PARADISE, CALIF. - Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) has introduced a bill to help fast-track two construction projects for the town of Paradise.
The town is working to establish a sewer system for the first time in its history, as part of Camp Fire rebuilding efforts. Before the fire Paradise was the largest unsewered community in California. The town is moving forward with studying a regional pipeline to transport wastewater to the City of Chico Water Pollution Control Plant.
The Paradise Irrigation District is considering a water intertie, that would allow the sale of unused surface water in PID reservoirs, to help make up for losing most of its customers after the fire. It would involve transporting water to Chico.
PID Assistant Manager Mickey Rich told Action News Now Thursday that the district currently has 3,000 water users.
That's Far fewer than prior to the fire. Because of that, the district is looking for additional ways to generate revenue.
Rich said the water intertie is just one option that will be examined during a study by the Sacramento State University Office of Water Programs. Bids have just been received in response to a request for proposals to conduct that work.
Assembly Bill 36, Co-Authored by State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) would allow the use of what's called the design-build procurement method for the projects. Assemblyman Gallagher Representative Curtis Grima told Action News Now the change in state building code would allow the town to hire one contractor to both design and build a project, a cost-effective method that can prevent project delays while providing more flexibility for these respective infrastructure projects.
Gallagher's office will soon be seeking formal support for the legislation from Butte County Supervisors, the Chico City Council, and other stakeholders.
AB36 will first be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee sometime in March.