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FEMA gives city options for cleanup

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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FEMA officials and the Thayer City Council met March 17 to discuss the options the city has regarding debris removal in the city.Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were in Thayer last week to discuss the options and procedures for debris removal in the city. FEMA officials in attendance were Robert Snider, Ron Lapham, Jim Dreden and Ed Christensen,

City council members Al Clark, Joe Barbee and Mike Harber as well as Mayor Merle Williams were present. Alderman Steve Alford was ill and did not attend.

"The purpose of this meeting is to discuss with this FEMA team our options as to removing the debris caused from the ice storm last January," Williams said.

Project Manager Snider said there are four options the city could choose that FEMA would help them with.

They are:

* Have city employees use city equipment and do all the work. FEMA would reimburse 75 percent of overtime pay and use of the equipment.

* Hire part-time help and pay them regular pay and overtime. Rent the needed equipment and let city workers do the work.

* Contracting out the job, go through normal bidding procedures. Monitoring the trucks going in and out of the dump site.

* A lump sum bid.

The mayor said the dump site would be either the old city dump or near the recycling building. He said the plan is to burn the debris.

"This is a large project. The city will submit the bills to the state," Snider said.

The FEMA officials said there will be no picking up of debris on private property. All of it will have to be moved to the city right-of-way. They said cities will be given a six month time period to have the debris removed.

"Do city workers or people hired from outside the city do a better job at debris removal," asked alderman Barbee. The FEMA officials said they have received mixed reactions from other citys.

"Will the city be liable for expenses the whole time of the pick-up?," asked alderman Clark. A FEMA representative said all bills concerning the debris pick-up should be turned in every 30 days.

FEMA will be writing a project worksheet based on the amount of debris in the city. They will reimburse the city 75 percent of expenses incurred during the clean-up. The state may kick-in another 15 percent but that has yet to be determined.

One FEMA official said the city had some dangerous trees in the city due to the ice storm. He estimated there is 13,300 cubic yards of debris to be picked up including 245 trees with limbs that need to be removed.

The city should vote at their March council meeting which FEMA option to take regarding the debris removal.



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