goodnight irma! debris site cleared

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

goodnight irma! debris site cleared:

almost 160,000 cubic yards of debris handled

All of the debris from Hurricane Irma has now been cleared from the City's clean-up site. Located at the back corner of the former Par 3 course next to the Public Works Yard off of Dade Boulevard, it took in about 160,000 cubic yards of debris. (Imagine a box that is 3’ x 3’ x 3’ and multiply that by 160,000!) 
City Infrastructure Director Roy Coley told us, “A huge shout out and thank you should be given to Al Zamora, Director of Sanitation for making this happen.  There are still many communities with hurricane debris sitting on the side of the roadways. Can you imagine how bad that would be for our community if we were still living with debris on the roads? Al has so many contacts in the industry that he was able to find resources, and at a favorable price, to make us successful.”
That quick work could also benefit us with FEMA when it comes time to get reimbursed for our clean up costs. At the Commission’s Finance Committee meeting this month, City CFO John Woodruff said, while it could take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 years to be reimbursed, “The fact that we did it faster, that we went out there and picked everything up much faster than some cities means we get a higher percentage back than if it took a long time.”
Coley told Committee members a total of $3.1m was expended from reserve funds, a percentage of which is expected to be reimbursed, however, the $600,000 the City paid for expedited clean up is considered “at risk” of not being eligible for reimbursement. At an 85-90% reimbursement rate and adding in the $600,000, Coley said, “We could, in fact, be out just over $1m for the debris cost itself.”
He also praised Zamora at that meeting. “[He] has been stellar in his negotiations for some disposal costs and he reported to me yesterday that he’s still hoping to get some of the final costs down and reducing that 600 but as of this point 600 is the number we have” that may not be eligible for reimbursement.

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew
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