Loxley debris contractor sets goal of four weeks for cleanup

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LOXLEY, Alabama — An official with the debris removal company contracted to remove debris following Hurricane Sally, told town council members Monday, Oct. 12 that his goal was to have all debris removed in the town over the next four weeks.

David Green, owner of Greenco Services Inc., and Barry Root, the project manager for Loxley’s debris removal, along with town officials monitoring debris removal, addressed council members at the town’s regular monthly meeting.

Root said approximately 40,000 cubic yards of debris had been picked up as of Oct. 12, but “we still have a way to go.”

Root told council members that debris removal was a three-phase operation and that the first phase should be completed within the next week.

The majority of the smaller debris should be picked up during the first-phase of the operation, Root said, while larger debris, such as large stumps, will be picked up during subsequent phases.

“We’re not going to leave anything behind,” he said. “If you put it out there, we’ve got something big enough to pick it up.”

Officials also addressed concerns about debris being moved across the street into other people’s yards, saying that in most cases, debris is moved to avoid power lines.

The council voted unanimously at the Oct. 12 meeting to approve a change order to an agreement for debris removal with Greenco, which was originally passed in May of 2017.

The change order included a pay schedule for hazardous trees using size categories ranging from 6 inches in diameter up to greater than 48 inches in diameter, hanging limbs and root-balls ranging from 24 inches up to greater than 48 inches.

The contract calls for at least a portion of expenses incurred to be reimbursed to the town by FEMA.

Mayor Richard Teal encouraged residents to visit the town’s Facebook page to receive updates on FEMA reimbursement of expenses incurred due to Hurricane Sally.

“This is something that seems to be changing on a daily basis,” Teal said, “and they have been doing a great job posting all the changes on our Facebook page and I would encourage anyone who might have questions about FEMA reimbursement to check it out.”

The council also voted unanimously during Monday’s meeting to give all employees holiday pay for days missed because of the hurricane.

In other business Monday, the council approved a resolution to award the construction contract to Suncoast Infrastructure in the amount of $187,360 for a project to make sewer improvements in the South Holley Street area.

The project will be paid with grant funds and matching funds from a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant approved in November of 2019 with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Superintendent of Utilities Robert Davis said since the bid came in much lower than the grant amount, it would allow the town to expand the project or us the money for other projects.

Also on Oct. 12, the council: