Oroville Mercury-Register

Council may adopt changes to defensible ordinance

- By Rick Silva rsilva@paradisepo­st.com

When the Paradise Town Council meets on Tuesday night, it will consider four changes to the defensible space and hazardous fuels ordnance.

The first change would require that only non-combustibl­e material will be allowed within five feet of any building or structure. It would also outlaw any vegetation within 5 feet of the structure, including the overhang. The ordinance calls for removing any overhangin­g limbs or branches within 5 feet of the structure. It would also regulate all exterior walls to have a 6-inch noncombust­ible vertical clearance from grade.

The ordinance change would also require all unattached accessory structures and outbuildin­gs to be 10 feet away from the pri

the storing of combustibl­e materials under decks and disallow any vegetative material under the decks. He would also regulate that decks or porches that are four feet or less above

grade to be fully enclosed to reduce the accumulati­on of debris with the non-combustibl­e wall material. The new ordinance would allow non-combustibl­e, corrosionr­esistant mesh material with openings not to exceed 1/8 inch may be used.

The new ordinance also outlaws any fencing material constructi­ve combustibl­e material anywhere within 5 feet of any structure. It also says that all fencing shall be a single

line and back-to-back fencing is not permitted in which fences are nominally parallel and spaced within 3 feet apart. The council will also be asked to enter into a contract with Sutter Buttes Communicat­ions for the Purchase and Installati­on of portable and mobile twoway radios for Town personnel and equipment.

It will cost $781,779.92 and provide the Town with the portable and mobile

radio equipment needed and install the equipment in Town vehicles or equipment as required. The funding is recommende­d to be provided by various sources outside of, and with no impact to, the General Fund, including $615,000 of recently awarded Federal Community Project funding, and $96,215 of funds from the Town’s insurance advance reserves, and $70,565 from Measure V funds.

The council will also be asked to pay Butte County $85,000 to fulfill Participat­ion Fees for BRICS.

The Town had already paid the fee for the first 15 portable radios added to the BRICS Network over the past year, and now staff is recommendi­ng the Town approve the expenditur­e of up to $85,000 to license the complete fleet of portable and mobile radios, once purchased, on the BRICS Network.

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