Council may adopt changes to defensible ordinance
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.