|Lafayette clean-up contracts approved|
|Monday, March 10, 2008|
The city of Lafayette will sign agreements with two contractors for the clean-up of storm-blown debris left by the tornado that hit the city only a few hours after the February 5 city council meeting. At their regular meeting on March 4, council members approved contracts with P.E.S. (Professional Engineering Services) of Lafayette and NATCO, Inc. of Bristol, TN for the removal of debris. Council members Ronnie Krantz and Jerry Wilmore were absent.
NATCO, the low bidder for the job, will make three trips to pick up debris along city street right of ways, announced Mayor Bill Wells, and then they won’t be back. There is an estimated 4,000 tons of debris to be taken to the Smith County Landfill, at an estimated $150,165 cost.
The Smith County Landfill has offered to take the debris at a reduced rate of $25 per ton, which is not included NATCO’s estimated hauling cost and will have to be paid by the city. The regular load rate is $30 per ton.
City street right of ways are measured 25 feet to either side, from the centerline of roads. NATCO can not go on private property, and cannot pick up any debris that is not deemed storm-blown. Refer to the press release on Page A-5 for guidelines.
“City ordinances will take effect if non-eligible debris is left along right of ways,” said EMA Director Keith Scruggs, adding that FEMA prohibited the pick-up of any other debris on these contacts.
Debris pickup will begin sometime after the official contract signing on Tuesday, March 11 and end 45 days after a start date is set. The date will be announced as soon as possible.
The two-part contract with P.E.S. covers the administrative part of debris removal. It includes 1) the establishment and writing of a contract with NATCO and the monitoring of the debris removal, and 2) public assistance cost recovery.
The contract written by P.E.S. has already been reviewed and approved by FEMA representatives, Wells reported. P.E.S. will monitor debris removal by having an inspector on site at all times to keep track of the paper trail – load tickets, weigh tickets, and such – required for cost reimbursement by FEMA and TEMA. FEMA will pick up 75% of the cost and TEMA 12.5%, leaving Lafayette with the remaining 12.5% of the debris removal bill.
Some of the city’s 12.5% may be paid for through the work of volunteers who work along city street right of ways, or those who did search and rescue and emergency service work during the long night of the tornado and the following days.
TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation) has approved sites for the disposal of large stumps, and the Tennessee Division of Air Pollution Control has approved sites for the burning of burnable debris, reported Wells, adding that no construction debris will be burned.
Temporary mobile home permits will be issued in residential districts while property owners rebuild, council members decided by adopting Ordinance #536 at the recommendation of the planning committee. Permits will be issued for nine months, and then may be renewed for up to six months.
In other business, the council:
“Senator Mae Beavers advised that the $5,000 must be donated to 501C organizations,” Wells reported to the council, saying that a donation list of 501C organizations was included in council members’ packets.
The money cannot be saved, Wells said in answer to a question by Ruby Flowers, but should be distributed within the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2008.
After a fair amount of discussion, the issue was deferred to next month’s meeting.
•approved a contract with Quality Lawn Care for mowing city property. All the mowing that the city needs to have done, every week, will be done for $825 a week, said Wells, who recommended the contract.
The next regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April Fool’s Day; April 1, 2008.