Town of Paradise Weekly Recovery Update 9-9-20

Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, September 18, 2020, 5pm PST

Deadline for Broadband Survey input

Meetings

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6pm      

Community Information Meeting


Current Statistics:

Single Family Homes

1,202 Building Permit Applications Received

1,051 Building Permits issued

345   Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Multi-Family Units

250 Multi-Family Unit Applications Received

198 Multi-Family Unit Permits Issued

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


Bear Fire/North Complex West Zone Updates:

Cal Fire will hold a Press Briefing tonight, September 10th at 6:01 pm on their Facebook page CAL FIRE/Butte County. They will discuss the current situation for Paradise and Magalia during the briefing. For more information visit the Town’s Facebook Page and CAL Fire Butte County Facebook Page

Government Hazard Tree Removal Update:

The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is currently in the field assessing properties for hazardous trees (see attached flyer for details). The tree felling has not yet begun as CalRecycle works through the contracting process. The Town of Paradise will update property owners on the status of tree felling under Government Program as information becomes available from the State


What’s New:

  • Did You Submit A Right of Entry (ROE) For to Opt-in To the State Hazard Tree Removal Program?  Tree assessment is the first stage of the state-managed program. As part of this stage, CalRecycle will:

    •   Inspect trees on your property

    • Mark assessed trees

    • Enter information into a database to track each tree through the removal process.

         Please visit the FAQ on the Makeitparadise.org website for further details

        

  • Deadline to Participate is September 18th! The Broadband needs assessment survey is winding down and we invite you to participate today. Conducted by the Center for Economic Development, on behalf of the Town of Paradise, this survey will gather information about internet usage and needs of residents. It also assesses the interest residents may have in purchasing improved internet services if they were to become available. Take the survey here.

  • Need Help With Weed Abatement or Creating Defensible Space? FRAP (Fuels Reduction Assistance Program) is a volunteer based program to help property owners protect life and property from the threat of wildfire during fire season by assisting them with defensible space (brush removal, limbing and weed abatement) and some basic tree removal (dead and dying trees in the 100′ defensible space). This program is run through Paradise Alliance Church, so call 530-877-7069 for questions and to sign up. Or, get information and sign up online at: www.fuelsreduction.org

  • Applications for Business Stabilization Program Open September 15th

    Butte County Board of Supervisors approved the Butte County Stabilization program, allocating $6.1 million toward grants for for-profit businesses of 10 or fewer employees and non-profit community organizations to support those affected by COVID-19.    

    Businesses find more information here

    Non-profits find more information here

Grant amounts:

  • $15,000 = 5 or fewer employees

  • $25,000 = 6-10 employees

  • $4,900,000 budget – anticipate assistance to 250+ businesses throughout Butte County

Eligible Use Examples:

  • Offset for financial impacts from business closures

  • Costs to modify business model based on impacts from COVID-19

  • Costs to adhere to the requirements for safely re-opening

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Business physically located and operating within Butte County

  • Demonstrated financial need as a result of COVID-19

  • 10 or fewer employees

  • No prior assistance from Paycheck Protection Program or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Fund

  • Business located within a local jurisdiction that is adhering to State guidance related to COVID-19

  • Business will need to attest that they will adhere to State guidance related to COVID-19

  • Business will need to submit a Business Plan summary (no more than 1 page) detailing adaptation plans for next 12 months

The application process is still being formulated, we expect the application to begin in September 2020.  Contact Colette Curtis at ccurtis@townofparadise.com or (530) 872-6291 x112 for more information. 

  • Outreach Continues to Those Living in RVs.  The Town of Paradise is conducting on-going outreach and communication to better understand barriers and circumstances of property owners during their effort to rebuild.  The Rebuild Advocates located at the Building Resiliency Center (BRC) are available Monday – Friday to listen and provide resources and assistance in navigating available options. Please call 530.872.6291 x 411 to make an appointment

  • Early Warning System Project Moving Forward.  The Town has issued a formal request for proposals for the design of an early warning system. Identified as a Tier 1 priority by residents in the 2019 Long Term Recover Plan, the initial grant for planning and design of an early warning system was awarded to the Town via a Hazard Mitigation Grant.

  • Paradise favorite Noble Orchards has Peaches and Apples galore. Stop by the farm Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 noon ONLY.  Peaches by the pound or box. Apples by the box only.  7050 Pentz Road.  530.877.4784

  • 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!

  • Haven’t completed your Tree ROE? Don’t wait until it’s too late! There are still over 2,000 properties in The Town of Paradise that have not completed their TROE form. In order to remove all dead and dying trees there is an urgent need for all residents who have not completed this form to make it a priority. Ask your neighbors, family and friends both in town and those who have been relocated out of state but still own property –Have you completed your TROE?

    • Download your ROE or inspection Access form here.  You can mail the form to PO Box 3390   Chico, CA 95927-3390 or email to TreeROE@buttecounty.net.  For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.

  • 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.