PARADISE, Calif. - "I'm ready,” exclaimed Nicki Jones.
Jones has been living in paradise for over 20 years.
After the Camp Fire, she opened a new business called Nic's.
She says a sewer system would help businesses grow on the ridge.
"In the first place, it would basically improve the town because it is something we have needed for a long time,” she said. “As far as restaurants especially, most of us are limited in our capacity. So, if we get a sewer, or should I say when we get a sewer, then I can expand the capacity and actually make this a full-fledged restaurant."
This new sewage system will greatly improve the ability of restaurants like Nic’s to operate at larger capacity.
Action News Now spoke with Mayor Steve Crowder about tonight's meeting.
He said that they plan to go over costs and what they need to look at for grant funding to get the project completed.
Crowder said that Paradise is the largest town west of the Mississippi to still operate on a septic system.
"Our businesses were limited because of the septic system,” Crowder mentioned. “This is going to basically going to open it up to people who want to open businesses and maybe people that want to sell their business property that before couldn't because there weren't a lot of uses for it. Now, there is not going to be restrictions on what kind of business can go in. So, it's just going to open up a lot of new doors for everybody."
Both Jones and Mayor Steve Crowder agree that this sewage system will make the town more viable by attracting more businesses to open.
"The town of Paradise is so resilient,” Jones beamed. “It's a community. The people and the support even of our little restaurant has been amazing and I'm grateful. I'm looking forward to being here for a while.”
Crowder reflected, "After all we've been through, we are entitled to a better Paradise and this definitely will be a betterment to Paradise. This community has worked really hard to get here and we owe it to each and every one of them to give them the best that they can have because they deserve it."
Crowder mentioned that with the $300,000 grant from the water board, they will be able to work with Chico to complete their portion of the project.