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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Applications open for Butte Business Stabilization 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 16, 2020 12:41 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.

The Broadband needs assessment survey deadline is Friday, Sept. 18. It's conducted by the Center for Economic Development, on behalf of the Town of Paradise, this survey will gather information about internet usage and the 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.


Statistics Update

  • 1,220 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,064 Building Permits issued
  • 362 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 250 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 198 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 60 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • 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. 
  • 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 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.
  • Astronomy on the lake is canceled: Due to the smoke cover and air quality concerns, PRPD is saddened to announce Astronomy on the Lake scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 18, is canceled. The event is rescheduled for October 16th. If you have registered and unable to participate in October, you may receive a refund. Please call (530) 872-6339.
  • The Tuesday Morning Farmer’s Market is BACK! This favorite weekly community event re-opened September 15th and is located at the Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Road) from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fruits, veggies and
    more!
  • 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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      • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 6 p.m.
      • Where: TBD

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