PARADISE, Calif. - Action News Now continues to provide the latest updates on recovery and rebuilding in the Town of Paradise.
Highlight this week: The first tree has been cut in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, 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.
- Private Program "Cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date.
- Deadline: December 4, 2020
- Government program enrollment deadline. the government program has started removing trees as of Nov. 17.
- Deadline: December 31, 2020
- 1,349 Building Permit Applications Received
- 1,217 Building Permits issued
- 487 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- 273 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
- 222 Multi-Family Permits Issued
- 70 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
- Road Safety Update: To prepare for inclement weather, the Town of Paradise Public Works Department has completed a road-striping project in town. Further road repair will be done after tree removal, utility undergrounding and other projects which impact roads have been completed. Striping has been completed on the following roads: Upper Skyway, Upper Clark, Upper Pentz, Buschmann, Bille, Wagstaff, many intersections throughout the town.
- Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center open by appointment: Due to the change to the purple Tier in Butte County, Town Hall, and the BRC are open by appointment only. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment. Here are the extensions for assistance:
- Business and Housing x126 or x130
- Code Enforcement x110
- Finance Department x121
- Tree Advocates x162 or x163
- Building Resiliency Center x411
- General Information x101
- Government Hazard Tree Program Beings, Deadline set for enrollment: The first tree has been cut in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, 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
- "Tree Window" to assist residents now open at Town Hall: The Town has opened a "tree window" at Town Hall to assist the public with hazard tree removal questions. If you have not enrolled in a program yet and have questions - stop by. It is staffed by the Town's Tree Advocates and is open from Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- Are you a new property owner in Paradise? If you are rebuilding, we want to make sure you are informed on lot of upkeep during the process. Please contact the Town of Paradise if you have any questions regarding weed or tree removal on your property. If you wish to have your hazardous trees removed in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.
- Building Resiliency Center (BRC) 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!