Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Mayor provides message to community regarding tree removal

Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 11:26 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.


Upcoming Deadlines & Events

  • Private Program "cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners who have contracted with a tree contractor.
    • Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021
  • Government program enrollment deadline. the government program has started removing trees as of Nov. 17.
    • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Holiday Drive-In nights
    • When: Friday and Saturday nights in December
    • Where: St. Thomas Moore Parking lot, 767 Elliott Road
    • Learn more: https://bit.ly/2JLNCoq


Statistics Update

  • 1,408 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,247 Building Permits issued
  • 550 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 289 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 247 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 70 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Business Update: Over the last year, Paradise has welcomed new and returning businesses to its community. Recently, Déjà vu Nursery, Tractor Supply Co., and Joy Lynn’s Candies are a few of the more recent additions to Paradise. The Town said it has seen interest increase from businesses looking to open in Paradise. In order to support business owners through the process, Town Staff meets with prospective businesses to walk them through the permitting and opening process to ensure a smooth experience. If you are thinking about opening a business in Paradise, please reach out to the business liaison Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or ccurtis@townofparadise.com to schedule a business development meeting.

  • Early Warning System: With the advanced assistance plan completed and approved, the Town is submitting a grant application through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) by the end of the year. Pending approval, construction is estimated to move forward in 2021.
  • Reseeding Program Plan: After an Advanced Assistance HMGP grant approval, the Town will be welcoming proposals in early 2021 from contractors to evaluate and establish next steps for reseeding after tree removal and educating the community on vegetation opportunities. Once a contractor has been established, we anticipate community input and education opportunities throughout 2021. Upon completion of the plan, the Town will seek funding to implement in 2022/2024
  • Broadband Services: The Town says it anticipates its Broadband Feasibility Study to be completed and presented in early 2021. This will answer questions about the possibilities we have for a broadband community and what implementation would
    look like. In the coming years, we will have a focus on establishing implementation opportunities.
  • Shop local this holiday season: Visit the Paradise Chamber of Commerce website or social media pages to see a full
    list of local businesses. View their holiday shopping list that highlights great opportunities to support our community while celebrating the holidays. Learn more at www.paradisechamber.com. 
  • Home Builders Resource Virtual Connection: An opportunity to connect rebuilders with the trades and resources needed to build in the Paradise community is once again taking place, with a virtual change. Companies will become accessible through a 2-minute video shared with community members who attend. A formal launch will be coming soon.
  • Grant Funds and Low-Interest Loans Available for Rebuilding
    • From Rebuild Paradise:
      • Use their mapping tools to coordinate your surveys with neighbors to save
      money.
      • Apply for the Missing Middle Grant – save up to $5,000!
      • Apply for the Septic Infrastructure Grant – save up to $7,500!
      • Build a home from the Residential Floor Plan Library – save months of time in
      planning and save money on design costs + fees in permitting.
      • For more information, click here
    • From the Town of Paradise
      • Permit Fee Reduction Grant – Save 50% or $3,500 on permit fees
      • Town Home Reconstruction Program – Low-interest, deferred loan for income-eligible property owners up to $150,000. For more information visit, click here
  • Government Hazard Tree Removal Program deadline Dec. 31: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program has begun removing trees, marking the next phase of recovery for Paradise after the Camp Fire. The Government Program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State of California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CalRecycle and is the first of its kind where trees on private property can be removed through a FEMA funded program. The Government Program has set a deadline to enroll of December
    31, 2020. Property owners in the Camp Fire footprint must remove hazardous trees on their property. To sign up for the Government Program, contact the Tree ROE Center or the Paradise Tree Advocates.
    • Tree ROE Center: Phone: 530.552.3030 Email: treeroe@buttecounty.net Mail: Butte County, Attn: Hazard Tree Removal, PO Box 3390, Chico, CA, 95927-3390

PARADISE MAYOR PROVIDES IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY:

Below is a letter from the desk of the Mayor, to the community regarding trees.

"Over the last several weeks, our community has seen hazard trees fall on public and private property, and in some cases, cause damage to homes. The removal of these hazard trees has been a top priority of Town Council and staff since the first days after the Camp Fire, which is the reason we worked so hard to convince Cal OES and FEMA to create a program to help our property owners remove hazard trees in order to rebuild. FEMA has never before funded a program to remove hazard trees on private property, and the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is the first of its kind. While it took longer to get started than we had expected, the Government Program is removing eligible trees right now at a rate of about 200-250 per day. I want to encourage anyone who has not enrolled in a program to remove their hazard trees, to enroll now while the Government program is still accepting Right of Entry (ROE) Forms. I know this is not an easy process and it can feel overwhelming, but the Town has staff to help – our Tree Advocates – who are available to answer questions and help our residents through this process. The deadline to enroll in the program is December 31, 2020, and this is the last chance to enroll. Enrollment has been open for a year, and there will be no extension to the deadline. Eligible trees remaining on private property after the ROE deadline may have to be removed through abatement at a significant cost to property owners. The Government Program will remove trees at no out of-pocket cost to you. As your Mayor, I ask you to help Paradise move forward in rebuilding by removing your hazard trees before they threaten the lives and property of you and your neighbors."

Tree Advocates – serving property owners in Paradise
Call (530) 872-6291 x 162 or 163
Email trees@townofparadise.com
In-Person Paradise Town Hall – 5555 Skyway (By Appointment Only)
(Residents in unincorporated areas, please call the ROE center at 530.552.3030)

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