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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: State government hazard tree program is mobilizing

Disaster Recovery Director, Katie Simmons joined Action News Now at Noon to provide the very latest update on rebuilding and recovery in Paradise.

Posted: Aug 26, 2020 4:00 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.

Happening this week, the state government hazard tree program is mobilizing. They have arborists in the field starting on-site assessments for those who have filed their ROE (Right-of-Entry). They will be ramping up over the next few weeks and more information will be provided as it becomes available. Please note, these are only assessments – no tree felling has begun yet, according to town leaders.


Statistics Update

  • 1,177 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,029 Building Permits issued
  • 320 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 246 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 194 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 60 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Early warning system project moving forward: The Town has issued a formal request for proposals for the design of an early warning system. Identified as a Tier 1 priority by residents in the 2019 Long Term Recover Plan, the initial grant for planning and design of an early warning system was awarded to the town via a Hazard Mitigation Grant. Read More
  • Hazard tree roadside assessment emails sent: The Town sent out a series of emails last week with the results of a courtesy roadside assessments done on over 7,000 properties in Paradise. Property owners enrolled in the private program and those not enrolled in either program were notified of the presence of hazard trees. It’s not too late to enroll in the State tree removal program. Call the ROE Center at 530.552.3030 for more information
  • 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. 
  • Broadband needs assessment survey: The survey is open and we invite you to participate. Conducted by the Center for Economic Development, on behalf of the Town of Paradise, this survey will gather information about internet usage and needs of residents. It also assesses the interest residents may have in purchasing improved internet services if they were to become available. CLICK HERE to take the survey.
  • Attention all sky gazers: Paradise Parks and Recreation District (PRPD) is hosting Astronomy on the Lake on September 18th. Starting at 6:30 p.m., participants will climb aboard kayaks and enjoy a sunset paddle on Paradise Lake followed by a star tour led by the Chico Community Observatory. Click Here to visit the PRPD website for details.
  • 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 or CLICK HERE
  • 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.
  • 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

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.


    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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