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Debris Removal Plans

PRESS RELEASE Debris Removal Plans June 10, 2011 Lamar County has contracted to have the tornado debris removed from the right of way of County roads. The contractor has completed a first pass on many roads and next week (June 13-17) we expect them to be working on Van Buren and Harmony Hill Ranch Roads. That will complete our first pass so the following week (June 20-24) we expect them to start a second pass on Brook and Crawford Roads. Tornado debris, either vegetative or construction and demolition, is eligible for pick up by the County’s contractor if it is moved to the right of way by property owners or volunteers. FEMA rules require that privately hired contractors working to clean up private property should include disposal of the debris and they should not place it on the right of way. This debris is considered ineligible for reimbursement. Next week we anticipate starting a different contract to remove hazardous trees and stumps from the right of way. This contract is limited to work on County rights of way. As a result a tree with broken limbs might have some limbs removed that are over the right of way but limbs on the property owner’s side will not be removed. These are FEMA rules and we cannot change them. Like the debris removal contract, we cannot do any work on private property. Our schedules are tentative and dependent on weather, equipment and working conditions. We will do our best to keep the public informed of changes in the plans but we appreciate their patience and understanding. Our goals are to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible without causing more problems for the property owners. Any property owner with concerns about the schedule should call us with their concerns and we will try to work with them. Please direct questions to me via phone or email: Charles Glass Commissioner Lamar County, GA 770-358-5146

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