Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 1-26-22

CURRENT STATISTICS

BUILDING UPDATES

Single Family Homes in Development

2,108 Building Permit Applications Received

  • 1,471 Stick Built / 637 Manufactured

1,938 Building Permits issued

1,206 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Homes in Development

483 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

369 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

250  Multi-Family Unit Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

*Each “unit” represents a home for a family in Paradise.

If you are a multi-family housing developer and wish to meet with the Town, please call Kate Anderson, Housing Program Supervisor, at 530.872.6291 x 122, or email kanderson@townofparadise.com


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Provided by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Every week, we will spotlight a business in Paradise to encourage shopping locally and supporting economic recovery in Paradise – and maybe uncover a business you haven’t heard of before! All businesses featured in the business spotlights can be found in Paradisechamber.com’s online business directory.

This week, we are highlighting Cardin Plumbing. Cardin Plumbing specializes in general plumbing, repairs, and remodels. Located in Paradise, Cardin is bonded, insured, and dedicated to maintaining its long record of excellent service. Cardin Plumbing can be contacted at (530) 876-0962 or online in Paradisechamber.com’s business directory.

Thinking of opening a business in Paradise? The Town of Paradise offers Business Development meetings for prospective business owners to go over the process of opening a business in Paradise.  Call Colette Curtis at (530) 872-6291 x112 or email her at ccurtis@townofparadise.com to schedule an appointment.


COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Community Information Meeting, February 1

The Town of Paradise will host its February Community Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 6:00 pm. Topics include the Long Term Recovery Plan updates, 2022 recovery projects, and prevention tips for the upcoming fire season. Attend in person at the Paradise Town Hall or online at the Town of Paradise Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Paradise Town Council Meeting, February 8

The regular meeting for Paradise Town Council is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month. View the link to the agenda at the Town of Paradise website, and view online or attend in person (limited capacity).


WHAT’S NEW?

Community Development Department “Meet the Town Inspection Staff,” February 2

The Community Development Department invites residents to join them at the Building Resiliencey Center, 6295 Skyway, from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 to discuss issues or concerns, new codes or policies, new forms/handouts, any changes, and to hear ideas from residents. 

Specific discussion topics will include:

  • Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) codes including July 2021 updates

  • Camp Fire rebuild update

  • Current plan review timeframes

  • Website content, forms, and handouts, and future modifications to the website.

Building, Wastewater, and Fire Prevention staff will be on hand at this meeting. Please take a few minutes to visit https://www.townofparadise.com/building and provide feedback for the Community Development Department.

To attend this meeting, please RSVP by Tuesday, February 1 to ATennin@townofparadise.com. Please include the number of attendees and any other topics you would like to see addressed.

Camp Fire Debris Removal Insurance Recovery

If you participated in the Government Sponsored Debris Removal Program for the 2018 Camp Fire, you may have recently received a letter detailing the full cost of cleanup. If you had insurance at the time of the fire, Butte County’s Camp Fire Insurance Recovery Manager, Tetra Tech, will be working with property owners and insurance companies to help determine how much needs to be paid to the County for the cleanup. 

For property owners who already received insurance proceeds from their insurer related to the debris removal, Tetra Tech will work with you to identify any out-of-pocket costs incurred by property owners and any payments that may need to be made to the County. Property owners will not be responsible for any costs outside the available insurance coverage from their insurance policy.

Find more information here and contact Tetra Tech for additional information by emailing ButteCountyInsurance@tetratech.com or calling (530) 693-3203.

Umpires Needed for Paradise Little League

Do you love baseball? Do you love kids? Do you love Paradise? Then Paradise Little League needs you! Now accepting applications for volunteer and paid umpires for the 2022 season. Opportunities to umpire in neighboring leagues also. Open to ages 14+, training provided. Email paradiselittleleagued47@gmail.com for an application or more information.

Sol Sanctuary Offering Free Healing Events for Fire Survivors

Supported by the North Valley Community Foundation & Butte Strong Fund, Sol Sanctuary is offering a variety of free events every month, including Talk and walk on Paradise Memorial Trail, Barn Angel Program, Mediations, and Habit Discussions. Visit the Sol Sanctuary website for more information.

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce Business Report

If you are a business on the Ridge, the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce is working for you–whether you are a member or not! Read the digital report here, featuring Chamber highlights from 2021 and successes of businesses on the Ridge.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Theater on the Ridge Presents P-Town Tonight, January 20-30

Enjoy a night of music and comedy at the live taping of P-Town Tonight at Theater on the Ridge. Bobby LaButte will lead as the host of this musical variety show, written and directed by Jerry Miller. The performance is running from January 20-30, and showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 general, $16 reserved, and $10 bargain tickets at the door only on Thursday nights and Sunday Matinee. For more information and ticket sales visit the Theater on the Ridge website.

Restaurant Week Butte County, January 21-30

Restaurant Week includes 10 days of special deals at some of the most popular restaurants throughout Butte County. Nic’s in Paradise will be offering a $15 special including a 6” flatbread of your choice, a garden salad and a soft drink. Don’t miss out! For more information, visit the Explore Butte County website.

Paradise Alliance Church Community Dinner, January 27

Enjoy a weekly community dinner with family and friends at the Paradise Alliance Church at 6591 Clark Road. Free to all from 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Click here to visit their website or call 530-877-7069

Egleson Field Volunteer Day, Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Paradise Little League needs your help to prepare for the upcoming 2022 season. Projects include leaf clean-up, gravel moving, infield leveling, and backstop building. Bring rakes, picks, shovels, power drills, along with gloves and water. Lunch is provided! Email paradiselittleleagued47@gmail.com or visit www.paradiselittleleague.org for more information.

Grand Reopening of the Paradise Elks Lodge, January 30

Sunday, January 30, 2022, is the grand reopening of the newly rebuilt Elks Lodge, with the official ribbon cutting on Thursday, January 27 at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29, will have tours, food trucks, games, and a no-host bar. Sunday, January 30 from 9 a.m. – Noon will be the “Paradise Lodge’s Famous Fizz Breakfast.” $12 per person with $5 drink specials and live music from “Soul Posse.” Visit the Elks website, call 530-877-3977 or email cruizinfools@comcast.net for more information.

Children’s Community Charter School of Paradise Enrollment Information Meeting, February 1

Learn more about the Children’s Community Charter School of Paradise at 5:30 p.m. on February 1st. Open to grades TK-8, it’s a free public school with small class sizes, after-school care, homework help, science, PE & art. Call 530-877-2227 for more information.

Rotary Club of Paradise Crab Feed 2022, February 12

Support the rebuild of Paradise by joining the community at the Rotary Club Crab Feed fundraiser! The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Paradise on Saturday, February 12. Enjoy a live band, an auction, and a full bar from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The dinner will consist of crab, shrimp, and Tri-tip and dessert will be provided. Tickets cost $85. Click here for more information and ticket sales.

Spotlight on Color: Paradise Art Center, Now through February 19

Come check out “Spotlight on Color,” a Wheeler gallery show at the Paradise Art Center. The gallery is available to view on Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning on January 8 until February 19. For more information, click here.


RESOURCES

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Expanding Mutual Self-Help Housing Program in Paradise

If you are a lot owner in Paradise looking to rebuild OR you are interested in helping build a new home for your family in Town, you may be eligible to be a part of the new self-help housing program from CHIP. Eligible families meeting low income requirements and other criteria will appreciate affordable monthly payments, the ability to help build your own home, no down payment, and a low fixed interest rate. No construction experience necessary! To find out if you are eligible or to request an application, call (530) 891-6931 or 1-888-912-4663, visit their website here, or email CHIPgeneral@chiphousing.org.

Paradise Irrigation District Update

With the return of water consumption billing, PID customers are asking how this change will affect their monthly water bill.  We have information available here to help Paradise residents prepare for and estimate their future water bills.  PID will notify customers ahead of time with an example bill to show them what to expect. Customers can also download a mobile app (dropcountr) to help them monitor water usage and alert them to unexpected water use or a leak.

  • Total Customers: 8,791

  • Active customers: 4,032

  • Properties with cleared water: 3,779

  • Metered billing resumes in January of 2022.

Surveillance monitoring of distribution system: 1270 system samples since Sept 2020; one had a detection for benzene but when resampled was non-detect (as of October 28, 2021)

View the interactive PID water quality assurance sampling map here.

Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room

The Rebuild Paradise Foundation (RPF) and Valley Contractors Exchange (VCE) have partnered to launch Home Builders Resource Connection Online Plan Room! This FREE tool is intended to connect the dots between those looking to rebuild after the devastating fires Butte County has experienced in 2018 and 2020 and contractors that can perform this work. To learn more about the Online Plan Room, please visit the VCE website or contact VCE at (530) 343-1981.

 

Shop Local Online! Paradise Ridge Marketplace Available

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has provided the Paradise Ridge Marketplace to keep your shopping local. Purchase some of your favorite Ridge items, such as Ridge Rising apparel and other fun member products. New items are added frequently. Learn more at here.  

Funding Options for Those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

  1. NEW – Grants Up to $200,000 Available for those Rebuilding after the Camp Fire

    The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) recently announced the Disaster Housing Assistance Survey for survivors of the 2018 wildfire disasters is now open. Homes damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire may be eligible for up to $200,000; and low- to moderate-income households will receive priority.

    If you are a disaster survivor and wish to see if you qualify for the ReCoverCA Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (OOR Program), start by taking the 2018 Disaster Housing Assistance survey available at the Recover CA website. If you need assistance with the survey, contact Butte County OOR Case Managers Brittney Murray or Glen Johnson at (916) 202-1764.

  2. Up to $150,000 in low-interest, deferred Loans for homeowners (can be used even if insurance funds and/or FEMA funds have been spent)

    The Town of Paradise offers deferred, low-interest loans to low and moderate income households rebuilding after the Camp Fire. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here or call the Town’s Housing Department at (530) 872-6291 x122. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

  3. Missing Middle Grant – Up to $5,000 to qualifying middle-class or lower middle-class households

    Rebuild Paradise Foundation is offering grant funding that is awarded as reimbursement for the following pre-construction costs: up to $2,000(max) for survey costs, up to $2,000(max) for architecture/engineering fees and up to $1,000(max) for water related expenses. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit the Rebuild Paradise website.

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open to the Public 

Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center (BRC), both on Skyway are open to the public. Town Hall and Town Meetings are open to the public with limited seating and social distancing procedures in place. The BRC is accepting walk-ins and individuals are requested to ring the bell located by the front doors to enter. This will ensure social distancing requirements can be met.

The Town is also available by phone. Please call (530) 872-6291 for existing appointments or to schedule a new appointment.

Below 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     

Have questions regarding your rebuild? Rebuild Advocates are here to help!  

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 plans, or any part of the rebuild process.  They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x429 x430 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!


Make it Paradise Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed of the ongoing recovery efforts as we rebuild Paradise.  Each week you will receive a newsletter with events, current numbers (building permits, etc.), current topics and a weekly Q&A.

Occasionally, we may send out an extra newsletter pertaining to an upcoming event or important information.