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July 25, 2019

Meeting Notes

Executive Committee Report

  • Committee discussed the results of the Open House

  • Attended the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group and reported back

  • Designated two Media Contacts on the Committee: Ursula Smith and Patti Samons

  • Will continue process to seek recognition from the County

  • Addressing the questions from the Open House. Will target key areas in the upcoming URCC meetings and invite the appropriate agency to present and answer questions. The August URCC meeting will focus on water and roads. Del Oro and Public Works will be invited.

  • Upcoming topics will include:

  • Barriers to rebuilding

  • How to improve downtown

  • November 8th commemoration planning – meeting of Magalia organizations to be held August 14 at 4pm at the DeSabla Community Center hall.

 

Butte County Update (Supervisor Doug Teeter)

  • Out of 10,000 properties, 8,000 have been cleared of debris

  • The Butte County Conservation District and Butte County Fire Safe Council are meeting re: tree removal ()

  • Burned trees are marketable less than a year afterwards. Need to move quickly.

  • Natural Resource Conservation Service has information on logging.

  • Cal OES is asking FEMA to pay for the tree removal (big ask).

  • Beginning work on the Butte County General Plan. It’s been 10 years since the General Plan was revised.

  • Sheriffs’ cars now have sirens for emergency evacuation notification. Questions about how many of the cars with sirens will be in Magalia. Will ask Sheriff to attend next URCC meeting.

  • Supervisors’ meeting – August 13th at 9am.

 

California HOPE Butte County

    Mental Health Counseling:  Through outreach and education, California HOPE empowers and restores stability to fire survivors and fire-affected communities of Butte County. HOPE Counselors meet with fire survivors and their families on the survivor’s schedule, wherever they’re most comfortable. HOPE counselors facilitate educational and support group meetings for survivors and provide support at community events. Call 530.966.7382 or email calhopebutte@gmail.com to connect with a HOPE Counselor today. Also, find them on Facebook @CalHopeButte.

    Disaster Recovery Case Management:  The Disaster Case Management Program provides direct case management services to disaster survivors and their families through advocacy, information and referral, crisis intervention services, and recovery services.

 

Medspire Health   www.medspire.org

    Medspire Health was founded after the Camp Fire by a small team of clinicians who worked and lived within the community of Paradise, CA. They provide a free, mobile medical clinic that works closely in collaboration with community members and local agencies to provide non-emergency medical care as well as emotional wellness support and health education. One of their doctors, Dr. Mueller, will do home visits.

    Upcoming clinics include: August 25 in Concow and September 14 at the Magalia Pines Baptist Church.

    Medspire is receiving much needed funding support. They have raised $15,000 through a GoFundMe account. Direct Relief, a NGO, gave $50,000 and Golden Valley gave $25,000. Additionally, Info Tech provided them with 10 laptop computers.

 

Mons Jensen, Director of Programs, Feather River Clinic

    Priority #1: Clinic is open at the Feather River Center on Skyway at Neal Road. They are working on expanding services to include a walk-in clinic and to expand hours to evenings and weekends.

    Priority #2: Working with Butte EMS to establish an ambulance station in Paradise. They are constantly moving ambulances around and they move another one into place to back fill when an ambulance is called out in Magalia.

    Priority #3: Pursuing legislation to open an Emergency Room separate from a hospital in Paradise. California requires that ER’s be attached to a hospital. Legislation would allow for an exception for Paradise.  Current legislation is permission to pursue – it wouldn’t be imminent, looking at many months. Would require construction on the hospital campus and there are complex building regulations that would have to be followed.

 

Paradise Unified School District

   Tom Taylor, Assistance Superintendent:

  • Good core of staffing in place.

  • They are expecting 1200-1400 kids to enroll.

  • Three of the PUSD Board members are from Magalia – the most on the Board.

  • Fresh water filtration is in place.

  • Electric buses have been donated.

 

Park on the Green

  • An ADA Assessment has been completed (paid for partially through a GoFundMe account and by Chris Rauen). The assessment found that, with minimal upgrades, the site can be opened very quickly.

  • Chico News & Review did an article about the Park on the Green. Good story and pictures.

  • A landscape architect is being hired by Chris Rauen to begin drafting some plans for the park.

  • Meetings with Paradise Recreation and Parks District continue.

  • Reached out to Trust for Public Land and will be working with a staff member around finding acquisition and maintenance funding.

 

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

    Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program:  Provides low-income seniors with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. SFMNP check booklets for $20 available at Chico Wednesday Farmers’ Market, Pillsbury Rd. & Plaza Way.  Seniors must be 60 years of age or older, must qualify as low income (Annual income below $23, 107 for household of 1; $31,284 for household of 2)

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/seniorfarmersmrktnutritionprgm/

    WIC Checks Welcome at Farmers’ Markets

The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and the Fruit and Vegetable Check (FVC) program provide increased access to fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets to WIC families.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CFH/DWICSN/Pages/FarmersMarkets.aspx#

    Available at:

  • Chico Saturday Farmers’ Market (Wall & 2nd, Chico)

  • Chico Wednesday Farmers’ Market (Pillsbury & Plaza Way, Chico)

  • Downtown Chico Thursday Night Market (2nd & Broadway)

  • Oroville Saturday Farmers’ Market (2600 Oro Dam Road, Oroville)

 

Center for Healthy Communities    https://www.csuchico.edu/chc/

   

CalFresh Outreach

To get immediate food assistance:

https://www.csuchico.edu/calfresh/immediate-assistance/index.shtml

    Beginning June 1st, SSI/SSP recipients may be eligible for CalFresh Food benefits. Individuals who receive SSI/SSP have limited income and resources and are over the age of 65, blind, or have a disability. Receiving CalFresh Food benefits will not change or reduce SSI/SSP benefits. For more information:

http://calfresh.dss.ca.gov/food/

 

The Center for Healthy Communities also has LIHEAP funding for utility assistance & energy efficiency:   The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides two basic types of services. Eligible low-income persons can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings, and/or have their dwellings weatherized to make them more energy efficient.

 

Team Rubicon / Tree Cutting Volunteers

The Zone Project is working with Team Rubicon to help home owners get trees cut down. There are 25 volunteers who will be in Magalia this next week, working out of the Magalia Pines Baptist Church. They will assess the trees needing to be cut down and, based on size and location, will cut the tree down and cut it up but leave the wood on the owner’s property. The Zone Project is responsible for acquiring the right of entry from property owners.

 Thursday, June 27, 2019

Meeting Notes

Public Works Presentation:
Dennis Schmidt, Director, Butte County Public Works 

Power Point presentation is available at www.upperridge.org. Click on “Updates.”
 
Mechanism of Road Damage: • Burned pavement and 3.2 miles of guard rails have been replaced. • 225 signs have been replaced. • Physical damage is happening to roads by dozers, heavy equipment, and utility trucks. • Tree removal impacting roads with cranes, outriggers and log decks. • Fire debris hauling (69,000 lbs. per truck load) • Roadways damaged due to overtopping & debris flows due to scorched soils. • Honey Run Covered Bridge destroyed (working with citizens group to rebuild) • Honey Run Road – debris flows ($100,000 spent to clean culverts) • Cement trucks cause even more damage and the build is just beginning. • Going to need to rehab 150 miles of County roads at cost of $150-200 million. • $90-120 million to remove hazard trees. • Total Public Works funding required will be $320 million.
 
Trees: • Trees in the Right of Way (ROW) – 6,000 removed. • Trees out of the ROW – but threatening roads – need to be removed. • Trees threatening private property need to be removed. • Estimated 60,000 trees damaged or destroyed that will need to be removed.
 
Ongoing information available at www.ButteCountyRecovers.org  

 

Phil Howard:  De Sabla Community Center: Fundraising continues to raise enough money to fix the roof and the stove in the kitchen. Donations may be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/de-sabla-community-center or by sending a check to 15247 Skyway, Magalia, CA 95954. Additionally, membership is $35/year.

 

Wade Killingsworth:  Fire Wise Committee:  The Fire Wise Committee is creating discrete neighborhoods (smaller chunks of Magalia and the upper ridge are best), and looking for folks who want to learn about fire safety and help their neighbors become fire wise.  To find out more, talk to Wade Killingsworth or Laurie McBride at info@upperridge.org.  

 

Chris Rauen:  Magalia Community Park on the Green:     

We are moving forward with drafting our proposal to present to the Park District Board – a much needed component of this is the hiring of an ADA consultant to do a complete site assessment for us. He is one of the most experienced ADA consultants in Northern California and is giving us a discount as this is a Camp Fire recovery project, however it’s still costly.     

     We have raised over half of the funds needed to cover his fees through a GoFundMe campaign, which you can still donate to. The report he prepares can be used in any scenario involving conversion of the golf course into a park.      

     Our major presence is on Facebook, the page is “Park on the Green” and we have 137 supporters.       For those who are unfamiliar with out efforts, we are approaching the Park District first and foremost because parks are what they do, and they have the best chance of securing grant money for acquisition of land and development.       Although PRPD did receive a settlement from PG&E for $45 million, the Board says they do not expect to see that money “for several years” due to legal wrangling, and therefore won’t be earmarking any funds until they receive the check.     

     Their Board has also been trying to make a heavy push for using the Lakeridge property as a public park instead of the golf course but we’ve been communicating to the Board that circumstances have changed in Magalia since the Lakeridge proposal first came about.

     Parks & Rec 2018-2019 Budget (includes 5 year plan for Lakeridge Park): https://www.paradiseprpd.com/documents.html
     Paradise Recreation & Park District Municipal Service Review & Sphere of Influence Plan: http://buttelafco.org/resources/municipal-service-reviews-sphere-influenceplans/paradise-recreation-park-district

 

Rich Gingery:  (PUSD) Paradise Unified School District Update:

  • High school grad night was huge success.  NO Lester Holt, but we did have Sheriff Honea , Senator Neilson, Assemblymen Gallagher and Congressman Doug LaMalfa.   Bob Wilson (Millionaire who gave each PHS student a $1000).

  • 80% of our graduates made it into colleges this year

  • Water systems are getting installed soon (debate if needed or not)

  • Agreed to have the same architects firm that did our bond help with the value of damage to settle with insurance claim and PG&E. Not sure if and when the Measure Y will be used.

  • Ridgeview High will be on the Ponderosa Campus, not all the way cleared but will be as the small HS is there.

  • New Board Member was appointed Emily Vail, mother/business owner of Paradise. 7 candidates competed for the spot. It is about a 2 yr term for Mrs. Vail.

  • Aaron Rodgers just gave all HS Football Players new state of the art helmets (Chico (2) and Paradise).

  • We begin to have public meetings to demo what the school will look like and seek input for the community. STEAM and modern equipment will be a part of the rebuild.

  • All of our Technology will match uniformly, hope to attract and retain new teachers with our new schools and equipment

Patti Samons:  Camp Fire Zone Project Update:

  • We are working with Butte County Fire Safety Council to roll out a no-cost fuel reductions program in coordination with Paradise Alliance Church and Hope City. This will be rolled out BY ZONE starting in August. Keep an eye on your zone on Facebook and/or make sure your captain has your contact info. It will be open enrollment, free to all but will be prioritized based on a series of things such as elderly, whether or not debris removal has been completed and the proximity to water ways. Again, more information to roll out in August.

  • The Zone Captains are at Party in the Park every Wednesday, hosting the kids booth. Stop by and say  hi.

  • The Zone Captains will be at the Home Builders Expo this Saturday and Sunday – 29th and 30th from 9am-4pm

  • Camp Fire Zone Project has been appointed by the Unmet Needs Roundtable and Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group to host the open house sessions for Concow/Pulga/Yankee Hill and Butte Creek Canyon. We have a meeting tomorrow about it and will be able to release dates shortly thereafter.

  • We have had a total of 4 zone parties since the last meeting, If your zone doesn’t have a party planned and you would like one – reach out to your captain. If you don’t have a captain – contact Patti or Jenna.

  • We have partnered with Phoenix Solar Works, Brandon Delgado – the company is providing huge solar discounts to zone members. See campfirezoneproject.com for more info and/or contact your zone captain.

 

Misc info:
If you know of a car still in the right of way within county lines please call County code enforcement at (530) 552-3702.   Also, if you know someone that hasn’t signed up for an ROE and you have their contact info – please email campfirezoneproject@gmail.com

 

Camp Fire Zone Project will be doing another meet and greet dinner at CMA July 18th at 6pm

 

Donna Yutzy:  Magalia Open House: The Open House is happening Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 6-8pm at 15204 Skyway, Magalia (Seventh Day Adventist Church). Organizations who provide resources, services and information related to the top three priorities identified in the Magalia Listening Sessions (Fire Safety, Communication and a Town Center/Square) have been invited through Supervisor Teeter’s office (thank you to his assistant, Robin Bennett). A press release has been sent to media by the URCC Co-Chairs of the Communication Committee (Ursula Smith & Patti Samons). Postings of the event are on Facebook and Next Door Neighbor. Flyers, posters and sandwich boards have been distributed throughout the business community in Magalia by Liz Wolff and Janet Rose.

 

April 25, 2019

Meeting Notes

Wade Killingsworth: Butte County Fire Safe Council: The Council is a non-profit 501(c)3 and has existed since 2008. Wade is the newly hired Field Coordinator. Fuel Reduction Projects: successfully cleared huge acreage in PUSD, PID & POA areas, water catchment areas with work to save water in those regions. Fuels reduced in Paradise Pines Green Belt and the Little Butte Creek area. The Camp Fire went to the ground in the fuel reduction areas and stayed on the ground which worked in helping to save Upper Magalia. New fuels reduction on 8.7 acres beginning behind Lafayette Circle.

Fire Wise Communities: National Fire Prevention Association certifies Fire Wise Communities. Benefits include (1) protecting property & lives, (2) more likely to get grants for fire protection activities from FEMA, and (3) insurance companies offer discounts – USAA and AEGIS currently offer. It is a grass roots initiative bringing together government agencies and community organizations in collaborative partnership. Broad steps in becoming a Fire Wise Certified Community:

  1. Wild Fire Risk Assessment

  2. Form a board or committee – residents, Fire Captains, Water District, County Roads Dept., Elected Officials.

  3. Develop a Plan of Action – multiple years

  4. Educational outreach activities

  5. Reduce wild fire risk

  6. Go through certification process

  7. Annual renewal requirements

The Fire Safe Council will come out to homes and provide advice on fire prevention. Have the Residents’ Assistance Program and the Chipper Program.

Jenna Murray:  Camp Fire Zone Captain System: Program was launched 4 weeks ago and they have 1900 members and 29 Zone Captains. They are getting touch with people not in FaceBook by going door to door in neighborhoods.

     Volunteer Zone Captains are being recruited for the 13 zones in Magalia/Stirling City. Zone Captains will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, collecting and dispensing information and representing the Zone in meetings and to public officials. The ability to collaborate and coordinate information and resources provides for the benefits of economies of scale (multiple households using the same contractor and saving $$, for example) and will provide more clout as a group when addressing challenges. Recruiting for 5 captains for each zone who will meet regularly and all of the Zone Captains will meet as a group, as well.  Anyone interested in volunteering contact Jenna Murray at 530.816.2204 / jennalynnmurray@gmail.com or Kyla Awalt at 530-966-4963.

     A Meet & Greet to meet the Santa Rosa/Sonoma County Block Captains and hear more about the program is scheduled for May 4th from 2-4pm at the CMA Church at 6491 Clark Road, Paradise.

 

Tracy Davis: Unmet Needs Roundtable, Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group:  It is an organization made up of non-profits, business and faith organizations working alongside governmental agencies for the long term recovery of the Camp Fire affected areas and communities. Discussion about Listening Sessions in Magalia.

     The Unmet Needs Roundtable meets on Fridays at 8am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chico.

 

Ellen Johnson: Updates on various meetings:

  • Tracey Davis continues to attend different committees looking for ways to help.

  • Alliance Work Force Development has funding for businesses to pay all or part of  new employees wages.

  • 7th Day Adventist are working on Welcome Home groups.

  • The need for individuals with needs was addressed especially for Magalia.

  • The need for counselling was addressed. Trauma Network was suggested.

  • 350 people attended the first CMA Thursday Night Dinner.

  • Zone Captains was gone over and updated.

  • 7600 mailers will be going out each month to connect the community but especially seniors.

  • Calling 211 is the central number for information on recovery.

  • Kaboom has funding up to $20,000 for play ground equipment.

 

Laurie McBride: Fire Prevention Recommendations: Letter to multiple Butte County Agencies, FEMA and Butte County Fire Safe Council distributed for signatures of attending members.

Farmers’ Market: Initial meeting with Richard Coon, President of the Board of the Certified Farmers’ Market in Chico, Paradise and Oroville (and owner of Wookey Farms) was discussed. Plans to bring Paradise Farmers’ Market back to CMA location next year. Concerns about location, interest and exposure to debris in Paradise & Magalia by transporting organic produce through the burn areas to Upper Magalia. New markets are opening May 14 in Oroville on Tuesdays (4-8pm) and Saturdays (7:30am – 1pm.) Chico markets are Saturday and Wednesday (7:30am – 1pm.) Meeting with Farmers’ Market Board is scheduled to discuss further options for Magalia.

 

Rich Gingerly: PUSD (Paradise Unified School District) plans to have 5 campuses available for students starting in August 2019.

1. Paradise High School (PHS) will have 7th-12th grades and the ELearning Academy.  With the 7th-8th grades being separated from the 9th-12th grades.

2. Ridgeview High School (RVH) will be held at the top parking lot of PHS.

3. Paradise Intermediate School (PINT) will have an elementary school TK-6th (for the students that were at Ponderosa and Paradise Elementary School)

4. Pine Ridge Elementary School (PRS) in Magalia will be TK-6th.

5. Cedarwood Elementary School (CED) in Magalia will be TK-6th.

  • All schools will provide transportation to and from school. All school will offer an after school program.  Free breakfast and lunches will be provided to all students in the PUSD.

  • There is a possible chance there could be changes made to the above, in regards to the true population of students and where they are currently living.

  • Paradise High will have graduation on the PHS campus this year on June 6th.  Also Paradise High did finally get the grant completed from the California grant to build a new gym.  The ridge community voted to approve the new gym back in 2001, I believe.  The District has held onto the matching funds for this grant for over 15 years (at least) and finally California has released the grant to complete the build.  We have be in the line for the grant money for way too long.  I was happy to spread this news before our local new coverage saw it.  

  • Currently the District has been and will continue testing the air, soil and water at each school sites.  This testing will continue as long as there is construction around our schools due to the rebuilding of our ridge community.   

 

Chris Rauen: Proposal for Community Park at old golf course location: Chris Rauen presented an update on a proposal to have Paradise Recreation and Park District purchase and maintain the old Paradise Pines Golf Course & convert it to a community park.  A letter of support was sent around to be signed by all those in attendance at the meeting.  PRPD has funding concerns & needs to be able to show it’s board of directors that such a project would be financially viable.  A walking tour with the District Manager is planned for May 17.

 

Phil Howard: DeSabla Guild Hall: A tree fell on the Guild Hall. $20,000+ to replace roof and fix damage to porch, etc. Phil is asking for volunteers to help. Members who are interested will meet next week. Guild Membership is $35/year and applications for membership were distributed with a number of new Guild Members signing up.

March 28, 2019

Meeting Notes

Jenna Murray: Camp Fire Zone Captain System: Volunteer Zone Captains are being recruited for the 14 zones in Paradise and the 13 zones in Magalia/Stirling City. Zone Captains will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, collecting and dispensing information and representing the Zone in meetings and to public officials. The ability to collaborate and coordinate information and resources provides for the benefits of economies of scale (multiple households using the same contractor and saving $$, for example) and will provide more clout as a group when addressing challenges. Recruiting for 5 captains for each zone who will meet regularly and all of the Zone Captains will meet as a group, as well. Only two Zone Captains so far in Magalia (N. Coutelenc and. Fir Haven.) Anyone interested in volunteering contact Jenna Murray at 530.816.2204 or jennalynnmurray@gmail.com.

     A fundraiser for the project is scheduled in May (date to be announced later) at Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.

Supervisor Doug Teeter: Butte County Update:

  • Magalia is in California Assembly District 1: Brian Dahle

  • Paradise is in California Assembly District 3: James Gallagher

URCC should invite them both to meetings and begin communication with them. Both are actively involved in rebuild.

  • URCC could apply to the Butte County Board of Supervisors for a resolution to be a Community Association. There are other Community Associations in the area: Berry Creek, Palermo and Cohasset.

  • Debris Clean Up is the priority. 145 properties are still undecided. 11,000+ have submitted either the Right of Entry Form or the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Application.

  • Water Safety – OK for non burned areas of Magalia. It is in a better situation than Paradise. 2900 Del Oro customers are hooked up in Paradise Pines/Magalia.

  • Rebuilding Meeting – 7pm tonight at the POA. Open to the public. Public services representatives will be presenting and answering questions.

  • Fire Safety – Butte County Fire Safe Council & Butte County Office of Emergency Service – Developing wild fire preparedness plan. Supervisor Teeter’s priorities for preparedness include (a) Shelter in Place plans and (b) Road clearance. He gave a power point presentation that included video shots that he took during the evacuation of his house burning and roads burning (he sheltered in place with others in an open field on Pearson.) Roads that looked clear in Google Earth prior to the fire were dramatically burning. Core roads must be clear cut. Not all roads, just core roads. They are also looking at 4 lanes over the Magalia Dam. FEMA to reimburse for repairs for roads.

  • 1300 households to get help with trailers. 349 pads delivered (out of 700.) 229 applicants. Frustration that this program is going faster.

  • PG& E - Replace bare electrical wires with covered wire.

  • Evacuation Zone Map by street. Members voiced their confusion about exactly which Evacuation Zone they lived in when their property is close to the lines on the map.

  • Need clarification about the POA which is listed as an Assembly Point on the Evacuation Zone Maps.

  • Transmitter for the emergency radio channel needs to be fixed.

  • Butte County Connect – site for comments & complaints to Butte County. Also provides information about Butte County administrative offices and ordinances.

Tracy Davis: Unmet Needs Roundtable, Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group: The purpose of the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group (CFLTRG) is to provide long-term recovery support for communities affected by the Butte County Camp Fire. CFLTRG will provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery and provide additional long-term assistance to the communities affected by the disaster. This will be accomplished through the establishment and maintenance of a network within and on behalf of faith-based, non-profit, business and other organizations and agencies which will provide a coordinated recovery effort alongside governmental efforts.

​     The Unmet Needs Roundtable needs to hear from Magalia and the Upper Ridge. Working with FEMA and are bringing in Disaster Case Managers. Looking for a location in Magalia for Disaster Case Managers, maybe one day a week. Could use Magalia Community Church. Disaster Resource Center is open from 11am – 4pm M-F. Are also installing 5 showers and 5 washing machines.

     Need to schedule a Listening Session in Magalia to provide information about unmet needs on the Upper Ridge.

     The Unmet Needs Roundtable meets on Fridays at 8am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chico.

 

Chris Rauen: Proposal for Community Park at old golf course location: Chris reported on his work with Paradise Parks & Rec to acquire & convert the golf course in Lower Magalia to a community park/recreation center with walking paths and bike trails, etc. While Parks and Rec said they have grant money to tap into for acquiring and developing the property, revenue is needed for annual maintenance & upkeep, so the community would have to agree to funding a park.  Property is owned by Bob Fortino who is “open to any and all ideas” and would entertain divesting himself of the property, including the commercial property (zoned recreational) at the corner of Andover and S. Park. Will need strong community support for this project and continued talks with PRPD. Chris will write a letter of support that the URCC members can sign and bring to the next URCC meeting.

Phil Howard: New Magalia Sign:  November 8, 2019. The “Welcome to Magalia” sign will be replaced with a duplicate of the original in a ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the Camp Fire. Swede (who made and installed the current sign after the fire) agrees with this and welcomes a return of the original design.

DeSabla Guild Hall: A tree fell on the Guild Hall. $20,000+ to replace roof and fix damage to porch, etc. Phil is asking for volunteers to help. Members who are interested will meet next week.

Larry Patterson: Volunteers with Sheriff’s Office:   The Sheriff’s office needs volunteers and a 10-day training required for “eyes only” volunteers.  Go to Magalia substation 8:00 a.m. to12:00 noon to apply.

 

Laurie McBride: Fire Safety Recommendations:   Letter to Butte County Board of Supervisors presented and members signed. Key elements include: 1. Add/widen shoulders on all exit routes, 2. Clear all vegetation from roadways, 3. Repave all exit routes, especially after damage from heavy equipment used during debris/tree removal, 4. Warning systems to include siren system and emergency radio transmitter, 5. Include “Shelter in Place” plans in overall plan, 6. Code Red – help get everyone signed up and 7. Stronger enforcement to get Magalia recognized as a “Fire Adapted Community.”

February 26, 2019

Meeting Notes

Ellen Johnson Sypnicki: Paradise Community Planning Meetings: A series of “listening sessions” has been convened, facilitated by the planning group, Urban Design Associates (UDA), over the next few months. There is a drop-in open house on March 19th and a listening meeting on March 21st, both at Paradise Alliance Church. The first listening session in February allowed participants to identify key issues, most of which have been identified by the members at URCC meetings. Magalia was not specifically addressed as the UDA has been contracted to focus on Paradise. There was a discussion about the importance of Magalia and Paradise working together. More information is available at MakeItParadise.org.

     Ellen was referred to Tim Snellings, who is doing the Butte County Plan that includes Magalia and was also referred to the Butte Strong Fund.

 

Carol Danz: Camp Fire Long Term Planning Group: This is a committee of the North Valley Community Foundation and is responsible for providing community input to the funding process for the donations being received by North Valley. To date North Valley has made $2,620,353.88 in Camp Fire grants. Discussion regarding Chico housing: There will be a major crisis going into summer where students will be moving out and CF survivors will be moving in leaving students without housing come Fall.  Carol is making sure that Magalia is included in the discussions of this committee.

Butte County Fire Safe Council: Jim Broshears wrote a grant to remove burned trees. 400,000 trees burned and 80% of them must be removed.  The Council is looking for lumber companies to mill trees in order to make the removal of trees sustainable.  Only one or two will even consider it.  There is a four-month window to harvest the trees before they become unusable.

Phil Howard: New Magalia Sign:  November 8, 2019. The “Welcome to Magalia” sign will be replaced with a duplicate of the original in a ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the Camp Fire. Swede (who made and installed the current sign after the fire) agrees with this and welcomes a return of the original design.

DeSabla Guild Hall: A tree fell on the Guild Hall. $20,000 to replace roof and fix damage to porch, etc. They will be starting a “Go Fund Me” account.

Rhonda Bandy: Northern California Conference of Seventh Day Adventists Recovery Committee: Funds are available for individuals with need related to the Camp Fire for up to $5,000 per person.

 

John Stonebraker: Butte County Board of Supervisors: Interim Housing Ordinances passed. RV parks will be allowed in certain zones and residents cannot live on their burned out property until certified clean. Manufactured homes must be 2007 or newer. RVs need to have permanent hook-ups by July. Plus, the Board is split on how to provide housing on a more permanent basis.  Zoning is the issue—specifically, protecting ag land.

Larry Patterson: Volunteers with Sheriff’s Office:   The Sheriff’s office needs volunteers and a 10-day training required for “eyes only” volunteers.  Go to Magalia substation 8:00 a.m. to12:00 noon to apply. A representative will attend our next meeting to talk about requirements and training.

 

Laurie McBride: Fire Safety Recommendations:  Key elements to be included in a letter/report to Butte County Board of Supervisors were discussed. A draft will be submitted for review at the next meeting of URCC. Key elements include: 1. Add/widen shoulders on all exit routes, 2. Clear all vegetation from roadways, 3. Repave all exit routes, especially after damage from heavy equipment used during debris/tree removal, 4. Warning systems to include siren system and emergency radio transmitter, 5. Include “Shelter in Place” plans in overall plan, 6. Code Red – help get everyone signed up and 7. Stronger enforcement to get Magalia recognized as a “Fire Adapted Community.”

Donna Yutzy: Senior Transportation: (Handout) Transportation options on the Upper Ridge include: 1. #211 can dispatch a LYFT driver to anyone affected by the Camp Fire (anyone living on the Upper Ridge). They have funding specifically for this program. 2. Passages (Area Agency on Aging) provides trained case workers who help coordinate services for clients who are both Medicare and Medical eligible, are 65+ and have been assessed at needing a Skilled Nursing Level. 3. Butte County Department of Social Services refers Medical eligible for medical transportation. 4. Butte County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pays for IHSS workers, named by the client, to assist seniors who are Medical eligible. IHSS workers provide supportive services, such as transportation.

Dan Bronson: Transmitter with Fire Safe Council at POA needs to be repaired. Dan will follow-up with POA Board and report at next meeting.

PG&E power outages – better communication. Dan will prepare a draft letter outlining concerns and issues and present at next meeting.

General Discussion: Joseph Gourley has created a web page that will post URCC Meeting Notes, etc. at MagaliaStrong.org. Look for general information from Magalia on this site.

 

PG&E is beginning to cut trees again in the non-burn areas of Magalia.

Friday, January 25, 2018

Meeting Notes

We gathered to continue organizing as Magalia’s voice.  We briefly revisited our mission statement.  Our agenda was to hear reports about research done on each of our short-term goals.

 

Marcella Seay:  Paradise City Council: Paradise has hired a planning group with experience helping townships/cities rebuild after disasters. Urban Design & Rebuild (UDA) will be doing 14 weeks of assessment and meetings with community members.

Greenbelt: Cal Fire has done a great job clearing out the forest. They won’t be burning the piles this year since they have to quit in March. They usually do the burning of cleared debris in January/February but that was delayed because of the Camp Fire. Cal Fire does training in March and there are no other resources to remove the many piles of downed trees and bushes. Discussion of how to advertise all the free wood that is available in the Greenbelt but is difficult to reach since vehicles are not allowed in the Greenbelt.  Post on Next Door?

 

John Stonebraker: Mail Delivery: Mail routes are up and running now.

 

Phil Howard: Magalia Beautification Committee planted 900 bulbs on Skyway.

New Magalia Sign:  November 8, 2019. The “Welcome to Magalia” sign will be replaced with a duplicate of the original in a ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the Camp Fire. Swede (who made and installed the current sign after the fire) agrees with this and welcomes a return of the original design.

DeSabla Guild Hall: A tree fell on the Guild Hall. $20,000 to replace roof and fix damage to porch, etc. They will be starting a “Go Fund Me” account.

Larry Patterson: Volunteers with Sheriff’s Office:   The Sheriff’s office does want volunteers, but told us to call back after the first of the new year.

Laurie McBride: Fire Safety Recommendations:  Laurie has been talking to a group of Santa Rosa residents who are researching the same sort of information related to home fire safety. They have broken it down into 4 areas for property owners: fire safety steps for exterior of their homes and yards; fire safety for inside; what to store & go-bags and what to do when evacuating. Plus, Laurie has been studying the work of various fire experts – while fires can’t be 100% prevented, there are a number of reasons why certain houses didn’t burn. They will be putting together reports on things that can be done on individual properties as well as things that the government should be doing. Laurie will be reaching out to a couple of friends, former Secretary for Natural Resources for State of California and a newly appointed member of the Public Utilities Commission for additional information and ideas.

Xena Gale, Joseph Gourley, John Stonebraker & Donna Yutzy: Home Bound Assistance: One person was identified as needing assistance with transport to post office, Rite Aid, Sav Mor, etc. Need to identify agencies who manage a volunteer program. Donna will talk to Carol Danz about ideas of who to contact.

Dan Bronson: Transmitter with Fire Safe Council at POA needs to be repaired. Dan will follow-up with POA Board and report at next meeting.

PG&E power outages – better communication. Dan will prepare a draft letter outlining concerns and issues and present at next meeting.

Liz Wolff: Bulletin Board at SavMore:  Liz reported that a bulletin board for public notices and/or a place for individuals to list needs is not possible at this time.

Cheyenne Bart & John Stonebraker: Key Decision Makers:  Cheyenne.  Evaluating key politicians in Butte County is on-going.  Assemblymen Dahle and Gallagher.  Congressman LaMalfa.  Supervisor Teeter.  There was discussion of who should approach the various elected officials.  John volunteered to talk to Supervisor Teeter about attending our next meeting.

 

PROPOSED GOALS

  • Build a sound business community & provide business development education

  • Zoning for commercial

  • Develop Disaster Plan and Implement

  • Wild fire sirens

  • Roads in & out – improve county maintained

  • Fire safety education for all residents

  • Create a town square

  • Rebuild and open Sawmill Peak Lookout with fulltime staffing

  • Communication technology – access to internet and phone service

  • Mobile medical unit

  • Medical services for pets

  • Manual radio for every household

  • Write grants for private sector funding of projects

  • Help people process & heal