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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Town to receive $346,000 for resiliency center

Paradise town councilwoman Melissa Schuster joined our Linda Watkins-Bennett for our weekly update on Camp Fire recovery and rebuilding.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 3:26 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Butte Strong Fund grant selection committee approved $346,953 to help the town of Paradise open Building Resiliency Center. With the latest grants, North Valley Community Foundation has granted more than $24 million for community recovery via the Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund, and donor-designated funds.

The Building Resiliency Center will be a one-stop-shop for residents and building professionals. But it will mean a lot when we can finally open the doors to the BRC and welcome Camp Fire survivors. They will finally have a place to get all their questions answered and receive personal attention.


Debris Removal Update

  • There have been 646 water advisories lifted
  • There have been 429 building permits issued
  • 9 homes have been rebuilt
  • 180 businesses open on The Ridge

Other Updates

  • Youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge are celebrating the success of this year's 14th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest. Youth on the Ridge Community Foundation awarded over $30,000 at a special ceremony held at the Johnny Appleseed festivities in Paradise. Did you know the Paradise Chocolate Fest’s proceeds raised from the festival provide vital support to non-profits that deliver educational, enrichment, recreational and leadership opportunities to youth on the Paradise Ridge. This year, twenty-nine programs have benefited from the “sweet rewards” of the Fest.
  • Tree Removal- Butte County Fire Safe Council Dead and Dying Tree Removal Program: This Tree Removal Project is focused on removing merchantable dead and dying trees over 12” in diameter that could inhibit new construction. Due to limited funding, Paradise can only help certain landowners who meet specific qualifications within the footprint. To Qualify, Landowners Must: Have pulled a building permit on the property where tree removal will be conducted. The property must be within the Camp Fire footprint. 70% of the dead and dying trees to be removed from the property must be conifers. Harvestable trees (Cedar, Pine, Fir) are necessary to offset the high costs of tree removal. Have at least 20 harvestable trees between the property with a building permit and those directly adjacent. Be paying for reconstruction themselves. Own property directly adjacent to properties with building permits pulled. Assistance from landowners receiving this announcement by contacting landowners directly adjacent to tree removal is appreciated.
  • Love Paradise – Make a Difference Day Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26th: For the last three years, the Love Paradise group has organized volunteers for days of service and beautification in the Paradise community. This year, in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, Love Paradise is back and ready to host another day of volunteering – this time to clean up our streets as we prepare to welcome our neighbors back to observe the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire on November 8th.
  • Voting for the new “Paradise” sign has started. Paradise was pleased to have received a number of inspiring submissions for the future Gateway to Paradise Sign. The thought, care, and passion shown by the designers is a testament to the creativity and strength of the community. Once the votes are tallied, the town will make a formal announcement of the winner and progress towards plans permitting and construction. The sign committee is doing their absolute best to make sure that past and present residents of Paradise have the ability to observe the 7 designs and vote. Voting can be done through online voting HERE 
  • Ribbon Cuttings coming: 
    • Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Paradise - Oct. 24th, 2019 5-6:30 pm
    • Aurora Ridge Homes, 5910 Clark Road, Ste G Paradise - Oct. 30th, 2019 5-7:00 p.m.
  • It has been nearly one year since the Camp Fire, and many events are being planned for the week of November 8th. The Town will hold several events on Friday, November 8th:
    11:08 am: 86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway
    12:00 pm: Groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Fire Memorial – Skyway/Foster Triangle.
    6:30 pm: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.
  • For a full list of Camp Fire one year events, CLICK HERE


Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.

Paradise Town Council Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: 5555 Skyway

Paradise Community Dinner

  • When: Thursdays from 6-8p.m.
  • Where: 6491 Clark Rd

Building Resiliency Center Grand Opening

  • When: Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

Paradise Community Information Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Phoenix Key Project Tribute Reveal

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

86 Seconds of United Silence

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 11:05-11:10 a.m.

Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Love Paradise Make a Difference Days

  • When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct 26
  • Where: Paradise Community Park, 5592 Black Olive drive

Unveiling Phoenix Key Project

  • When: Nov. 8, at 11:15 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

Ground Breaking at Hope Plaza

  • When: Nov. 8, at 12 p.m.
  • Where: 6148 Skyway

Paradise Fire Commemoration Ceremony

  • When: Nov. 8th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Adventist Health Feather River Camp Fire Remembrance Event

  • When: Nov. 9th, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Hospital Campus

Camp Fire Art Display

  • When: Nov. 10, 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: In case of emergency is there a radio station people can tune into for updates?

Answer: Unfortunately, the Town’s radio station, AM 1500, was damaged in the fire and is no longer functioning. We are working to replace it. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to sign up for emergency alerts through Code Red here. Local news and the Town of Paradise Facebook page are also good resources in an emergency.

Question: What is the process for homes that selected to go to the private contractor route and have yet to be cleared? Is there a deadline for this?

Answer: Properties that are using the alternative program for debris removal submitted their plans to Butte County during the ROE sign up period. Property owners are working with their private contractors to remove debris and are subject to their contractor’s availability to get the work completed. As of now, there is no deadline for the cleanup of their property.

Question: Once Debris Removal is complete will the town be focusing on redoing the roads?

Answer: Yes. The Town has done two surveys of our roads, one before debris removal began and one now that it is largely completed, to assess the damage done by the debris removal process. Using that information, the Town will now work on bringing public roads back to their pre-fire condition. The Town is in the process of applying for funding through FEMA for this purpose.

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