BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Town will open the Building Resiliency Center (BRC) at 6295 Skyway (old Bank of America Building) in the coming months. This will be a one-stop-shop for building permits, information and housing resources. The Town is working hard to open the BRC by Nov. 8, and they are looking for funding to get the building ready after sitting vacant for several years.
Debris Removal Update
- As of Sept. 25, 2019, there have been 10,731 properties cleared of debris.
- The county has certified 7,598 properties as clean of debris.
- There have been 356 building permits issued
- 5 homes have been rebuilt
- The Butte County Job Fair presented by Alliance for Workforce Development is the area's largest employment event. It will be held on Wed. Sept. 25th, between 12 - 4 p.m. hosted at 1705 Manzanita Place Chico, Ca. Over 40 employers will be recruiting all under one roof.
- The North Valley Community Foundation’s Butte Strong Fund announced that it has committed an another $1 million in cash assistance to Camp Fire survivors, $500,000 to keep tree removals on track, a grant to help restore ambulance service to Paradise, and money to fund two recovery centers in Magalia.
- 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:
11:08 am: 86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway
6:30 pm: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.
- New Businesses Opened this month:
Nic’s Restaurant, 6258 Skyway - Sandwiches, salads, soup, beer, and wine. Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.
Taco Bell, 5859 Clark Rd – Open Daily 7 am to 12 am.
Pee Wee Preschool, 7196 Skyway, Monday – Friday 6:30 am to 6 pm
- The next Community Information Meeting is coming up. This meeting will be focused on insurance in the burn scar area. Tony Cignarale, Deputy Commissioner with the California Department of Insurance office, will provide information on issues the Department is seeing related to homeowners’ insurance claims from the Camp Fire. He will provide some tips on getting claims delays and disputes resolved. Tony will also provide information on the current homeowners’ insurance market relating to the availability and affordability of homeowners’ insurance in certain parts of the State. You will hear tips on what you can do to find homeowners’ insurance if your insurance company non-renews you. There will also be a presentation from the US Census Bureau and insurance companies who are currently writing policies on the ridge will be available to speak with after the meeting.
If you can’t be there physically, the meeting will be streamed live on Facebook.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.
Paradise Community Information Meeting
- When: Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m.
- Where: Paradise Alliance Church
Paradise Blues & Brews
- When: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1-9 p.m.
- Where: Paradise Community Park
Johnny Apple Seed Days
- When: Oct. 5th and 6th
- Where: Terry Ashe Park - 6626 Skyway
Paradise Town Council Meeting
- When: Friday, Oct. 8, at 6-10 p.m.
- Where: 5555 Skyway
Paradise Community Dinner
- When: Thursdays from 6-8p.m.
- Where: 6491 Clark Rd
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the status of cleaning up commercial properties? When will that finish?
Answer: Commercial properties that chose the state program will have their structural debris cleared by the end of this month. Many commercial properties chose the alternative program and hired their own contractors. They are following their work plans and are subject to the availability of the contractor they hired. Some commercial properties faced longer cleanup timelines due to insurance requirements and hazard testing and mitigation.
Also, it is important to note that there are several property owners that have opted to go with a private contractor for debris removal that has not yet submitted a work plan. If your contractor has not yet submitted a work plan, your property is non-compliant and subject to a warranted abatement. If your property is in the Town of Paradise, and you would like to confirm your work plan has been submitted by your contractor, please call Rachel at 530-872-6291 x122.
Question: How can we find out which insurance companies are writing policies in Paradise?
Answer: The Town is currently compiling a list of insurance companies that are writing policies in Paradise. The upcoming community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Paradise Alliance Church will focus on insurance. There will be several insurance companies at the meeting that are currently writing in Paradise on hand to answer questions.