Business View Magazine | August 2019

248 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019 new zoning ordinance: “We just adopted revised downtown design guidelines to try to get more of an aesthetic appeal that we’re looking for, to get businesses in uniformity to have a more attractive look to the downtown, instead of just everybody doing their own thing. For us, the downtown is the hub. It’s the center point of our city. “We have a unique issue in that our downtown is a highway that is owned by the state - Highway 233, also called Robertson Boulevard. That is our downtown. One street north and one street south of that is our entire downtown for so many blocks. But the main part of it is owned by Caltrans (California Department of Transportation), so there are some restrictions and fights that we have with the state as to what we could do and what not, and it’s an obstacle to overcome. For example, they won’t let us put a Christmas tree up; they won’t let us put banners across the street. So, there are a lot of things they won’t let us do when we try to get the downtown going. In considering the most important aspects of living in Chowchilla, Pruett offers the following: “We are a very close-knit community. We have excellent public safety numbers; our crime rates are low; it’s a small town that really supports each other and its police force, so you could feel safe. Also, I guess being centrally located. We are a couple of hours away from the beach and a couple of hours away from camping in the mountains. You can go snow skiing in the winter and water skiing in the summer. When you are centrally-located, it’s easy to get to just about anything you would like to get to. In sum, I’d say we embrace a rich heritage of small town appeal as a diverse, family- oriented community with quiet and attractive neighborhoods, a growing downtown vitality, and vibrant local activities, where community is not just a word, but a way of life.” OUR EXPERT TEAM DELIVERS DESIGN, INSTALLATION AND SOLUTIONS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS CALIFORNIAAQUASTORE.COM INFO@CALIFORNIAAQUASTORE.COM PREFERRED VENDOR n California Aqua Store