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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: An update from the Paradise vice mayor

Town of Paradise officials provided an update on the debris removal process after the Camp Fire, as well as upcoming community meetings. Tune in to this segment every Wednesday on Action News Now at noon.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 3:10 PM
Updated: May 1, 2019 4:25 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - In this week's segment, Paradise Vice Mayor Greg Bolin sat down with Action News Now to discuss updates in the debris removal process as well as upcoming meetings.

Upcoming meetings

There are multiple events coming up that Camp Fire evacuees can attend. 

The first is the Ridge Business Forum, which will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 780 Luther Drive, Paradise. This event is a chance for businesses to get together and get an update on new developments for businesses impacted by the Camp Fire. 

Another major topic in the wake of the Camp Fire has been water quality. 

Another event being held is the Paradise Irrigation District meeting on May 14. Bolin said that the district has a new idea of how they are going to organize the clean up in regards to the water, which it hopes will be quicker than its plan before. 

Debris removal update

So far 1,307 lots have been cleared of debris through Cal OES. 

There are currently 110 crews working to clear debris. There will be 160 crews in the summer. 

"There are about 20,000-22,000 tons [of debris] per day going off the hill every day," Bolin said. 

Crews are working 12 hours per day and six days per week. They are on track to finish the debris cleanup this fall. 

Additionally, 8 rebuilding permits have been issued and there are 40 permit applications currently under review.

Community survey

The town of Paradise has put together a community survey to provide officials with important information about priorities and visions for the future moving forward. 

So far, there have been more 1,000 responses and they are hoping to get as much feedback as they can so they can create a follow-up survey based on the initial feedback. 

To take the survey, CLICK HERE

Frequently asked questions

The town of Paradise released some frequently asked questions and answers regarding wells, property and manufactured homes.

Question: What do I have to do to dig a well on my property?

Answer: You will need to check with the Town of Paradise Onsite Septic Department to make sure you have enough clearance between your proposed well and your septic. Then you will need to get a permit through Butte County.

Question: How do I find out my property setbacks or whether I live on a public or private road?

Answer: Talk to Town of Paradise Staff, either in person at 5555 Skyway or over the phone at (530) 872-6291. They can look up your property and give you the answers to these questions.

Question: Are manufactured homes going to be allowed?

Answer: Yes. Manufactured homes will be allowed in Paradise, just as they were before the fire. Manufactured homes on property (not in parks), like stick-built homes, will have to comply with local building codes. Check with the Town of Paradise Building Department for more information.

For more information about the rebuilding process, visit makeitparadise.org

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