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Paradise Disaster Recovery Director, Katie Simmons, joined Action News Now at Noon to share the very latest updates.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 11:52 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Town of Paradise continues to make gains as it works to rebuild and recover after the Camp Fire. Disaster Recovery Manager, Katie Simmons, spoke with Action News Now Linda Watkins-Bennett with what you need to know.


Statistics Update

  • 1,163 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,017 Building Permits issued
  • 305 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 230 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 194 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 60 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Outreach continues to those living in RVs: The Town of Paradise is conducting on-going outreach and communication to better understand barriers and circumstances of property owners during their effort to rebuild. The Rebuild Advocates located at the Building Resiliency Center (BRC) are available Monday - Friday to listen and provide resources and assistance in navigating available options. Please call 530.872.6291 x 411 to make an appointment. 
  • Missing Middle Grant still available: Offered through the Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RBF), this grant of up to $5,000 is to reimburse qualified middle class and lower-middle-class residents for part of their pre-construction costs and help incentivize their return home. To date, RBF has awarded grants totaling $115,722. Out of the 32 grants awarded, 27 homeowners are located in Paradise and 3 in Magalia. To find out more, please visit the Rebuild Paradise website.
  • Curious about the pace of rebuilding in Paradise? Check out the interactive survey mapping - CLICK HERE. You can view properties that have turned in their certificate of survey with the Town for a building permit.
  • Private Hazardous Tree Assessment wraps up this week: There will be a deadline to sign up for either the State or Private Program. As of Aug. 10, the program is 93% complete with enrolled and unenrolled properties.
    • 3,096 parcels are either complete or removed from eligibility.
    • Roughly 2,000 parcels have confirmed trees.
    • Once roadside assessments are complete, the Town will issue a courtesy
      notice via email to all those found to have hazardous trees to request they
      enroll in the State program.
  • Paradise Community Village is Rebuilding: The 36-unit affordable housing complex located of Clark Rd. which was destroyed in the fire is starting their rebuilding process. They expect to be completed with construction by November 2021.
  • Children's Community Charter School is Back: After a year of conducting school in Chico, CCCS has come back to Paradise. The campus is located at 6830 Pentz Road. The schools reopening included a new play structure. While the school is currently operating under a distance learning plan for safety measures, administrators encourage inquiries regarding T-K-8 enrollment. Contact them at 530.877.2227.
  • Building Resiliency Center remains open: The BRC continues to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist those seeking to rebuild. The center is open by appointment only and masks are required. The rebuild advocates are available to answer questions individuals may have. Call 530-872-6291 x411 to make an in-person appointment or phone appointment.
  • ROEs and Inspection Access Forms: The Butte County ROE Center is still accepting ROEs and Inspection Access Forms. ​Inspections are scheduled to begin in mid-June and tree felling is scheduled to begin in July. Download your ROE or inspection Access form HERE. You can mail the form to 205 Mira Loma Dr., Ste 50, Oroville CA 95965 or email it to ​TreeROE@buttecounty.net​. For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.
  • Grant for Police Radios: The North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has awarded $48,690 as part of the Butte Strong Fund to purchase 6 hand-held radios for the Police Department. This will improve communication with local safety agencies as the Town awaits funding for the complete restoration of the Radio System that is required after damage sustained in the Camp Fire.
  • Have questions regarding you rebuild? If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following: Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plants, or any part of the rebuild process. They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

Business Update

  • Tractor Supply Co: Tractor Supply will be opening in half of the Kmart building once their renovations are complete. They are
    hoping to open this fall. 

  • Best Western: 11 rooms are currently open to the public, and they are working to have all 62 rooms open by the end of 2020.

  • Foothill Lumber: This business is vital to the Town's rebuild. It's officially open, visit them during their summer hours - Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Butte Business Stabilization Program: Butte County has received funding to help local businesses. 

    • Grant amounts:
      $15,000 = 5 or fewer employees
      $25,000 = 6-10 employees
      $4,900,000 budget – anticipate assistance to 250+ businesses throughout Butte County
    • Eligible Use Examples:
      Offset for financial impacts from business closures
      Costs to modify business model based on impacts from COVID-19
      Costs to adhere to the requirements for safely re-opening 
    • General Eligibility Requirements
      Business physically located and operating within Butte County
      Demonstrated financial need as a result of COVID-19
      10 or fewer employees
      No prior assistance from Paycheck Protection Program or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Fund
      Business located within a local jurisdiction that is adhering to State guidance related to COVID-19
      Business will need to attest that they will adhere to State guidance related to COVID-19
      Business will need to submit a Business Plan summary (no more than 1 page) detailing adaptation plans for next 12 months
    • The application process is still being formulated, we expect the application to begin in September 2020. Contact Colette Curtis at ccurtis@townofparadise.com or (530) 872-6291 x112 for more information.

    Meetings

    • Paradise Town Council Meeting
      • When: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at 6 p.m.
      • Where: The meeting will be virtual, Click Here to watch online.
    • Community Information Meeting
      • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 6 p.m.
      • Where: TBD

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