Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 11-25-20

Upcoming Deadlines

December 4, 2020  Private Program “Cut by” Deadline. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the Town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date. This deadline may be extended to February 1, 2021 for property owners who have contracted with a tree contractor by December 4 2020, even if the trees have not been removed by Dec. 4

December 31, 2020 Government Program Enrollment deadline. The Government Program has started removing trees as of Nov. 17, 2020.


Current Statistics:

Single Family Homes

1,349 Building Permit Applications Received

1,217 Building Permits issued

487  Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Units

273 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

222 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

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


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Government Hazard Tree Removal Program Begins, Sets Deadline for Enrollment The first tree has been cut in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, marking the next phase of recovery for Paradise after the Camp Fire. The Government Program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State of California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CalRecycle and is the first of its kind where trees on private property can be removed through a FEMA funded program. The Government Program has set a deadline to enroll of December 31, 2020.

The removal of hazardous trees was identified as a tier 1 priority in the Long-Term Community Recovery Plan adopted by Paradise Town Council in June 2019. Over 4,700 properties in the Town of Paradise are already enrolled in the Government Program, and nearly 20,000 trees have already been assessed by arborists. The State estimates that ultimately 70,000 trees will be removed by the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program in the Camp Fire burn scar. To be eligible for the program, a tree must be so damaged by the Camp Fire that a certified arborist or forester determines it could fall on an eligible public or private road or public right of way within the next five years.

Property owners in the Camp Fire footprint must remove hazardous trees on their property. To sign up for the Government Program, contact the Tree ROE Center or the Paradise Tree Advocates.

Tree ROE Center:

Telephone: 530.520.3030

Email: treeroe@buttecounty.net

Mail: Butte County, Attn: Hazard Tree Removal, PO Box 3390, Chico, CA, 95927-3390

The Town of Paradise Tree Advocates can provide personal assistance through this process, if you are enrolled in the Private Program, the Government Program, or don’t know where to start. Tree Advocates can be reached at trees@townofparadise.com or by calling 530.872.6291 x 162 or 163.

Private Program for Hazardous Trees “Cut By” December 4th Private Program “Cut by” Deadline. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the Town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date. This deadline may be extended to February 1, 2021 for property owners who have contracted with a tree contractor by December 4 2020, even if the trees have not been removed by Dec. 4.


What’s New:

  •   Road Safety Update:  To prepare for inclement weather, the Town of Paradise Public Works Department has completed a road-striping project in Town.  Further road repair will be done after tree removal, utility undergrounding and other projects which impact roads have been completed. Striping has been completed on the following roads:

    o    Upper Skyway

    o    Upper Clark

    o    Upper Pentz

    o    Buschmann

    o    Bille

    o    Wagstaff

    o    Many intersections throughout Town

  • Town Hall and the Building Resiliency Center Open by Appointment. Due to the change to the purple Tier in Butte County, Town Hall and the BRC are open by appointment only. 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

  •   “Tree Window” to Assist Residents Now Open at Town Hall by appointment only. The Town has opened a “tree window” at Town Hall to assist the public with hazard tree removal questions. Haven’t enrolled in a program yet and have questions? Call for an appointment! It’s staffed by the Town’s Tree Advocates and is open M-Th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and closed for lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

  • Are you a new property owner in Paradise?

    Congratulations on purchasing property in the Town of Paradise! If you are rebuilding, we want to make sure you are informed on lot upkeep during the process. Please contact the Town of Paradise if you have any questions regarding weed or tree removal on your property. If you wish to have your hazardous trees removed in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.

  •   The Building Resiliency Center (BRC) Continues to Be Open.  The BRC continues to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist those seeking to rebuild.  The Center is open by appointment only and masks are required. Appointments for permitting, building questions, inspections, planning and septic are available same day or next day.  The Rebuild Advocates are available to answer any questions you may have. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

  • 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 plants, 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.