Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Tree removal deadline Jan. 17

Councilwoman Melissa Schuster joined Linda Watkins-Bennett to share the latest on Paradise rebuilding and recovery.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 2:55 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Looking to rebuild but need money? The Town of Paradise has funding available to help with the reconstruction or even the repair of homes in the town. Currently, the town has $2.3 million in local, state and federal funds available for deferred loans for households that were under-insured or not insured at all.

For more information, contact the town at 530-872-6291 to set up an appointment. People can also stop by the Paradise Town Hall located 5555 Skyway, Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Statistics Update

  • 1,073 water advisories lifted
  • 730 building permit applications received
  • 32 homes rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 499 building permits issued
  • There are about 300 standing homes left to test, PID said they expect to complete testing to all standing homes by March 2020.

Other Updates

Rebuild Advocates: Available to residents of the town of Paradise and Butte County to help navigate the process of rebuilding. The advocates can help people apply for loans and connect with contractors. You may call 530-872-6291 ext. 130 to schedule an appointment.

Tree removal: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program has not started yet, however, there are tree removal operations happening in Town. PG&E, as well as private contractors, are currently removing trees. PG&E Tree Removal subcontractors will have white temporary PG&E badges for identification and will mark trees 10 days prior to removal. They will also leave a white tag with a phone number to call as well as the information for the arborist who identified the tree(s) for removal. For more information, contact PG&E at

“Roadmap to Recovery” Solving Reconstruction Pricing Disputes Special Event is coming to Chico Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 10:30 am-2 pm at St. John the Evangelist, 2341 Floral Ave, Chico. This hands-on workshop will help you overcome roadblocks to rebuilding. We'll contact you once you're registered to let you know what documents you'll need to bring. Who should attend? Homeowners whose insured homes were damaged or destroyed in the Camp

Monthly Paradise Town Council meeting recap: Council voted to hire an engineering firm to complete the preliminary engineering and environmental for the sewer project and to allow RV storage on residential property with a temporary use permit (the permit will be issued at no charge). You can watch the meeting online, CLICK HERE. 

Rebuild Advocates Available to residents: of the town of Paradise and Butte County to help navigate the process of rebuilding. The advocates can help people apply for loans and connect with contractors. You may call 530-872-6291 ext. 130 to schedule an appointment. Please reach out, they are here for you.

Tree Removal: The Paradise Town Council and the Butte County Board of Supervisors passed ordinances requiring the removal of hazard trees damaged by the Camp Fire from private property that may fall into public roadways. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form.

Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at The Tree ROE is available for download online at ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Centers when they open. Community meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county in an effort to provide information about tree removal programs. Meeting dates and times, CLICK HERE.

  • Community Employment Center: 78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Butte County Library, Paradise Branch Community Room: 5922 Clark Road, Paradise Hours: Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Butte County Library, Chico Branch: 1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 am - 5 p.m.

Construction reminder: There is a lot of construction happening in the roads, by PID, PG&E, the Town, and private contractors. Remember, any resident who wants or needs to do construction in a public right of way needs to check in with the Town of Paradise on requirements for doing so. 

Paradise on Ice: The Paradise Ice Rink is an outdoor seasonal ice rink that will be open daily (weather permitting). Public Skate, Adult Skate, Lessons, Private Rentals, and Party rooms are all offered. The ice rink will be open through Jan. 20.

Regular Hours:

Sunday - Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Friday - Noon to 8 p.m. with teen skate night at 9 - 11 p.m. (additional charge)

Saturday - Noon to 10 p.m. with skate lessons from 11 a.m. to noon. (additional charge)

New business's opening: Travel Connection and Woodworth's Jewelry will have a ribbon-cutting and open house on Jan. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 6265 Skyway.

For a list of all open businesses, CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • PID Regular Meeting
    • When: Wed. Jan. 15th from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    • Where: 6332 Clark Road

  • “Roadmap to Recovery” Special Event
    • When: Sat. Jan. 25th 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Where: St. John the Evangelist Church, 2341 Floral Ave, Chico
  • PID Community Meeting: Water Recovery Status
    • When: Tues. Jan 21st from 6-8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church
  • “Fridays for Lunch” Free Lunch
    • When: Fridays 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Paradise
  • Paradise Community Dinner
    • When: Thursdays 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road

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