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Q. I am wondering if there are conditions under which the Town would be forced to unincorporate and if so, what are they?

A. From a financial perspective, there is no condition under which the Town would be forced to disincorporate. Even cities that go through bankruptcy (Stockton CA), retain their jurisdictional autonomy. The Town has secured property tax backfill for three years from the State of California, as well as the proposed settlement funds from PG&E which will allow the Town to operate through the recovery process.

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Q: What is the latest update on abatement?

A: All properties in the Town of Paradise with qualifying debris must have the debris removed for health and safety reasons. If a property owner has not turned in paperwork for either the state program or the alternative (private contractor) program, the property will go into the abatement process to remove the debris. After the property owner has been given a final opportunity to remove the debris, the debris will be removed by the Town, utilizing the state debris removal teams, at the expense of the property owner. The abatement process is generally more expensive than using either the state program or a private contractor, and we advise anyone who has not selected an option at this point to please contact Butte County at (530) 552-3155 to avoid the abatement process and select an option now.

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Q: What are the top 3 reasons a resident should attend Home Builder Expo?

A: If you are rebuilding, or even if you’re just thinking about it, the Home Builder Expo is a great place to start, and it’s free to attend! Here are three reasons to attend the expo: You will find informational booths from the Town of Paradise Building Department, Butte County, Cal OES, Paradise Irrigation District, Zone Captains and more!

Over 90 vendors will be on hand to share information about building materials and techniques, manufactures homes, modular homes, stick built homes, and concrete, and financing. Classes and educational sessions will be available on subjects like how to choose a contractor, avoiding scams, financing help etc. Enjoy local food trucks and a children’s play area.

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Q: Where can individuals/families in need of help like clothing, household goods, toiletries, food, fans, etc.

A: The best place for individuals and families to get assistance is through Help Central. They provides three ways that residents of Butte and Glenn counties can receive immediate information and support.

1- Call the 2-1-1 helpline 24 hours/day for live help

2- Text your zip code to 898211 for live help

3- Search the free public database at HelpCentral.org (211glenn.info or Butte211.org)

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Q: What is going to happen at the June 25th Meeting

A: The meeting on June 25th will be focused on the community vision for the long-term recovery. Through the visioning process that began in February and was facilitated by our planning consultant Urban Design Associates, 40 recovery projects were identified for long term recovery. Town Council will consider the plan and give direction on whether to move forward. Right now, the plan and the projects are general in nature, with details on each project to be worked out as recovery continues. These details will be presented in public and go through a public input process before any final decisions are made.

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Q. A zone resident with a standing home wants to upgrade their electric panel on their home and they aren't sure if they should wait until PG&E puts the electric underground or do it now?

…they don't want to have to pay twice. Will there be a charge for standing home owners to underground from the street to home? Also, will they be undergrounding all streets?

A: The answer to this question would have to come from PG&E. We do not know the details of how this will work as of yet.

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Q: Where is The Town getting the information from the community that will be presented back to Town Council as the opinion of residents?

A: At the meeting on May 22nd when ideas for building code changes were discussed, project boards for each change were displayed for resident input using sticker dots. After that meeting, the project boards were moved to Town Hall where residents can give input up until the meeting on June 11th. There is also an online survey where residents can indicate their opinions on the proposed changes at www.makeitparadise.org.

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Q: Will building codes be voted on at the June 11th Town Council meeting?

A: Yes, Town Council will vote on each of the proposed changes. Any items that are approved by Council will then begin the process for that item, which may mean more hearings, a formal ordinance drafted by staff and then a final vote. Nothing voted on at the June 11th meeting will go into effect that day. You can find out more information about the proposed changes and give your input in person at Town Hall – 5555 Skyway, or through our online survey at www.makeitparadise.org.

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Q: Who is UDA?

A: UDA is an established planning firm located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They specialize in post-disaster recovery planning, with experience in planning post-Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Barry Long, UDA’s President and CEO is the lead on the visioning project, he has been the main presenter at public meetings on the topic of planning.

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Q: When is the abatement process beginning and how long will that process take to get them all clean. How many are on that list?

A: The Town is working with about 200 property owners that have not yet chosen either the state debris removal program or the alternative program. If a property owner does not select one of the options soon, the Town will abate the property (remove the debris) and bill the property owner. While there is no set date at this time for the abatement process to begin, abatement must be completed within the next several months. A final deadline will be announced very soon.

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Q: Is there any information or update on weed control?

A: Same as before the fire, weed abatement on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. The Town has an ordinance requiring landscaping be maintained so as not to cause a fire hazard. Our Code Enforcement officer is contacting property owners who need to take action on their properties to remove fire hazards.

Any Paradise resident can submit a complaint to our Code Enforcement Officer Rick Trent. They can print a complaint form on our website here: https://www.townofparadise.com/index.php/residents/report-a-code-violation or they can submit a complaint using our app TOP Access which is available through google play or app store. They can also call or email Rick at (530) 872-6291 x 124 / rtrent@townofparadise.com.

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GeneralJody Colvard
Q: What can we do about all the Mosquitos?

A: Mosquitos are especially bad this year, and it is largely due to the fire. With so many stagnant water sources – swimming pools, exposed septic tanks and pooled water among debris – mosquitos are a huge issue for Paradise. According to Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District (BCMVCD), there are things residents can do to help. First, address any standing water on your own property if possible. Mosquito fish can be added to swimming pools, and so can larvicides that kill mosquito larvae. Find out more information about these treatments at http://www.bcmvcd.com.

You can also contact the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District to report standing water on any property and they will come out and address it. Right now, the BCMVCD is going through Paradise addressing the standing water they find, but it is time consuming. Residents can help by reporting problem areas on their website: http://www.bcmvcd.com.

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GeneralJody Colvard