The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 16, 2013

Norwood Council OKs bid for storm debris removal

By Erica Benjamin for the SNAP

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — Norwood Town Council met for a special meeting Saturday afternoon regarding the removal of storm debris around town.

Work crews have encountered some difficulty in removing the debris leftover from last month’s storm which downed trees around the county.

The process of loading limbs, placing them into the chipper and then hauling them away has been slow with Norwood’s limited resources. Town Administrator Dwight Smith noted that  residents in the areas around Lake Head, Lake Shore, Berry Hill Drive and Vineyard have experienced the most impact from the storm.

The town board was presented with two possible scenarios for the removal of debris: add an additional work shift for the crew or enlist the services of a contractor.

Smith said that he had requested bids from four companies for the removal and disposal of the tree limbs and other storm debris. The best price, he said, was $200 per tandem load.

Commissioner Larry McMahon asked if the town would be eligible for any federal assistance. Smith responded that unless the cost of the removal exceeded one percent of the town’s operating budget, which would be $29,000, there would be no reimbursement of funds.

It was the consensus of the board to accept a bid to remove the debris. The cleanup was expected to begin Monday morning.

Also during the meeting the council passed a resolution for the reimbursement for the New Finish water line.

The resolution requests the Stanly County Economic Development Commission to pay for a water line to New Finish following what they said was a promise by Stanly County EDC Director Paul Stratos to pay for the line if the town of Norwood annexed the company into the town limits.

Mayor Pro Tem James Lilly asked if there had been any response to the numerous requests by the town regarding the matter. According to Smith, the requests have gone unanswered.

Following a vote, the resolution passed unanimously.

The next regular meeting of the Norwood Town Council will be 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Norwood Town Hall.

Erica Benjamin is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.