Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 09-18-2019

Events: 

Thursdays  6 - 8:00pm       

Paradise Community Dinner

Paradise Alliance Church

Location: 6491 Clark Rd

Fri. Sept. 20th 3-4:30 pm

Town of Paradise Contractors Discussion

Paradise Town Hall

Location: 5555 Skyway

Tues. Oct. 1st, 6 pm`

Paradise Community Information Meeting

Paradise Alliance Church

Location: 6491 Clark Rd

Sat. Oct. 5th and Sun. Oct. 6th 10am

Johnny Appleseed Days

Terry Ashe Park

Location: 6626 Skyway

Tues. Oct. 8th 6-10pm

Town Council Meeting

Town of Paradise - Town Hall

Location: 5555 Skyway


CURRENT STATISTICS:

10,671 Properties cleared of debris

7,272 Properties certified clean by County

334 Applications received total  

4 Homes rebuilt (Certificate of Occupancy issued)

NEWS THIS WEEK:

  • The Town of Paradise may be getting an Emergency Room soon. The bill to have one built has been passed by both Houses and is now on Governor Newsom's desk waiting for approval. We will let you know when we have a final decision but this is great news for the rebuilding efforts.

  • Local and state officials are currently negotiating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the removal of at least some of the trees. We hope to have a definitive answer soon. We know trees are an urgent concern for people wanting to rebuild.

  • The Town is on track to receive 500 building applications by the end of the year!  Initially, the Town expected to receive about 200 applications by December 31st, but stronger than expected interest in rebuilding has surpassed our projections.

  • In order to better serve our residents, 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.8th, and we are looking for funding to get the building ready after sitting vacant for several years.

  • 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 on Friday, November 8th:

    • 11:08 am:  86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway

    • 12:00 pm:  Groundbreaking at Camp Fire Memorial – Skyway/Foster Triangle

    • 6:30 pm:  Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.

  • NEW PROGRAM: USDA Home Repair Loan and Grant Pilot Program: Rural Development’s Home Repair Loan and Grant Pilot Program increases the maximum amount of assistance available to very-low-income homeowners, as well as improves access to the program in an effort to better assist those in need. This program helps repair, improve, and modernize homes in eligible rural areas.

  1. Eligibility: 

      • Own the home and lot and occupy the house

      • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere

      • For grants, be 62 or older and not be able to repay a loan

      • Have a family income below 50% of the area median income. Butte County income limits: 

        • 1-4 person family $33,250

        • 5-8 person family $43,900

  • NEW PROGRAM: State Controller’s Office has announced applications being accepted for the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program.

    • Benefit: Defer current-year payment of property taxes on their principal residence.

    • Eligibility:

      -Homeowners who are seniors, blind, or have a disability.

      -Must have 40% equity in their home AND an annual household income of $35,500 or less to qualify. To learn more visit https://www.sco.ca.gov/ardtax_prop_tax_postponement.html 

  • Ribbon Cuttings this month:

    • Bunch Electric: Sept. 20th at 164 Pearson Rd 3:30-4: 30 pm

    • DH Construction: Sept. 26th at 3851 Morrow Lane Ste 14 Chico, Ca 5:30-7pm 

    • Grand Reopening of the Horse Festival Sept. 29th at PHA Horse Arena 6706 Moore Rd 10am-3pm

Lindsay Cox