The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 23, 2013

Albemarle issues windstorm debris removal update

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 — Albemarle Assistant City Manager Michael Ferris issued the following release Tuesday afternoon:

As part of its ongoing windstorm recovery efforts, the City of Albemarle anticipates completing the first round of debris removal by approximately Friday, July 26. It is estimated that the contractor will remove over 40,000 cubic yards of debris from the street right of ways when they complete their initial sweep of the City.

The City is reminding everyone that the second and final collection cycle of the City will begin as soon as the first cycle is complete.  Anyone who has additional storm debris to bring to the street right of way for collection should do so as soon as possible, as the second pass will move much more quickly than the first as a result of the reduced volume remaining to be collected.  Only the debris brought to the street right of way free from obstructions and hazards will be collected.  Neither the City nor its contractor can go on to private property as part of this process.  Also, the debris out for collection should not be mixed with any other type of waste.  Only vegetative storm-related debris can be collect if the City is to be reimbursed for this work.

Any storm related debris placed out for removal after the second collection cycle will need to follow the City’s standard yard waste collection procedures.  Waste Management’s contract provides they will collect up to 4-cubic yards at a time with limbs cut 6-feet in length or less.  No stumps will be picked up by Waste Management.  Anything outside of the standard limits will need to be privately addressed and disposed of by the property owner.

Again, the City’s Fire Department would like to remind individuals and contractors staging debris to do so in a manner that does not block emergency vehicle access to streets and does not obstruct or hide fire hydrants.  If you notice a fire hydrant that is blocked or hidden by debris, please notify the Albemarle Fire Department immediately at 704-984-9475.

We again want to thank everyone for pitching in during this crisis.  By moving forward with a debris removal contract, the City is doing its part to help property owners and citizens deal with this disaster.  We will continue to keep the public informed on recovery efforts.  Questions concerning debris removal should be directed to our Public Works Department at 704-984-9665.


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