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.
Paradise Town Manager Lauren Gill wrote a letter to the community addressing the urgency ordinance for RVs on property. Click Here to read the full letter.
- 1,281 Building Permit Applications Received
- 1,082 Building Permits issued
- 273 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- Hazardous Tree Progress: Assessment is 45% complete with a total of 3,300 properties assessed. 1,667 properties are complete – no further work needed. There are still over 50% that have hazardous trees – some of which are still unenrolled into either program. Six Tetra Tech arborists continue to be out in the field assessing trees in Paradise. They are wearing blue vests with yellow safety stripe and a TT logo. Vehicles contain the Tetra Tech TT logo.
- PSPS Grant for Generators: The Town applied for and received a grant from Cal OES to address future Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The $300,000 awarded will be used to purchase and install back up generators and fuel for all traffic signals in town. This will improve public safety by enabling traffic signals to continue running even when the power is out for an extended period.
- Input Requested: The UC Cooperative Extension in Northeastern California is interested in how residents are preparing for wildfire. The survey is 15 to 20 minutes and helps to tailor programs to best serve local residents. Click Here to take the survey.
- Town of Paradise awarded 3 grants: The North Valley Community Foundation – Butte Strong Fund has awarded the town 3 grants for the following services: An economic development video designed to attract businesses to Paradise as well as Communication Services to continue to provide a steady flow of information to residents and the community at large. The third grant is to replace Police Department Radios that were destroyed in the fire. Together, they total $114,000.
- 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.
- 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.
- COVID-19 Meal Service: Paradise Unified School District launched its COVID-19 Meal Service Plan on June 5. The plan will run until Aug. 7 and is available to all kids 18 and under. Meals are distributed on Monday through Friday. Each child will receive two days worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Click Here for times and locations, or call Tanya Harter at 530-720-5552.
- Help Keep Paradise Fire Safe: If you own a lot in Paradise, it is your responsibility to maintain it. If you need help clearing your lot of weeds and brush, you can contact a local company who can do the work for you. Find a list of companies with Paradise Business Licenses, HERE.
- 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.
- Important: As of January 1, 2021, the rules about living in RVs on private lots in town will change back to pre-fire rules. You will be required to be actively rebuilding a permanent home on your property (different than a temporary RV permit) to continue living on your property in an RV. For information on the building process and to connect with financial resources for rebuilding, contact Rebuild Advocates at (530) 872-6291 x429 and x430.
- Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at TreeROE@buttecounty.net. The Tree ROE is available for download online, HERE. ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.
- Local business seeks volunteers to help open: Déjà vu Gardens is looking for at least 10 volunteers to help get the thousands of trees and plants she’s been nurturing dispersed on the nursery property (formerly Mendon’s nursery). Start date is tentatively set for Aug. 1. Visit the Paradise Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page to share your availability.
- The Paradise Farmer’s Market Has Reopened: Head on down to the Paradise Alliance Church every Tuesday morning for fresh fruits and veggies. The time is 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 6491 Clark Road.
- Community Information Meeting
- When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.
- Where: In-person (depending on COVID-19 status) at the Paradise Alliance Church or streamed online via Facebook and YouTube
- Town Council Meeting
- When: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.
- Where: In-person (depending on COVID-19 status) at Town Hall, 5555 Skyway or Click Here to watch online