Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery July 17: More than 7,000 homes cleared of debris

On this week's segment, Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin provides an update on debris removal and upcoming meetings after the Camp Fire.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 3:07 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 3:42 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire.

Debris Removal Update

  • As of July 17, 2019, there have been 7,332 properties cleared of debris.
  • The county has certified 2,662 properties as "clean of debris."
  • There have been 93 building permits issued

Other Updates

On July 15, 2019, the town of Paradise issued the first Certificate of Occupancy to the Sinclaire Family.

The Town will start holding Community meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. The first meeting will be on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Paradise Alliance Church.

The is currently under construction due to updates coming that will include a go-to guide to the rebuilding process to help residents and contractors. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.

Party in the park

  • When: Wednesday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Community Park

“Finding Hope after the Camp Fire” Support Group

  • When: Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Spiritual Care Center (295 E. Washington Ave. Chico)

Paradise Town Council Meeting – Budget

  • When: Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m.
  • Where: 5555 Skyway, Paradise

Together We Rise Business Forum hosted by The Paradise Chamber

  • When: Tuesday, July 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Where: 6161 Clark Road, Paradise

Paradise SaveMart Grand Re-Opening

  • When: Friday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: 6636 Clark Road, Paradise (corner Clark and Wagstaff)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I have heard the process to get a building permit takes a long time. What is the turnaround time?

Answer: The total time from application submittal to issuance is usually three weeks. The five-day turnaround is for building plan check, which is just one part of the process, albeit a very important one that used to take much longer. Right now, it takes one week for building plan check, one week for septic review and one week for engineering. Occasionally there are hiccups that may cause delays, but in the vast majority of cases, the total time is three weeks.

Question: What is happening with the burned trees in danger of falling on existing homes in the future?

Answer: Trees remain a top priority for the town of Paradise. For trees in the public right of way, the town has hired an arborist to identify trees to be removed. So far, about 3,900 have been identified by the arborist and they will be removed over the next 4-8 months. For trees on private property, the town is still working with our recovery partners, Cal OES and FEMA, on a program that would help with the cost of removal. Butte County Fire Safe Council is also applying for grants that will help property owners offset the cost to remove trees on private property. As soon as these programs are confirmed, the town will make the information about how to apply available.

Question: Has there been any discussion about relaxing the burn restrictions for this and next year?

Answer: The fire chief discussed burning briefly at the last council meeting on July 9. People can watch the meeting online by CLICKING HERE. Chief Messina begins his update at about the 9-minute mark. To summarize, Chief Messina discussed the possibility of changing the rules for burning to allow a longer burn period and to eliminate the East/West burn days. These were just ideas at this point and will need to be discussed more fully before anything is actually implemented.

Question: How can I report camping violations to town of Paradise?

Answer: Residents can report violations like camping, or any other code violations to the town’s code enforcement officer Rick Trent. The easiest way to do that is on our mobile app, TOP Access. The app can be accessed on a smartphone or online by CLICKING HERE. Residents can also print a form and email or mail it in. The printable form, as well as more information about the Code Enforcement process, can be found by CLICKING HERE

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