, please call the Police Department at (559) 665-8600.

Where do I report an abandoned vehicle?

If the vehicle is on the street or in an alley, call the Police Department at (559) 665-8600. If the vehicle is on private property, contact the Code and Zone Enforcement Division of the Community and Economic Development Department in the Chowchilla Civic Center by calling (559) 665-8615, extension 787 or send an email.

Who do I call about graffiti problems?

Please call the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600. If you observe someone actually in the act of "tagging", please call the Police Department immediately.

Where do I report illegal trash dumping or fire hazards?

Contact Code Enforcement at (559) 665-8615, extension 787 or send an email. To report someone in the act of illegal dumping, please call the Police Department at (559) 665-8600. If an emergency situation exists, call 911 immediately.