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Deadline looms for debris pickup

by Minden Press-Herald

The last day for debris removal pickup is Friday, Webster Parish Police Juror officials

Police Juror Steve Ramsey, District 11, says they have a 60-day window in which they can receive reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the last day is Friday.

“We want everyone to make sure they have their stuff out so we can pick it up,” he said.

Teddy Holloway, public works director, says they have picked up roughly 90 tons of construction debris removed from flooded homes. He reminds residents the only materials that will be picked up is construction debris, such as sheetrock, wood, carpet and others.

“No hazardous materials, no white goods, no garbage,” he said. “We want everybody to have everything out as soon as they can.”

The debris is carried to the parish landfill just outside of Dixie Inn, he said.
When they turn in the paperwork following the Friday deadline, the parish will be reimbursed by FEMA 85 percent of their costs for debris pickup, Ramsey said.

In Tuesday’s police jury meeting, jurors declined the bids taken in on April 1 for debris removal and disposal. Officials said they were not needed as they were able to handle that part in house; however, they did accept one bid for monitoring.

That bid went to CBI Environmental and Infrastructure, based on the recommendation of parish attorney Patrick Jackson. In his letter to the jury, he based his recommendation not on the lowest bid, but the fact CBI meets all the criteria to handle the monitoring portion of debris cleanup.

“CBI offered specialized knowledge in handling submerged debris,” he wrote, “which is of particular interest in this contract as a result of issues at Lake Bistineau.”

Four companies, including CBI, turned in proposals but a total cost will be based on the extent of work. Volkert, Inc., Rostan and Debris Tech were the other three companies that submitted bids.

For more information on debris pick up, call the police jury office at 377-7564 or the public works department at 377-3145.

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