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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Deadlines set for private hazard tree removal program

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.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 4:54 PM

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.

Upcoming deadlines related to the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program were released this week.

The deadline to enroll in the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program is Oct. 30, 2020.

The Private Program "Cut by" Deadline is set for Dec. 4, 2020. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date.


Statistics Update

  • 1,226 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,077 Building Permits issued
  • 368 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 250 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 208 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 60 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Hazard Tree Removal Emails Sent This Week: The Town of Paradise will begin sending emails to those unenrolled in a Hazard Tree Removal Program this week. The email outline upcoming deadlines and options for enrollment. For questions, please contact the Tree ROE center at TreeROE@buttecounty.net or call the Tree ROE information line at (530) 552-3030. If you reach voicemail, please leave your information and someone will return your call. Please be patient as representatives are calling each person back and helping them work through their questions.
  • Tree Questions: Do you own property in Paradise and haven’t yet enrolled in one of the Hazard Tree Removal Programs? Call or email our Town of Paradise Tree Advocates: 530.872.6291 x162 and x163 or email trees@townofparadise.com
  • Government Hazard Tree Removal Update: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is currently in the field of assessing properties for hazardous trees. The tree felling has not yet begun as CalReycle works through the contracting process. The Town of Paradise said it will update property owners on the status of tree felling under Government Program as information becomes available from the State.
    • Download your ROE or inspection Access form here. You can mail the form to PO Box 3390 Chico, CA 95927-3390 or email to TreeROE@buttecounty.net. For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.
  • Resources for those affected by North Complex Fire: If you or your loved one are currently impacted by the North Complex Fire, resources are available. In Butte/Glenn counties, please 2-1-1. Outside Butte/Glenn counties call toll free: 1-866-916-3566 or text zip code to 898-211.
  • Paradise Recreation and Park District: PRPD encompasses the communities of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, and everywhere in between. They are seeking YOUR creative ideas regarding new park projects and improvements to existing parks. Get those creative juices flowing and visit their website to fill out a survey. Each park or idea requires a new form.
  • Need help with weed abatement or creating defensible space? FRAP (Fuels Reduction Assistance Program) is a volunteer based program to help property owners protect life and property from the threat of wildfire during fire season by assisting them with defensible space (brush removal, limbing and weed abatement) and some basic tree removal (dead and dying trees in the 100' defensible space). This program is run through Paradise Alliance Church, so call 530-877-7069 for questions and to sign up. Or, get information and sign up online at: www.fuelsreduction.or
  • 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. 
  • Rebuild Paradise releases their next master planned floor plan: The Flumes floor plan is the newest addition to their Residential Floor Plan library. Master Planned homes have had their plans partially approved through the Town of Paradise building department, saving time and money for those who are rebuilding. Find out more on their website.
  • Attention Paradise Businesses: The application period for the Butte Business Stabilization Program is now open. Over $230,000 has been allocated specifically for businesses in the Town of Paradise. Apply now through Oct. 5, 2020 for grants up to $25,000. Click Here for more details.
  • 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.
  • Have questions regarding your 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

Butte Business Stabilization Program: Butte County has received funding to help local businesses. The Town asks individuals to please review the following information in preparation of the upcoming application period:

    • 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.


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