Opt-In and Opt-Out Deadline Has Come and Gone – Now What?
As most of you likely know now, the deadline to either opt-into or out of Shasta County and the City of Redding debris removal program has come and gone. So, what happens if you didn’t do anything? We weren’t sure either, so we asked.
Both Shasta County and the City of Redding indicated that they would begin reaching out to homeowners who hadn’t opted in or out to see the status of their decision. Both will likely issue abatement orders or code violations requiring the properties affected by the fire to clean-up their properties in accordance with the cleanup and removal standards implemented for all other properties. If homeowners still choose to do nothing, then the properties will be cleaned up by the City/County and the property will be lined. We are speaking with homeowners almost daily who are unaware of any special requirements and/or who have already cleaned up their property and are becoming aware of the requirements when they attempt to obtain a new building permit. Both the City and County are requiring homeowners to go through the process retroactively for testing for asbestos, submitting a work plan, and performing confirmation soil sampling in the end to ensure all properties go through the same process.
We have been busy helping homeowners through all three phases, helping them figure out how to comply with the City/County requirements if they began work on their property without knowing the requirements, as well as helping homeowners whose homes weren’t directly damaged by the fire but who believe their homes have smoke damage and are required to prove it via analytical testing to their insurance provider. Feel free to call if you need help with any phase of work and we hope all those affected continue to recover and have a smooth re-building process.
Clay Guzi & the Guzi-West Team