STATUS OF BUTTE COUNTY LOAN - CANCELLATION
The HRCBA was initially hopeful that a loan from Butte County would move forward after promising meetings and discussions with the Board of Supervisors and staff. Unfortunately, at the March 14 Board of Supervisors meeting, CAO Pickett reported that the County had been informed by the Federal government that revision of this Butte County PG&E Settlement Funds policy would jeopardize more than $100 million in Federal recovery grants that had already been approved or were awaiting approval. This was because the County had attested in its applications for these grants that it had insufficient funds to meet recovery needs—and that allowing Butte County PG&E Settlement Funds to go to nonprofits would violate that attestation given to the Feds, even if such funds to nonprofits were related to Camp Fire recovery.
CAO Pickett therefore asked the Board of Supervisors for approval to cancel the HRCBA's February 14 request for a PG&E Settlement Fund policy revision. The Board agreed.
ABOUT THE REBUILD
The iconic 131-year-old Honey Run Covered Bridge (pedestrian-only since 1965) was destroyed in the November 2018 Camp Fire. In January 2019 a group of public and private stakeholders decided to do everything possible to rebuild the beloved Covered Bridge. The Bridge had been publicly-owned by Butte County, but with public funds unavailable it was decided to transfer ownership to the nonprofit Honey Run Covered Bridge Association who would rebuild the Bridge entirely with private donations. The total cost of the rebuild is estimated at $3.7 million. $1.5 million has been raised thus far which nearly covers our engineering plans, permits and Phase 1 construction (foundations, columns, abutments, slope protection). Phase 1 construction was completed in November 2020. Phase 2 (flooring and trusses) will start in summer 2022, pending funding. Phase 3 (siding and roof) will follow in 2023, pending funding. Every donated dollar matters!
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP!
We need you! Help Rebuild The Honey Run Covered Bridge and preserve the park. Recurring $10 or $20 (or more) monthly donations will help get it done.
Our goal: 1,000 monthly donors.
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